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Heard of the library assistants in Kentucky who stole library copy of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen to keep an 11-year-old patron from checking it out? After abusing their privileges as library employees to find out the identity of said patron? It still isn't over. Apparently, "the community" (by which I mean a bunch of self-righteous evangelists who have absolutely no business meddling in lawmaking) is rising up in their defence:

The petition requests the removal of Black Dossier from the collection along with Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk, the DVD of the film adaptation of Palahniuk’s novel Choke, and the DVD Ron White: You Can’t Fix Stupid, because the titles “offended me in that they depict sexual acts and/or describe such acts in a way that in my opinion are contrary to the Jessamine County public opinion” and endanger the public because they encourage sexual predators. The board is scheduled to meet again December 16.

Okay, okay, look. Most of this is just run-of-the-mill lunacy but the last bit? Encourage sexual predators? You people (and I use the term loosely) think that of all the titles in your average public library, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is going to... no, you know what? The idea that you can create a sexual predator with a comic book is so ignorant and ridiculous that I'm not even going to approach it with rational language. I'm just going to gape at the screen until it goes away. o.O

With any luck, these idiots will not only be fired, but barred from ever working in a library again. Honestly.

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d_benway
Dec. 1st, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
When I lived in Fairfield OH at the age of 13, I had to get parental permission to get math books out of the library. This was also a zone where, during the last day of Grade 10 math class, the nice little middle-class white kids were passing around baggies filled with joints.
kentamundo
Dec. 2nd, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
There is something of regrettable strain in the Greater Cincinnati area which seeks to restrict anything which might appear like a personal freedom. Sounds like people found another way exercise liberty.
babs_sg1
Dec. 1st, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
Maybe they didn't like the title You Can't Fix Stupid cause they know how true it is!

The mind boggles. I am so grateful that my parents never once censored what I read as a young teen especially. I read Valley of the Dolls when I was 12 or 13--and after reading that? All I could think was--Ewwwwwwww. Why would anyone want to do That?
almostnever
Dec. 2nd, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
D:
kentamundo
Dec. 2nd, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
I have to look across the river at the state most every day, but feel smug that Nicholasville is two hours away from here.
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