Date: September 15, 2023 08:11PM
I don’t agree with Senator John Kennedy on anything, but he read from children’s books describing in graphic detail, very adult sex acts, and asked witnesses testifying against censorship in schools if they thought parents should have a say in what is in their children’s school libraries or should it be up to individual librarians?
One said it was currently decided by committee.
Popular opinion of the simple majority of chosen representatives.
He didn’t ask who gets to choose the representatives, but instead asked, so who ultimately decides? The Librarian? Do parents get a say in what is available to their kids in school libraries? Do we take a poll? Who conducts the poll?
It’s a tough question and I’m usually squarely on the side of free speech and non-censorship and exposing kids to meaningful literature as soon as they are interested in reading it. I don’t think too many elementary school kids are interested in reading “Catcher In The Rye” or “Gender Queer” in ES. But I don’t think I’d object to my kid reading those passages in the context of whole stories at any age. What the Sen did was to pick the most graphic passages he could find in any children’s books and read them out of context, in the context of a Senate hearing, which makes them sound obscene and perverse in that context.