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Think of the Children!

9:30 AM -- The Daytona Beach News-Journal Online ("The Independent Voice of Volusia and Flagler Counties") reports on a Concerned Mom seeking to preserve the touching innocence of high school students:

    A mother concerned about what she considers pornography in her daughter's reading assignment at DeLand High School wants the book in question banned from Volusia County schools. Vikki Reed of DeBary plans to submit a written complaint today focusing on two passages she finds objectionable in "Cracking India," a 1992 novel by Pakistani-born Bapsi Sidhwa...

    Reed's complaint focuses on two passages spanning four pages of the 289-page book. One describes an oral sexual encounter between the main character and her male cousin...

    While DeLand senior Kelley Morris said the targeted passages might make some readers uncomfortable, "they're going to encounter things like this in real life."
Ewww! Say it ain't so!

— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading

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Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 3:01:45 AM
re: Think of the Children! There's more. Mrs Morals wants to protect ALL our kids:

[School Principal Mitch]Moyer eventually offered Reed an alternative assignment, but she said Monday that wasn't enough. "What about the other students? I bet the other parents don't know (what's in the book)," Reed said.
paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 3:01:41 AM
re: Think of the Children!
I am not a book burner, but I am not sure why it is a bad thing the books assigned to kids in public schools have no open sex in them. There are plenty of well done novels that could be taught that do not have any sexual content.

I guess you are in favor of handing out Hustler to first graders? To put your kind of spin on this.

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Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 3:01:41 AM
re: Think of the Children! Rep. Walter B. Jones, a Farmville Republican who represents 17 eastern counties (and whose constituency includes the city of Wilmington), introduced a bill this summer called the Parental Empowerment Act of 2005 (H.R. 2295). (Jones made headlines in 2003 with his campaign to change the name "french fries" to "freedom fries.") The new bill would withdraw federal education funds from any state that didn't institute pre-acquisition parental review of elementary-school library and instructional materials.




http://www.mountainx.com/news/...

Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 3:01:39 AM
re: Think of the Children! Hustler to first-graders?
My yes, that's certainly the only logical conclusion any reasonable person might draw from what I wrote.
Glad you're not a book burner, but you're still an idiot.
Yer pal,
Larry
paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 3:01:39 AM
re: Think of the Children!
Actually, your use of hyperbole makes it seem that anybody who objects to sex in public school assignments must be a jerk. So, yes I think that my example is putting your comments at the same level of extreme as you put your protagonists.

Or in Larry speak.....I am sorry that you hate mothers that care about their children and feel the need to ridicule such people.

Feel better now? That is the equivalent of the way you have written about this lady.

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Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 3:01:36 AM
re: Think of the Children! well, whatever...
whyiswhy 12/5/2012 | 3:01:36 AM
re: Think of the Children! You are clearly a zenophobe, and probably a racist if you can't appreciate and even value a detailed description of a young Inidan girl's cousin giving her oral pleasure:

"Cracking India," a 1992 novel by Pakistani-born Bapsi Sidhwa...

I bet you find genital mutilation and slavery abhorent too. Dude, it's just another culture, and has as much validity as ours. It's been around since at least the Middle Ages. Backoff and chill out. We used to lynch Blacks, and we jailed those of Japanese ancestry in WWII.

Who are you to stand as a judge?

-Why

light-headed 12/5/2012 | 3:01:35 AM
re: Think of the Children! I guess you are in favor of handing out Hustler to first graders? To put your kind of spin on this.

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man, I wish someone had given us Hustler in First Grade. We had to get it the old fashioned way - steal it from our Dads!

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mtd 12/5/2012 | 3:01:35 AM
re: Think of the Children! As I understand this is for a 11th grade English class and I would think that kids who grew up in US would have been exposed to much worse(relative) than what is described in the book.

Further, how can one parent persume to decide for other parents?
frend 12/5/2012 | 3:01:34 AM
re: Think of the Children! I was in school once (not too long ago...!) and I think hearing it from your peers (or MTV) is not the same as hearing it from your teacher.

We use 'separation of church and state' to say the word 'God' should not be used in school because it may be offensive to some. In this case, almost certainly some students would be offended, so why doesn't the same principle apply?
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