They’re at it again.

This post was written by Friday blogger Annie Reid.

In South Carolina, U.S. Rep. Walter Jones hopes to remove books like King & King, a charming tale for kids of two men who fall in love, from his local school libraries:

“To me, there is nothing more important than our children and their future,” Jones, who represents Onslow County, said Tuesday. “The 5-, 6-, 7-, 8- and 9-year-olds – they’re as innocent as a baby*, and their parents need to know what’s in their library.”

Somebody should tell him that some of those kids have gay parents, and would like to see kids like themselves reflected back in the books they read. Oh, and maybe not be treated like pariahs.

Please, nobody tell him about the Walt Whitman celebration at the Library of Congress.

*Were you “innocent as a baby” at 7, 8, or 9? When I was seven, I knocked out all of Mikey Jensen’s baby teeth, and rummaged through the bookshelves until I found my copy of, “A Doctor talks to Five Year Olds”, which pretty had much explained everything, for which I was mighty grateful. Then I explained it to the other kids on the playground. With drawings. Hell, I even shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die. (It’s kind of a requirement around here.)

Okay, all I’m saying is that maybe this idea that children need to be protected from everything complex and adult until they reach the age of eighteen could be revisited sometime, eh?


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