Nothing But Censorship in Florida, With a One-party State of Republicans
Dear Spectrum News:
DeSatan of Florida signed into a law legislation about NOT teaching sexual identity in grades K-3. His accompanying comments were that we need to do more in teaching reading and writing. Also, that it is up to parents to teach kids that young about sexual identity. Wrong.
The Democrat stupidity which was announced with this news report was that, “there will be plenty of lawsuits.” In other words, the only answer is to send in the clowns… I mean… send in the lawyers. The Democrats, with their tails between their legs, say nothing pertinent in response. No wonder that legislation got passed in Florida.
Coexistence means we don’t pit one American against the others. So, thus, the Democrats did exactly what Joe Biden has been attempting to stop. Stop having one against the other and bring people together. There is a way to do this without merely “sending in the lawyers” and pitting one against another.
I worked as a librarian, educator, musician, in Florida for almost 40 years. A librarian colleague, who was a director of a library in Florida, was once confronted by a local religious group and asked to censor all books about sex from the library by removing the books. The librarian was sitting in her office where she had numerous Bibles on shelves. She went over to the shelves, picked up all the Bibles (Bible = library), and threw them all in a trash can. The group was appalled and asked her how she could do such a thing. The library director replied with, “you asked me to get rid of any books which contain sex, so I thought I would begin with the Bible, considering all the discussions of sex in their which we teach our young ones and have been doing so over many years. The stories of violence, too, which are in the Bible. King David was not only described as a violent person, but also as a many using violence to rid himself of a man with whom he had sex with the wife! Therefore, I think the Bible is an appropriate place to begin.” The group was appalled. Absolutely appalled. Had nothing more to say and simply departed.
Imagine a young Timothy McVeigh, in a third grade class with other white bullies and learning to dislike black folks and gay folks and so forth. Perhaps the parents were teaching about these aspects, too, and there was no counter measures in education to provide a different side to it all? Now we begin to have that counter side to what parents teach with derogatory remarks about gay folks and a one-party state of Republicans decide to squash it. Don’t expose the kids to the fact that there is more than just bullying, conversion therapy, and so forth. Teaching love (agape word in the Greek language) will be curtailed. Democrats and the media should be pointing these aspects out to the people of Florida and to this nation, rather than pushing for a method which causes divisiveness by endorsing the lawsuits from lawyers. I don’t say there should be NO lawsuits. I am saying that what is needed here is to teach so people can learn rather than the only result being more polarization. If people don’t want to learn and remain digging in their heels, advocating the traditionalist values and not listening and considering, then shame on them for they ruin this nation in their ignorance and stupidity, like a bunch of foolish dolts and idiots.
Professor Douglas Willet Cornwell (Retired)
Newark Valley, NY
———————————“Love your neighbor as yourself.” “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” “The problems of the world are not that some people love in a different way. The problems are that so many people don’t know how to love at all (CGA, 1970).” A Puritan is someone in fear that someone, somewhere, is having a good time. “Liberty and justice for all [not priorities on individual and selfish rights].” “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union [and overall wealth of American society]…”
Benjamin Franklin: “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are affected.” Stacey Abrams: “Compromise about actions, but not about values.” Oscar Wilde: “I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.” Oscar Wilde: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Benjamin Franklin: “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Whoopi Goldberg: “To handle this COVID-19 pandemic effectively, we all need to get on the same page.” Note: To be clear, I do not like being patronized. I do not express my disdain over what happens to my fellow humans just for my own sake and to pursue favors and handouts. I do it in order to gain R – E – S – P – E – C – T for me and for millions of other Americans of any race, ethnicity, religious belief, or sex and sexual identity who try to walk in integrity as they attempt to achieve, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. PERIOD. One nation under God [our Creator] with liberty and justice for all.
The Book Thief
As a librarian, I think the librarian who burned books about Trump needs to read a book titled, The Book Thief. For the book describes book burning and censorship in Hitler’s Germany. When we do the same thing Hitler did, we stoop to that low level of barbarism.
With this being said, it also applies to the same barbarism of Ron Desantis of Florida.
This also applies to the Bible thumping fundies in Florida who wanted books removed from library shelves in Florida because they were about sex, homosexuality and other topics in opposition to fundie supposed Christian ideas.
To deal with this issue, a Florida library colleague provides us with a good example. When a group of fundies from a Southern Baptist group visited the librarian’s public library, they insisted that any books discussing sex be removed. The librarian did no burning. Instead, she picked up a number of Bibles and threw them in a trash can. “There. I have complied with your wishes.” They were flabbergasted and walked out.
Book burning and censorship are stooping to very low levels of the fascists and Nazis. It is only a last resort.
Recommend reading about this topic. The Book Thief is a good start.
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