This article, headlined, “Missouri School Libraries Bracing for Crackdown on ‘Explicit Books'”, is from NewsMax, and was published on Friday, August 12th.
A number of Missouri school districts have reportedly begun purging books from their library shelves, in anticipation of the new state law intended to crack down on “sexually explicit” materials being available to students.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, signed the bill into law in June. It obliges public school administrators, faculty and staff to shield their students — particularly those 17 and younger — from material that could be construed as racy or sexually provocative.
The state law, which takes effect Aug. 28, is a Class A misdemeanor and carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
Missouri law defines “explicit sexual material” as any images or written descriptions of sexual acts or nudity.
National Director of the Knights Party of the Ku Klux Klan, based in Harrison, Arkansas, Thomas Robb, was quoted as saying, “It’s made to sound like this is something historical, banning pornography from young children. My question is, why were these books promoting homosexuality and other deviant sexual behaviors ever put in a public school library to begin with? I remember when sexually explicit magazines such as Playboy and others were kept on a top shelf at newsstands so children couldn’t see the covers of them! Now don’t take me wrong, I have never promoted or partook of any sexually explicit material, but Playboy, from the covers, look mild compared to what I’ve seen being offered to children today in our public school system. According to Missouri law, ‘explicit material’ is defined as anything describing sexual acts and/or nudity. From what I’ve seen being offered to children, this should include any books supporting the LGBTQ+ agenda. This should be made a law in every school system in America. Pornography has no place in a White, Christian country.”