Hey, Glenn Beck! Tell Your Minions Hitler Banned Books Too

New Jersey libraries are banning books, thanks to Beck supporters. What's next, bonfires in the public square?

Hey, Glenn Beck! Tell Your Minions Hitler Banned Books, Too

New Jersey libraries are banning books, thanks to Beck supporters. What’s next, bonfires in the public square?

-April Daniels Hussar

 A girl in a library

Just when I think there might be some hope for the human race after all, something like this comes along and makes me crazy angry. Thanks to some Glenn Beck minions, New Jersey libraries are now banning a book written to help teenagers cope with struggles they may be having about their sexuality.


TPM reports The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) describes Revolutionary Voices, edited by Amy Sonnie, as “the first creative resource by and for queer and questioning youth of every color, class, religion, gender and ability.” It features first-hand coming-out accounts from gay students, and “reflections on identity,” according to the School Library Journal. It was also named as one of the best adult books for high school students by the Journal in 2001.

Wow – sounds like it could be a great resource for a young person grappling with some pretty confusing issues, no?

Uh, no — apparently it’s actually “child porn”, according to the members of Glen Beck’s “9/12” group who lodged the complaints.

Newser.com reports: “How can we grab the books so that they never, ever get back into circulation?” a library director wrote in an email obtained by TPM. “Copies need to totally disappear.”

Yes by all means, make those copies disappear! Because then none of our kids will get their grubby little hands on material that might make them think a little more broadly, or feel a little less abnormal or confused or lonely. Phew! Crisis averted!

Read Gay? Straight? Neither?

So ridiculous – what do they think – roving bands of tweens are haunting the library aisles looking for racy gay sex scenes? They should be glad their kids even know what a library is.

Except of course, the book is readily available on Amazon.com (curse that confounded Internet!). A glance through Amazon’s “look inside” feature reveals the Table of Contents – a few of the included essays: “Speaking for Ourselves”; “I was only 13 when”; “Don’t ask because I won’t tell” and “Coming out in middle school.”

Uh, cue the porn music?

Not to mention – have any of these censorship-happy people taken a gander at their local bookstore’s “young adult” section? From Gossip Girl to Twilight to books like Kiss and Blog (no, I am not making that up) – sex is EVERYWHERE. But something tells me these people aren’t as worried about that kind of sex.

I’m a mom. I understand that there is material some parents are not comfortable sharing with their children. But that’s why we, as parents, get to keep an eye on our kids, develop relationships with them, and theoretically exert some influence over them. And trust that one day, when they are too big for us to cover their eyes during kissing scenes, they ARE going to come across some reading material that we might find objectionable or uncomfortable. And they WILL read it – and hopefully, if we’re lucky and have done a good job (my constant prayer), they will be able to come to us with questions.

Because ideas in books are not dangerous. How we deal with those ideas – that’s another story all together. So shame on you, librarians! Shame on you for bowing to the ugly pressure of small-minded censors, and letting down the people you are supposed to serve, the ideals you are supposed to uphold.

And more than that — shame on you, parents, for the lesson you’re teaching your children: If you don’t like an idea – burn it. If you don’t agree with something, make it disappear. If something makes you uncomfortable, bury it deep inside, and pretend it doesn’t exist.

And if your children are feeling any of the feelings that might have been helped or expressed in that book … well, God help them.

April Daniels Hussar is BettyConfidential’s Executive Editor.

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19 thoughts on “Hey, Glenn Beck! Tell Your Minions Hitler Banned Books Too

  1. I watch Glenn Beck quite often. One of the main pillars of his spew is to protect the Constitution, as in the first ammendment?? Glenn?? WTH? You can’t have it both ways. Keep up the silliness Glenn.

  2. Glenn Beck tells it like it is-that’s why he’s show is so popular. Wake up liberals! Oh, and by the way I’m lefty because I’m lefthanded, Not liberal. This book needs to be trashed! Parents need to talk to their kids about topics like this.

  3. Sorry, but in this case I agree with the “Glenn Beck minions”. More and more of the gay/lesbian agenda is being injected into the public schools; there is no reason for this filth marketing itself as an educational tool for kids. I’m guessing the majority of parents would agree with this “gay porn as education” unnecesary.

  4. One question for those of you who are pro-book banning (well, at least of “gay” books): What would you do if, by some chance, your beloved child came home and told you he/she was gay???

  5. I wonder how many of those calling for the removal of this book (or any other) have actually read the book in question. The lemming-like willingness to join in judgment of something with which the “critics” are not personally familiar is what concerns me most about this situation.

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