GOP Lawmaker Wants To Jail Librarians Who Let Kids Borrow “Inappropriate” Books
Missouri state Rep. Ben Baker seeks to punish any library that allows “minors to access age-inappropriate sexual materials,” according to the Friendly Atheist.
The library system not only allows you to check books out for free and reserve space and equipment, but the larger ones typically will be able to get you any book you need.
The Missouri Republican, however, has proposed HB 2044, which would create a five-member “parental library review board,” via an election for a two-year term. The parental panel would get to decide what is “age-inappropriate sexual material.” Kids would then be blocked from accessing whatever books are on the list.
If librarians violate any of these rules, they would be subject to a fine of up to $500 or a year in jail.
Hypothetically, a heavily Christian community could elect a board that decides books featuring LGBTQ characters are “inappropriate.” If libraries allow kids to check out Heather Has Two Mommies or I Am Jazz, books meant to help children understand LGBTQ identities, they would be severely punished for it.
Baker has previously defended a giant Christian cross on public property and pushed for Bible classes in school last year.
Hemant Mehta asked Baker, “Can you imagine the outcry if a progressive community elects a group of parents who decide to ban child checkouts of all Christian books -- including the Bible itself -- because the text is full of incest and rape?”
The congressman still has not responded.