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Sat Mar 1, 2014, 01:35 PM

Cover up the art and shutter the library!

The Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a bill that will purge literature from our schools, censor art classes, and stop field trips.

Senate Bill 401 does two things:

Under current law, one can defend the display of art in an art history class because of the importance of a particular work of art. For example, works that include nudes - Michelangelo's statue of David, Peter Paul Rubens' painting The Fall of Man - are important in the history of art. Students can see them as part of instruction and, if a parent objects and accuses the school of promoting obscenity, the "affirmative defense" allows the school to argue the artistic merit of the piece in question.

Senate Bill 401removes from public, private and parochial schools the defense of literary or artistic merit or significance when someone accuses the school of exposing students to "offensive" materials.

The same applies to literature. For years people have tried to get books pulled from literature classes and school libraries. Huckleberry Finn, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret are three examples of books that have been challenged over the years. But the defense of literary merit has been allowed. Senate Bill 401 removes that defense from public, private, and parochial schools.

If you think this only has to do with "obscenity," you are wrong. While the bill does address obscene materials, its provisions also apply if "a reasonable person would find that the material or performance lacks serious literary, scientific, educational, artistic or political value for minors." This language is so broad as to include almost anything. Could someone challenge Sinclair Lewis' Elmer Gantry as lacking "political value?"

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 01:59 PM

1. Just another attempt to pull the educated down to their ignorant level.

 

This crap has been going on for decades. Shades of the 1970's. Edwards Meese, is that you?

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 02:09 PM

2. I can't stand these religious fanatics

Why can't they just leave the normal people alone?

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Response to shenmue (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 07:45 PM

6. Because they want to share the love of Jesus with you...

 

statements like that creep me out to no end.

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Response to shenmue (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 2, 2014, 11:28 PM

7. Because they want you down on your knees in the church of their choice.

(THEIR choice)

These clueless fuckwads want us all to be clueless fuckwads like them, praying to their god and no other.

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Response to shenmue (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 22, 2014, 07:06 PM

8. Because they are so insecure in life they have to try to force everyone to be just like them. n/t

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 05:05 PM

3. Same old stupid shit.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 05:29 PM

4. Puritanical authoritarianism. RW wet dream

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 06:54 PM

5. Teh Stoopid always starts in Kansas?!

 

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Mar 22, 2014, 07:12 PM

9. Kansas is a seriously F'ed up state. Anyone living in Kansas that wants to maintain some

identity of self, should really get the F out like many people I know have done. Maybe the elections will change things, but on its current course it's really a shit hole of a place.

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