by John Massoud
Earlier this month, a Warren County resident was complaining about a “small group of people who wish to ban books” from the Samuels Library. The writer talked about how many of the speakers that evening were not Warren County residents, or may have just purchased a library card so they could speak.
The writer may not be aware of this, but by that last statement, he was trying to suppress free speech. Several of the speakers who were supporting allowing these books in the children’s section of Samuels Library were trying to suppress free speech. One of the more egregious examples was a young lady who early in the meeting said that “churches should not be allowed to speak” because they “don’t pay taxes.” What she meant to say was that no person who attends a church should be allowed to speak. So people who attend church, who pay their taxes, should not be allowed to speak, yet anyone who agrees with those wanting to show porn to kids should be allowed to speak as they wish. This according to the logic of those who want to show porn to children.
People like the writer say they are 100 percent for free speech. Yet they want anyone who disagrees with them to not be allowed to speak. The writer does not support free speech. He supports free speech if you agree with him. With that being said, here are the books that many leftists want banned (and in some cases have gotten banned):
Of Mice and Men
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
To Kill a Mockingbird
Six books written by Dr. Seuss
For the record, I, like pretty much every person today, finds use of the N word despicable. Yet, the fact is that “Huck Finn” is an American classic. Should Huckleberry Finn be banned because Mark Twain used a word which may have been acceptable in the late 1800s but is now rightly seen as disgusting? Of course not. Dr. Seuss is coming under fire because some radicals’ sensibilities are offended over artwork. Dr. Seuss was the least racist person of his time.
Myself, and most people who were protesting the Warren County Board, while we believe that porn is wrong, were not talking about the library having porn. We were talking about having sexually suggestive materials in the children’s section at Samuels Library. The language in some of these books was so offensive that the Board had to ask speakers to stop reading from the books.
The good people who spoke up against Samuels Library showing porn to kids are the salt of the Earth. And as I said at the meeting — anyone who wants porn shown to kids is in serious need of prayer.
John Massoud is the chairman of the 6th Congressional District Republican Party. This column was originally posted in The Bull Elephant. It is reposted here with permission.