A LOOPY band of Christians in Wisconsin is suing a library for $120,000, claiming they had been traumatised by a book which they say is “explicitly vulgar, racial, and anti-Christian”.
According to this report, they are also demanding the right to “publicly burn or destroy by other means” the novel for young adults – Baby BeBop, by acclaimed Los Angeles writer Francesca Lia Block.
The suit against the West Bend Community Memorial Library in Wisconsin has been brought by Robert C Braun of the Christian Civil Liberties Union and three others – Joseph Kogelmann, Rev Cleveland Eden, and Robert Brough – “all of whom are elderly”. They are each demanding Â£30,000 in damages.
The suit alleges that:
Their mental and emotional well-being was damaged by this book at the library.
Distress was specifically caused because Baby BeBop contains the “n” word, and derogatory sexual and political epithets that can incite violence and:
Put one’s life in possible jeopardy, adults and children alike.
The complainants also want West Bend City Attorney Mary Schanning to impanel a grand jury to examine whether the book should be declared obscene and that, by making it available, the library was guilty of a “hate crime”.
Oh, and they are also demanding the resignation of West Bend Mayor Kristine Deiss for “allow[ing] this book to be viewed by the public.”
The suit came at a time when the dust had just settled over a separate censorship row at the library.
Local busybodies Ginny and Jim Maziarka had launched a petition, circulated by West Bend Citizens for Safe Libraries, demanding that the library restricts certain titles. But an opposition group, West Bend Parents for Free Speech, launched a counter-petition, which attracted a greater number of signatures.
As a result, the library trustees voted 9-0 to maintain the young-adult collection as is:
Without removing, relocating, labeling, or otherwise restricting access to any titles.
So, what is Baby BeBop all about?
This comment, posted on the Drudge Retort blog by someone called fwthom, explains:
Did you check out what the book in question was about? It’s about a gay kid who gets the shit kicked out of him for being gay, passes out and then hallucinates about his ancestors telling him their love stories. When he comes to he realizes the hallucinations were a result of his grandma telling him stories about his family. The book isn’t pornography. It has a gay kid being supported and loved by his family which is in no way an offensive concept. Unless you’re deluded.