Christian group sues for right to burn gay teen novel | Books | guardian.co.uk
These men filed a lawsuit to ban books from the library they found offensive. The courts threw it out. Now they are suing to be allowed to burn the library book and also for $120,000 in damages for reading about gay kids. They also are claiming that a book about a gay kid getting bashed is somehow a "hate crime."
I honestly don't understand people who wage this regressive culture war against libraries. It is so unamerican.
In a scene which appears to have been lifted straight out of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, a group of Christians in Wisconsin has launched a legal claim demanding the right to publicly burn a copy of a book for teenagers which they deem to be "explicitly vulgar, racial [sic], and anti-Christian".
The offending book is Francesca Lia Block's Baby Be-Bop, a young adult novel in which a boy, struggling with his homosexuality, is beaten up by a homophobic gang. The complaint, which according to the American Library Association also demands $120,000 in compensatory damages for being exposed to the book in a display at West Bend Community Memorial Library, was lodged by four men from the Christian Civil Liberties Union.
Their suit says that "the plaintiffs, all of whom are elderly, claim their mental and emotional well-being was damaged by this book at the library," and that it contains derogatory language that could "put one's life in possible jeopardy, adults and children alike."