Uncommon Sense

December 29, 2021

Only In the American South

Filed under: Culture,Education,Politics,The Law — Steve Ruis @ 1:10 pm
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I just read a news tidbit regarding legislation pending in Oklahoma: “You know how Texas has turned everyday folks into anti-abortion bounty hunters? Oklahoma saw that and thought, why not do the same thing, but for books? The state’s Senate Bill 1142, if passed, would allow any public school parent to demand that a book they don’t like be removed, assuming the book relates to, as the bill states, ‘the study of sex, sexual preferences, sexual activity, sexual perversion, sex-based classifications, sexual identity, or gender identity or books that are of a sexual nature.’ And if the book isn’t chucked within 30 days? The parent gets $10,000 … per day until the book is removed.” (source: The Morning Heresy)

Trying to see both sides of this “desire” on the part of parents (if any were actually involved in the creation of this legislation) to have some control over what their children are exposed to in public schools, I could envision a system in which a parent could supply a list of the books currently available in their child’s library which could then be flagged whenever their child seeks to check out a book, so that they could not check out books objectionable to his/her parents. This legislation, however, seeks not to control just one parent’s kid’s reading choices, but all kid’s reading choices. Control your own children’s reading all you want, but this legislation denies not just your child’s choices but my child’s choices, too.

This sounds like just another Trojan Horse issue dreamt up by Republicans to distract their state’s citizens from what their real mission is (to make the rich richer).


  1. The scope of that is simply astonishing. It is so broadly worded that it could be applied to even things like biology and science books, health and medical books, the list goes on and on.


    Comment by grouchyfarmer — December 30, 2021 @ 7:30 am | Reply

    • The strategy employed is that a small amount of effort is made to start the thing and then “the opposition” has to spend a lot of time, effort and money to stop it.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — December 30, 2021 @ 7:53 am | Reply

  2. What scares me about this is that it enables a rather small number of radical extremists to force their beliefs on everyone else through a system of legalized vigilantism. I would think that a large majority of parents would be opposed to this legislation, but you aren’t going to hear their point of view at the hearings that will be held. The proponents of this will carefully screen the people who will be permitted to speak about it at the hearings so it will look like most people actually support it.

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    Comment by grouchyfarmer — December 30, 2021 @ 8:03 am | Reply

    • If they can push it through, they will. It is, after all, a form of virtue signalling.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — December 30, 2021 @ 8:05 am | Reply

    • Unfortunately, that rather small number of radical extremists you mention are the same ones who are trying to run this entire country by their rules … let alone the Oklahoma school system.

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      Comment by Nan — December 30, 2021 @ 11:36 am | Reply

      • Yep, exact same folks. They are rich. We are poor. They are few. We are many. All of the advantages are theirs.

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        Comment by Steve Ruis — December 30, 2021 @ 11:38 am | Reply

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