Monday, January 23, 2006


Steve Abrams Work Is Never Done

Steve Abrams, the chairman of the Kansas Board of Education wants to know if he can use state obscenity laws to force schools to remove controversial literature, according to David Klepper, the Kansas City Star Topeka correspondent.
“Some of the things passing for literature in our schools … I wouldn’t want my kids reading it,” he said. “I want to hear what state statute is.”
For more than a year now, students, teachers, parents, and administrators in the Blue Valley School District in suburban Kansas City area have successfully rebuffed the efforts of a small group of right-wing religious fundamentalists to ban from reading lists Pulitzer, PEN, National Book Award, and National Book Critics Circle award winning literature such as:

Of course, PEN, the National Book Critics Circle, The National Book Award committee, and the Pulitzer Prize committee don't have anything like the qualifications for judging what is literature and what is not that a vet from Arkansas City has.


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