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April 27, 2005
Reading and the Children

Speaking of censorship, which I was in my earlier post, it's alive and well in Alabama public schools.

Books by any gay author would have to go: Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote and Gore Vidal. Alice Walker's novel "The Color Purple" has lesbian characters.

I'd be surprised if this is the last move the forces of Paranoid Homophobia (hereinafter, another good word, known as the ParaHo's or ParaHoFo's, depending on the context) make to erase homosexuality from public notice.

On the other hand, I took a The Bible As Literature class in high school myself and found it very interesting. The key is to treat it as literature, of course, and not confine the lessons to modern-day evangelical spinning that cherry-picks to fit a specific political agenda. (I suspect that's a bit much to expect from a Texas school, but I'm very encouraged by the description of the class.) I hope the secularists don't make jackasses of themselves over this one. Better to wait and see how it plays out in the classroom.

Posted by AnneZook at 05:40 PM


The trekkie thing is ... hmm. Wonder if there's a connection between the tech-heavy research methods they use and the criminals they find: less computer-oriented detective work might net fewer geeks? I'm so hoping there's a selection bias in there somewhere.....

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at April 28, 2005 03:48 AM

It struck me as odd, yes. I can see how computer searching would sort for "computer-savvy" predators, and that's the specific target of this group.

On the other hand, the Trekkie bunch are hardly the only, or more numerous, bunch of geeks on-line. Which makes it very odd that so many captured predators have been Trekkies.

I don't know what it means, if anything, but it's an odd fact to ponder.

Posted by: Anne at April 28, 2005 01:32 PM