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Dictionary Removed From School in a Reactionary Move by School District


Here is a link to a story about a parent (no doubt an ultra-conservative christian fundamentalist in need of some serious head) who cannot keep her nose out of the crotch of her school district--itself apparently full of people in serious need themselves of some good head.

Rather than simply shield her own children from the world, keeping them ignorant and stupid, she spoke up to the school complaining that the Merriam-Webster 10th edition dictionary contained the term 'oral sex', which she found objectionable and age-inappropriate' (whatever that means), which then prompted the school district to pull the dictionary from classrooms and library book shelves.  I suppose to this moron of a parent 'oral sex' trumps all of the other 'graphic' words in the dictionary, and perhaps this thinking reveals something of her own psychosis.  Anyway, it is a shame that schools fall prey to the hysterics of a single stupid, ignorant person--perhaps she'd be better off moving to communist china where censorship is the name of the game.

Here, in fact, is a quote by a spokesperson who probably unintentionally hinted at her own ignorance and stupidity.

"It's just not age-appropriate," said school spokeswoman Betti Cadmus told the newspaper. "It's hard to sit and read the dictionary, but we'll be looking to find other things of a graphic nature."
I wonder if she also finds it difficult to read books and newspapers.  

Censorship sucks.  This woman and her christian friends will doubtless scour the classrooms and school libraries looking for anything that might sound the least bit offensive and not age-appropriate (whatever that means) and have these books removed in hopes of hurtling themselves and all those they affect back to the dark ages when repression and persecution ruled.

I so hope that the other, more intelligent parents, rise up against this censorship and even if they cannot get the school district to stop being reactionary, at least teach their own children that the dictionary is a good thing as is all knowledge and allow them, no matter what age, to think for themselves.  Besides, could a child really even understand what oral sex means?  And if so, what would it matter?  Being sexually immature and so not even understanding what sex is, doubtless the term would be meaningless.  Also, if parents really wish to shield their children, they can always throw away their own dictionaries, laptops and PCs, and send them to christian schools.

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