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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

It’s For Your Own Good

posted by on June 4 at 12:00 PM

Something’s rotten in Nampa, Idaho:

The Nampa Public Library Board has voted to permanently remove two sex education books from library shelves, storing them instead in the library director’s office and making them available only on request.

The board voted 3-2 Monday to have The New Joy of Sex and The Joy of Gay Sex kept off shelves for good, following up on a March meeting when the board voted to temporarily move the books to the director’s office.

The books, which contain drawings and photos of sexual activity, first drew criticism in 2005 from Randy Jackson, director of a Christian activist group called “Youth 4 Revolution,” based in Nampa.

Board members in 2006 unanimously rejected Jackson’s request to remove the books from the shelves. But three new board members had since been appointed by Nampa Mayor Tom Dale. All three, Bruce Skaug, Kim Keller and Sandy Levi, voted to remove the books.

(Via Bookshelves of Doom.)

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They probably get stolen about once a month.

Posted by Dougsf | June 4, 2008 12:15 PM

Who would shelve a sex book on the advice of a guy named Randy Jackson? Come on.

Posted by Gloria | June 4, 2008 12:20 PM

Good. The kids can get educated by each other, one poke at a time.

Posted by Miss Stereo | June 4, 2008 12:20 PM

And the book burnings begin when?

I could wax eloquent here about knowledge and power and control and Farenheit 451 and what role e-books could play. But, I'm just not feeling it right now.

Is it better to know, to know you could have known, or to have never known at all?

Posted by PopTart | June 4, 2008 12:31 PM

@2 'Sup, dawg! That was off the hook. Gloria hit it out of the park! Yeahhhh!

Posted by Randy Jackson | June 4, 2008 12:38 PM

HA HA HA, Idaho has become quite the mecca for self-hating queerness.

Start the countdown clock for the revelation that Randy Johnson has been diddling little boys for decades in Nampa...

Posted by Just Sayin' | June 4, 2008 12:41 PM

The three new board members are probably Christo-fascist infiltrators.

Posted by Sirkowski | June 4, 2008 12:53 PM

Do these people live under rocks? Seriously, what century are they phoning this in from?

They plan to keep these very garden variety sex manuals away from kids by taking them off LIBRARY shelves?

Posted by Westside forever | June 4, 2008 12:54 PM

It's just as well, I don't think we want these people learning how to have sex anyway. Best they abstain.

Posted by calvin | June 4, 2008 12:56 PM

haha "Youth 4 Revolution"...wasn't that Prince's backup band in the late 80s?

Posted by brett | June 4, 2008 12:58 PM

I can't believe there was a book titled The Joys of Gay Sex in the entire state of Idaho!

Posted by Mike in MO | June 4, 2008 1:03 PM

@11: Yeah, isn't that Larry Craig's state? I thought everybody in Idaho knew the (secret) joys of gay sex.

But seriously, you can still buy both of these books up the street at your local Idaho Barnes & Noble Giant Conglomerate Bookstore.

Posted by Greg | June 4, 2008 1:09 PM

Ease off everybody - at least this is a great day for the Nampa Library Director, who'll have a lot more fun now going to work...

Posted by freshnycman | June 4, 2008 1:31 PM

IIRC, Bruce Skaug used to write rabid right-wing columns for the University of Idaho Argonaut. He was the designated "controversy" guy.

Posted by King Rat | June 4, 2008 3:18 PM

What's all the fuss? It's not like a teenager could actually locate a book in a library anyway.

Posted by sure | June 4, 2008 3:25 PM

those titles weren't in the library when i grew up. nampa probably wishes they'd never bought them.

Posted by max solomon | June 4, 2008 3:32 PM

I wish my office had a shelf for all the naughty library books.

Posted by Greg | June 4, 2008 4:39 PM

This is what I thought of when I read this story:

Posted by Christopher | June 4, 2008 7:07 PM

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