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Have you heard that Illinois is banning, banning books? What do you think (Details inside)

Asked by LadyMarissa (15751points) May 31st, 2023

Illinois is in the process of passing a law making it illegal to ban books in their state. I don’t know if it’s strong enough, but at least it’s a step in the right direction. What are your thoughts?

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janbb's avatar

Good for them! As Amanda Gorman the poet said, it is beyond ridiculous that one parent can get her poem banned from a whole county’s schools but one country can’t stop mass murderers from killing people with assault weapons.

smudges's avatar

Yahoooo! Maybe it’ll catch on! Interesting, but not surprising that it’s a blue state.

jca2's avatar

It’s amazing that in 2023, this is even a topic. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing to have a law that books won’t be banned, it’s just amazing that book banning is even happening anywhere in the USA in 2023.

LadyMarissa's avatar

There ware a lot of things happening in 2023 that I thought were a thing of the past. I closed out 2022 thankful for the fact that we were finally past racism & homophobia only to discover that it just put on a different mask!!!

ragingloli's avatar

Now I am just waiting for all the conservatives to decry not banning books as “woke”.

LadyMarissa's avatar

The more they whine about the “woke” the MORE “woke” I strive to become!!! I started out my life trying to be one of them, but they have run me off with their hatred. I just don’t have it in me!!!

canidmajor's avatar

Cue the red ones shouting about porn in the kindergarten classrooms. <eyeroll> Pretty sure we have one here who has already said such things.

ragingloli's avatar

And it is all completely dishonest, because the republican sphere is full of actual groomers, that rightwingers stay conveniently quiet about.
And honestly, if they were actually concerned about children being molested, they would not be banning drag shows, they would be banning churches.

flutherother's avatar

It makes me feel a little uneasy to be honest. It’s a clumsy answer to a problem that shouldn’t exist. What if someone wants to ban a particular book, someone who knows about books for example, say a librarian. They don’t have to “ban” it, just not buy it, they can’t buy everything after all but someone might come along and beat them over the head with the law and demand the book is bought.

NoMore's avatar

Good job!

raum's avatar

I like the idea of it. But I’m not sure how effective it will be. Technically Amanda Gorman wasn’t banned, but restricted to the upper grades.

I think it would be more effective for parents to speak up to unban books in their school districts.

If one parent can get a book restricted for the whole district, why can’t 2+ parents get it unrestricted?

KNOWITALL's avatar

Good. Banning books is ridiculous.

Strauss's avatar

Even though I haven’t lived there for many years, I’m proud of my home state!

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