Thank goodness, our shared values are served. An article from the Raleigh News Observer tells of a group of concerned parents who are standing up for values. Theirs. Yours. And Mine, apparently.

Says the N.O.: “A local Christian activist group and several parents urged Wake County school leaders today to stop requiring students to read four books that they say have vulgar and sexually explicit language. Called2Action and the parents are objecting to Beloved by Toni Morrison, The Color Purple by Alice Walker and The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. They argued that some of the language in these books is not appropriate for middle school and high school students.”

Just in case you don’t have time to find the vulgarity in Color Purple and Beloved, Called2Action has posted the passages in question on its publicly accessible website here so that anyone with a web browser can read the exerpts out of context and without adult supervision.

Hmm. Now just a minute. There’s a contradiction here. You don’t want kids reading the words, Censors, so you publish the words in an attempt to stop them from reading the words?

The Concerned Ones say that they are standing up for our shared values, but I don’t share the value that allows someone to assume the role of Censor. The Consitution doesn’t allow it. Neither does the Supreme Court.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

— The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

I always find it ironic that some Censors try to justify their actions with the same Amendment that protects both our right to express religion alsoand protects our right to free speech and a free press.

You don’t get to keep part of the amendment, Censor, that fits YOUR values and then chuck out the rest.