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How very North Korea of them.

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I feel like Republicans have been making a lot of rules that they would not like if the roles were reversed. If there were a far left government in Florida trying to ban books with heterosexual characters or books about conservative policies, they would rightly be outraged. Of course, there's only one party trying to ban books in reality.

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Let’s hope that abnormality sensitive people like Vickie Baggett find better hobbies than “Censure” of free speech. She is a menace to Democracy!

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And I thought the Republicans were all about getting the government off our backs. Damn.

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The First Amendment is under attack from all sides of our allowed political debate. Thanks for highlighting this pernicious argument put forth by the great state of Florida.

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Dec 5, 2023·edited Dec 5, 2023

Thank you Judd for your extensive research on this profoundly important issue. I am grateful that my mind works so differently from Baggett and her ilk--and their leader Ron DeSantis. My imagination of second graders reading about the two male penguins raising an orphaned chick was thinking about what they and a good friend might do in the same case, figuring out how to be a good penguin parent--nothing sexual at all! It would call on their ability to love and nurture.

And, about shaping "the government's message: How wonderful that so many law professors from so many law schools have joined in an amicus brief! And, how amazing that SCOTUS Sam Alito spoke out with clarity and wisdom about how the dangers

"the concept of government speech is susceptible to dangerous misuse." Can you believe that he:

"Alito, writing for the Supreme Court, wrote that 'we must exercise great caution before extending our government-speech precedents' because it could be used as a pretext to 'silence or muffle the expression of disfavored viewpoints.' "

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Way to go, Flori-duh! It just gets worse and worse.

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Funny. Republicans pejoratively refer to public schools as government schools, despite districts being localized with elected school boards. Now Rs and their book banning cultists call public schools government schools in order to control "government speech" aka all books in the the school library.

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Really at some point enough people in FL that are relatively normal and not zombified, need to stand up and defend their rights. One not very bright but determined person like Vicki should not be able to upend an district.

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It’s more than just saying the quiet part out loud - the entire mask is gone. The implications of having every place of public learning limited to strictly government-sanctioned speech are staggering. Beyond the libraries, curriculum, textbooks, teacher speech, extracurricular activities & classroom materials are all already under government control.

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“Government speech doctrine?” That’s as fascist as “Corporations are People.” The Brown shirts and their brown, trumpy noses are out in full force . . . Lawlessly.

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"parental rights" is such bull. What about MY parental rights to let my children have access to these books? What about parental responsibility to act as the gatekeeper for one's own children without restricting other people's?

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Jettison Florida, we don’t need it. How do we force it to secede from the union? I’m sick of paying for hurricane cleanup for a group of malcontents who hate America.

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The far-right is a collection of the dumbest people in the world. I love when they try to get away with flouting the constitution and then are caught and have to put the books back. When the courts rule that they have overstepped, which they most certainly have, please follow this story closely and make sure they actually put the books back. When they try to refuse, they should be jailed.

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Moscow says what?!

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I can easily see the conservative majority on SCOTUS repudiating that argument. I can easily see where a SCOTUS decision would then allow school libraries to "convey the governments message". So, in all the conservative states, prepare for your children to continue to be indoctrinated in the messaging for a less diverse, less tolerant, more discriminatory hate filled way of life. Oh, and with all of the "love" of the Christian dominionists being preached by teachers in classrooms daily. Yeah, making America great, right? Great for Naziism and for the rest of us fear that the "conveying of the governments messaging" will soon come for us. <sigh>

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