On November 14, a 20-year-old woman named Lanah Burkhardt appeared before the school board of the Conroe Independent School District in Texas. Burkhardt told the board that, when she was 11, she read a Scholastic book that introduced her to "a single kiss." According to Burkhardt, her exposure to this Scholastic book was directly responsible for her developing a debilitating addiction to pornography.
Astroturfing aside, why should a book be banned because this woman allegedly developed a porn addiction? Some people become alcoholics after drinking. Should we ban alcohol (again)? I thought conservatives embraced personal responsibility. BS, on more than one level.
If Hyenas are the problem, not the coconut cannon, then wouldn’t it also be true that Lanah Burkhardt is the problem, not the book? Just a question.
I bet there’s zero history of this battle with porn addiction & zero efforts to rehab from it (being that it’s all made up). IF she has an addiction, that book didn’t cause it.
Much of these right wing whacks have no experience or history with the issues they are suddenly so passionate about. As in no childhood education or development experience. No counseling or teaching backgrounds. Not even a history of studying abuse, its roots, its impact, etc. Why any parent would listen to them is beyond me!
What they have is ambition & grifting & a willingness to be used by other right wing whacks. They get to be a mouthpiece, a face, a faux advocate. It’s a schtick.
She’ll be running for board or office soon - watch...
As serious as the issue is, the descriptions of Brave Books titles had me howling. The Onion couldn’t have satirized these loons any better than they have themselves. Paws Off My Cannon. LOL
Stupid hateful weak-minded Christians wanting to push their beliefs onto others seem to be the actual groomers.
I can’t believe what I just read was not a parody of a Popular Information article. It just kept going with more and more GQP nightmare fuel from Kevin Sorbo to Dana Loesch. How can this be real??? Well, it seems as though it is not. It is a PR stunt created by a company that is trying to destroy its only competition. And a lying little brat. Vulgar
And this is one of the reasons test scores in math, science, and reading continue to go down. School boards focused on this issue instead of supporting teachers and students and making sure they have all the resources they need.
I have three grown children who read many Scholastic books and did not become addicted to porn. Of course, their incomes are not tied to a competitor for Scholastic dollars either, so... Anyway, the ratio is at least 3:1. But this is Texas, the Land of Upside Down. Maybe I should write a book.
I would like this young woman to provide a citation to the Scholastic book and author she read at age 11 and now blames for her porn addiction. I have learned through experience these book banning groups generally manufacture their objectionable material (words, phrases and graphics used to shock at public meetings) and can seldom provide authors, book titles, or libraries where the allegedly offensive material was found. BTW, for the "right to parent" crowd, where were her parents when this pre-pubescent girl was given unrestricted access to search internet porn? They didn't even have "net nanny" software? Seems like if there is blame to be placed beyond the young woman, it rests with the negligent parents, at least when she was a minor.
OMG! an innocent kiss (something we've all probably experienced) is what started this woman on her addiction to porn! Where do they even find these people? You'd think she'd have enough sense to be embarrassed by her story. It's just ludicrous!
Either this home-schooled young lady needs to get on meds to treat her schizophrenia or her parents should be investigated for conduct that allowed her access to porn.
Even many RepubliCons would find this laughable. Those who are ultra gullible are a tiny group of insignificance. Meanwhile, Biden accomplishments are staying out of the news due to focus on the obscure & insane.
If you develop a porn addiction after attending a Scholastic Book Fair, your problems run far deeper than a "single kiss" in a children's book. I hope this woman gets the psychiatric help she desperately needs.
Let's just file this under 'things that never happened '.
Coming to a theater near you: "Kiss Madness," written and produced by those same knowledgeable folks who gave us "Reefer Madness."
Maybe the bible, with its gratuitous depictions of rape and sex, turned her to porn? Imagine the reaction if someone suggested that the bible be banned.
Just more good old-fashioned brainwashing that would best be countered with continuously provided good old-fashioned comedy (SNL, TV, Stand-up, etc), to broadcast this idiocy everywhere.