Tea Party Activists Celebrating Book-Banning in Southern Arizona School District
Tea party activists are celebrating as one of their own successfully got a book banned from a southern Arizona school district.
Debbie Stoner, a tea party organizer in the small community of Palominas, near Sierra Vista, alleged that her son, a sophomore at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, was told to read a pornographic book. She took it as far to allege that some sort of child abuse had been committed as a result of the boy's teacher assigning this to the class.
Here's that hardcore porn featured in the novel Dreaming in Cuban:
Hugo and Felicia stripped in their room, dissolving easily into one another, and made love against the whitewashed walls. Hugo bit Felicia's breast and left purplish bands of bruises on her upper thighs. He knelt before her in the tub and massaged black Spanish soap between her legs. He entered her repeatedly from behind.
Felicia learned what pleased him. She tied his arms above his head with their underclothing and slapping him sharply when he asked.
"You're my bitch," Hugo said, groaning.
In the morning he left, promising to return in the summer.
Um, what? If that's hardcore porn, we've got some Internet links to share with Mrs. Stoner.
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An article in the Sierra Vista Herald describes how administrators decided to pull the book from the curriculum.
It might not seem like a tea party issue, until you find that Stoner made it into a tea party issue -- it's an Obama indoctrination plot, of course(!?).
We found a link Stoner promoted on her Facebook page, about her fight against the evil books, which explains exactly why tea party activists actually don't like the book. The linked post is written by Donna Garner, tea party "education advocate" (emphasis on text is ours):
Obama's U. S. Dept. of Education under Arne Duncan proclaims that [Common Core Standards] is not a curriculum, yet the CCS exemplars and sample text selections in Appendix B are indeed curriculum and are obviously driving what is being taught at Buena High School and in other schools throughout this nation.
The CCS national assessments will also drive the curriculum because since teachers' evaluations will be based upon how well their students do on the online assessments, teachers will be forced to "teach to the test."
[ . . . ]
Not only are many of the suggested texts on the CCS list highly offensive to those who hold traditional values (e.g., belief in personal responsibility, self- discipline, respect for authority, self-control, a solid work ethic, respect for other people, traditional marriage), but they also serve a purpose for those in the Obama administration who are trying to indoctrinate this and future generations to hate America and to trash American exceptionalism. A steady diet of portraying ethnic/racial characters always as victims and saturating these books with gutter language is bound to warp students' minds.
Furthermore, Stoner posted on Facebook that she heard from "John Hubenthal," whom we assume to be state schools Superintendent John Huppenthal, and Stoner says that he agreed to take that book, and another one she objects to, out of the state's Common Core reading list for being (*sigh*) "inapropret."
Interestingly, we tried to get a spokeswoman from the state Department of Education to verify or deny this yesterday, but we have not received an answer (despite her salary presumably being paid for by the taxpayers).
Stoner also suggests it was a criminal act by the teacher, under Arizona's laws against giving sexual materials to a minor.
"I'm not a lawyer but reading this it seems to me it's against the law to give this mayerial [sic] to a minor, even for teachers," she writes.
Let's put a special emphasis on her claim that she's not a lawyer, because the statute states, "Explicit sexual material does not include any depiction or description which, taken in context, possesses serious educational value for minors or which possesses serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value."
Cristina García's Dreaming in Cuban was a finalist in 1992 for the National Book Award in fiction. The winner that year was Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses.
You can see in the links below that this banning of the book has been celebrated by tea-party supporters, as it's portrayed as a mother standing up against an Obama administration that's trying to corrupt the nation's youth, which is depressing:
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