This is another one for the WTF file. Apparently the organization Christian Civil Liberties Union has approached the public library of Milwaukee. There request is just so bizarre that I'm not sure if I should laugh or be offended. The CCLU is apparently so disgusted by the book Baby Be-Bop that they would like permission to publicly burn or destroy the library's copy of the book. The group is also asking for $120,000 for damages caused to its members by the book being on the shelf.
The CCLU claims that the book is “explicitly vulgar, racial, and anti-Christian." They also charge that their four plaintiffs all of whom are elderly "claim their mental and emotional well-being was damaged by this book at the library” because the book contains the word "nigger" and derogatory sexual and political epithets that can incite violence and “put one’s life in possible jeopardy, adults and children alike.”
Amazon's description of the book is as follows:
A prequel of sorts to Weetzie Bat, the novel opens while Weetzie's best friend Dirk is still a child, lying on his mat at naptime. "Dirk had known it since he could remember" that is, that he is gay. Tenderly raised by Grandma Fifi, famous for her pastries and her 1955 Pontiac convertible, Dirk struggles with love and fear: "He wanted to be strong and to love someone who was strong; he wanted to meet any gaze, to laugh under the brightest sunlight and never hide." After his first heartbreak, with his closest friend (who cannot accept Dirk's love nor his own for Dirk), Dirk battles more fiercely for identity; beaten up by a gang of punks, he slumps into semiconsciousness and is visited by his ancestors, each telling a haunting, lyrical tale of love, faith and self-acceptance.
I need for someone to explain to me how something that sounds like a children's book (although it may have homosexual subject matter) does damage to four grown ass women. If you find the book offensive then the resolution to your problem is not to read the damn book. I have to apologize for my language. I just get so pissed when I learn that stupid people are allowed to walk around and breed. They want to publicly destroy the book but it has to be library's copy of the book? Buy your copy and destroy that if you want to have a public protest. I think this is a group that is just looking for some attention (and I'm probably giving them what they want by generating this post) but they need to just get a clue.