It’s a good (and bad) thing that politicians who seek to ban books read the least

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Opinion: Republican lawmakers would like to add to the un-American restrictions that already exist in Arizona schools.

By EJ Montini || The Arizona Republic


The best thing about politicians who want to ban books is that they don’t read.

Unfortunately, that is also the worst thing about politicians who want to ban books.

Last year, Republicans who control the Arizona Legislature jumped on the book banning bandwagon, passing a bill banning schools from teaching or directing students to any material that is “sexually explicit,” which the bill defined as “masturbation, sexual intercourse or physical contact with a person’s clothed or unclothed genitals, pubic area, buttocks or if such person is female, breast.”

Imagine the classics of literature, past and present, that such a regulation excludes. (I’d list some, but given the fact that book banners don’t read I don’t want to give them a heads-up.)

That particular bill was pushed by Republican Sen. Jake Hoffman (then a representative) who, to my mind, should be banned from holding public office for being among those who falsely declared themselves presidential electors in order to overturn Arizona’s 2020 election results.

See Section 3 of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution – another document that book banners don’t appear to have read.


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March 2023