Some parents in Austin, Texas have their panties in a twist over books they claim contain pornographic content in their schools.
In truth, these religious bigots consider any book that affirms the dignity of the LGBTQ community pornographic. If they were really serious about blocking access to pornography, they would take the time to learn how to set parental controls on their children’s phones and other electronic devices. Although, truth be told, that’s a losing battle, children’s curiosity will always win out over their parents’ feeble attempts to restrict pornographic content.
In response, a teacher, Krista Tyler, mocked them as anti-reading bigots at a school board meeting by reading a Dr. Seuss-style poem:
“Everyone in Leander liked reading a lot, but some evangelicals in Leander did not. These kooks hated reading, the whole reading season. Please don’t ask why, no one quite knows the reason. It could be perhaps critical thinking causes fright. It could be their heads aren’t screwed on just right. But whatever the reason, their brains or their fright, they can’t follow policy in plain black and white.”
It’s patently true that evangelicals hate reading, especially books that depicts a reality that exposes the unscientific basis of many of their cherished myths and fables.
By the way, they also hate reading the Bible, the average evangelical is unaware that it endorses slavery and genocide.
In their churches evangelicals can ban any reading material they don’t fancy, and exalt the Bible few of them have read from cover to cover. But in public schools children should be exposed to science and history textbooks and great books of literature that may be anathema to their parents.