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Maria Parker applauds the clergy for identifying and exposing pornographic books in our public school libraries, and she believes that a meeting among said clergy to further discuss the removal of pornographic and age-inappropriate material should take place.

HELLO!!! Is there a Bible in the house? And, by home, I mean Westerly Public School Libraries. Well, look no further for stories of perversion and sexual deviance, because it’s all there. We’ve all heard (at least those of us of a certain age) about sex, drugs and glorified rock ‘n’ roll in the seventies. What about rape, incest, adultery and immorality personified throughout the chapter and verse? The Bible has it all!! Should this be one of the books to be removed from school shelves? Are we going to make high school students avoid learning about the Italian Renaissance altogether? The walls of the Sistine Chapel in Rome are adorned with naked bodies, and let’s not forget the Renaissance sculpture, ‘David’, which leaves everything ‘hanging out’, so to speak. So should we hide or suppress all books on Michelangelo since homosexuality seeps through his art? Is it porn or is it art? Who’s deciding ? So which clergy would be the decision maker? We have Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Protestants, etc. Oh, and if we’re fair, we should have someone to represent Wicca too.

Having the clergy decide the contents of the library goes against public education! Going back to the “good old days” (were they really that good?) is a panacea. What some would call “dirty” books also existed back then, along with drugs, alcohol and bullying. And, inevitably, there was always a moral authority trying to ban certain books. In my day it was JD Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye” and DH Lawrence’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”. Of course, I read them both.

Open dialogues between parents and their children are what is needed rather than having a “chosen” group of individuals picking and choosing what those dialogues will, in fact, be in designing school curricula. Stop guessing our local educators and know that they have your children’s best interests at heart.

Beverly Conti

West