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A fight over books depicting sex and homosexuality has riled up a small Wisconsin city, cost some library board members their positions and prompted a call for a public book burning.

The battle has stirred much of West Bend, a city of roughly 30,000 people about 35 miles north of Milwaukee. Residents have sparred for months on blogs, airwaves and at meetings, including one where a man told the city's library director he should be tarred and feathered.

The row even spread to this year's Fourth of July parade, which included a float featuring a washing machine and a sign that read "keep our library clean."

...Outside West Bend, the fight caught the attention of Robert Braun, who, with three other Milwaukee-area men, filed a claim against West Bend calling for one of the library's books to be publicly burned, along with financial damages.

The four plaintiffs -- who describe themselves as "elderly" in their complaint --- claim their "mental and emotional well-being was damaged by [the] book at the library."

Maziarka, Braun, et. al., CNN 42 Comments [7/31/2009 12:16:26 PM]
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So don't read the damn book, it's not like they don't tell you what it's about.

7/31/2009 12:19:36 PM


No, I think your mental well-being was clearly damaged long before this.

7/31/2009 12:23:29 PM


Oh noes! My tax money is being spent on books with points of view other than mine!

Fuck off. How many copies of Ann Coulter screeds does your library have?

7/31/2009 12:28:29 PM

that guy

I think those four men have very ugly houses. So ugly, in fact, that they have "damaged my mental and emotional well-being." The only obvious solution here is for me to burn down all of your homes.

7/31/2009 12:33:38 PM


Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.

7/31/2009 12:42:30 PM


Farenheit 451, yay.

7/31/2009 12:44:21 PM

Swedish Pagan

Book burnings? That is one sure sign of fascism, that is. Freedom of speech really means freedom of speech. You can't have a partly democracy, either it is or it isn't.

If a book is said to be offensive, then by all means DON'T FUCKING READ IT! M'kay?
BTW, saying a book is offensive is the best advertisment it can receive, it will be a hit with the young 'uns, idiot! If you don't want them to read it, say it's booring and put it on the curriculum.

7/31/2009 12:51:18 PM


hold on, let me get this straight.

everyone whos not christian is a communist for saying we don't believe what you do, and you are moral and good becuase you burn books that you don't like?

you say hitlar was atheist and we are atheist so we must also share communism, so would it be safe to say that sense hitlar burned books, and your burning books, you are also communist?

i guess that you also make all vegitarians and painters communists as well, lol

7/31/2009 12:53:28 PM


Book burnings?!Really?I mean aren't we advanced enough to accept that people have different points of view?

7/31/2009 1:12:28 PM


Go right ahead and burn whatever books you personally own. As for library books, have you really even looked at what's on the shelves? Probably not, or we'd have these stories twice a day and people would want to burn the whole library instead of a few copies of a few books.

7/31/2009 1:18:37 PM

Doctor Whom

It's not political correctness when we do it.

7/31/2009 1:23:58 PM

Zeus Almighty

Fuck burning the books. Burn the librarian!

7/31/2009 1:26:47 PM


Hey, why burn perfectly good paper? Why don't you recycle it and make some bibles of it. It's not like bible has violence, sex, abuse, slavery, genocides and much more things in it. /sarcasm

7/31/2009 1:40:50 PM

Mr Blur

I'd say their "mental and emotional well-being" was pretty fragile to start with.

7/31/2009 1:45:02 PM


The four plaintiffs -- who describe themselves as "elderly" in their complaint --- claim their "mental and emotional well-being was damaged by [the] book at the library."

Something tells me that their "mental and emotional well-being" was destroyed years before this book even arrived at the library.

7/31/2009 1:47:51 PM


yee Gods! They don't pay librarian nearly enough to deal with these morons. Considering how many times librarians have to suppress the urge to say, "You are a fucking moron," it's a wonder we are not dropping like flies from stress related heart attacks.

7/31/2009 1:53:54 PM


According to the CNN article, this whole dispute started out as:

"They later petitioned the library board to move any sexually explicit books -- the definition of which would be debated -- from the young-adult section to the adult section and to label them as sexually explicit."

How the natives got from "move the books into a different section in the library" to "ZOMG BURN THEM! BURN THEM!", I have no clue.

7/31/2009 2:35:41 PM

On behalf of my fellow Milwaukeeans and Wisconsinites, I apologize to the world for these four dim bulbs. Please do not judge us based upon their irrational and insane behavior.

7/31/2009 2:38:03 PM


#997755 said:

On behalf of my fellow Milwaukeeans and Wisconsinites, I apologize to the world for these four dim bulbs. Please do not judge us based upon their irrational and insane behavior.

I'm sorry, but this is the norm not the exception. USA is choke full of idiots just like these.

It's rather the sane ones who are the exception these days.

7/31/2009 2:45:20 PM

Beam Me Up Scotty

Burn her, she's a witch, burn her...

/sorry, slightly inappropriate reference.

7/31/2009 2:45:40 PM

Caustic Gnostic

It just goes to show that crybabies exist in every age group. The older you get, the less relevant your opinion becomes in terms of culture, imo.

It's not often we have good cause to publicly tell the "elderly" to Grow Up. It gives me great pleasure to do so.

7/31/2009 3:39:54 PM

Dr. Novakaine

No one made you read the book, and just because you didn't like it doesn't mean other people should be denied the chance to read it.

7/31/2009 4:07:13 PM


Anyone know the title of the book? I've a sudden urge to read it....

7/31/2009 4:07:55 PM

So, their point of view is far more important than others´. Well, nice way to descend into individualism and anarchy, which they critisise so much.

7/31/2009 4:18:13 PM


Quote lifted from the CNN website about this book-

"The claim, unconnected to the Maziarkas, says the book "Baby Be-bop" -- a fictional piece about a homosexual teenager -- is "explicitly vulgar, racial and anti-Christian."

Baby Be-Bop? This shit again? Didn't we cover this months ago, yet they still have their collective panties in a twist over this? WTF!?

7/31/2009 4:22:54 PM

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