Reference to Same-sex Couple Could Give Book the Boot


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Updated: 1/28/2010 1:53 pm Published: 1/27/2010 12:27 pm


Tulsa, OK- Green Country parents are trying to get "Buster's Sugartime" by Marc Brown pulled from the shelf of a Union Public School.

"I'm very shocked and I'm glad you brought it to my attention," said Kim Brown, who has three kids attending Thomas Jefferson Elementary, where the book is located in the library. "I didn't even know there was a book like that. I'm dissappointed to find out my kids had access to that without my even knowing it."

The book, which is based on a PBS series "Postcards from Buster" follows the main character to Vermont, where he learns how maple syrup is made and meets a same-sex couple who are raising kids.

Vermont was the first state to legalize same-sex civil unions in 2000.

"I don't want them to read that because I don't believe that's what marriage is," said Brown.

Another mom had a different opinion.

"The world is so different now and times have changed so much that I don't think it's fair to look back on the past and think that's the way it should be," said Ashley Hoffman.

In October, the same book came before the Union School District's Materials Review Committee, which voted 6-1 to keep it available for students.


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mammie2 - 1/31/2010 4:32 PM
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you r right things r now like they used to be and the reason is there is not GOD in things anymore. that is why this stuff is happening and it is getting worse. so stand your ground and fight to get this out of the schools and bookstore alike. i know my grandkids will not be watching buster anymore at my house. I am also going to check their school library to see if the book is there.

nixeco - 1/28/2010 10:08 PM
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It is amazing to see all this liberal drivle. We can't shield kids from every idea that might "lead them astray", but we can teach them the right way, and hope they follow.

slimjim - 1/28/2010 2:30 PM
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Gee, can you really get Rosie and Ellen off the tv? PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEE GO FOR IT!

ekiookie - 1/28/2010 12:28 PM
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Guess we need to get Rosie O'Donnell an Ellen D off the tv... zeeee all this over a children's book. The parents should get the book an read it with the kids an explain if they have questions. Keep it simple and the kids will be happy.

kindagreywolf - 1/28/2010 10:24 AM
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WTH? It doesn't matter if rabbits are straight or gay, they all taste the same with Onion and garlic. I am far from Religious but it's just a book. It doesn't show them going at it like people on Turkey Hill or the bathroom stalls along the river-park, Whats the big deal? "Come here, Come here, I got a carrot for ya".

slimjim - 1/27/2010 9:49 PM
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Well said dritte. Yes HLFretz70 you certainly can smell the stench of the 21st century and the odor is disgusting.

Tanis143 - 1/27/2010 8:32 PM
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Yeah, lets ban this book because it goes against some people's religious beliefs. While we are at it, lets ban all books that mention any other religion besides Christianity. Know what that sounds like to me? Those radical Muslims over in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan who use oppression to force everyone into the Muslim religion. Same-sex couples are a FACT of life. They are not going to go away. And, get this, they are not evil! Some people have way too much time on their hands and not enough brain cells to utilize that time properly.

dritte - 1/27/2010 7:29 PM
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Not every book written gets placed in every library. Obviously somebody went to a great deal of effort to choose the book for inclusion so as to propagandize for a view of marriage that has been soundly rejected in Oklahoma and 46 other states (and is only in a 47th by judicial coup d'tat). So, if it takes some effort to get it out, it is effort well spent. Don't flatter yourselves. There is no such thing as "homophobia." Nobody is afraid of homosexuals. It's more a combination of disgust and pity.

HLFretz70 - 1/27/2010 7:08 PM
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Really, more book banning? The book should stay. Wake up and smell the 21st Century!

slimjim - 1/27/2010 5:42 PM
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We don't pass judgement, that will be done later!
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