Two books pulled from Republic school library shelves

REPUBLIC, MO -- Two of the three Republic High books singled out in a public complaint last year will now be removed from the school curriculum and library. Shortly before 9 p.m. Monday, the school board voted 4-0 -- three members were absent -- to keep Laurie Halse Anderson's "Speak," an award-winning book about date rape, and remove Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse Five" and Sarah Ockler's "Twenty Boy Summer." Wesley Scroggins, a Republic resident, challenged the use of the books and lesson plans in Republic schools, arguing they teach principles contrary to the Bible. <a href="">Story here</a>.


According to the online catalog at the Springfield-Greene County Library District, every last copy of Slaughterhouse Five is currently checked out with a waiting list.

"...arguing they teach principles contrary to the Bible."

I'm not saying these books should or shouldn't be in the school (I've not read them) but lines like this really piss me off. In this day-and-age, I'd think we would be past this kind of crap. Did they remove all the books on Eastern Philosophy and Islam? How about all the books on capitalism, women's rights or homosexuality?

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