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Attacks against library filled with irony

| September 1, 2022 1:00 AM

Congratulations Bonners Ferry, now you’ve made international news. Last week, the story of our library was carried in The Guardian and Yahoo News.

This comes about as a result of the ongoing effort by a radical group to take control of the contents and leadership of our local library.

Yes, the same segment of the population who has been complaining about “cancel culture,” freedom, socialism and censorship, now wants total control over what they think might be on library shelves.

Too bad they never stop to think for one moment that their personal beliefs cannot and will not infringe on the rights of the rest of us, as given in the First Amendment, or that the control of media available to the public is one of the foundations of socialism.

They complain that the banning of Republican politicians from popular media sites is censorship, when in fact, those corporations have every right to do so. If those politicians had not engaged in incitement of violence, threats, medical misinformation, and claims of election fraud, they would still have access to those platforms. Not one Democrat has been banned from any platform, by the way.

Also I find it strange that they don’t want to ban the Bible. I refer to Song of Solomon, King James version, which has plenty of steamy references to sex, and the the biblical passages referring to violence are legendary.

The Republican Party, and Trump in particular, has made no secret of their disdain and disrespect for education any type, and libraries are one of the foundation institutions of education in the U.S.

It’s ironic that the people who spend their days fueled by grievance and victimhood should try to diminish one of the institutions which would relieve them of that burden by educating them as to the realities of the world, but they aren’t interested.

DAN STRAYER

Bonners Ferry

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