Texas Conservative ‘Christian’ Seeks To Ban Books He Deems Dangerous (VIDEO)

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HALT! These books may make you think for yourself and that’s just anti-Christian!

A Texas preacher is continuing the effort by conservative “Christians” to ban books they don’t like from public libraries.

Phillip Missick is the pastor of Kings of Saints Tabernacle in Cleveland, Texas and he thinks teens should only be allowed to read the books he wants them to read. That’s why he filed a complaint against the Austin Memorial Library and a petition signed by other “Christian” pastors demanding that fiction books about the supernatural be banned from the shelves.

“This is dark,” Missick told ABC 13. “There’s a sexual element. You have creatures that aren’t human. I think it’s dangerous for our kids.”

The books Missick wants banned includes the Twilight saga, Vampire Knight, and Blood Promise.

The Twilight saga chronicles the love story of a teenage human girl named Bella and a vampire named Edward and their struggle to be together and make their relationship work.

But Missick doesn’t want kids reading books like Twilight because according to him, they’re “demonic” books that must be “purged.”

“Just because they read it, doesn’t mean that’s what they really need,” Missick said.

Here’s the video via ABC 13.

Apparently, Missick thinks religious books should be the only choices for kids to read, as if getting them to read isn’t hard enough already.

The public library has already responded to Missick’s demand, pointing out that only 75 of the 1,500 titles offered by the institution in the teen section deal with the material he finds objectionable. The Library Director also made it clear that books shouldn’t be added or banned based on “partisan or doctrinal disapproval.”

Nevertheless, the city council is taking Missick’s whining seriously and it may not be long before the books are taken off the shelves to appease him, even though two of the pastors who signed the petition have since backed away from it.

Missick claims to “understand they (teens) have the right to these books,” but if he really understood that concept, he wouldn’t be pursuing what amounts to censorship. So what is his real agenda? Clearly, the books he is targeting consist of themes that “Christian” fundamentalists see as some sort of threat to their own religious beliefs. But then again, conservative “Christians” have fought to ban many other books from being read by American children.

According to Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU),

“This is an old story. Back in the day, religious zealots attacked L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. They’ve blasted classics such as John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, J.D. Salingers’s The Catcher in the Rye and (ironically) Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.”

Why are these so-called “Christians” so desperate to keep these books, or any book for that matter, out of the hands of kids who want to read them? The answer is indoctrination. Without literature, kids wouldn’t be as able to think for themselves. And that’s good for religious fundamentalists who want to bring in future potential followers who will eat up everything that they are told by the church. But I think Rob Boston of AU put it best:

“Every time, it’s the same tired argument: Young people need to be “protected” from themes such as “the occult,” human sexuality, modern science and so on. I think it’s pretty obvious what the Religious Right is up to here: They want to “protect” children from critical thinking, self-reflection and the type of curiosity about our world that an immersion into literature can give us.

People who read are often people who ask questions. They are people who think. They are people who ask for evidence instead of just accepting claims on faith. They are people who are less likely to swallow the rigid dogma and simplistic politics peddled by extremists.”

In short, the more books that are banned, the easier it is for conservative “Christians” to persuade kids to join their real life cult. It’s as simple as that. Personally, I have no problem with kids having a wide variety of books to choose from in the library. Even bibles are available to read in libraries. The point is that kids should have the right to read the books they choose, and banning certain books deprives them of that right.

Conservative “Christians” have been waging war against information for decades but they have been particularly active in recent years. They want to re-write history to reflect falsehoods they believe. They hate science and want it replaced in school with bible reading. And they want to ban books they don’t like so kids can’t develop the skills necessary to call them out on their bullshit when they become voting adults. And that’s precisely why religion belongs only in church. It certainly doesn’t belong in schools or government. It should be confined to church or the home or the world religions section of libraries and that is where it should be mandated to stay. Otherwise, the minds of our children are at serious risk.

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info

 

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