Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 08/30/2011

New Jersey school bans books for passages of drug usage and homosexuality


“Norwegian Wood.” (Via Flickr user Karla Blanco )
Bibliophiles have worried about the fate of books ever since governments started banning them, and when Ray Bradbury wrote his book-burning novel “Fahrenheit 451,” it confirmed their worst fears for the future.

Despite increasing freedom of information online, government, libraries and schools still crack down on books.

This week, parents of high-school students at Monroe Township Schools in Williamstown, N.J., have asked that the books “Norwegian Wood” and “Tweak (Growing up on Methamphetamines)” be pulled from sophomore students’ required reading list because of a “graphic” lesbian sex passage, drug usage and a “homosexual orgy.”

Chuck Earling, superintendent of Monroe Township Schools, explained the decision to FOX News Radio, saying “there were some words and language that seemed to be inappropriate as far as the parents and some of the kids were concerned.”

One of those parents is Robin Myers, who told Fox that she doesn’t think a lesbian sex scene is “relevant for any teenager.”

Fox also interviewed Peter Spriggs, a senior fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council, a Christian organization that “promotes the traditional family unit.”

Spriggs said he was not surprised by the controversy and that it proved the “hyper-sexualization of our youth and the homosexual agenda being pushed.”

“This just illustrates why a lot of American parents are not willing to entrust their children to the public schools anymore,” he said.

Hypervocal wrote a scathing article about the book banning, mocking Spriggs, the way Fox covered the story, and the school’s decision to ban the books.

“Thank you for ensuring our kids do not have to be subjected to reading books with controversial ideas that might lead to significant discussions about right and wrong on heavy, heady topics,” Hypervocal wrote.

There’s been no word over whether students are upset over the decision. Some students facing banned or censored books in the past have protested, after a new edition of Huckleberry Finn in January removed the “n” word, or accepted free copies of the banned book, after a Missouri school in April banned Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five.

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