It’s Banned Books Week. Read a Tea Party Banned Book!


Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

Last week Tea Party Activists Celebrated Book-Banning in Southern Arizona (Phoenix New Times):

Tea party activists are celebrating as one of their own successfully got a book banned from a southern Arizona school district.

Debbie Stoner, a tea party organizer in the small community of Palominas, near
Sierra Vista, alleged that her son, a sophomore at Buena High School in
Sierra Vista, was told to read a pornographic book. She took it as far
to allege that some sort of child abuse had been committed as a result
of the boy's teacher assigning this to the class.

Here's that hardcore porn featured in the novel Dreaming in Cuban:

and Felicia stripped in their room, dissolving easily into one another,
and made love against the whitewashed walls. Hugo bit Felicia's breast
and left purplish bands of bruises on her upper thighs. He knelt before
her in the tub and massaged black Spanish soap between her legs. He
entered her repeatedly from behind.

Felicia learned what pleased him. She tied his arms above his head with
their underclothing and slapping him sharply when he asked.

"You're my bitch," Hugo said, groaning.

In the morning he left, promising to return in the summer.

Um, what? If that's hardcore porn, we've got some Internet links to share with Mrs. Stoner.

An article in the Sierra Vista Herald describes how administrators decided to pull the book from the curriculum.

It might not seem like a tea party issue, until you find that Stoner made
it into a tea party issue — it's an Obama indoctrination plot, of course(!?).

We found a link Stoner promoted on her Facebook page, about her fight against the evil books, which explains exactly why tea party activists actually don't like the book. The linked post is written by Donna Garner, tea party "education advocate" (emphasis on text is ours):

Obama's U. S. Dept. of Education under Arne Duncan proclaims that [Common Core
Standards] is not a curriculum, yet the CCS exemplars and sample text
selections in Appendix B are indeed curriculum and are obviously driving
what is being taught at Buena High School and in other schools
throughout this nation.

The CCS national assessments will also
drive the curriculum because since teachers' evaluations will be based
upon how well their students do on the online assessments, teachers will
be forced to "teach to the test."

[ . . . ]

Not only are
many of the suggested texts on the CCS list highly offensive to those
who hold traditional values (e.g., belief in personal responsibility,
self- discipline, respect for authority, self-control, a solid work
ethic, respect for other people, traditional marriage), but they also
serve a purpose for those in the Obama administration who are trying to
indoctrinate this and future generations to hate America and to trash
American exceptionalism. A steady diet of portraying ethnic/racial
characters always as victims and saturating these books with gutter
language is bound to warp students' minds.

Furthermore, Stoner posted on Facebook that she heard from "John Hubenthal," whom we
assume to be state schools Superintendent John Huppenthal, and Stoner
says that he agreed to take that book, and another one she objects to,
out of the state's Common Core reading list for being (*sigh*) "inapropret."

Interestingly, we tried to get a spokeswoman from the state Department
of Education to verify or deny this yesterday, but we have not received
an answer (despite her salary presumably being paid for by the

Stoner also suggests it was a criminal act by the teacher, under Arizona's laws against giving sexual materials to a minor.

not a lawyer but reading this it seems to me it's against the law to
give this mayerial [sic] to a minor, even for teachers," she writes.

Let's put a special emphasis on her claim that she's not a lawyer, because the statute
states, "Explicit sexual material does not include any depiction or
description which, taken in context, possesses serious educational value
for minors or which possesses serious literary, artistic, political or
scientific value."

Cristina García's Dreaming in Cuban was a finalist in 1992 for the National Book Award in fiction. The winner that year was Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses.

Well just in time, It’s Banned Books Week. Read a banned book!:

It’s Banned Books Week, an
annual celebration of the freedom to read, sponsored by the American
Library Association. Every year, libraries and bookstores around the
country use the week to highlight censorship by displaying books that
are challenged and/or banned, and hosting events about the issue.  More
than 11,300 books have been challenged in libraries and schools since
1982, when Banned Books Week began.

And the next time Debbie Stoner or some other Tea Party cretin demands that a school board ban a book, Annie Kinsella (Amy Madigan) in the movie Field of Dreams demonstrates how to deal with a book-burning "Nazi cow."


  1. Good for Ms Stoner! If that’s a passage from the book, it has no place in our schools. I fully support Ms Stoner and commend her for her efforts.

    AzBlueMeanie, The passage would be considered soft porn at the very least.

  2. Many books read by high school AP and Honors English students contain sexual content. I think this was flagged due to author and title.

    Based on Debbie Stoner’s comments (sigh indeed), I doubt that she read the book she wants to ban. Accelerated Reader recommends it for grade 11 through college and career ready students who want to attain “Exemplar Reader Certification” and, according to Common Core, “Read complex texts independently.” The book has an AR reading level/ATOS of 6.5, putting it just above “As I Lay Dying”, 5.4, and “A Farewell to Arms”, 6.o, and below “Jane Eyre”, 7.9, “Crime and Punishment”, 8.7, and “Don Quixote”, 13.2 (all books sharing a category with the book in question).

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