Issue 79, Fall 2000

  • Embarrassed by an illustration of a vagina in a high school science textbook, school board members in Lynchburg, Virginia refused to approve the book unless the picture was covered or cut out. Some anatomical parts, apparently, are best unseen.
  • Participants at a home school convention in Sacramento, California recently were so embarrassed by nudity that they clothed a sculpture—a replica of the famous bronze statue of the Greek god Poseidon, with the consent of city officials. Offended residents protested by stripping the statue and blindfolding it with its own newly-acquired necktie.
  • Embarrassment justified: Kansas citizens repudiated the state school board’s act to remove human evolution from the state science standards by voting the rascals out. Three candidates who supported the decision by the Kansas Board of Education last year were defeated in a primary by candidates who pledged to return evolution to the standards (Censorship News 75).
  • Good news from Wichita Falls, Texas: a federal court confirmed that library books may not be moved/removed from the library by a petition of 300, as the city council had legislated. The books, Heather Has Two Mommies and Daddy’s Roommate, had been reinstated last fall when the policy was temporarily enjoined (CN 75).
  • NCAC welcomes two new participating organizations, the Association of American Publishers and the Children’s Literature Association, which swells our roster to 50.
  • Robert James Hosley, who lived in Bozeman, Montana, left a bequest of some $66,000 to NCAC. Mr. Hosley had been a modest contributor since 1993. His generosity will continue to provide support for many years to come.