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Book banning in Brunswick County: Not dead yet?

Book bansBad news for those who had hoped that the move by religious conservatives to ban Alice Walker’s The Color Purple in the Brunswick County schools had run out of steam once and for all with the 3-2 “no” vote on January 3. Judging by the comments of chief book ban champion, board member Catherine Cooke, things may just be getting warmed up.

Check out the video from the January 7 school board meeting in which Cooke goes on a semi-coherent rant (it’s at the 48 minute mark) about how “our Founding Fathers established our universities and our schools on Christian principles,” how she will continue to battle “things that are not decent,” and how she plans to continue to go over curricula and related items with a “fine-toothed comb.”

Sigh….Yet more compelling evidence that there are few tougher jobs in the Republic than serving on a local school board beset by the religious right.

The board meets again next Tuesday the 21st.

(Photo: ACLU of North Carolina)

2 Comments


  1. Chris

    January 15, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    If you have the fortitude to last that long, you will hear school board member Cooke reference a horrible thing that happened to her daughter when she was in the Brunswick County school system. What is she referencing? Romeo and Juliet. I am not joking.

  2. love my state

    January 16, 2014 at 11:03 am

    bless her heart

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