Tea Party Activists Celebrating Book-Banning in Southern Arizona School District

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A good ol' book-burning.


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:
Hugo 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."

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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 taxpayers).

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

"I'm 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.

You can see in the links below that this banning of the book has been celebrated by tea-party supporters, as it's portrayed as a mother standing up against an Obama administration that's trying to corrupt the nation's youth, which is depressing:
-Breitbart
-Daily Caller

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eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

I'll bet she's traumatized the kid to the extent that he's terrified of sex. Good move, Mom.

Jeanie17
Jeanie17

"saturating these books with gutter language is bound to warp students"--gutter language? Do these people know how stupid they sound? I bet Debbie Stoner thinks a 10 year old should be forced into motherhood if pregnant. But a high schooler can't read about sex. Some parents are idiotic.

eeecuzin
eeecuzin

Common core is nothing but socialist garbage pushed by the un.  This is pure propaganda and has nothing to do with education. Why is it that lower standards,  conforming to be average  and no longer pushing students to excel is acceptable. Teaching children how to learn not what to learn is what schools are for. Education has been going in a downward spiral for years because of political correctness and revisionist history. You can thank the left for that. Just look around at the damage this has already done adults that are ignorant and take no responsibility can t read or write or even name identify who foreign leaders are in a picture. Have no sense of history or even about its own government or how it is set up. As proof of the ignorance the left thinks that less government, lower taxes, more freedom and liberty, sound money policies, personal choices and keeping what you earn are bad and high taxes government deciding things for you regulation keeping little of what you earn control forced healthcare no choices and being controlled by psychos is good.  

To emoinphx The people in the 30s burning books were the socialists and the left The National Socialists  or the nazis  

emoinphx
emoinphx

Here we go again, next why don't the teabaggers just start burning them instead, kinda like Berlin in the late 30's...  It is about learning, get a job, do something with your life, get a life.  No instead you want to force your values, as fucked up as they are on all others.  Take it you had a bad experience with "Catcher in the Rye" when you were young.  Your kids see worse watching a dog have sex with women on Family Guy on Prime Time TV

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

So, the words "breast" and "bitch" are the only words in that selection that MIGHT be objectionable.  However, if Felicia is a dog, then the word "bitch" might not be so bad after all.  You think Hugo is into dogs?  How did he get that dog to slap him?  So many questions.  Stephen, where can we find a copy of this book?  I'd like to buy one for my bitch . . . .  er . . . girlfriend!

Matt Gainey
Matt Gainey

I usually just used the anatomy books

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

The Stoners are right wing extremists who live with other right wing extremists in the state of paranoid delusion out in the nut-thatch village of Palominas, which is the home of the now-defunct Miracle Valley Bible College. Tin foil hat wearin', bible-thumpin,' book burnin' tea baggers. Soooooooey!

Craig Shuman
Craig Shuman

This has nothing to do with the TEA Party groups. The TEA Party believes that the Government needs to operate within the Constitution and be fiscally responsible. Its that simple. Just because she is a member doesn't mean she speaks for anyone in the TEA Party. I'm sure the uninformed wont bother to get the facts on their own and simply believe what you tell them on this.

robert_graham
robert_graham

What if the schools had books by Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin?  Would you ask them to be banned?  I think a wonderful book called Liberty Amendments written by Mark Levin would be great for kids in the schools to read or would you want it banned?

Chris Smith
Chris Smith

Someone should send her a short story based off of "Two Girls One Cup." Maybe then she will see that this is utterly stupid.

Craig O'Dell
Craig O'Dell

They didn't BURN the book! New Times needs to stop with the sensationalism! I am as Liberal as it gets, and I wouldn't want my Sophomore daughter to read that either. There are plenty of other great books to study, and these kids will have plenty of time to read books like the one in question when they get to college...and act it out as well. They're growing up too damned fast as it is!

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

The American Taliban (Teaparty Republicans) at work

theloushow
theloushow

Don't get rid of "Like Water for Chocolate".
Don't!

squash
squash

Whelp.... so much for tea baggers calling themselves "libertarian."

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

If Ms. Stoner objected to the reading material provided to her son by the school, why not simply refuse to authorize the school to provide the reading material to her son?

Seems to me that she penalized every single school's reading curriculum by having this book removed simply because of her personal views or beliefs.

While I support her right to be a parent, different people parent their children differently. I bet no other parents except Ms. Stoner objected to this book.

Timothy Reisert
Timothy Reisert

Very disingenuous article - picture is of book-burning, not banning and the book itself is not being banned, but taxpayers simply exercising oversight in which books their school district will purchase and retain. Not every book is appropriate for a school and any child with internet access is likely to find much worse on their own school's computers.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

I feel sorry for her son. That poor kid has to put up with a mother like that.  He has a rough road ahead of him. 

jenpm
jenpm

Whoa - they better not read the bible.  Some girls get their dad drunk and have sex with him.  Ewwww.

cugagcmu80
cugagcmu80

Some kids who have parents like Stoner are up to more than she can imagine.  I have former students who fathered  kids and/or became pregnant, and their parents were the last to know they were sexually active.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@mikefrombisbee  is a left wing extremist who deposits his nuts in his boyfriends mouth and is thus intimately familiar with the term  "teabagger".  

Little Mike, where would you be if you couldn't call people names?  Those names copied from others because little mike lacks intellect and imagination.              

emoinphx
emoinphx

@Craig Shuman Kinda like all the Tea Baggers do on Immigration, ObamaCare, and any other program they don't like,  Oh yah I like the one where Hillary is in UN Uniform leading a column of Tanks down your street to take all your guns from you.

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fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Craig Shuman     I'm Libertarian and not of the Tea Party.  However, this is one of the very few rational and sensible posts on this thread.  Therefore, liberals will not understand it.    

shockna
shockna

@robert_graham Generally only books with literary value, rather than mass produced polemics (i.e. no contemporary political pundits; we don't put Obama's books in schools either, for the same reason), are taught in schools.

shockna
shockna

@Craig O'Dell Sophomore? She's what, 15 or 16? And she's not ready for something like that? You must have a terribly low opinion of your children.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@squash          I didn't know that they did.  I'm a Libertarian and would distance myself from the "tea party" in nearly all things social.

They do seeming promote fiscal conservatism and the constitution which are hard things to argue against.  

By the way, I hear that only those that are intimately familiar with teabagging call others "tea baggers".   Either that or a mindless twit that repeats everything he hears because he doesn't  have the intellect to construct his own thoughts.

Jeanie17
Jeanie17

@Timothy Reisert

What picture should they use to depict book banning? The photo was spot on.

Jeanie17
Jeanie17

@jenpm

It’s worse. Lot raped his daughters repeatedly and impregnated them. Inconvenient for the Bible set so we pretend daughters date raped their dad. Riiiiiiiight.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@cugagcmu80  

Absolutely true.  What's your point?  That she shouldn't have any say in what they read in school because maybe they're already doing things she doesn't know about?

She seems a bit nuts, but she has a right to "protect" her kids as she sees it, even if you think they might not need protection.

 

shockna
shockna

@fishingblues  The one making the middle school caliber anti-gay "joke" doesn't get to talk about others lacking intellect.

squash
squash

@fishingblues Perhaps tea baggers shouldn't have made up (and embraced) the term in the first place if they didn't want to be called it...

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

@fishingblues @mikefrombisbee Tea bagger fits as a description for right wing creeps to a T. Interesting how the homophobe mouth- breathing cretins start crawling out of the dumpster when one of their own is correctly labelled. You must be one a them wingnut, speaking-in-tongues losers out there in Miracle Valley. Seen any black helicopters flying around recently, Goober? Go ahead, lift the curtain in the front room of your single-wide and see if there's any guvmint agents sneakin' round yer privy.

Sooooeeey!

jonnyquest
jonnyquest

"Tea bagger" could be a term of affection. Are you getting down on people with alternate lifestyles?

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@valleynative @cugagcmu80  She shouldn't have any say in what the rest of the kids read.  If she wants to smother her son I guess thats still her weird business.  Chances are he will grow up as sick and twisted as  "Valleynative" and that is so very wroing. Poor kid. 

StopTheHating
StopTheHating

@valleynative @cugagcmu80 What cuga is saying is that the problem is with parents like this woman.  We don't want our kids to do drugs so what do we do?  We talk to them incessantly about it. Just say no, etc., etc.  We believe that the way to keep our kids off of drugs is to make sure they are well informed. 

We don't want our kids to have sex, so what do we do?  We shut up.  We try to keep them from anything that could possibly be sexual.  We try to hide human sex from them.  We believe that if our kids get an idea about sex they are going to run right out and have sex.

Why don't we apply the same logic to sex that we do to drugs? THAT is the problem.

shockna
shockna

@fishingblues Reference here: "mikefrombisbee  is a left wing extremist who deposits his nuts in his boyfriends mouth and is thus intimately familiar with the term  'teabagger'."

Said with all the intellectual luster of an underachieving twelve year old.


For all your pitiful attempts at ridicule, you're still being laughed at.


As for calling "liberals" unintelligent, are you aware that only a scant 6% of American scientists (the cream of America's intellectual crop) identify as conservative? Liberals aren't the ones who elect anti-science imbeciles to the halls of power.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@shockna   Wanna bet?   I get to make fun of you dumb-ass liberals all I please.  (Not quite sure what the anti-gay joke was that you reference,but then, who gives a rusty rats ass.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@squash    That is perhaps the stupidest thing I have ever heard a nimrod liberal utter.   Keep up the stellar work.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

@fishingblues @mikefrombisbee I want to thank you for continuing to demonstrate to Newtimes online readers how ignorant, self-righteous, hypocritical, and empty-headed you are. If you are referring to the character who appeared in a 1960s sitcom, it's "Bea", not Bee. Bea as in short for Beatrice. It has a Latin derivation. Wold you like for me to explain what a homophone is? It has become obvious from your lack of response to my questions about where you live and whether or not you know the Stoners (the original topic of this thread) that you are merely a trolling tea bagger posing as a libertarian because even a cretin such as yourself knows that tea baggers aren't viewed favorably.  Your homophobic lick-spittle rant also gave you away early in this thread. Your channeling of Gomer Pyle was very ironic or perhaps a manifestation of your true feelings about homosexuals. After all, Goober, Jim Nabors IS gay. Goober, by the way, is a term I use regularly on this forum as a term of contempt for people such as yourself. it is a southern term for Peanut. And THAT would be you.

Give my regards to the Koch brothers. I'm sure they appreciate useful idiots such as yourself. And the Stoners.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

@fishingblues @mikefrombisbee You, twit, wallow in your smug, self-righteous ignorance. Do you live in Cochise County, Goober? Do you know know, or know of the Stoners? Or are you just one of those shit-talking trolls who fill their empty, sad hours masturbating on the keyboard while trying futilely to make pointless points on the NewTimes site (but we already know the answer to that one, don't we , Goober?)

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@mikefrombisbee @fishingblues    No little mike, you are just another in a long line of numbnuts liberals.

Isn't it cute, when a child's grammar is corrected, they respond that they were purposely trying to look stupid.  You succeeded.  

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

@fishingblues @mikefrombisbee Just speaking twiteese to a twit. It IS difficult for me to speak down to you but I will try, Goober, since I seem to be your principal source of entertainment - which speaks volumes about your empty life.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@mikefrombisbee @fishingblues   

little mike:  "You must be one a (sic) them..."  are you freaking kidding me, Jazus!  You must have gone to government school for your fourth grade education. 

jonnyquest
jonnyquest

Nothing wrong with wanting people to watch.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest

It was a "double ended" entendre. But you have to be open to a deeper meaning.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@jonnyquest   Just alternate realities.

Was "getting down" a double entendre?  (Go ahead, look it up.)

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @dennis20 

No one is 'inventing' anything, you have made your personality traits abundantly clear in your postings/rantings here and dennis20 assessed those postings/rantings accurately.

Sucks for you that truth hurts I guess.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@dennis20

You don't know me, and are inventing personality traits for me.  Which of us is sick and twisted?

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @StopTheHating 

The school does not have to give her that option, she already has it, it's called pulling your kid out of school if you are that offended and either sending them to private school or home school them.

The choice is hers, to either be a parent or to whine expecting everyone else to appease her and only her.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@StopTheHating

Yes, IF the school provided that option, as nearly every school seems to, she should have simply not signed the permission slip.   I mentioned that in my first post here, which is somewhere on this page.  It's very reasonable that you might not have read it yet.

StopTheHating
StopTheHating

@valleynative @StopTheHating Well then she needs to exempt HER child from reading that book.  It doesn't matter what she believes; she does not have the right to force her religious views on other people, which she did by having a book banned from a school.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@StopTheHating

But whether or not you or I believe that her attempts will "protect" her child are not important.  She has the right to parent as she sees fit.


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