Facts over Fear: Should you judge a book ban by its cover?

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Should you judge a book ban by its cover? We’ll read between the lines in this week’s Facts over Fear.

The Pennsylvania Senate has passed two bills that supporters say give parents more of a say in what their child reads but opponents say it’s just a sneaky way to implement book bans.

In one of the bills, SB-340, school districts would have to — among other things — post titles, links and information about every book online.

In the other bill, SB-7, schools would have to identify so-called, “sexually explicit” content, notify parents of said content and require parents to give consent for their kids to see or read the content.

All of that, before any teaching begins.

I have so much to say.

First— what is “sexually explicit”?

Is it LGBTQ content? Is it content about reproductive rights? Is it the history of the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage?

And who gets to decide which content to ban— I’m sorry not ban?

There’s little chance that any of this becomes law because the Democrats control the House and another lives in the governor’s mansion.

But it’s a good reminder of what could happen if Republicans were in charge.

And that my friends is a fact.

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Natalie Bencivenga
Natalie Bencivenga

Natalie Bencivenga is a socially conscious journalist and hosts a weekly show on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. Follow her on Instagram at NatalieBencivenga.


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