Apparently, some folks in West Bend have their collective undies all in a bunch about some books that are available at the West Bend Public Library, and their solution is simple: ask to burn the books and then sue the city.
The four individuals in question, who are clearly not fans of the First Amendment, are seeking $120,000 in compensatory damages for the “pain and suffering” they endured by being exposed to the book. What’s more, the individuals are also demanding the resignation of West Bend Mayor Kristine Deiss, and their suit also asks for “the right to publicly burn or destroy by another means the library’s copy of Baby Be-Bop.”
The current lawsuit came about after four months of grappling between the group and the West Bend Library. The group, led by Ginny and Jim Maziarka, challenged the availability of young-adult materials they deemed sexually explicit, but library trustees voted 9–0 on June 2 to maintain the young-adult collection as is “without removing, relocating, labeling, or otherwise restricting access” to any titles. At the risk of invoking Godwin’s Law, I thought book burning as a common practice went out with the fall of the Nazis in World War II, but apparently, it’s back in vogue for those seeking to curb free expression.
Jason Haas has more.