Magazine article American Libraries

Texas Vets Mulch Books in Porn Protest

Magazine article American Libraries

Texas Vets Mulch Books in Porn Protest

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Some 15 protesters from the Houston-based group American Veterans in Defense of Democracy shredded several books October 8 belonging to spokesperson Jim Cabaniss as part of an antipornography demonstration held outside six branches of the Montgomery County (Tex.) Memorial Library System. Speaking from the back of a flatbed truck equipped with a wood chipper, Cabaniss explained the book mulching was "symbolic" of what he would like to do with some 70 titles in the library collection that he characterized as "filth and smut that have polluted our libraries."

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Although Cabaniss did not reveal which books were on the list of 70 titles, AVIDD distributed a handout at the protests identifying a dozen "intellectually distasteful and morally decadent books in the children's section."

Cabaniss also displayed at each protest site a copy of Jack Cole and Plastic Man: Forms Stretched to Their Limits by Art Spiegelman and Chip Kidd as an example of the kind of inappropriate material to be found in the children's room, emphasizing that a 7-year-old boy had come across the book there. However, according to Library Director Jerilynn A. Williams, the book has always been shelved in the arts section of the general stacks.

Williams told American Libraries that the boy who discovered Jack Cole and Plastic Man is the son of Mark Cadwallader, an antipornography activist running for a seat on the county Commissioner's Court. …

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