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Facts about content of “Two Boys Kissing” – Hearing is Tomorrow

Dear Readers,

This is the Amazon review of a book that was the basis of a recent Minority Report Editorial.

“… David Levithan…tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS. While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing (former) couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.”

Our local Editor is not alone in his defense of this book.

According to Amazon “The Los Angeles Times called Two Boys Kissing “Open, frank and ultimately optimistic,” and Entertainment Weekly gave the novel an A minus. With Levithan’s trademark sharp-witted, warm-hearted tales of teenage love, Two Boys Kissing will appeal to fans of Levithan’s breakthrough debut, Boy Meets Boy…”

“… warm-heated tales of teenage love…” is hardly a description I would apply to this book.

In his column the Editor dutifully pointed out that “…copies of the Bible and other religious books are also available in the library.” as if the Bible is somehow as controversial as Levithan’s book.

I hope that by now my counterpart has actually taken the time to read the book in question. If he has I believe he should be able to understand the parent’s concern which had little to do with the cover, and a lot to do with the content; a fact which the MR Editor ignored.

I do like his revelation at the end of the Editorial where he writes, “Having a controversial book in a public school library is not the end of civilization as we know it. I[t] is, rather, the mark of a free society for which the clashing of opposing views is not clamor, but sweet music.”

Oh how sweet it would be to hear a little of that “music” coming from the pages of our local newspaper, instead of the one-sided liberal drivel that continues to worsen over time.

Let me provide a few passages and see if you agree with Amazon and our Editor.

If you are a concerned parent and would like to receive an unedited version of these excerpts, please email me directly at ‘editor@fauquierfreecitizen.com’ and I will provide them.

I hope that all parents who have children in FCPS will make time to attend the hearing tomorrow at Fauquier High School; details are HERE.

I apologize if anyone is offended by these excerpts, but if you are, please step back a minute and consider that this book is on the shelves of at least one of our schools where your 14 year old can check it out and read it, with or without your consent.

Here are some edited excerpts from the book:

“There are boys —–ing for the right reasons and boys —–ing for the wrong ones.”

“The a–holes in school had the typical a–hole reactions.”

“This guy is telling him all the things he wants to do with — —–, and all Cooper has to do is type Yeah and Wow and Oh man for the guy to go on.”

“There are moments where Harry is so revved up, is so —–, that he’d sleep with just about anything. And now, Harry needs to stop thinking about sex, because his body is starting to….react.”

Joseph Civitas                                                                                                                                                                 Editor

 

 

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7 Responses to Facts about content of “Two Boys Kissing” – Hearing is Tomorrow

  1. Norbert Reply

    April 28, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    This is an amazingly written and important YA book! The only affect it could have on our children is that they gain the ability to empathize…

    • Anton Afterwit Reply

      April 29, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      Norbert – Not sure of your point. Two sentences out of an entire book does not reflect the content of the entire book. Besides, the argument is not about the degree of salaciousness or vulgarity, the argument is about parental rights and how best to serve those. You may believe this is an important Young Adult book, but that is the problem, you are advocating giving the book to minors. Those opposed are advocating that they have the right as parents to decide what books should be made available to their minor children.

  2. Norbert Reply

    April 28, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    “There are boys screwing for the right reasons and boys screwing for the wrong ones.”

    “There are moments where Harry is so revved up, is so horny, that he’d sleep with just about anything. It takes a lot of restraint to realize the damage this can do, and to not venture places where you shouldn´t go, even if you´re revved up.”

    You have to read all of that in context…

  3. Anton Afterwit Reply

    April 25, 2014 at 7:58 am

    This is unfortunate that the supposed educators in Fauquier have continued to focus on shocking and dividing rather than educating and fostering society.

    This book is not the only book with controversial material in it, just review the library listing for further examples. Unfortunately, this book like the others focuses on topics that are more appropriate for young adults or adults. What our educators have failed to appreciate is that they are teaching adolescents, not young adults or adults. They want to liberate the minors from their parents control and liberate the minors from the confines of a society with standards and values.

    Instead of focusing on bringing together the society of adults, they have continued to focus on dividing students using identity based on race, language, religion, sexual orientation or whatever else is in vogue in a society divided by political correctness. Instead of focusing on the wonders and glories of art, music, astronomy, carpentry and more, they are focused on ethnic, racial or sexual identity, which teaches students to think of themselves rather than our society.

    They allow the fostering of obscene language with these books and others by allowing the glorification of the f-word, and epithets such as nigger, bitch, ho, cholo, redneck, among many others. They dismiss correcting this behavior by simply saying the individuals are trying to express themselves. Maybe the focus should be to help them to express themselves by using language of the elevated and holy rather than the degraded and obscene.

    They have continued to foster a belief that self-esteem is the most important aspect of education and devote too much effort to convince students they are victims because they are not white, not male, not heterosexual, and not Christian. There is entirely too much effort put into trying to make each student feel special by giving them trophies for participating, and finding a label to put on them to make them unique. There is entirely too much time trying to teach our children they are special because they are a particular race, color, sex, sexual orientation rather than focusing on their academic achievement.

    This has led to a nation of leaders focused on themselves, focused on labeling people, focused on furthering this notion of individual over country, and focused on convincing people they are victims. This is antithetical to our great leaders who led us to victory in World War Two with a philosophy that “individuality is a bunch of crap”. This has resulted in such a sad state of affairs for our nation with high unemployment, high crime, high drug use, and a lack of prestige on the international stage where Russia feels free to march into the Ukraine, despots feel free to use chemical weapons on their citizens, and the Chinese are starting to flex their muscles to claim more territory.

    The unfortunate side of the whole picture is the short-sighted nature of the supposed educators thinking that they are doing the right thing. The reality is their attempts to create diversity through labeling and shocking material only serves to drive out the best and brightest to private or home schools. This reduces the population in the public schools which results in lower wages and lower prestige. The private school and home school is a booming industry as a direct result of their failure to focus on teaching students to be part of a society because they are too busy trying to teach students to be different.

    Keep it up and Fauquier will become the hotbed of the private school and home school industry and you will see a further decline in the support for public education. A decline in public support will result in a decline of public funds. And while your liberal friends may tell you not to worry that they will simply tax more to get you more money, you see how that has worked out for you during the past 4 years. Hopefully the School Board has a little more insight than our supposed educators and will refocus our schools and library materials in the proper direction.

  4. Anton Afterwit Reply

    April 23, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Joe is everywhere. You just may not recognize him.

    I am so baffled why you use so many different aliases in an attempt to find out who people are. What difference does it make? Maybe you should focus on the discussion at hand. Your rabid obsession with the identity of people just shows that you have no facts or reasonable arguments on the issues and are instead looking for ways to launch personal attacks.

    Your obvious typo (I think you meant hearing instead of heating), indicates you are suffering from emotional rage when typing. Try taking a deep breath, relax, and focus on discussing the facts rather than the emotion.

    Remember, we are not talking about what is available at the County Library. We are talking about the material provided for our children in the public schools. Maybe we should err on the side of caution and if a child really wants to read the book they can go to the public library with their parent and check out the book from the adult literature section.

  5. Anton Afterwit Reply

    April 23, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Dear Editor, thank you for removing the disturbing image from these articles.

  6. RINO Hunter Reply

    April 22, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Will you be at the heating Joe?

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