The annual number of anti-LGBTQ bills filed has skyrocketed over the past several years, from 41 bills in 2018 to 238 bills in less than three months of 2022. State lawmakers have proposed a record 238 bills that would limit the rights of LGBTQ Americans this year — or more than three per day —Continue reading “Nearly 240 anti-LGBTQ bills filed in 2022 so far, with most targeting trans people”
Christian nationalism was used to ‘bolster, justify and intensify the January 6 attack on the Capitol,’ said Amanda Tyler, head of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. A team of scholars, faith leaders and advocates unveiled an exhaustive new report Wednesday (Feb. 9) that documents in painstaking detail the role Christian nationalism played inContinue reading “New report details the influence of Christian nationalism on the insurrection”
Ryan Utterback, 29, of Gladstone also faces two other charges KANSAS CITY, Mo. —A Gladstone man, who recently spoke in support of banning books from North Kansas City School District libraries that depicted sexual acts, is facing a felony charge of second-degree child molestation and a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree domestic assault. Ryan Utterback, 29,Continue reading “Northland school book ban advocate now facing child molestation charge”
GOP lawmakers in 22 states have unveiled bills to limit teachings about race and sexuality in public schools. Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” and Art Spiegelman’s “Maus” have now joined the list of works banned by local school boards for so-called “objectionable” content. MSNBC’s Ari Melber is joined by Professor Brittney Cooper to discuss.
Some Texas residents are asking for greater say in what titles appear on public library shelves. When the Llano County Library shuts down for three days this week, starting Tuesday, it won’t be for the holidays. Instead, a group of six librarians in this small Central Texas county will be conducting a “thorough review” ofContinue reading “The push to ban books in Texas schools spreads to public libraries”
Starkweather Public School District Superintendent Larry Volk wrote in an email to a large mailing list run by the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders that critical race theory is “bigotry cloaked in academic theory” and noted it “will never have a place in our school district.” He added that it’s “time to move awayContinue reading “Rural North Dakota superintendent sends anti-‘woke’ tirade to school administrators across the state”
Removal appears to violate district’s own policies Copies of at least nine book titles have been removed from libraries at four high schools in the Canyons School District — all in response to an email from a parent who expressed concerns about the titles she said she learned about through social media videos. The removalContinue reading “Book banning? Parent email prompts Utah district to pull these titles from high school libraries”