Police Show Up At Park To Stop ‘Anti-Christian’ Book Give-Away



Local Christian parents object to a line in Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian about masturbation. Book is pulled from school shelves. Local high school student hands out copies of the book for free. Chaos ensues.

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Junior Mountain View High school student Brady Kissel showed up at Kleiner park in Meridian to pass out copies of “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie — a book that’s received national attention thanks to some local parents complaining about the novel.

Some parents believe the book is not appropriate for 10th graders. Others who showed up said they had no problem with their teenager reading it.

The book was taken off the Meridian School District’s reading list and is under reveiw. It is still on the shelves in school libraries.

Some Meridian parents objected to the sexual content in the book. Others say the book is anti-Christian. Some readers say they’ve seen worse.


14 Comments on "Police Show Up At Park To Stop ‘Anti-Christian’ Book Give-Away"

  1. Adamas Macalz | May 7, 2014 at 10:27 am |

    dude their in high school, most of them discovered internet porn by early middle school. the only thing you’re doing is creating another generation of sexually dysfunctional adults who think sex is bad, or at least not something that you should be open about.

    • Anarchy Pony | May 7, 2014 at 11:47 am |

      That’s what I was thinking. 10th grade is sophomore year, they are most definitely masturbating if not actively engaging in sex.

  2. Liam_McGonagle | May 7, 2014 at 10:46 am |

    What’re they worried about? Most of these American Taliban don’t read anyhow. The only people at play here are people who wouldn’t be fundies anyhow.

  3. Alexie’s a great writer. I hope this increases his readership. Fuck sombunall Christians.

  4. Tchoutoye | May 7, 2014 at 5:26 pm |

    The main offending sentence “If God hadn’t wanted us to masturbate, then God wouldn’t have given us thumbs.” is simply not true. God knows perfectly well that we would be inventive enough to masturbate without thumbs. Hell, some animals don’t even need hands.

    • If God hadn’t wanted us to be inventive enough to masturbate without thumbs, then God wouldn’t have given us brains.

      • Matt Staggs | May 7, 2014 at 6:02 pm |

        It’s nuts. I just don’t understand those people. I’ve always had a fantasy about putting a bunch of Christian conservative politicians in a room hooked up to polygraphs and interviewing them at length regarding issues like abstinence, masturbation, fidelity, same sex relationships in their own past lives. Let’s see who practices what they preach.

    • Anarchy Pony | May 7, 2014 at 8:08 pm |

      Pretty sure that one could ahem* pull it off even with just the other four.

  5. VaudeVillain | May 7, 2014 at 9:24 pm |

    The other day I was talking to a friend of mine, and I improvised a line I was rather proud of. It feels apropo… so here is a paraphrase of myself(I’m not quite narcissistic, or foresighted, enough to record everything I say just in case it’s awesome):

    People who claim to support “Traditional Values” are either idiots, or full of shit. The only “Traditional Values” any of us have is that at age 13 we start fucking like crazy, and hopefully we can get someone else to join us.

    *edit* “improvised” accidentally read “improved”

    • Zachary Reed | May 7, 2014 at 9:59 pm |

      I suddenly picture the scene in Ace Ventura when he is speaking for the dolphin “Und you can qvote me on it. pthu!”

      That is quite profound by the way.

  6. Sherman Alexie is a wonderful author, and this particular book is bittersweet. While fiction, it follows his biography very closely. And since it portrays a reservation kid who leaves the substandard reservation school to attend the local white high school at great expense to himself, I would think the whole “lifting yourself up by your bootstraps” thing would make it the darling of conservative circles. But no. they focus on one inconsequential line. He certainly doesn’t deserve this. He does have some responses on his twitter feed that are, as usual, funny.

    If that snarky one line is the cause of all this, why aren’t they throwing out the Bible? That’s full of “onanism,” incest, adultery, extramarital sex, et al, ad nauseum.

  7. Again, we see there is nothing too absurd, illegal, immoral, or plain stupid that the religious reich will not use it to impose their sick beliefs upon everyone.

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