While the nation’s cynical eyes turned to the spectacle of a prime minister who sought Churchill comparisons but whose speech to Congress sounded like Ben Carson with logorrhea, state legislatures continued to serve as Petri dishes for bacilli that seek not the national spotlight because they’re being so efficient at infecting local victims. Future Scott Walkers will notice the damage in states like Kansas and take note. For example, this bill passed by its senate last week removes a provision from law books protecting high school teachers from using dirty books:
But supporters said the bill is necessary to ensure kids are protected from pornography at school and that teachers would not be prosecuted for teaching works of literary or scientific value.
Sen. Forrest Knox, an Altoona Republican, said that in society, it’s illegal for a person to show children pornography and that parents should be able to expect that same protection when kids are at school.
Teachers question who would make the determination about what’s pornography. Earlier in the week, Rep. Joseph Scapa, a Wichita Republican, called a book by Toni Morrison, a Nobel Prize-winning author, pornographic.
To ensure these kids return to homes with no nudie books, the legislature has proposed incentives for foster parents:
To become a CARE family, a husband and wife would have to be married for at least seven years and at least one of the pair could not work outside the home. The bill would prohibit alcohol, tobacco and unlawful drugs in the home and “sexual relations outside of the marriage.”
The bill’s advocate, Forrest Knox (R-Inquisition), comes from the CPAC Commitern:
Social workers recounted horror stories about other foster homes, he said, adding that is because the current system treats foster parents as baby sitters.
“They said we were the only normal home that they visited,” Knox said. “My conclusion is that we need more normal homes as foster homes. And how do you get normal? When I say normal, I just mean an ordinary home with a mom and dad who loves the kids.”
He referred to the 1950s sitcom “Leave it to Beaver” to give an example of the types of families he is hoping to attract to the program.
And he’s barely old enough to have watched the Beav in real time too.