I’ve been trying to stay away from the whole “birther” thing, I really have. These people are completely nuts, and I fear for their sanity. And I figured that writing about them would only encourage them more, so I definitely didn’t want to do that.
But, it seems that everyone is talking about them, and the Republicans behind the Orange Curtain are ground zero for the “movement.” I put that in quotes because I’m not sure a bunch of insane people qualify as a movement of any kind. More like an epidemic.
It seems that the leaders of the crazies, Orange County lawyer Orly Taitz and Pastor Wiley Drake of Buena Park are based right here, and have a lawsuit that is currently making its way through the court systemin Santa Ana. However, it is encouraging that some of the judges are prone to giving Ms. Taitz a good smackdown.
So now comes along two more dubious examples of OC crazy. Judy Ahrens and John Briscoe want Maya Angelou’s fantastic autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” banned from school libraries. Seriously? Way to put OC back in the Dark Ages J & J! Their objection is to one part of the book in which Ms. Angelou describes being raped as a child.
I’ve read the book many times, and I don’t think that one passage should mean that the entire book is banned. The work as a whole is moving and powerful, and already the book is restricted to being checked out by 8th graders only. And listen, with all the stuff kids today watch, the scene is not as traumatizing to the “innocent children” as J & J would like you to believe.
But again, book banning? Seriously?
Please, crazies, you are giving the rest of us a bad name!