In defiance of the city’s controversial measures to restrict books children can read, members of a recently formed group this week gathered at Helen Hall Library to check out controversial titles that have been challenged or banned in some capacity across the nation.

Sarah Grunau: 409-683-5226; sarah.grunau@galvnews.com



(33) comments

Carlos Ponce

Books aren't being banned, just moved to another section of the Library. Think about movie theaters. A movie Rated R prohibits viewing by those 17 and under unless accompanied by an adult. NC -17: No one under 17 admitted. Are these films "banned"? No. Just an age restriction applied.

I wonder what court case Chad Tressler is referencing that suggests moving books violates the First Amendment. The closest is Board of Education, Island Trees School District No. 26 v. Pico, (1982), in which books were actually REMOVED, not moved.

I applaud those attempting to protect the under aged from age inappropriate material. Those who want their children to read the material can accompany their children in the library to that section or buy the books with no library involved.

Note that "Books containing gender ideology and ideologue human sexuality will not be included in the restriction." FOX 26

Jim Forsythe

Efforts by some school districts and city government around the state to remove books from libraries was a motivating factor for her to take action on the upcoming library review committee, Bleu said.

“The people that are behind this are so happy to take the worst possible roads for things; it’s just amazing,” she said. “I don’t know why I am so surprised that they behave this way.”

Bailey Jones

Just this week some Houston area schools cancel-cultured planned field trips to see the play, James and the Giant Peach. Why? Because, as actors have done since Greek times, some male actors portray females, and vice versa. (Only 8 actors perform the 20 roles in the play.)

And The Karens are horrified.

Keep it up, Clown Car Conservatives, the rest of America is laughing at you.

If you’re a kid and want to get your hands on some of these “dangerous” books – like “Bathe the Cat”, with its salacious depiction of a rainbow refrigerator magnet, or “Antiracist Baby” – “Antiracist Baby doesn’t see certain groups as better or worse, Antiracist Baby loves a world that’s truly diverse!” – I recommend trying the county’s Little Free Libraries. You can find a map of them online. Take one of these books to your local school board meeting and ask them WTF they were thinking.

Carlos Ponce

"Spring Branch ISD's pending field trips to the Main Street Theater performance of 'James and the Giant Peach' are being canceled due to concerns raised about the age-appropriateness of the performance," the [SBISD] statement said.


Jim Forsythe

The people that object to James and the Giant Peach most likely object to Barney, because it could be seen as someone playing Barney could part of the furries culture.

Did you ever watch the Beverly Hillbillies that had Jethrine's?

The movie Hook that had cross dressing in it.

If you do not want any shows with men dressing as women, I'm sure you also do not want any book, play or movie that has women dress in pants and a man's type shirt.

Has anyone that has posted and are upset, even seen the play, James and the Giant Peach?

This press release is from the Main Street Theater "Except for a few characters in the show, they're all insects for heaven's sake. They're not even people,". "Every theater in the world has men playing women and women playing men. It's just part of the tradition. This is certainly blown out of context."

Jim Forsythe

Why is there a protest from a few parents? Because they had confused "judy and the giant peach" with "James and the Giant Peach".

The Instagram posts referred to (by a few parents) are from an account called Houston Kids First, which has expressed criticism of the local "James and the Giant Peach" performances and of efforts in schools to be inclusive of LGBTQIA+ students and community members. The account replied to a message seeking comment Thursday by providing contact information for a Spring Branch ISD parent, who did not immediately respond to a voicemail seeking comment.

How did this mix up happen? "Instagram posts from an account called Houston Kids First that had a recent post on the account shows a photo of a Main Street Theater actor appearing in drag under the title, "judyandthegiantpeach." Udden said that photo is from 2018 and is unrelated to the theater’s performances of "James and the Giant Peach."

"I guess if you just don't think about it, you could jump to that conclusion," Udden said. "We're really sorry that these people have made such an issue out of this, because it's a delightful show. We're performing it to 300 kids three times a day, and they're loving it."

Theater's marketing director, Shannon Emerick: "Drag is a different art form. There is a whole art form that is drag," Emerick said, adding that the theater has thousands of years of history of casting this way as well. "The amazing thing is the kids just believe the story. They're not interested in any agendas or anything else anyone thinks is going on."

Carlos Ponce

Jim, read the release from SBISD. All you post has nothing to do with the reason why SBISD canceled the trip. It's just the WOKE MOB trying to be the center of attention.[rolleyes]

Carlos Ponce

If the theater was really concerned they would offer free tickets to any parent or child in SBISD. Then the parents of younger kids would have to cope with a child seeing a show that has James' parents killed then being sent to live with "horrible aunts". At least Bambi still had his father......

Is Main Street theater offering free tickets?

Jim Forsythe

Yes, tickets were available for parents thru the school, because it's a performance for schools and the adults need to be OKed by the schools to attend. The theater has also increased security because of threats.

A Texas school district canceled a field trip to see a performance of “James and the Giant Peach” after a single parent complained that actors were dressed in drag. “Drag is a different art form,” said Shannon Emerick, the theater’s marketing director. “There is a whole art form that is drag. The amazing thing is the kids just believe the story. They’re not interested in any agendas or anything else anyone thinks is going on.” A Spring Branch parent agreed and said that shouldn’t matter either way. "Drag is not a big deal — it’s theater, it’s art,” said parent Cheri Thomas. “It’s been part of our culture for years.”

Carlos Ponce

Jim, the schools if they attended would have to pay for the tickets.

And the rest you post is not from the school. Why don't you believe what SBISD is saying? Jim just wants to believe what the WOKE MOB is posting.....[rolleyes]

Jim Forsythe

Many of the teachers are familiar with Roald Dahl’s classic story of a boy named James who finds a magical peach. Some had already seen the play. So why did the district cancel the field trip? The decision was made after a few of the parents, one or two, raised concerns that some actors play both male and female roles. Instead of canceling for all, they should have made it possible for a student to see the make-believe play, if their parents said OK. Parents could attend if they were approved by the school. Most of the actors play insects. The Glowworm is asked, are you a male and she answers no she female, because she glows.

But as fun as it can be to laugh about the hypocrisy here, we have to remember who loses in all of this. When books are banned, when history is whitewashed, when field trips are canceled, when decisions are made for everyone else’s children based on what isn’t right for one child, it’s the kids who lose.

Carlos Ponce

Roald Dahl’s book had been altered for the play. It was not true to the original with a WOKE revision.

Jim Forsythe

Most books have been altered for plays. Same is true for movies.

Carlos Ponce

Roald Dahl is not happy with the revisions.

Jim Forsythe

February 24, 2023: Publisher rolls back proposed changes to Roald Dahl books after backlash. "It's not unusual to review the language used alongside updating other details," a spokesman for The Roald Dahl Story Company said. "Our guiding principle throughout has been to maintain the storylines, characters, and the irreverence and sharp-edged spirit of the original text." Which one of the charters in James and the Giant Peach do you find not acceptable? Most of them are bugs. James Henry Trotter, The Centipede, Miss Spider, The Old-Green-Grasshopper, The Earthworm, The Ladybug, Aunt Spiker, Aunt Sponge, The Cloud-Men, The Silkworm or The Glow-worm?

Have you even read the book, watched the movie or seen the play? I have and it is made into a wonderful book, movie and play, just like his other books.

Carlos Ponce

In this production they changed things.... so it's NOT like the original. The WOKE mob would enjoy it. The author would not.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos Ponce Apr 29, 2023 7:17pm :

"Roald Dahl is not happy with the revisions."

You must be talking to the dead again. Roald Dahl, died in 1990 at the age of 74.

Carlos Ponce

Jim, based n what he said BEFORE HE DIED he is not happy with ANY CHANGES.

There is existence after what we call "death". Only atheists don't believe so.


No Bailey, the silent majority of Americans are waking up, and they are laughing at fools like YOU that still support a dementia riddled president that is s systematically ruining our country with his press conference cheat sheets of preselected questions, spiraling inflation, high energy costs, armed IRS agents, one foreign policy blunder after another, corruption, financial gain, and coercion via his crack addicted son, The fool can’t even spell eight. To Biden it’s e…i….g….h! The clown car is exactly right. Just like Ringling Brothers and the circus, the clowns have been sent out to distract the feeble minded from what’s really going on. And you swallow it hook, line, and sinker. I’m betting you still have your mask on like Scott Berger.

Dan Freeman

The Internal Revenue Service will not be hiring 87,000 armed agents. Job adverts posted on social media are for special agents in the IRS’s Criminal Investigation unit. There are currently about 2,100 special agents in this unit, and there were 81,600 total IRS employees in fiscal year 2021.

Carlos Ponce

"There are currently about 2,100 special agents" with a current IRS arsenal of 4,600 guns including 3,282 pistols, 621 shotguns, 539 rifles, 15 fully automatic weapons and four revolvers and 5 million rounds of ammunition.(NY Post)

That's over two weapons per special agent and 2381 rounds of ammunition per special agent. Target practice?

Jim Forsythe

If one is upset with the IRS for having armed agents, the agencies below will also upset you. Many of the people that are upset are the same one's that keep bringing up the right to carry firearms and have as many guns and ammo as you want.

“During a nine-year period through 2014, 67 agencies unaffiliated with the Department of Defense spent $1.48 billion on guns and ammo. Of that total, $335.1 million was spent by agencies traditionally viewed as regulatory or administrative, such as the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Mint.” Between 2005 and 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs spent $11.66 million, including over $200,000 on night-vision equipment, $2.3 million for body armor, over $2 million on guns, and $3.6 million for ammunition; The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service “spent $4.77 million purchasing shotguns, .308 caliber rifles, night-vision goggles, propane cannons, liquid explosives, pyro supplies, buckshot, LP gas cannons, drones, remote-control helicopters, thermal cameras, military waterproof thermal infrared scopes and more.”

The Environmental Protection Agency spent $3.1 million on guns, ammunition and military-style equipment; The Food and Drug Administration has 183 heavily armed “special agents.”

Jim Forsythe

The law enforcement branch of the IRS, known as the Criminal Investigation (CI) division. IRS special agents within the CI division are the only IRS employees who are authorized by law to carry and use firearms. IRS-CI investigates financial crimes, money laundering, tax-related identity theft and terrorist financing efforts. IRS says that special agents "Carry a firearm; must be prepared to protect him/herself or others from physical attacks at any time and without warning and use firearms in life-threatening situations; must be willing to use force up to and including the use of deadly force." Additionally, IRS-CI special agents must be "willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments." It adds that special agents need to maintain "a level of fitness necessary to effectively respond to life-threatening situations on the job."

Carlos Ponce

How many firearms and rounds of ammunition per agent, Jim? Dollar amounts you provide don't tell the whole story.[rolleyes]

C. Patterson


David Hardee

If a rational mind reviewed the path and patterns that have brought us to the current conditions in our society it would conclude there is a progression of systemic corruption.

With that conclusion a lucid mind would go back and reevaluate the events and chronology to determine when and what were the contributors to the corruption.

Since the path of corruption has prevailed over several generations it must be a fundamental element. And that fundamental element must be powerful enough to exist perpetually. No matter the status or the location of the humans there are at least 2 elements that cannot be excluded as powerful contributors - culture - and governments. Culture is learned and government is forceful.

Culture is the product of association in the proximity of family, friends and SCHOOLs.

And of these 3 we cannot do anything that will effect a Family's and friends impact. But the corrupting elements coming from SCHOOLs (teachers, curriculums and BOOKS ) can be effected. Get the inappropriate influences out of having an impact on children. Putting a book into a restricted area is not "Banning."

Those in this thread that are unequivocal in there comments are useless. We must be DICRIMINATING towards exposing formative minds to "inappropriate" publications, products and people. Inappropriate is not a personal realm when it comes to schools. Schools are not intended to create culture. Schools are to teach only the fundamentals of communication with the math and language and the experience of how to navigate in a diverse society. Get back to basics in schools.,

Gary Scoggin

David, thanks for getting back to the topic at hand while Jim and Carlos are off on one of their all too frequent sideshows. The question is “What is inappropriate?” This particular story concerns the public library not the school library. I would expect the school library to have a broader selection of titles.

What I dislike most here is the notion that a City Council, or their appointed committee, has decided to be nannies for the community, replacing the parents’ role in deciding what is appropriate. For years, “conservatives” have railed against the “nanny state” and now they are working hard to create one. I guess they read Hillary Clinton’s book “It Takes a Village” after all.

Bailey Jones

Gary, it’s worse than that. These people are fostering hatred against children. The objection to “Bathe the Cat” is that it depicts a family with two dads. I know a few families with same-sex parents. These parents excel in every metric one might apply to parenting, except the one these people care about the most – genitalia.

Imagine being a 3rd grader and being told that your family is so horrible that its depiction in a child’s book is an abomination. Imagine being a gay 7th grader starting to deal with your own sexual identity and being told that even if you achieve the most “normal” of lives – a house in the suburbs, a spouse, some kids, and a cat, you will never be more than an abomination.

Imagine being a “normal” kid and being told that these “different” kids are destroying society. What do you imagine will be the result?

Carlos Ponce

"The objection to 'Bathe the Cat' is that it depicts a family with two dads." So Bailey would have a problem with "The Bible".

Carlos Ponce

“Have you not read that He Who made them in the first place made them man and woman? It says, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and his mother and will live with his wife. The two will become one.’ "

“It is inevitable that stumbling blocks will come, but woe to the one through whom they come! It would be better for him to have a millstone hung around his neck and to be thrown into the sea than to cause one of these little ones to stumble."

Bailey should not worry about a millstone....

Carlos Ponce

Looks like Scoggin would have no problems with allowing a 10 year old in a movie theater with a an NC-17 movie.

Gary Scoggin

No, but they can go to an R rated movie if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Carlos Ponce

Are you telling us 10 year olds can check out a questionable book only if accompanied by a parent or guardian?[unsure]

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