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Arkansas State Library Board Votes To Keep Paying For Explicit Books Potentially Reaching Children

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They’re not shutting it down.

After former State Senator Jason Rapert revealed a list of explicit books offered in Arkansas libraries targeting children, the Arkansas State Library board has decided that it will keep funding the libraries involved in the distribution of the objectionable material.

Explicit Content Wins After State Library Board’s Vote

Arkansas State library board member Jason Rapert introduced a vote to defund libraries confirmed sharing explicit material.

Rapert introduced the vote after releasing the following list of explicit books that children across Arkansas have access to. You can see the list below:

The board voted against Jason Rapert’s proposal. The board chose to allow explicit books in libraries instead.

Why? Because they claimed nobody was doing it – in spite of Rapert’s list.

For instance, Board Chairwoman Deborah Knox of Mountain Home voted against Rapert’s proposal. She voted against it because she said nobody was doing it:

“I’m having a hard time believing that any of our public libraries are doing that, and I would hate to approve a motion inhibiting distribution of funds to those libraries when we have no way of knowing if those libraries even exist.”

They’re Blaming Rapert Instead

The disturbing vote to allow the explicit books came after the Arkansas Times attacked Jason Rapert for protecting children.

The Arkansas Times called Jason Rapert a “book banner.” They disturbingly claimed that “Rapert clearly wants to control what your children read and can’t read as well as his own.”

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