Port: I went to a library to attend a book ban protest and didn’t see a single pervert or ‘groomer’

MINOT, N.D. — To hear certain people tell it, opposing the book banning bills making their way through the Legislature in Bismarck means you’re probably some sort of deviant.

I’m referring, of course, to House Bill 1205 and Senate Bill 2306.

The former would make it a crime to shelve books in public libraries that contain sexual activity. Not just in the children’s section. They would be banned from the entire library.

Meanwhile, the latter takes that censorship a step further and applies it to the private sector. Not even retailers such as Walmart and Barnes and Noble could stock, say, a romance novel to read by adults.

These are infantilizing, paternalistic laws, and when I heard that some volunteers had organized a protest against them at my hometown library, my family and I decided to go.

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