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Sen. John Kennedy Reads Graphic Excerpts During Senate Hearing on Public School ‘Book Bans’ to Prove Point

Sen. John Kennedy Reads Graphic Excerpts During Senate Hearing on Public School ‘Book Bans’ to Prove Point

“You can’t play this on national television, but radicals want it in our children’s schools.”,

Earlier this week, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on “Book Bans: Examining How Censorship Limits Liberty and Literature.”

As one might expect, the Democrat-run hearing was designed to showcase alleged Republican efforts to “censor” or “ban” innocuous educational content from being made available to young children at public school libraries.

Except as it turns out, the hearing did not go according to plan thanks in part to Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), who took the opportunity to read aloud excerpts from two youth-oriented LGBTQ books that include explicit passages of a highly sexual nature involving young boys (Language Warning):

Kennedy read from two books — “All Boys Aren’t Blue” and “Gender Queer: A Memoir” — both which have been removed from bookshelves in school districts across the country over their sexual conduct.


“I put some lube on and got him on his knees and I began to slide into him from behind. I pulled out of him and kissed him while he masturbated. He asked me to turn over while he slipped a condom on himself. This was my ass, and I was struggling to imagine someone inside me. He got on top and slowly inserted himself into me. It was the worst pain I think I have ever felt in my life. Eventually, I felt a mix of pleasure with the pain,” Kennedy read from “All Boys Aren’t Blue.”


“I got a new strap-on harness today. I can’t wait to put it on you. It will fit my favorite dildo perfectly. You’re going to look so hot. I can’t wait to have your cock in my mouth. I am going to give you the blowjob of your life. Then I want you inside of me,” he read from “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe.

Watch (Language Warning):

Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias, whom Kennedy’s book readings were directed towards, was there on behalf of his state which has banned so-called “book bans”:

Illinois became the first state to ban book bans with a “Right to Read” law pulling funding from public libraries that limit or prohibit material for “partisan or doctrinal” reasons, a bill championed by Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias.

“Our libraries have become targets by a movement that disingenuously claims to pursue ‘freedom’ but is instead promoting authoritarianism.” Said Mr. Giannoulias. “Tragically, our libraries have become the Thunderdomes of controversy and strife across our nation – the likes of which we’ve never seen before.”

Mr. Kennedy quizzed Mr. Giannoulias, who is also the state librarian, whether “only librarians should decide whether the two books that I just referenced should be available to kids.”

Even Giannoulias admitted that the book content was “disturbing,” but like a typical Democrat with an agenda to push, he didn’t let it detract from his false narrative:

“With all due respect, senator, the words are disturbing, especially coming out of your mouth,” Mr. Giannoulias said. “it’s very disturbing, but we’re not advocating for kids to read porn. We’re advocating for parents, random parents, not to have the ability under the guise of keeping kids safe to try and challenge the world view of every single manner on these issues.”

Another Democrat witness stuck to the script as well:

“I definitely would not give ‘Gender Queer’ to my 5-year-old, I wouldn’t have obviously but you know, to say that you can’t have it in the library at all, to me is ridiculous, that’s censorship,” said Lynette Mejía with Louisiana Citizens Against Censorship.


“Really from our point of view, it’s a solution in search of a problem. There really is no pornography in Louisiana libraries, there never has been,” said Mejía.

Purported “journalist” Aaron Rupar inadvertently also proved Kennedy’s point with how he portrayed the Senator as a whack job for the crime of standing up for parents and their children:

Fox News aired clips of Kennedy reading the novels and the vast majority of what they aired was bleeped out.

In a tweet, Kennedy pointed to their airing of the edited version of the video as further evidence of the radical nature of the Democrat alarmists who are kicking up the biggest fusses over parents taking an active role in what their kids get to read and learn in the public school classroom:

I’d say he proved the point not just with his actions during the hearing but also with the tweet, but the Alexi Giannoulias types in this country still try and argue against it, showing that Republicans should continue highlighting these issues as 2024 approaches because Democrats are not going to give up on this easily.

Relatedly, if there’s anything the last two years have shown us about elections, it’s that concerned parents are motivated to act, to take their message not just to school boards but to the politicos in higher levels of government who continue to demonize them while making excuses for why inappropriate content should be accessible to children in taxpayer-funded public schools.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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Whitewall | September 16, 2023 at 6:07 pm

“but radicals want it in our children’s schools”. Those ‘radicals’ have a name: Democrats.

    gibbie in reply to Whitewall. | September 16, 2023 at 6:17 pm

    “but radicals want it in our children’s schools”

    Here’s an idea: You may be sending your children to the wrong schools. They aren’t your children’s schools – they’re your government’s schools.

      AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to gibbie. | September 16, 2023 at 7:48 pm


      And government schools, and government teachers, and government administrators are happy that very young children are able to read in school what would get a parent arrested if allowed at home.

      Imagine a parent saying these things to a 15 year old boy or girl.

      “So, get all lubed up honey and let me slide my cock in your anus. It’s going to hurt soooooo gooood!”

      CommoChief in reply to gibbie. | September 17, 2023 at 11:18 am

      Yep. Public education doesn’t automatically mean govt schools. Many States have education as a constitutional right so real question is are govt schools, teachers unions and big ED delivering or not? Test scores indicate not. If not then at minimum give parents a publicly funded voucher to exercise options. The other way publicly funded education is sold is that the community benefits (employers have an educated work force) not just the students or Parents. Is this accurate when many Colleges are putting large % of incoming frosh into remedial math and reading classes? That seems to indicate that the best students, those going to college, are not able to perform HS level mastery.

        Dathurtz in reply to CommoChief. | September 17, 2023 at 3:18 pm

        You have to be mindful that the tests we are using to determine whether a student is proficient in a particular content area are often trash. States often move the goalposts on what scoring means.

        My state used to divide science scores into 5 categories where 1 was failing, 2 was passing but bot proficient (!!!), 3 was proficient, and 4-5 exceeded that. A new testing structure comes in with 6 categories. The only difference is that the top category (5) is now split into two. But, now a student has to get a 4 to be considered proficient. No change in student performance at all, but suddenly a bunch of students aren’t considered proficient anymore.

        I get really good test scores for the demographic I teach. That doesn’t mean I am a better teacher than a teacher who gets lower scores. I spend about three weeks every year exclusively on “here’s how to take this test and the nonsense tricks they pull” and it pays off. The fact that it does means the test isn’t a good test of content mastery.

        All this isn’t to say that a large number of schools aren’t failing horribly. For most schools, the standardized test scoring or the school grade or whatever metric the state uses is not a reliable indicator of the quality of education offered.

          CommoChief in reply to Dathurtz. | September 17, 2023 at 6:33 pm

          True tests can be geared to select for things not part of curriculum or could be testing too low, some State’s graduation exams are looking for 10th grade mastery or less. When we see situations where the results of the chosen exam show less than 80% of students can pass it demonstrates an issue.

          As an alternative lets use the GED exam from 1973 as an exit exam on a pass fail basis to receive a HS diploma. For added incentive for local schools to teach lest have them pay for any remedial classes for 2 years post HS grad that colleges or employers have to send these grads into in order to prepare them to perform in a college classroom or on the job training. Taken from the salary portion of the existing school budget, no new/additional funding sources, directly out of the pockets of the teachers and administration who failed.

          Dathurtz in reply to Dathurtz. | September 17, 2023 at 9:03 pm

          I think I am with ya on that.

      Dimsdale in reply to gibbie. | September 17, 2023 at 4:10 pm

      And the gov’t thinks that your kids are their kids; it takes a village don’t ya know?

Conservative Beaner | September 16, 2023 at 6:48 pm

Every school board member who approve the purchase of these books should be arrested for distribution of porn to minor. Make them register as sex offenders and destroy their carrers as they are destroying childrens lives.

alaskabob | September 16, 2023 at 7:07 pm

Not “banned”….just restricted. Adults are just trying to justify their depravity and/or mental health issues by pushing all of this onto “the children”.

AF_Chief_Master_Sgt | September 16, 2023 at 7:51 pm

The Democrats have come a long way from the days of Tipper Gore. The left has gone so far left that they left the former ideology behind.

I have no respect for democrats.

Antifundamentalist | September 16, 2023 at 7:54 pm

Generally speaking, I’m all for banning book bans. However, I am 100% in favor of an “over 18” reading room. Books that belong in there most certainly should not be present in public school libraries.

LeftWingLock | September 16, 2023 at 9:10 pm

Nancy Pelosi should impeach him for talking dirty in Congress.

Demand Pisslously read those books to all children.

“There really is no pornography in Louisiana libraries, there never has been,” said Mejía.

Ah the Dems. What would they do if they couldn’t lie and dissemble?

First, nice try. We are not discussing “libraries” we are discussing schools, and their libraries.

Second, assuming you agree this is pornographic material (and why would you have made that comment if you didn’t?) then putting it in schools, school libraries, and public libraries is exactly what you are promoting.

So, are you promoting exposing minors to that pornographic material without the consent of their parents or not?

    Dimsdale in reply to Gosport. | September 17, 2023 at 4:19 pm

    Look at their parental consent track record: abortions, birth control, gender dysphoria “affirmation” mutilations, and now this.

    Parents are being shoved aside for the state.

henrybowman | September 17, 2023 at 2:16 am

“I definitely would not give ‘Gender Queer’ to my 5-year-old, I wouldn’t have obviously but you know, to say that you can’t have it in the library at all, to me is ridiculous, that’s censorship,” said Lynette Mejía with Louisiana Citizens Against Censorship.”

I’ll send you enough copies of Unintended Consequences, Enemies Foreign and Domestic, and The Turner Diaries, for you to put one into each of your school libraries. They damn well better end up there, hypocrite.

Again whimpy Republicans clutch their pearls and do little else. VA, for example has a Republican Governor and AG, and a whacky lefty Loudon County, which not only has kiddie porn in the school libraries but also tolerates and covers up boys in dresses raping girls in the girls room and prosecutes parents that object. What the AG should do is get a search warrant, have a SWAT raid on one or more Loudon County school libraries, arrest the librarians, seize the computers and cell phones of every employee, charge them with possession and distribution of child porn. , But oh no, they would rather go on talk radio and whimper about how the libs aren’t playing nice

CommoChief | September 17, 2023 at 2:14 pm

One way to address the issue is to have legislation passed that requires works to be curated by the libraries if a tax funded entity, board, commission disallows or objects to the quotation of the work at a public meeting. If it is objectionable enough that they don’t want it read in public then non HS age children certainly shouldn’t be reading it.

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