Slate Of Hate Has It All Wrong

How do you argue with . . . silly . . . illogical . . . nuts? Our world is upside down and I don’t know anyone who knows how to get it back.

Case in point: A library allows sexually explicit books of – at best – questionable value and gets ripped for not putting them in the children’s section.

In. The. Children’s. Section.

I couldn’t make this crap up if I wanted to – and I sure don’t want to.

Things that used to be common sense are now up for debate. For example.

The governor just signed a new law that – are you ready for this – tells teachers that they may not teach kids in kindergarten through third grade anything about gender roles and sexual orientation.

Kindergarten through third grade!

Kindergarten! Through! Third! Grade!

Isn’t it sad we had to have a law to tell us that?

But wait, that’s not all.

Another law was passed that stops medical folks from knowingly providing gender transition procedures to a teen-ager less than 18 years of age; and aiding or abetting another physician or practitioner in the provision of gender transition procedures to a minor.

And folks lost their minds.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit. Fans of the LGBTQ movement called the bill – and others – the slate of hate.

Hang on.

If you are a parent, do you think you should have some say about, oh, I don’t know . . . EVERYTHING your child does until they reach 18 years of age? If that’s what you believe, then according to some folks, that makes you a bad parent.


I thought if you didn’t have control over your kid until they reach 18 that you were indeed a bad parent . . . and legally irresponsible. Does this mean you should just ignore your 17-year-old during what might be the toughest time of their life? Does this mean you should hand over your kid to a doctor, a school, a friend or whoever just because they have questions / issues / curiosities about sex.

Really? At 17, who among us didn’t have trepidations about sex?

Yet a whole lot of us – from the mainstream media to some in the schools to well-meaning but clearly misguided people – are screaming from the rooftops that we’re discriminating against the alternative lifestyle community.

Books are being banned! Lines are being drawn!

Liars and fakers and fears, oh my!

You can’t go to the Internet without seeing some story decrying the fact that Indiana will lose untold amounts of money because of our – what did they call it, oh yeah, our slate of hate.


If a librarian allowed sexually explicit books in the children’s section, you would read here that the librarian ought to be fired. Immediately.

This is about protecting children – yet the upside down world we live in would have you believe this is about persecution of the LGBTQ community. I will tell you this – most responsible people in that community aren’t advocating for sex ed of any kind being taught to small children. It’s only the lunatics who have the common sense of a garden hose who are trying to flip the world on its ear.

Not too long ago I wrote a piece on this and said we must stand up and protect the children. I got a lot of hate mail and got called a bunch of not-so-friendly names. That’s OK, goes with the territory. What doesn’t go is this insanity. Thank you to librarians, teachers, legislators and everyone who are finally standing up and saying enough is enough.

-Two cents, which is about how much Timmons said his columns are worth, appears periodically on Wednesdays in The Paper. Timmons is the publisher of The Paper and can be contacted at [email protected].