What's got the whole country on hair triggers? Talk radio? Madison avenue political advertising? Seems we're ready to fight at the drop of an innuendo.
I don't think the whole country's on hair triggers. 99 44/100% of us wouldn't have heard of the book if the press hadn't reported that someone here in the midwest is making a stink about it. I'm sure some of the people reading the article either say "That's a terrible book, and it shouldn't be in the library" or "It's just a book, what's the issue?" and then go quietly on their way. I suspect that the majority of us just look at it and say 'let them sort it out'. It's the American way. If it's a problem in your neighborhood, deal with it. Most of America doesn't seem too worried about the book. I think we've already fought this fight over Heather Has Two Mommies
. When checking out the publication date for And Tango Makes Three
(June, 2005, BTW), I noticed that B&N recommended Heather
to those who purchase it, so clearly the book banners didn't get that book out of circulation. They may have removed it from a library or two, but that would be a local issue, not a national one.
The press is trying to stir the pot. I don't see any sign that anyone's ready to start burning libraries over the issue.