Amid a debate over whether Maine’s schools should adopt a rating system for sexually explicit books, Rep. Charles Skold (D-Portland) on Monday compared Gender Queer — a book that contains cartoon images of children performing sex acts on one another — to the Bible.
“My question is in reference to the Bible. Given stories of sex, incest, rape, murder — my question is, what rating we imagine the Bible might receive under such a system,” said Rep. Skold.
The comment was made as the House of Representatives debated a series of school related bills, including LD 1008 from Rep. Gary Drinkwater (R-Milford), a bill that would have used a rating system to help parents determine which books are appropriate for their kids.
Skold’s point seemed to be that because the Bible contains stories about some of the worst parts of human nature and human history, it would receive the equivalent of an R Rating under a proposed system. And since proponents of the rating system presumably want kids exposed to the Bible, they should therefore also be OK with kids seeing cartoon images of children engaging in sex acts.
Skold’s argument wasn’t convincing for many Republicans.
“We’re talking about literally pornographic books in the schools,” said House Minority Leader Billy Bob Faulkingham (R-Winter Harbor).
“This is simple thing to rate these books for our schools,” he said.
“They’re cartoon, they’re illustrated, animated books with this content, targeting small children,” he said.
Coincidentally, Monday might have also been the first time in Maine history the phrase “strap-on dildos” was spoken in the House of Representatives.
“I know nowhere in the Bible did it mention strap-on dildos,” Rep. James Thorne (R-Carmel).