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Jon Stewart’s America (The Book) banned

Two counties in southern Mississippi have banned Jon Stewart’s America (The Book). The ban affects eight public libraries in Jackson and George counties in Mississippi.

Wal-Mart is also refusing to carry the book.

The controversy lies in a single page of the book, which features the heads of the nine Supreme Court justices superimposed over naked bodies. On the opposite page are cutouts of the justices’ robes, and the caption asks readers to “restore their dignity by matching each justice with his or her respective robe.’

“I’ve been a librarian for 40 years and this is the only book I’ve objected to so strongly that I wouldn’t allow it to circulate,’ said Robert Willits, director of the Jackson-George Regional Library System.

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Update 11 Jan: The ban has been lifted thanks to the local, nationwide and even worldwide attention. “It was a difficult decision to withhold the book from circulation (initially), but we felt there was so much public interest in it (recently) that the community might be better served if we made the book available,” said library board chairman David Ables.

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