Tea Party Member Of Ohio School Board Wants To Ban Books

image of Ohio Board of Education President Debe Terhar
Ohio Board of Education President Debe Terhar supports gun rights but wants to ban books

Pretty ironic when a Tea Party member, who screams about the right to bear arms, doesn’t see the irony in wanting to ban books in public schools. Ohio Board of Education President Debe Terhar, who is a member of several Tea Party groups and who once compared President Obama to Hitler, sees nothing wrong in violating the civil rights of students and their families by wanting to ban books used in schools.

Ohio Board of Education President Debe Terhar wants all mentions of the Toni Morrison novel The Bluest Eye removed from state guidelines for schools teaching to the new Common Core academic standards.

The novel tells the story of a young black girl living in Lorain, Ohio, who dreams of having blue eyes so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as white children.

At an Ohio Board of Education meeting yesterday, Terhar called the novel “pornographic.”

“I don’t want my grandchildren reading it and I don’t want anybody else’s grandchildren reading it,” she said.

Ohio Board of Education President Wants Toni Morrison Novel Scrubbed from State Common Core Materials

So who is Debe Terhar?

I am a founding member of the American Spirit Education Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of our American heritage. Our educational goals are to instill in the general population the rights, responsibilities and duties of all citizens as outlined in the Constitution of the United States. We believe that education is the key.

I am Immediate Past President of the Hamilton County Republican Women’s Club, a member of the Warren County Republican Women’s Club, the Hamilton County Republican Club, The Green Township Republican Club and an early participant in the Tea Party Movement. I am a member of both the Northwest and Southwest Tea Parties of Hamilton County and the Lebanon Tea Party in Warren County.


American Spirit Education Alliance uses materials by so-called “historian” David Barton and the Tea Parties mentioned are as right wing as you can get. Terhar also supports private charter schools.

She compared President Obama to Hitler in January after he had spoken about gun violence after the Sandy Hook massacre.

As Plunderbund put it:

Oddly, Ms. Terhar seems to think supporting common sense gun regulations, like universal background checks, makes the president a fanatical fascist on par with Hitler. But banning books? Well, that’s just as American and patriotic as apple pie.

So now Kasich’s school board president wants to ban books?

It isn’t the first time the small government libertarian types demand liberty for themselves but not for other people.