I live in a relatively small town (about 7,000 in town; 218,000 in the county) in South Carolina along the North Carolina state line. Agriculture is a big part of our area, however this week I discovered something unnerving at our local library. I visit the library about once a week; this week’s visit was different and really opened my eyes to the reach of radical groups in our country, attempting to abolish modern production agriculture.
Into my mind enters Kevin Bacon…and a scene from Footloose (one of my favorite movies). The people of the small town in the movie are burning books they deem unfit for their children to read-there’s an idea…burn every copy of the book…wait I momentarily forgot I am a dairy farmer’s wife…we don’t have the income for that. Then another thought enters my mind…Freedom. America was founded on the basic principle of freedom-freedom to choose our religion, freedom to bear arms, and free speech. So maybe book burning isn’t an option after all.