Today's bad joke
A: Shoot the Clintons, the shock will kill Ted, and the black guy will get blamed for it.
Indiana: A tax (and a boondoogle) by any other name
That includes any work that "describes or represents, in any form, nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sadomasochistic abuse."
Now, this standard would include just about any book written for anyone over the age of seven. It would include just about all general psychology text books, most medical text books, all books meant to help children understand puberty, most fiction including genres like science fiction and fantasy, romance, and most classic literature, a large percentage of sociology text books, religious texts like; the Bible, The Torah, The Book of Mormon, the Quorran, vast amounts of poetry.
So let's review a few famous works that would be affected by this law: Wuthering Heights, Hamlet, Watership Downs, and The Scarlet Letter.
There are three (major) things wrong with this law:
1) It's self defeating. The number of places selling materials that will meet the standards laid out in the law vastly exceeds the number of places selling books that don't meet these standards. Everything from corner drug stores to local independent book stores, and big book chains like Borders and Barnes and Noble, department stores like Target, corner news stores, college bookstores etc. How does this law narrow down the list of places that law enforcement needs to look for offenders?
2) It is by any reasonable standard a violation of the 1St Amendment.
3) It's redundant. I'm certain their are other laws regarding telling the truth about what you intend to sell in your place of business.
In defense of liberty
Sign the petition, but more importantly call, write, and email your Senators and Representatives and tell them why this ban is wrong for America.