The First Amendment that assures Americans free speech has been hijacked for a political agenda that promotes homosexuality and other sexual alternatives to children through the nation’s libraries, contends an advocate for safe and secure reading institutions.
The American Library Association this week is conducting its annual promotion of a “gay”-friendly agenda to school children across the nation through its highly publicized “Banned Book Week.”
Dan Kleinman of SafeLibraries.org told WND he believes the ALA’s list of books “is intentionally and deceptively false and is being used to promote a political agenda.”
Linda Harvey of MissionAmerica.org, who monitors homosexual activism aimed at the youth culture, has called “Banned Book Week” a “smokescreen of hypocrisy.”
“It’s that special time each year when some in the library profession point an accusing finger at parents, especially Christians or conservatives, who might dare to question the value or appropriateness of certain materials available to youth,” she has concluded.
Harvey said the ALA “has become a megaphone for leftist values and a disinformation tool to prevent traditional values from getting much shelf space in libraries.”
Each September the ALA highlights a list of 10 books that it claims were the most “challenged” books the previous year. Along with “Banned Book Week,” the ALA also has declared Sept. 28 as “Banned Website Awareness Day,” voicing opposition to any restriction on Web content for children.
Kleinman said the ALA contention that there are many attempts by censor-mongers to restrict children’s access to its favorite tomes is not entirely accurate.
He said he contacted Bryan Campbell of the ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom to find out just how many complaints the top 10 “challenged” books receive.
Kleinman said that Campbell was very forthcoming and told him that the No. 1 book on the Top 10 banned book list only received four complaints nationwide in all of 2010.
“The ALA site says, ‘There have been dozens of attempts to remove ‘And Tango Makes Three’ from school and public library shelves,’ That is false. The actual number is, are you sitting down, four,” Kleinman said.
The ALA declined to respond to WND requests for comment.
“And Tango Makes Three” has been on the ALA’s top banned books list for several years. The most recent published on the ALA website is the 2010 list. According to the ALA it “is an award-winning children’s book about the true story of two male Emperor Penguins hatching and parenting a baby chick at New York’s Central Park Zoo.”
But Harvey has pointed out the failings of the book, which is used by homosexuals to endorse the idea that homosexuality is throughout “nature.”
She has written that the book is supposed to teach “the valuable lesson that if two male penguins in Central Park Zoo can pair up and adopt a baby penguin, same-sex coupling must be OK for humans, too. Only problem is that the real penguin duo inspiring this story has split. ‘Silo’ … discovered his male attraction to a female penguin, blasting the interspecies analogy to bits. Yet the misleading book remains.”
A Washington Times columnist also has joined the team of critics over the apparent deception.
Robert Knight wrote that the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the ALA is counting on school districts’ budget problems to keep them from fighting threatened lawsuits regarding students’ access to pornography.
“They go far beyond promoting tolerance and openly promote homosexuality,” he wrote. The threats arise when it’s discovered schools are using filters to prevent children from accessing objectionable sites.
Knight further tells about an experience he had serving on a panel debating whether public funds should be used for “art.” When an ACLU representative was asked about child pornography, “She shrugged and acknowledged that it was illegal but, with a knowing smile, added, ‘For now. But it won’t be for long.'”
“The problem with the ALA is that they really don’t have standards against which to measure the concerns of parents and citizens,” Harvey told WND. “Where would they draw the line at the subject matter children read?
Kleinman said the ALA’s “Banned Book Week” has been a “hoax perpetrated on the American public since 1982.” He said he recently attended a New Jersey Library Association conference where a speaker was answering questions about “Revolutionary Voices – A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology.”
“The only other challenges that I’m aware of are these two, and I talked to the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom about it. I said oh my God I’m listed on [unintelligible], and they said because this was such a big deal, and because the book was actually removed, whereas many of these titles that get challenged, some get challenged but not removed, that is how it made it onto the list for this year,” Sonnie said.
The book had been promoted by the School Library Journal as “one of the best adult books for high school students” and was celebrated by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) as “the first creative resource by and for queer and questioning youth of every color, class, religion, gender and ability.”
Sonnie stated in her foreword, “Thank-you as well to the numerous organizations past and present, that have been an alternative to the mainstream and an inspiration to young queers committed to radical social and political transformation.”
She also says that one of the book’s contributors wrote her and said: “May a thousand queer youth pick up the book from their public library and know that it’s not them that needs to change, but the society around them!”
The library group said Marinelli wanted the books removed because they are on a recommended reading list compiled by GLSEN, which was founded by Kevin Jennings, a longtime radical homosexual activist who served for several years as President Obama’s director of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools.
The ALA then recognized Dee Venuto, a media specialist at Rancocas High, for her work promoting homosexual-themed books. She also was given an award for that from the National Coalition Against Censorship, which includes: American Association of School Administrators, American Association of University Professors, American Association of University Women, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Civil Liberties Union,
American Federation of Teachers, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists & Authors, Americans United for Separation of Church & State,
Catholics for Choice, Children’s Literature Association, College Art Association, Educational Book & Media Association, Lambda Legal, People for the American Way, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Sexuality Information & Education Council of the U.S..
Barbara Jones, director of the organization’s OIF, said, “As members of a pluralistic and complex society, we must have free access to a diverse range of viewpoints on the human condition in order to foster critical thinking and understanding.”
“Instead of cheap sensation, weird voyeurism, sexual titillation, and glamorized pathology, reading could be for most kids a source of big dreams, heroic admiration, and wholesome nurturing,” Harvey said,