Warning: graphic content
Parents in Las Vegas were furious when seventh-graders came home with an assigned book, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” One boy asked his mom about a word he didn’t understand – “masturbate.” When mom looked through the book, she was horrified.
The school’s excuse? It is meant to counteract “racism.”
And anti-cop indoctrination prompted parent and law enforcement outrage over a high school’s summer reading list in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The books in question were “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas and “All American Boys,” by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.
Fact-free, depravity-laden agendas are alive and well at your child’s school. The approaches and excuses are many, from “drag queen story hours” to celebrating LGBT identities to blatant Islamic indoctrination. Little children need to be introduced to alternate families, according to publishing giant Scholastic.
As the school year gets underway, look closely at those reading lists, texts and library displays, parents. Many of the recommended books belong only in your trash can.
Our nation’s publishers allied with the American Library Association have hit on a winning youth marketing strategy: wildly sensational themes, unencumbered (they hope) by parent and teacher objections.
I am urging you to get complete information and think for yourself.
During the week of Sept. 23 to 29, the ALA will attempt to manipulate public opinion by lamenting a crisis of its own making. It’s the annual disinformation campaign called “Banned Books Week.”
This far-left group advocates anything goes and “intellectual freedom” – unless books or media contain traditional, child-friendly Judeo-Christian content. ALA has no problem if their obedient librarians quietly restrict access to such ideas.
As my pro-family friend and colleague Laurie Higgins says, “The ALA can’t seem to find an idea too perverse for children and can’t discern an age too young to be exposed to perversion.”
So in preparation, let’s consider some child-protective reality.
Do you want your child to have nightmares and panic attacks? Then hand them many of the current “award-winning” youth literature selections. They weave tales around the subjects of suicide, addiction, bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder and gun violence.
Aren’t these just the books you want your daughter curling up with on a rainy night?
Oh, don’t worry – there’s still plenty of anal and oral sex, homosexual/ transgender identities, abortion (and proud of it), X-rated teen hook-ups, vulgar language, rape and scorn for Christianity.
It’s a Satanic stew designed to mess with kids’ minds, souls and bodies.
For instance, the novel “13 Reasons Why” was on last year’s American Library Association challenged book list.
It’s pornographic, claimed some parents in the Lemont, Illinois, High School District 210. But it also details teen suicide. And since Netflix decided to make a video series based on the story, several actual teen suicides have been reported after binge-watching the program. The story also features rape, bullying and drunk driving.
Is this what most parents hope attracts their kids’ interest?
The American Family Association and the Parents Television Council are joining with many other groups to urge Netflix to drop this series. So far Netflix is ignoring this plea and charging ahead with production on a new season.
What can parents do? Two quick rules: one, you must examine everything yourself, and two, the American Library Association, most youth book publishers and many book review sites are not your friends.
And they have a dirty little secret: Their systematic censorship of conservative views is alive and well. Now it’s just labeled “social justice.”
But parents are never supposed to “challenge” books. Of the “Most Challenged Books” listed by the ALA for the past year, most of them contained “LGBT” or sexually explicit themes. They are “13 Reasons Why,” “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” “Drama,” “The Kite Runner,” “George,” “Sex is a Funny Word,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” (challenged because of the “n” word), “The Hate U Give,” “And Tango Makes Three” and “I Am Jazz.”
At Northwood High School in northern Indiana this past year, a new indoctrination method emerged. From a suggested reading list, ninth-graders were to form teams, choose a book and then report to the whole class, essentially peer-to-peer advocacy.
But the sexually inappropriate content along with the outright leftist propaganda created a community outcry. Among the books were “Die For You” by Amy Fellner Dominy (another suicide story), “Ask Me How I Got Here” by Christine Heppermann (main character has a welcome abortion, and Planned Parenthood info given at end of book) and “Bang” by Barry Lyga, about a boy haunted by his memory of accidentally killing his infant sister.
The good news is that, with leadership from the Indiana Liberty Coalition and others, parent objections called a halt, and the trash-filled reading list was scrapped. Speaking out works, folks.
Racial themes are common reasons – allegedly – for book challenges. Or excuses for mischaracterizing objections.
ALA says over half of challenged books “… are either written by authors of color or contain content that represents groups or viewpoints outside the mainstream.”
Oh, so it’s “bigotry” that makes parents object to books like “Tyrell” by Coe Booth. Yes, I’m sure most thoughtful African-American parents would be OK with a book about a boy who decides not to “sell drugs like his dad” but holds parties where prostitution, underage drinking and more occurs. My pro-family colleague Debbie DeGroff’s excellent research reveals how twisted and inaccurate the ALA and youth book reviewers are.
ALA calls “Tyrell” a “Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.”
If we object, we are “bigots.” Is this a trap set by Satan or what?