Parents who fight against schools to protect their children are heroes, not book banners

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Across the country, librarians in schools and public libraries are filling shelves with material so pornographic that when parents tried to read aloud and show the material at school board meetings, their microphones were cut off.

For progressives, the victims of the situation are not the children exposed to inappropriate content; the hero of the story is not the parents who fight for the innocence of their children. No, the hero and the victim of the coverage of these incidents are the librarians purchase the sexually explicit content and recommend it to children.

Books on a desk in a primary school library.
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Librarians put themselves on the front lines of a culture war, often firing the first shots and then lamenting that they’ve come under fire. But here’s the thing: Libraries have turned into battlegrounds for these arguments, and librarians, one of the most radically progressive professions, have done so.

If you’re hosting a drag queen story time and stocking literal pornography on the shelves, you’ve given up the right to just ask for a quiet, respectful conversation about how you’re doing your job.

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The running of libraries is an assault on our children, paid for by our taxes. It’s high time for parents to fight back, even if they’re called book banners for it. Librarians have turned into political warriors and are trying to make our children their foot soldiers. They can’t do it without a fight.

Parents and community members attend a school board meeting in Loudoun County, just 40 minutes from Fairfax, Virginia.

Parents and community members attend a school board meeting in Loudoun County, just 40 minutes from Fairfax, Virginia.
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Progressives have been given their talking points on the matter. Efforts by parents to ensure that inappropriate and pornographic content is not available to their children is called “book banning”. In April, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., chair of the Civil Rights and Liberties Subcommittee, held a hearing to review what he called “ongoing efforts across the country to ban books in schools and public libraries”.

A single mother of a middle schooler from the Raskin neighborhood, Marilyn (who requested anonymity for professional reasons), told me her own story. She said,

“My daughter started asking to go to school early so she could spend time in the library and came home with ‘George’ by Alex Gino. I hadn’t heard of this book and I don’t haven’t met the school librarian yet I asked my daughter if she picked the book and she told me the librarian gave it to her saying she thought she would would like, I still don’t know why.

“The school librarian apparently said the same thing about Alex Gino’s ‘Rick’. Lisa Williamson’s ‘The Art of Being Normal’ also returned from the school library. These three books are the only books that returned from the school library in Montgomery County in 2021-22.”

Gino’s book “George,” which has since been renamed “Melissa,” has topped the American Library Association’s list of 10 most disputed books for several years. The ALA, with its list, posits that the book’s challenges amount to censorship. Here’s a sample of “George,” just to get an idea of ​​what many parents objected to:

“George stopped. It was such a short little question, but she couldn’t form the sounds with her mouth.

“Mom, what if I’m a girl?

Supporters celebrate the approval of transgender protective measures during a school board meeting at the Loudoun County Public Schools Administration Building on August 11, 2021 in Ashburn, Virginia.

Supporters celebrate the approval of transgender protective measures during a school board meeting at the Loudoun County Public Schools Administration Building on August 11, 2021 in Ashburn, Virginia.
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“George had seen an interview on TV a few months ago with a beautiful woman named Tina. She had golden skin, thick hair with blonde highlights and long shiny fingernails. The interviewer said that Tina was born a boy , then asked her if she had had surgery, the woman replied that she was a transgender woman and that what she had between her legs was no one’s business but hers and her friends.

“So George knew it could be done. A boy could become a girl. She had since read on the internet that you could take female hormones that would change your body, and you could have a bunch of different surgeries if you wanted to and had the It was called transitioning You could even start before the age of 18 with pills called adrogen blockers which stopped the male hormones already in you from transforming your body into that of a man But for that, you needed your parents’ permission.

All you have to do is permanently mutilate yourself with major surgery and hormone therapy; it’s as simple as taking antibiotics!

This is the message of a book marketed for 8-12 year olds; one that won Stonewall Book Award, Lambda Literary Award, EB White Honor, Best Book of the Year for Booklist, School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews. It also won a New York Public Library Notable Book Award. It’s a book that librarians across the country are trying to get into the hands of their young patrons.

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In 2021, “George / Melissa” by Ginowas finally knocked out of the top spot by a new book, “Gender Queer,” by Maia Kobabe. In its coverage of the “book ban” wars in its Sunday newsletter, The New York Times interviewed Alexandra Alter, a Times reporter covering the publishing industry on the subject, and in her graphics illustrating the newsletter article, “Gender Queer was one of the featured books.

Alter was asked, “How are the librarians reacting?” And Alexandra took the opportunity to respond: “It’s heartbreaking for them. Librarians say they got into this field for the love of reading and talking to people about books. Some quit their jobs, others were fired for refusing to delete books. Others resigned after being subjected to a barrage of insults on social media.”

Alter recently struck a similar tone in an article she wrote for The Times. on the plight of librarians facing backlash for their purchase and display choices,

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“As highly visible and politicized book bans exploded across the country, librarians – accustomed to being seen as dedicated public servants in their communities – found themselves on the front lines of an acrimonious culture war, along with their careers and their personal reputation at risk.”

This is the message of the Times and progressives pledged to: Our tax dollars should remain a discretionary fund on behalf of librarians pushing radical racial and gender ideology on our children. If you dare to stand up and try to keep the children’s shelves free of coal, you are nothing but a book banner.

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