School Libraries in the Crosshairs
Elementary schools pride themselves on promoting reading and literacy. These school libraries are often a child’s introduction to the world through literature…but what else are they promoting?
Public school libraries are often in the forefront of the marriage debates. Under the banner of tolerance, some schools have allowed reading material to creep in that normalizes and in some cases even promotes the gay agenda.
Activists know that if the next generation can view the gay lifestyle as a closer shade of “normal”, the marriage battle will be won against traditional values over time.
This hopeful comment was from a woman named Meagan at keenspot forums:
“Give it another generation and the kids today will wonder why it was ever such an issue and have no problem passing laws to make marriage less discriminatory. Sometimes change is better over time, rather than revolutionary.”
She is right. Unless parents remain vigilant on the school scene, the next generation will be an easy target for gay activists with the help of books like “Molly’s Family”, The White Swan Express” as well as “One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads”.
Short blurbs of each of these books and many others that promote the homosexual lifestyle to various school age groups can be found here.
Arthur Levine, the editorial director of his own imprint for Scholastic Press, one of the world’s largest children’s book publishers, is, as a gay parent himself, concerned with this issue.
“Ten percent of the children’s book readership, at least, will grow up to be gay or lesbian,” he said to AfterElton.com... And an even higher percentage of picture book readership will grow up to know and love somebody who’s gay or lesbian. So when you think about it that way, a large percentage of your picture book audience can really benefit from naturalizing the idea that there are gay and lesbian people in the world. When you think about it that way, it’s even more of a mystery why there aren’t more of these books.”
In schools stateside and overseas, the battle is being waged for the minds of the young. For or against, people are taking a stand to promote the world view they hope will be accomplished in the next generation.
In one school, parents were able to get these controversial materials removed from school libraries:
Muslims’ fury forces schools to shelve anti-homophobia storybooks for 5-year-olds
By LAURA CLARK
London Daily Mail
Two primary schools have withdrawn storybooks about same-sex relationships after objections from Muslim parents. Up to 90 gathered at the schools to complain about the books which are aimed at pupils as young as five.
One story, titled King & King, is a fairytale about a prince who turns down three princesses before marrying one of their brothers.
Another named And Tango Makes Three features two male penguins who fall in love at a New York zoo.
Bristol City Council said the two schools had been using the books to ensure they complied with gay rights laws which came into force last April. They were intended to help prevent homophobic bullying, it said.
But the council has since removed the books from Easton Primary School and Bannerman Road Community School, both in Bristol.
A book and DVD titled That’s a Family!, which teaches children about different family set-ups including gay or lesbian parents, has also been withdrawn.
The decision was made to enable the schools to “operate safely” after parents voiced their concerns at meetings. Around 40 are said to have gathered at Easton to speak to staff and another 50 at Bannerman Road.
Members of the Bristol Muslim Cultural Society said parents were upset at the lack of consultation over the use of the materials.
Farooq Siddique, community development officer for the society and a governor at Bannerman Road, said there were also concerns about whether the stories were appropriate for young children.
See full story from The Daily Mail here.
Parents are the most motivated elements in the school arena. These are our children and we have a responsibility to protect and bring them up under healthy influences.
In another instance here in the U.S., these same controversial books were removed from a public school, only to be replaced even after more than 700 people voiced their objection to the books.
Candi Cushman, education analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said this illustrates the need for parents to be vigilant: