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The Self-Congratulation in Banned Books Week

Washington Post book critic Ron Charles made a confession the other day. "I banned a book," he wrote. "Or at least I helped get it banned, which makes Banned Books Week a little awkward for me this year. Like celebrating Arbor Day by cutting down a tree."
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Who Are the Book Banners?

September 23-29 is the ominously and inaccurately named Banned Books Week established by the book-banning American Library Association (ALA) to suggest that book banning is prevalent in America and very scary. Although the ALA named it Banned Books Week, it acknowledged in the “about” section of the Banned Books Week website that it’s not really about books that have been banned à la Fahrenheit 451 or even asked to be banned. It’s centrally about books that have been challenged, which is a horse of an entirely different and far less dark color. A book is challenged when the appropriateness of it in some context is questioned.
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The ALA Plunges Deeper into the Drag Cesspool

The American Library Association (ALA) has revealed that it has not yet reached the nadir of ethical corruption. Through its Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) division, the Intellectual Freedom Committee, which promotes “continuing education programs” for children, just wrote this (you better be sitting down):

Interested in bringing Drag Queen Storytime to your library? ALSC Committee Members received tips for optimizing success from library pioneers who have already done it.  We also had the chance to meet a Drag Queen who talked about the value of offering this program, including fostering empathy, tolerance, creativity, imagination and fun.

I …

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The Rage of Leftist Book-Banners

In response to last week’s article on Banned Books Week, multiple homosexuality-affirming websites have been apoplectic about the five story ideas about homosexuality and gender confusion I mentioned, particularly the hypothetical picture book about a bird who experiences joy when, after the deaths of her fathers, she is adopted by a father and mother.

These websites make two errors: They twist what I actually said (no surprise there) and ignore the fact that I wasn’t recommending any of the hypothetical books. Rather, I was wondering aloud whether librarians would apply consistently their own anti-book-banning propositions. I was wondering if they

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Chicago Librarian Says Kids Should Read Anything They Want

Words to describe librarians who eagerly promote the American Library Association’s “Banned Books Week,” of which we are in the midst, include sanctimonious, condescending, dishonest, hypocritical, and alarmist. Many, perhaps most, of the books that parents express concerns over are picture books. And their interest is not in banning these books. Their interest is in making them inaccessible to little ones.

Moreover, in recent years, most of the controversies over picture books have involved the relentless efforts of homosexual activists and their allies to change the moral beliefs of other people’s children. Embedding sexually subversive ideas in soft …

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Chicago Tribune Op Ed on Banned Books Week

On Tuesday, John Keilman wrote a lighthearted editorial on last week’s annual dishonest campaign by the American Library Association (ALA) laughably named “Banned Books Week.”

His personal story was revelatory. Keilman shared that when he was young, pulp novels with “absolutely no redeeming value” beckoned with an irresistible force. He describes what so powerfully attracted him: their “lurid” titles and the cover art which depicted the hero with “his arm around a busty woman, blasting a hole through some underworld stooge.”

But then after explicitly stating the sexual and violent language and imagery that served as “catnip to a preteen” …

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Annoyed Librarian Takes ALA to the Woodshed

On Oct. 3, 2008, the Washington Post covered the story of some high school students in Virginia who attempted to expose the “book banning” activities engaged in by their high school librarians who censor virtually all resources that express conservative perspectives on homosexuality. The librarians offered the usual embarrassing defenses for their censorship of ideas, trying futilely to mask their utter hypocrisy regarding censorship.

Perhaps the weakest and most embarrassing justification proffered was that conservative books would make “gay students ‘feel inferior’ ” which is another way of saying that ideas are controversial. I hate to break it to library …

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American Library Association’s Book Banning Witch Hunt Should Begin At Home

For the past 26 years, the increasingly radical American Library Association (ALA) has celebrated a week dedicated to the myth of book banning and censorship in public libraries. In truth, the books that are supposedly ‘banned’ are readily available for purchase at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Borders, etc.

Ironically, the ALA fails to recognize that public and school libraries across the nation do, in fact, engage in censorship of conservative worldviews and scholarship. For example, why is it that Deerfield High School has over 60 pro-homosexual books on their shelves, but not one book articulating a traditional view of this …

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