There once was a time when K-12 school libraries were safe havens where children could go to learn about truth and beauty and the natural world around them. With a little imagination and some great literature or non-fiction, they could venture out to far-away places and witness amazing things, without ever leaving the building. At that time, laws protected innocent children against the distribution of obscene materials, and parents could trust that libraries were safe places for the minds and hearts of their youth.
Over the past few decades, this has dramatically changed. Libraries are no longer safe havens for children. Legal loopholes have been exploited which allow for obscene materials, as long as they are presented under the guise of ‘educational, scientific, artistic or similar purposes.’ Many argued that because they were being presented in a school, they would automatically be considered educational. Today forty-four states have similar obscenity exemptions that allow libraries to purchase and make available to children materials that would be considered obscene in any other venue. Texas is one of the 44 states that has exemptions to its Obscenity laws: “Sec. 43.24. SALE, DISTRIBUTION, OR DISPLAY OF HARMFUL MATERIAL TO MINOR. (a) For purposes of this section: (c) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that the sale, distribution, or exhibition was by a person having scientific, educational, governmental, or other similar justification.” Therefore, librarians and faculty need only justify that the material falls under one of the above categories to include it in its offerings — and that’s even if they are challenged.
If you have familiarized yourself with the other threats outlined throughout this website, you are aware of the dangerous propaganda that radical activists have been spoon feeding our youth for several years. Public School libraries are not safe from these dangerous ideologies. The obscenity exemption allows libraries to offer students books that contain content that:
- sexualizes children
- promotes the false idea that gender is a social construct that can fluctuate between male, female and a variety of other non-binary genders
- promotes puberty blockers so prepubescent children can avoid puberty until they choose a gender
- promotes cross-sex hormones and surgical genital mutilation
- promotes unhealthy sexually promiscuous lifestyles
- stokes racism and class warfare
- divides and fuels resentment among identity groups
- turns children into political activists
- separates children from parents by supplanting religious values with secular ideals…and more
Some of these dangerous materials are in the classroom where teachers read them to their students and use them to initiate group discussions on topics that should be reserved exclusively for parents and guardians in the home.
In recent years, several parents around the country have begun to notice the troubling book titles in their children’s school libraries and have been challenging the appropriateness of these books. However, most school districts, guided by the radicalized American Library Association, show no signs of backing down. Parents throughout Texas have challenged library books for pornography, the enthusiastic promotion of dangerous sexual lifestyles, and race-baiting narratives. See dozens of examples of books found on Texas school library shelves here.
Predictably, the American Librarian Association is doubling down on keeping the most radical books on library shelves. In fact, in April 2022, self-described Marxist lesbian, Emily Drabinski was elected president of the American Library Association. She takes office in July of 2023. The Federalist reported of Dabrinski: “The interim chief librarian of The Graduate Center at City University of New York (CUNY), where she was previously the ‘critical pedagogy librarian,’ Drabinski posts openly on her Twitter feed in support of sexually exposing children, union-led political strife, socialist politicians, and libraries pushing explicit and far-left material on unwilling taxpayers.” In addition, Ms. Drabinski has no qualms about using taxpayer funds to make pornographic materials available to children.
It’s no accident that ‘drag queens’ have come out of the shadows and made their debut in public libraries, of all places. This venue was obviously selected as a safe haven in which to ‘normalize’ the overly sexualized flamboyant and deranged men, dressed up as ‘clownish women.’ These performances use groomer tactics, designed to desensitize young children to hyper-sexualized dance and play activity by adults in drag. Some of these drag queens have been charged with sex crimes involving minors. To make matters worse, tax dollars are funding these salacious activities. According to the 2019 form 990 of Drag Queen Story Hour NYC LTD, the non-profit received $65,355 in “Program service revenue, including government fees and contracts.” Public dollars are funding these perverted operations designed to groom and sexualize our children.
Librarians with relatively recent masters degrees from ‘woke’ universities have been trained to see classic literature as homophobic, racist, and colonizing. Many seek to remove these more traditional titles from school library shelves in a process they call “weeding.” So while they push sexually explicit materials and books designed to gin up racism among young children, they are encouraged to spare them from classics such as To Kill a Mockingird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Many parents are successfully fighting back by demanding library selections are removed because they are not age-appropriate and undermine parental authority and family and religious values. Those parents are labeled “Book-Banners,” and smeared as archaic thinkers who don’t believe in the 1st Amendment. However, parents are not giving up the fight, and they shouldn’t because the hearts and souls of our children are at stake.
Through recent proposed legislation, Texas state rep Steven Toth is attempting to close the exemption loophole that allows obscene materials in the public schools if “…there exhibition was by a person having scientific, educational, governmental, or other similar justification.” Let your representative and state senators know that this is an important issue and demand their legislative support. Our children are the future and we must protect them at all costs!
Articles and Resources:
Does Your Kid’s School Librarian Need Parental Supervision? ‘Banned Books Week’ May Tell You.
Click for Texas Obscenity Exemption Law
Click for a list of state obscenity exemption statutes.
Idaho Legislation to close obscenity loophole
Click for a short video on books read to Pre-K through 3rd grade students, from Brenda4Kids
Ten Most Challenged Books (on both left and right)
In light of the discovery of vulgar books in school libraries, Keller ISD recently adopted a new acquisition and challenge policy.
Library books removed from Frisco ISD
Library Book Review Sites for Parents
http://www.booklooks.org This website was created by “concerned parents who have been frustrated by the lack of resource material for content-based information regarding books accessible to children and young adults.”
https://www.ratedbooks.org This website deals primarily with challenging offensive books in Utah school libraries. However, if you’re searching for a review for a particular book, you may find it here.