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USA- It’s all a matter of perspective. While a library group is claiming that “book banning” is at a record high, one needs to ask why those books are being banned in the first place.
In the case of what the American Library Association (ALA) complains about, indeed books are being banned…that is books in school libraries which contain sexually explicit and racially divisive content, according to The Christian Post.
The ALA correctly notes that the effort to remove books from libraries across the country centers around sexually explicit materials depicting child sex and pedophilia. The ALA reported on the data last month at an event called Banned Books Week, which is designed to “raise awareness” about frequently challenged books.
According to the group, between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31 of this year, they documented some 681 attempts to either ban or restrict library resources among 1,651 titles; over 70% of the attempts looked to ban multiple titles.
This year is the second year in a row where parents, seeing enough of what they feel is brainwashing or indoctrination of their kids have sought a record number of books to be banned. The ALA said last year, “729 attempts were made that targeted 1,597 book titles,” which they said was a “record.”
“The unprecedented number of challenges we’re seeing already this year reflects coordinated, national efforts to silence marginalized or historically underrepresented voices and deprive all of us—young people, in particular—of the chance to explore a world beyond the confines of personal experience,” ALA President Lesssa Kanani-Opua Pelayo-Lozada stated in a press release.
“Librarians develop collections and resources that make knowledge and ideas widely available, so people and families are free to choose what to read.”
“Though it’s natural that we want to protect young people from some of life’s more difficult realities, the truth is that banning books does nothing to protect them from dealing with tough issues. Instead, it denies young people resources that can help them deal with the challenges that confront them,” she continued.
The organization refused to immediately respond to The Christian Post’s request for comment.
The ALA’s definition of parental concerns over library content was disputed by Meg Kilgannon of the Family Research Council, who called that characterization “unfair and self-serving.”
She downplayed the concerns portrayed by the ALA which alleged they were “oppressed” since it is that organization that is responsible for the system in place which decides which reading materials are provided to children.
“And the fact they can tolerate no parental input on that whatsoever, I think, says all you need to know,” Kilgannon said.
Pelayo-Lozada made the unsubstantiated claim that efforts to restrict the content available to children in libraries is politically motivated as opposed to portraying any real concern for children.
“Library professionals trust individuals to make their own decisions about what they read and believe,” Pelayo-Lozada said. “ALA and our partners in the Unite Against Book Bans campaign are asking readers everywhere to stand with us in the fight against censorship.”
Kilgannon has a different opinion however, and dismissed ALA’s concerns that anyone is in fact trying to ban books, addressing the fact that parents are free to access the materials elsewhere besides school libraries if they wish to expose their children to such content.
“No one who’s concerned about whether or not public dollars should be spent to purchase sexual content for children is suggesting that sexual content be banned,” she said. “we’re simply asking the question, ‘what is the appropriate use of public resources and what is the responsibility of education experts in making those judgments, and can parents be involved?’’
She continued, noting that schools can determine at a local level whether a book should be removed from a library or otherwise placed in a restricted section.
“I think that good people can come together and come up with a system that allows for this very thing to be determined by each school and each school board, any school district in the country,” Kilgannon said. “That’s why we have local control in schools.”
According to the ALA’s Office For Intellectual Freedom Director Deborah Caldwell-Stone, she told the Associated Press that most of the books drawing scrutiny focus on LGBT subjects and racism.
That is likely because parents believe their children are being indoctrinated into the trans-ideology with some educators suggesting that children as young as kindergarten age may in fact be “gender nonconforming.” Parents are rightfully upset that these ideas are being planted in the minds of their children.
Likewise, so-called Critical Race Theory is also being pushed on kids, who don’t typically look at life through the lens of race until they are told to.
Among those books receiving the heaviest criticism are Gender Queer and Lawn Boy, both of which contain graphic sexual content and also promote pedophilia.
These concerns were addressed last year in Fairfax County, Virginia, where Stacy Langton, a school parent, pointed out sexually explicit and graphic images contained in those books, both of which were available in the school district’s high school libraries.
Langton brought the books before the school board, and told them both books depict sexual acts. In fact, one of the books describes a fourth-grade boy performing oral sex on an adult man. The other showed detailed illustrations of a man having sex with a boy. And you wonder why parents may be concerned?
Langton then read the following from Lawn Boy:
“What if I told you I touched the other guy’s d*ck? What if I told you I sucked it? I was 10 years old, but it’s true. I s*cked Doug Goble’s d*ck, the real estate guy, and he s*cked mine too.”
To make matters even more bizarre, one of the school board members actually warned Langton to watch what she said, reminding her “there are children in the audience here.”
So in Fairfax County, it’s apparently alright for students to check out books with such content, however parents cannot read what they provide to students in a public school board meeting?
Virginia of course isn’t the only place where graphic books may be found in school libraries. Last year, parents spoke out at a school board meeting at the Carmel Clay school board meeting in Indiana, where they addressed several books available to students that describe pornographic sex scenes and which further promoted gender confusion and transgenderism. Indoctrination and brainwashing, in other words.
Finally in July, the Miami-Dade County (FL) school board changed course on a decision made to adopt two sex education textbooks for middle and high school after receiving blowback from parents, who objected to how the books dealt with gender identity, contraception and abortion.
For more on the issues in Virginia that persisted until the election of Glenn Youngkin earlier this year, we invite you to:
FAIRFAX, VA – Virginia Democrats are fighting against the bill proposed by Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin that would allow parents the opportunity to know when their children could be exposed to sexually explicit materials.
Governor Youngkin proposed the bill learning of books in school libraries that were widely available to children depicting sexually explicit material. The bill specifically calls for a way that parents will be involved in anything similar in the future.
Additionally, the bill would require that any child who attempted to check out such a book from a school library would have to first obtain written consent from a parent.
It also called for the removal of any medium that was deemed to be grooming in nature.
State Democrats have called for the bill to be defeated when it comes up to a vote as they seemingly believe the books are acceptable material for children to read.
The move comes after a pair of books, “Gender Queer: A Memoir,” and “Lawn Boy” were deemed to have sexually explicit and pedophilia material by some parents who looked through them.
The books came to light after a concerned parent found the books in the library of Fairfax High School.
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— The Iowa Standard (@IowaStandard) January 22, 2022
The concerned parent, Stacy Langton, voiced her concerns to the Fairfax County Public School Board Meeting in September of 2021. Langton proclaimed to members of the school board that both books contained pedophilia and should immediately be removed. She said:
“Both of these books include pedophilia. Sex between men and boys…One book describes a fourth-grade boy performing oral sex on an adult male. The other book has detailed illustrations of a man having sex with a boy.”
After Langton’s concerns were voiced, the books were also found in the Loudoun County Public school system.
After a review of “Gender Queer,” Loudoun County Superintendent Scott Ziegler decided to remove it from school libraries. Ziegler explained to the Washington Post why he came to the decision:
“The pictorial depictions in this book ran counter to what is appropriate in school. I read every book that is submitted for my review in its entirety. I am not generally in favor of removing books from the library.”
Ziegler’s decision to remove the book from circulation comes after the Fairfax County School board has allowed both books to remain in circulation after a review. Fairfax School Board released a statement when they made their decision:
“The decision reaffirms FCPS’ ongoing commitment to provide diverse reading materials that reflect our student population, allowing every child an opportunity to see themselves reflected in literary characters.
Both reviews [of the books] concluded that the books were valuable in their potential to reach marginalized youth who may struggle to find relatable literary character that reflect their personal journeys.”
The School Board went on to note several reviews by those who were tasked with determining if the books were appropriate for children. All of those published in this report give high praise for the books and note that there is either “no pedophilia present” or they “neither depicts nor describes pedophilia.”
Fox News spoke to Langton after Fairfax County reinstituted the books into their libraries. She said:
“I find it very dishonest [of them] to state that there is ‘no pedophilia’ and that the images are ‘not obscene’ when the images are objectively so, by any measure, and his counterpart in the next county agrees they are ‘inappropriate.’”
Fox news also spoke with Ian Serotkin, the Vice Chair of the Loudoun County School Board, about his decision to back the superintendent on removal of “Gender Queer” from school libraries.
He said that he had never voted to remove a book before, but seemingly had to this time because the “sexual content” is largely throughout the book. He said:
“It is not fleeting or brief. The sexually explicit illustrations which have gotten significant media and public attention may only appear on a handful of pages, but sexual themes are pervasive throughout the book.
And the sexually explicit illustrations themselves cannot be ignored. I think I can draw a line between something being described in writing and it being depicted in living color.”
KANSAS- The Post Millennial reports that a man who thinks he’s a woman, has been held up as a hero by many in the liberal media for his complaints about the hardships so-called trans inmates face in American prisons, media which ignore the reason why he’s in prison in the first place—sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl.
Likewise, nobody affiliated with the prison which he now calls home back up his claims.
Rayne Bennett (we’ll call him by the name he was born with, Jacob Lawrence Pina) was convicted in 2016 of sexually abusing a child, and was placed on a sex offender registry for 25 years.
KSN reported that Pina held the victim against her will and raped her.
While he was awaiting trial, Pina started to claim that he was a she and adopted his pseudonym of Rayne Aloysius Constantine Rose Pina.”
Upon being sentenced, Pina was placed in a man’s prison, where he belonged.
Shortly after being incarcerated, Pina found a mental health professional in order to receive a gender dysphoria diagnosis in order to transfer to a women’s prison, where he would likely be safer since even among prisoners, pedophiles aren’t held in high regard.
However Pina’s claims went unanswered by prison staff who didn’t buy his claim that he was now a she.
As liberal media is wont to do, some sources began holding Pina up as some kind of martyr and was profiled by NPR (our tax dollars at work), the Topeka Capital-Journal, and the Leavenworth Times in stories highlighting the “hardships” faced by trans-identifying inmates in Kansas prisons.
According to 4W, none of the publications spoke of the crime Pina was accused of committing, only printing “gushing” pieces about him while ignoring his victim.
Also, despite the fact that Pina has not been diagnosed for gender dysphoria, the media outlets all identify him by his preferred pronouns of she/her.
Basically, the liberal media outlets all let Pina go on a rant about how he’s been receiving poor treatment from Kansas correctional staff, and basically made the claim that merely because he decided to “identify” as a woman, that in and of itself should allow him to transfer into a female facility.
Pina claimed in a number of the pieces that he had allegedly filed multiple complaints against prison staff for misconduct, and included “misgendering” among his grievances. According to the Kansas Department of Corrections, they have no such copies of any complaints from Pina.
Pina also falsely claimed that Corizon Health, which at one time held Kansas’s prison medical care contract, told its staff not to diagnose inmates with alleged gender dysphoria. His statement was backed up by some former Corizon workers, however the company denies it.
Charles Seigel, a spokesman for Corizon said that it knows of 145 inmates with gender dysphoria inside Michigan prisons. In addition, he said the company has a process for people who wish to seek out another opinion if they feel they were diagnosed improperly.
“If we found someone was doing the opposite of our policy,” Seigel said, “we would certainly take some kinds of actions depending on what that was.”
Pina actually gave away the true basis for his claims in the piece written for the Topeka Capital-Journal:
“Every day is the day where I have to worry about: Is this person going to hurt me? Are they gonna kill me? [Prison] broke me. It destroyed a part of me. A good part of me.”
Clearly, Pina is using his gender crisis as a means to get out of the men’s prison where he is probably not held very highly within the prison hierarchy.
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