Saturday, November 18, 2006


“Parents want to ban gay penguin book” is the headline in the Peoria Journal Star 11/17/06, page C10. Quoting from the story: “Complaining about the book’s homosexual undertones, some parents of Shiloh Elementary School students believe the book—available to be checked out of the school’s library in this 11,000-resident town 20 miles east of St. Louis—tackles topics their young children aren’t ready to handle.

Their request: Move the book to the library’s regular shelves (I think the author means remove the book from the library’s regular shelves.—my addition) and restrict it to a section for mature issues, perhaps even requiring parental permission before their child can check it out.

At least for now, the district’s chief isn’t budging. Though a panel of school employees she appointed suggested the book be moved and require parental permission before it is checked out, Superintendent Jennifer Filyaw says “And Tango Makes Three” will stay put—at the advice of the district’s attorney who says moving it might be legally challengeable censorship.”

“ … Moving it might be legally challengeable censorship.” SO WHAT!!! I might win a Nobel Peace Prize some day too. Think about this so called attorney’s advice. Don’t move the book because it might be censorship. What if the librarian had placed an X-rated film on the library self? The school must leave that film on the self because it might be legally challengeable censorship???? What nonsense!!!

What if another “sweet” book contained a graphic section (graphic as only writers in the U.S. seem to be able to write) which depicts a person murdering a young child, cutting that dead child into pieces, and eating that dead child? Would the brilliant attorney advise the school district to keep the book on the self to avoid a possible legally challengeable case of censorship??? What nonsense!!! Who in the world wants five-year-old children to be exposed to all the possibilities that can be covered in books and film??? (Besides libertines, of course.)

The parents in that school system have every right to demand something be done. They have every right to control what their five-year-old children read, watch, and are exposed to. That is one of the primary roles of a parent—to protect their children. If the school refuses to support them, they have options.

Take this to the school board. Vote the members of the school board, who refuse to act responsibly, out of office. Sue the school board and the district for providing inappropriate materials without proper controls. And finally, if necessary, remove your child from the school system.

Theoretically, we are still a democracy. Parents have just as much right to demand the removal of inappropriate material as the libertines have the right to demand it remain. Parents need to protect their children. That is their responsibility. If the school is not responsive, they have the right to take the necessary legal steps to protect their children.

They not only have the right; they have the responsibility to protect their children. No wonder more and more parents are opting for either home schooling or private schools that understand the necessity of common sense when dealing with young children and their parents. Parents are searching for schools that do not buckle under to the ACLU and other libertine groups and people.


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