A motivated public defends families, children

A motivated public defends families, children

A motivated public defends families, children

Parents and other family advocates are challenging local and school libraries for allowing inappropriate books on the shelves – and they're meeting with some success.


As reported last month by American Family News, local citizens in Gillette, Wyoming, for example, challenged the local library because of pro-homosexual and transgender literature that was placed so children would see it. In a follow-up to that report, AFN spoke with citizen spokesman Kevin Bennett, who explains residents have claimed some success in fending off the LGBT movement.

Bennett explains they learned through an outside source the Gillette library had contracted with a mentally confused transgender to perform in front of children and teens – and that citizens planned a protest.

"The evening of Tuesday before the magician was supposed to show up, he cancelled and he said that he thought it would be inappropriate for children to see all that protesting," he shares. "[To which] one of our commissioners [asked] 'Why can that guy say that but our parents here in this community can't?'"

However, the situation with the library supporting abhorrent behavior hasn't been resolved – so, Bennett says they are trying to gather even more community support.

"We have definitely put a flag down that says we're not going to stand for this," he continues. "However, it's hard to raise awareness – people don't realize what's going on and a lot of pastors are afraid to say something. [Some are] waking up now, but they don't want to lose funding. They're afraid of the Johnson Amendment."

That amendment restricts the ability of non-profit organizations and churches to be involved in politics and threatens their tax-exempt status.

"What we have right now is dozens of volumes of material – sometimes it may be up to several hundred distributed specifically through the youth and the children's section – [with] full frontal nudity and other unmentionable acts of sexuality put in front of children." (Kevin Bennett)

Normalizing child abuse

Meanwhile, the leader of a pro-family group is praising parents who put a stop to a Virginia county school system's decision to allow two controversial books on its library shelves. Victoria Cobb of the Family Foundation of Virginia contends the two books – "Gender Queer" and "Lawn Boy," where were available to Fairfax County students – illustrate pedophilia.

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"This is actually trying to make normal something which is absolutely child abuse," Cobb laments. "… The idea that any age child would read this would be unacceptable to nearly every parent I could imagine."

A concerned parent attempting to read the pornographic language contained in one of the books at a school board meeting was shut down and chastised for such language.

"Our society seems to think that things are offensive if they're read out loud," Cobb tells AFN. "But somehow they're not going to harm our children if they're available for them to read on their own."

One of the board members defended the books by stating that they were only available in high school and not in the elementary grades. Both books were previous winners of the American Library Association's Alex Awards.