King and King

I just read about this very innovative children’s book that seems to have spawned a little controversy in a small town in my state. It seems that two Dutch authors wrote a children’s book about two men who end up getting married. It was translated into English and presumably imported to America, among other countries. There it was donated by a now anonymous patron to the Lower Macungie Township Library, and was checked out by an unsuspecting parent of a 2 year old, who was brought up short by a kiss at the alter while reading it to her child.

We all know just how insidious is the homosexual agenda, but hey, they’ve really stooped low, trying to turn 2 year olds into queers! (OK, sarcasm does not become me.) The book instigated a federal lawsuit in Massachusetts last year, which was dismissed.

You have to give some credit to the Lower Macungie Board of Supervisors, who responded to a petition from 40 people asking that the book be removed from the library, by supporting the library’s decision refusing to remove the book.

”That’s what a public library does, and you make the choice,” Rhode said. ”We certainly want parents to make that decision for their children — not one parent making that decision for all children.”

Rhode said that in her three years as director, no book has been removed from the collection despite at least one other challenge of a graphic novel in the young adult section.

The Board upheld the decision of the Library director.

Supervisor Chairman Kenneth DeAngelis, who also is president of the library board, said that if the supervisors interjected, they would be micromanaging the nonprofit library. Though the supervisors appoint the library’s board and tax money supports the library, he said, the board is independent.

Hear, hear for the library!

11 thoughts on “King and King

  1. The board is independent. I’ll say. The library director is too. Three cheers for all concerned in making that decision.

    Nice going, Lower Macungie Township Library! (Man, I wish it had a different name.)

  2. Well, if the parents had actually read the book’s title, they might have been able to figure out where the book could go. They also could have, you know, scanned the book before signing it out. It’s not like it takes a long time to scan a kid’s book. This child does not need to be shielded from the alleged “gay agenda” – she needs to be shielded from her parent’s stupidity.

  3. the chaplain’s absolutely correct. The title’s almost as big a giveaway as “Heather has two mommies”. And “brought up short by a kiss at the altar”? C’mon – did they think one guy was going to magically turn into a woman by then?

  4. Silly me. I always thought that books were supposed to expose the reader to thoughts and experiences foreign to our milieu. Now, I realize that for a pre-schooler, you really do need to (as a parent (not as a library administrator)) be aware of the content and age appropriateness (readability and content) of a book. I guess that the idea of a parent actually being aware of what their children are doing is a foreign concept (oddly, it seems to be a foreign concept to the very people who claim to uphold family values).

    When I was in high school down in Maryland during the dim, dark ’80s, the Moral Majority (which was neither (and that was the one bumper sticker on our Ford Fairmont station wagon (which may explain why our tires got slashed a couple of times))) was very active in our western county. Our high school library was a typical underfunded public school library. The local Moral Majority chapter (bless their pointy little heads), gave a list of books to a student at the high school, sent him into the library, and see how many of ‘Satan’s’ books were there.

    At the next school board meeting (county school board), they complained loud and long about Charles Darwin’s “Origin of the Species” and “The Voyage of the Beagle.” Apparently, they were upset that their children were being exposed to these horrible books. The school board, despite being populated by troglodytic regressives, said, then tell your child not to take the book out. I checked (glanced at the loan card (I already had copies of both (my grandfather’s Harvard Classics) at home)) the two books. They had last been checked out of the library in the 1960s.

    Oddly, they had no objection to the chapter regarding the theory of evolution in the high school biology text (though my freshman bio teacher said “Evolution is in the book. I know evolution is a lie. I will not teach it” (which may explain the Moral Majority’s acquiescence (though it was a required book))).

    Every time I hear about one of these censorship cases (whether it becomes a court case or not), the thought in my mind is “Who the hell made you the parent of my children?”

    Good post. Glad to see someone out there still has the gumption to stand up to these self-righteous bullies.

  5. My son brought King & King home from his school library, and after perusing it, I must admit that I felt a brief stirring in my loins when I saw Brad Pitt in “Troy”, but the feeling soon passed. I won’t be reading that book again.

  6. You know…if they can teach about straight marriage and families teach straight marriage to their children, then gay marriage should be tought as well. What, are people afraid their sons or daughters are going to have friends of the same sex and want to play marriage?!>! LOL! Little girls dream of their weddings from a young age, tell me where they get the ideas from if age appropriateness is brought into the matter when it comes to marriage. That way i can invent some crazy prop to stop these little girls… Kids see kissing and marriage all the time.

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