Parents across the nation are taking action against both
school districts and libraries that feature books, some of
them required reading, that include sexual issues and
obscenity many believe are inappropriate for school
In Overland Park, Kan., parents have organized to protest
the inclusion of obscene books on children's assigned
reading lists in the Blue Valley School District. The
parents took action after a few of them researched the books
kids were being asked to read.
"[My son] is a 14-year-old freshman boy, and [the book]
had references to oral sex and homosexuality. … I thought it
was a mistake!" Janet Harmon, one of the Blue Valley
parents, told activist group Concerned Women for America.
The Kansas parents eventually started a website,
Classkc.org, designed to inform parents about the contents
of their children's reading material and about how to get
involved to make changes.
The site includes pages with explicit examples of
narrative bestiality and oral sex, citing the school
board-approved books from which the excerpts come.
Says Classkc.org: "The state should not have open season
on when, where and how to indoctrinate and form children's
sexual attitudes, but rather … the parents should have the
primary role in values education and overall worldview,
particularly in the area of sexual values, for their own
The site lists books on the high-school reading list
along with their level of reading score as determined by the
Lexile grade-level system.
Books assigned to 11th and 12th grade Blue Valley
students, such as "Song of Solomon" (not the biblical book)
and "Beloved," are given fifth and sixth grade levels of
difficulty by the Lexile system.
"The books, therefore, are not only vulgar but provide
little intellectual challenge for high-school students,"
Concerned Women for America points out.
"Beloved," by Toni Morrison, was assigned to 12th-graders
but has a sixth-grade reading level.
"'Beloved' contains oral sex, incest, rape, pedophilia,
graphic sex, extreme violence, sexual abuse,
physical/emotional abuse, infanticide, and an extensive
amount of profanity," states the classkc.org website. "The
first two chapters contain five references to sex with cows
in addition to other types of sex."
The Kansas parents wonder why classics such as Charles
Dickens' "David Copperfield" and Herman Melville's "Moby
Dick" don't top the reading list.
Elsewhere, parents have battled public libraries, which
are increasingly stocking so-called young-adult novels that
include vulgarity and overt sexuality.
Said a Texas homeschooling grandmother who contacted WND:
"The 'Young Adult Novel' is a growing genre in 'literature.'
The problem is, the books are foul and vile, filled with
sexuality, homosexuality, terrible profanity and various
other kinds of perversity. And the American Library
Association works hard at keeping them available to our
children. Any attempt to remove any of these books is
labeled censorship by the ALA. They fight tooth and nail."
A website sponsored by Parents Against Bad Books in
School includes an extensive list of typical young-adult
novels along with obscene excerpts from each one.
Stated PABBIS in a recent statement about the American
Library Association: "The un-American ALA has taken the
American constitutional right of freedom of speech and has
perverted it into their right to push graphic and explicit
smut on children. ALA and ALA affiliate brown boot bullies
are constantly working to implement their weird social
Marxist agenda. What started, purportedly, as a professional
union-like organization for librarians has morphed into a
powerful, dangerous, leftist, extremist organization."
"The ALA believes 'anything goes at any age' and that
there is no difference between children and adults,"
continued PABBIS. "ALA and ALA affiliates decide what books
your children should read. They push smut in both public and
school libraries. They decide what is read in English class.
Their vision of what is best for your child doesn't include
traditional classic literature. Smut-filled, 'culturally
diverse,' easy-reading books are being pushed instead."
The ALA's "Freedom to Read Statement" says: "The freedom
to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously
under attack. Private groups and public authorities in
various parts of the country are working to remove or limit
access to reading materials, to censor content in schools,
to label 'controversial' views, to distribute lists of
'objectionable' books or authors, and to purge libraries.
These actions apparently rise from a view that our national
tradition of free expression is no longer valid; that
censorship and suppression are needed to counter threats to
safety or national security, as well as to avoid the
subversion of politics and the corruption of morals. …"
The organization believes "ordinary individual, by
exercising critical judgment, will select the good and
reject the bad." Each year it sponsors "Banned Books Week"
to highlight attempts by Americans to challenge the
inclusion of controversial books in school and neighborhood
The AFA stated last week that the most challenged book
across the nation in 2005 was "It's Perfectly Normal," by
Robie H. Harris, which is designed for children from the
third to sixth grade and includes drawings of people having
sex, a woman examining her genitals with a mirror and a
teenage boy masturbating.
Last year, parents in Fayetteville, Ark., waged a protest
against "It's Perfectly Normal." The school board initially
removed the book and several others deemed objectionable to
a parents-only section of the school library, but later
returned them to the general circulation area.