Just as Laurie Higgins marked Banned Books Week by hoping children will read books about kids celebrating the death of their gay parents, Mission America’s Linda Harvey wants conservative activists to use Banned Books Week to pressure school libraries to offer her book on ex-gay pseudo-science, “Maybe He’s Not Gay.”
“They suggested ‘Maybe He’s Not Gay’ to the libraries and the book was added to the collections, praise the Lord,” she said in today’s radio commentary.
Harvey said that while progressives are modern-day “Nazis” who “only want certain ideas available” to the public, conservatives are rightfully trying to stop libraries from offering “very, very questionable” and “inappropriate material” to young people:
What Banned Books Week is really all about is to intimidate any parent trying to question the use of a specific group in a specific class or school. There are no efforts, except maybe by liberals, to totally shut off certain materials everywhere in the country. The books that are questioned are always available elsewhere, it’s just that not everything is appropriate for kids. But often the library profession seems reluctant to allow kids to read conservative books. Doesn’t this seem rather hypocritical to you? Some folks believe that the whole purpose is to get some very, very questionable material in front of kids and label any concerned parents as ‘book banners.’ It’s a slick strategy and has resulted in lots of really inappropriate material now in front of children everywhere. Yet meanwhile, some really valuable ideas and information is somehow bypassed.