‘Den of perverts!’ Parent confronts library board over porn

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

It may not be the appropriate approach in every instance, but in one case, in Idaho, a mother in the community confronted a library board with, “You people are a den of perverts!”

And she got results.

The issue is a common one these days: library content for children that features “repugnant” sex.

And the report comes from MassResistance, a pro-family organization that advocates for clean material in libraries, both public, and school.

“It’s amazing what outrage and pressure – and telling the truth – can accomplish, even with hostile leftist public officials. In Kootenai County, Idaho, the Community Library Network has revised its library policy. It will now exclude any obscene books for children and teenagers and remove the ones currently on the shelves. Such a move was unimagined until now,” the organization reported.

Local MassResistance members had been raising their concerns to the library board for a year, citing the “explicit and obscene sexual, homosexual, and transgender books” the library had for children and teens.

“But the library director and three of the five board members either ignored them or were outwardly hostile and intimidating (even to the other two board members who wanted to discuss it). The majority made it clear that they supported the books and considered the critics to be bigots,” the organization reported.

Then something triggered one concerned mother. While another citizen was reading out loud from a particularly repugnant kids’ sex book, she stood up and walked over to the board.

“Yes, this is pornography,” she, well, shouted. “Will you just get over yourselves and get rid of these books? You people are disgusting! Disgusting! How dare you have books like that in the library! You need to quit. Because you people are a den of perverts!

“You’re so ‘civilized’ that you allow things like this for 12-year-olds to read! You are really beyond belief. If we didn’t have that special clause in the law, you would all be going to jail for providing this stuff to children.

“I’m sick of you. This is disgusting. This little town is full of innocence and you’re ruining it with your smut. You’re just disgusting.”

MassResistance explained the special legal protection in the state is that schools and libraries are exempted from a ban on providing obscene materials to minors.

Less than two months later, library officials proposed a new policy intended to address the “issue of obscene materials for children, stipulate who bears responsibility for what books are selected, outline how books are selected, and determine how citizens can challenge books.”

In due course and after deliberation, the policy was adopted.

Now it says the “library will no longer hide behind the state’s exemption for libraries regarding obscene materials for minors. Thus, books and other materials for minors that violate Idaho Codes 18-1513, 18-1514, and 18-1515 will be excluded from the juvenile and young adult sections of the library. ”

It also gives the library director responsibility for such offenses.

MassResistance explained the new policy still has problems, but the steps taken represent a significant advance.

“Overall, this is definitely a big victory. A group of determined local MassResistance pro-family citizens was able to get an entrenched left-wing library board and library director to back down and do the right thing – and also cause the library director to resign! It shows what principled activism can accomplish,” the report said.

 

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