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Libraries educated the wrong people on the wrong things

A library is a place of discovery, imagination, suspense — and porn?

Years ago, pornographic content would be kept behind a counter, in a locked cabinet or in an adult establishment. But, today one can check out a pornographic book at your local library.

A little digging and I found that the American Library Association (ALA) funded during the 2019-2020 award period a research grant called “Library Staff and Drag Queen Perspectives and Decision-Making About Drag Queen Storytimes.”

In the 2017-2018 award period there was a research grant for “Information Behaviors Among LGBTQ Students at Single-Sex Historically black colleges and Universities.”

When did public libraries become sexual advocates? And, more importantly, why?

Recently, parents have been demonized for raising concern over the sexual content found in school libraries. The American Association of School Libraries is a division within the ALA.

Clay County libraries have pornographic books rated for young adults (YA), ages 12 to 18. These books are not kept behind a counter or in a locked cabinet, but on a shelf. Also, Florida Statute 847 states that it is illegal to expose a minor, any individual under the age of 18, to sexual content. Young teens are impressionable, inquisitive and full of hormones, so, in today’s world, it makes no sense to offer them pornographic material. The entertainment industry does enough of that. 

If the media were doing its job it would be ask how this nation got to the point where institutions that once stood for all that was good were grooming our children with sexually inappropriate content at such young ages. 

James Carafano

James Jay Carafano is a leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges. He is the Vice President of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and the E. W. Richardson Fellow Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. Carafano is an accomplished historian and teacher as well as a prolific writer and researcher.


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