We’ve heard a lot about “book bans” lately in public school libraries, but rarely are we given any real context around which to frame the discussion. Those on the left throw the term “book ban” around like it is some kind of a slur, but my question to them is simple: Is there anyone in America who truly opposes all book bans in public schools?
Even if the pornographic books that conservatives want to remove really do not trouble you, is anyone really suggesting that our children should have access to volumes like The Anarchist Cookbook, which gives instructions on how to make bombs and illicit drugs like LSD? Is anyone fighting for our public schools to start stocking the shelves with books like The Turner Diaries, a novel which advocates for the genocide of all non-white people? Of course no one wants these books placed in our school libraries next to Curious George and the Magic School Bus!
If we can establish that not all book bans are bad, we can talk about the real question at hand, which is what books promote the values that we want to instill in our children. I would argue that the pornographic books that the left is fighting for do not have the kind of literary merit that warrants inclusion in the stacks. Some of these books contain gross depictions of sexual acts that serve only a prurient interest. Some are graphic novels, which means that they contain extensive illustrations of body parts that it would be illegal to show to a child on the street. Yet the left fights for these pornographic rags like they are as meritorious as Huckleberry Finn and A Tale of Two Cities.
Don’t be scared when you are accused of being a book banner. That is just a cheap insult meant to humiliate you into subjecting yourself and your children to the prevailing leftist dogma of the day. It is perfectly acceptable -and your duty as a parent- to protect your children from evil influences that seek to destroy the sacred innocence that they deserve. Don’t be afraid to stand up for your children.