Americans For Truth President Peter LaBarbera today charged liberal activists with rank hypocrisy in accusing GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin of “book banning” because she or her constituents once expressed concerns about controversial books such as Daddy’s Roommate in the Wasilla Public Library.
“All the charges of book-banning and censorship of books like ‘Daddy’s Roommate’ obscure the Left’s role as the nation’s leading Institutional Censor in keeping traditional and faith- based books on homosexuality and other issues OUT of public libraries,” LaBarbera said.
Americans For Truth is readying the launch of its “Library Fairness Project” to correct the severe pro-homosexual book bias in local library collections nationwide. AFTAH will work to help citizens make requests to their local libraries to have balanced collections on homosexuality – i.e., parity between pro-homosexuality books and those opposed to the “gay” movement. The latter will include books by former homosexuals (“ex-gays”) – a subject despised by pro-gay activists intent on hiding the truth that many men and women have left that sinful lifestyle.
In a recent story on Palin, the New York Times quoted a former Palin aide describing “Daddy’s Roommate” as a book “which helps children understand homosexuality, and said it was inoffensive.” The colorful picture book by homosexual writer-activist Michael Willhoite (who now calls Palin “my mortal enemy”) is about a young boy whose dad divorces his mom and goes to live with his homosexual “roommate,” Frank.
“Daddy’s Roommate – which even shows the boy’s father and Frank in bed together – is certainly “offensive” to most parents — at least the ones still ‘clinging to their religion,'” LaBarbera said. The picture book, which aims to mainstream homosexual behavior, innocuously asserts: “Being gay is just one more kind of love.”
Said LaBarbera: “There are other ‘kinds of love’ — such as incest, polygamy and open marriages — but we don’t teach them to innocent, impressionable children using one-sided books and euphemisms favored by advocates of these aberrant lifestyles.
“Wasilla parents and then-Mayor Palin were right to be concerned about young children stumbling upon Daddy’s Roommate in the library,” he said. “Across the nation, citizens have asked that this and similar propagandistic gay books like King and King either not be carried or that they be put in a reference section to protect children from accessing them without their parents’ knowledge and supervision.”
LaBarbera says liberal “censorship” of conservative books is often accomplished institutionally – e.g., through the filter of politically correct book reviews in publications like the influential Booklist, published by the liberal American Library Association.
“I’ll take the liberals’ charges of ‘censorship’ seriously when they offer to help us in correcting the massive pro-homosexual book bias in local libraries,” LaBarbera said. “Until then, their harangues against ‘book banning’ are about as accurate as that Saturday Night Live skit making fun of Sarah Palin.”
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