The American Library Association (ALA) and the St. Croix Falls Library (SCF) will celebrate Banned Books Week starting September 22. Is the purpose to promote freedom of expression, or is it to push another agenda? See https://bannedbooksweek.org.

Scan their ‘Top 11 Challenged Books of 2018.’ Note that there is no mention of who makes the challenges and where they occur. The listing includes these contesting reasons: promoting cop-hating, encouraging children to change their hormones, expressing religious viewpoints, using drugs recreationally, and displaying nudity.  

Why do we have libraries in this Internet Age?  They do offer many excellent informational, recreational, and technological programs, particularly for children. Why then does any library need to spend our tax dollars to advance libertine agendas? The popular media does that all too well. Nobody bans sales of these books/materials in our country. We may order them at will from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. It is hard to imagine that many parents would provide any of the ‘Challenged’ ones on their own, and not for financial reasons.

The word ‘banned’ describes something that does not happen today. Thus, ALA replaces that term midway through their website with ‘challenged,’ because all 11 books are available in our local libraries through our Western Wisconsin Library lending system called MORE. ALA also uses other inflammatory words such as ‘burned,’ ‘attacked,’ and ‘censored.’

Many seek to preserve America’s Judeo-Christian underpinnings. These consider the USA blessed beyond measure but not faultless. Some others fixate on social injustices and seek to change vastly the American culture. This partisan split is widening. Organizational anthropologist Geert Hofstede had studied countries where this had happened. He warned, “Cultural differences are a nuisance at best and often a disaster.”

 Doug Wellumson

Osceola

 

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