The stories coming out of some schools about books containing graphic depictions of homosexual acts and stories of pedophilia have been shocking, and it would seem that the state of Texas isn’t going to let this fly within its own borders.
According to The Hill, the Texas state House, led by Rep. Matt Krause, is launching a probe into some of the books school administrators have been stocking their libraries with such as these graphic books as well as books that run contrary to the law passed earlier this year that bans the teaching of critical race theory:
Krause cited five Texas school districts that have recently removed some books from their libraries or classrooms after objections from parents and students. Krause asked the districts to provide information about books that deal with sexuality, sexually transmitted disease, AIDS and HIV and “material that might make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress because of their race or sex.”
The specific books Krause is looking for, attached in a 16-page list first reported by the Texas Tribune, date back to 1968. Many deal with abortion, teen pregnancy, sex education or the life experience of young LGBT people. Others deal with the Black Lives Matter movement or the concepts of anti-racism.
Democrats are calling this investigation “politically motivated” with the Texas State Teachers Association referring to it as a “witch hunt.”
“This is an obvious attack on diversity and an attempt to score political points at the expense of our children’s education,” TSTA president Ovidia Molina said. “What will Rep. Krause propose next? Burning books he and a handful of parents find objectionable?”
In other words, Democrats are attempting to frame this as Republicans enacting radical ideological thought policing, but this is far from the truth. Moreover, the “handful of parents” comment makes it seem as if it’s only a few parents who are outraged by the reading material these leftist teachers and administrators are trying to push on children.
The kind of books being circulated around at the moment are ones like “Gender Queer” which features graphic illustrations of homosexual sex, and others like “Lawn Boy” which speaks approvingly of a pedophilic situation. A mother in Loudon County read excerpts from books in her child’s school’s library that discuss graphic sex acts in the 9th grade as well as violence against women.
One parent in Rhode Island confronted the superintendent of her child’s school over books depicting graphic sex being featured in a window of the library where students could see it as they walk by, only to have the superintendent defend it as art akin to Michaelangelo.
The radicalism isn’t in the Republican’s actions, it’s in these books, and they’re being pushed by radicals on children.
This is what the Republicans in the state of Texas are trying to attack and protect children from. These are books meant to warp children, make them feel guilty, pressure them into unhealthy acts, and generate prejudices.
Texas is right to seek and destroy these things in school libraries. If the Democrats want to have a conversation about what does and doesn’t go too far, they should first acknowledge that there is a line and they crossed it by miles.