School Library

July 30, 1999

Picture your kids walking through the school library. You would probably feel pretty safe letting them browse in the book stacks. Well, guess again. There are books in your kid's school library that I can't even describe on radio.

Let me delicately try to describe one. The book is titled It's Perfectly Normal, and its about sex and reproduction. Flip through a few pages and you will see 30 drawings which are anatomically perfect. It has sections describing how young people can touch themselves in terms so graphic I can't even talk about them on radio. Some of the drawings actually show a young person doing what is described in the text.

Well, I think you get the idea. This is pretty strong stuff, even for adults. And it is likely that this book in your school library. After all, it's in libraries all over the country. Some would actually say that the book is pretty tame compared to other books you find in some school libraries.

Now what happens when a parent sees the book and complains? Well, in most school districts the parent is considered a censor. One expert said that usually what happens is a liberal parent who hears about the complaint will contact the American Library Association or the American Civil Liberties Union who will begin to cry censorship.

But isn't it ironic? If the student began doing in a classroom or in the halls what is described in the book, he would be disciplined. But if a parent objects to what is written in the book, the parent is ridiculed and called a censor. You know, I think it's time to reevaluate the policy we use to put books in the school library.

I'm Kerby Anderson of Probe Ministries, and that's my opinion.