A Texas state representative has succeeded in pressuring the state to cut ties with the American Library Association, controversially blasting the non-profit organisation for promoting “Gender and Marxist Ideology.”
A Shocking Decision
A major shift is underway as a Texas state commission severs ties with the American Library Association, igniting passionate debates over children’s literature.
Texas Rep. Brian Harrison Takes a Stand
Texas state representative Brian Harrison played a pivotal role in pressuring the state to distance itself from the ALA.
Calling Out the ALA
Harrison called out the ALA in a recent interview by saying they push, “dangerous Marxist ideology.”
(The American Library Association is not advocating for the working class to seize the means of production in a violent revolution, nor are they advocating for the installation of a communist dictatorship.)
A Victory for Conservative Voices
Harrison ecstatically shared, “I am excited to report that they just informed me they will not renew their contract with them!” revealing the Texas State Library & Archives Commision’s (TSLAC’s) decision to cut ties with the association.
Harrison also called out the president of the ALA Emily Drabinski, controversially arguing that she’s a “Self-proclaimed Marxist Lesbian.”
(This claim is true. Emily self-identified in a now-deleted tweet as a “marxist lesbian,” though her personal political views do not necessarily represent the ALA as a whole.)
The Lone Star State Is Not Alone After All
Texas is not the only state to cut ties with the ALA due to what’s being labelled “Culture Wars,” as Montana in early July became the first state to break away from the ALA.
Powerful Signal Sent
The move gained praise from parental rights advocates who saw it as a clear statement, “I think this is a really good move to send a really clear signal to our national organisations,” one told the Montana Free Press.
Attempt to Ban Book Bans
The ALA’s campaign called Unite Against Book Bans has garnered attention, even earning praise from former President Obama.
“Rallying for the Right to Read”
In a recent rally by the ALA dubbed the “Rally for the Right to Read,” the headliner announced, “If you’re fighting book bans, if you’re fighting against censorship, then you are a freedom fighter!”
Another Controversial Law Passed
Governor Gregg Abbot already signed a law that he says will, “Remove the trash of our schools” in a bold move that has gained criticism.
An Excuse to Abuse?
that saw the removal of any book deemed to be “sexually explicit” however critics argued this would be used as a method of targeting LGBTQ+ material.
The Fight for Equality and Free Speech
The ALA is a non-profit organisation that fights to improve library content with resources that promote inclusion, diversity, and equity, and it’s clear that some parents have a different idea from the ALA on what books contain “sexually explicit” content.
Alabama Wants Out
The Alabama Public Library System (APLS) has become the latest association to enquire about cutting ties with the ALA.
Alabama Investigation Underway
One APLS board member John Wahl is spearheading an investigation into the sexually explicit books that may lie in Alabama’s public libraries.
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