An Illinois conservative group that has been deemed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center said this week that children of same-sex parented families need to be exposed to more books about how their parents’ relationships are oppressing them and how much happier they will be when their parents die and they can get “finally adopted by a daddy and mommy.”
Zack Ford at Think Progress wrote that the Illinois Family Institute (IFI)’s Laurie Higgins published a blog post on Thursday in honor of Banned Book Week (Sep. 21-27) in which she said that librarians should refuse to stock books that portray same-sex relationships in a positive light, but instead should carry authors that denigrate the experience of being raised by same-sex parents and explore how children are harmed in those homes.
Taking aim at the American Library Association (ALA) and its effort to stamp out racism and bigotry in children’s literature, Higgins wrote, “The ALA pursues its hysteria-fomenting goal chiefly by ridiculing parents who, for example, don’t want their six-year-olds seeing books about children or anthropomorphized animals being raised by parents in homoerotic relationships.”
Presumably Higgins is objecting to books like And Tango Makes Three, a children’s book which tells the story of a penguin chick who is adopted by two male penguins.
Instead of carrying books that glorify “sexual perversion,” Higgins suggested, libraries should seek out “books that challenge Leftist assumptions about the nature and morality of homosexuality should be (you know, pro-heterosexuality/pro-heteronormativity books).”
Will librarians, she asked, have the courage to “ask for young adult (YA) novels about teens who feel sadness and resentment about being intentionally deprived of a mother or father and who seek to find their missing biological parents?”
What about “dark, angsty [sic] novels about teens who are damaged by the promiscuity of their ‘gay’ ‘fathers’ who hold sexual monogamy in disdain?”
She goes on, “Will they ask for novels about young adults who are consumed by a sense of loss and bitterness that their politically correct and foolish parents allowed them during the entirety of their childhood to cross-dress, change their names, and take medication to prevent puberty, thus deforming their bodies?”
And finally, “Will they ask for picture books that show the joy a little birdie experiences when after the West Nile virus deaths of her two daddies, she’s finally adopted by a daddy and mommy?”
Higgins has been a vocal supporter of Russian’s anti-“gay propaganda” legislation, which criminalized any portrayal of same-sex relationships in a positive light to minors.
She decried U.S. LGBT activists’ objection to anti-LGBT violence and oppression in Russia as having “nothing to do with concern for critical thinking, free speech, or intellectual diversity,” but rather “(t)he suppression of conservative ideas on issues related to homosexuality.”
[little girl in LGBT Pride parade via Shutterstock.com]