While the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) finds it inappropriate for Christians to profess their faith in public schools, they do want to make sure that children in Miami elementary schools are exposed to Communist propaganda. They’re filing suit “to stop the Miami-Dade County school district from removing a series of children’s books from its libraries, including a volume about Cuba which depicts smiling kids in communist uniforms.“
Now, if this were a high school, I might be more sympathetic to the ACLU’s argument “that the school board should add materials with alternate viewpoints rather than remove books that could be offensive.” But, we’re talking about books targeted to children aged 5 to 7.
The school board voted 6-3 to remove the books after “a parent who said he had been a political prisoner in Cuba complained about the books’ depiction of life under communist rule.” While the ACLU may call this censorship, a quick search of the web that the book is still available in the United States. So, all that’s happening is a local school district is deciding which books it wants in its libraries. And that’s where the decision should be made, not in a federal court as the ACLU would have it.
In demanding that the school libraries shelve these books, the “ACLU noted the books have received favorable reviews in nationally recognized publications including Publishers Weekly and the School Library Journal.” These journals review favorably children’s books presenting a favorable opinion of the Communist tyranny in the Caribbean?! A sad commentary on the state of the publishing world.
The school staff favors keeping the books. That’s no wonder, given that the American Library Association “refused to pass a resolution condemning Fidel Castro for jailing librarians.” (via Michelle Malkin.) Maybe those Cuban librarians hadn’t read the School Library Journal.
I guess we should be grateful public school libraries (in most states) are under the supervision of elected school boards which answer to the people.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com
UPDATE: Since first posting this piece, I have added a link to its first clause.