A former advertising executive who became a Christian after spending years being "part of the problem" says public and school libraries are not necessarily safe havens for young people.
This week's Banned Books Week, sponsored by the American Library Association, laments the books some libraries have banned because of their immoral themes, filthy language, drug use promotion, and/or overload of slang terms of intimacy. But according to Mission America founder Linda Harvey, most libraries do not censor that sort of thing.
"We need to change that trajectory and be very aware that obscenity, dark and depressing scenes, and many other anti-American and anti-Christian materials are routinely being read in novels by children, by middle schoolers, and by high schoolers," she tells OneNewsNow.
Some books are highly sexualized, and many libraries carry literature to normalize homosexuality in the minds of patrons young and old. Meanwhile, they fail to inform on the dangers of the lifestyle or do not include anything about people who have made an exit from that lifestyle.
"It used to be that communities, school boards, and parents were the gatekeepers and said, No, no, no -- age appropriateness is age appropriateness. Obscenity is illegal, and that's the other issue," Harvey continues. "The prosecutions for obscenity are not happening at the level they should be."
In fact, the only obscenity that is being prosecuted is child porn.
Harvey says parents need to be aware of the literature their children consume and what is available in libraries. Further, she encourages Christians to obtain seats on library boards and be a voice for traditional values.