When Princes Kiss
In short, the article discusses a book called King and King, a gay-friendly children's book. NC Rep Walter B. Jones is introducing the "Parental Empowerment Act of 2005" (H.R.2295). This bill would withdraw federal funding from any state that did not implement "pre-aquisition review boards" for school materials.
Jones almost makes a good argument, saying "The majority of people don't even know these books exist. Parents need to know what [their children] are exposed to." His solution is to have a review board of 5-15 members vote on what books are allowed to be accessible to our children.
The N.C. Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee is opposing the bill, for the obvious concerns any form of government censorship brings up. But if plain old censorship wasn't enough, Representative Jones goes on to say that the association's members:
"need to go back to UNC and learn some Judeo-Christian principles."
Mr. Jones is a State Representative. Regardless of his personal beliefs (and I know North Carolina is the shiny gold buckle of the Bible Belt), his job should first be to uphold our constitutional rights and civil liberties.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
I'm a Christian, and Jesus taught us in Matthew 7: 1 "Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?"
I may or may not agree with homosexuality. It doesn't matter. Know why? Because it's their lives. God gave life to each of them and trusted them to live it as they will. If being gay is wrong, well, that's between them and God when the time comes. It's not my business. In the meantime, Representative Jones and his supporters are coming from a place of hatred and condemnation, where these people are coming from a place of love. I do know that the government has no right dictating who should be allowed to love/marry, OR what books should be banned from schools.
If you don't want your kids reading those types of books, go to the library together. Have story time together. Teach them your values and discuss your interpretation of God's Principles as a family.
Just let everyone else have their own family, even if it's different.