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Women for America
Asleep kNOw More
Truths That Transform
Faith and Family
Christian Coalition Worldwide
Got the Whole
World in His Hands
For Creation Research
Right To Life
The Ultimate Pro-Life
Right To Life
of the Martyrs
(A Christian Chat forum
discussion, questions and answer)
Jews For Jesus
Who's Controlling County
Libraries: Taxpayers or the ALA?
Commentary by Dan Kleinman
Teen readership in public libraries has been
declining for decades. Libraries have responded appropriately
by engaging teens in various
ways. Gaming, for example, is the latest trend. (1) But some efforts
to reach out to teens have caused people to question their library’s
When the Daniel Boone branch of the St. Louis
County Library (2) was remodeled, a section of the library devoted
just to teens was created. So
far, so good. But, as St. Louis County resident Laura Kostial
and her eleven year old daughter found out last summer, sexually
inappropriate material for children was part of the teen collection.
According to Mrs. Kostial, many of the books
contained “explicit instructions on how to engage in heterosexual,
homosexual, and monosexual activities.” One book, Making
Sexual Decisions: A Teen Guide provides teens with advice
on how to know if they are ready to become sexually active. The
book instructs children as young as eleven that if they can “do
the Hokey-Pokey, naked in front of your partner
(not while high or drunk) and have a good time doing it, then
you might be ready to have sex.” Another title, Growing
Up Gay in America, provides children with step-by-step instructions
for engaging in homosexual sex acts and how to surf the web for
homosexual pornography among other things.
Mrs. Kostial and other members of the St. Louis
community requested that the sexually graphic and age inappropriate
material be moved from the teen section to the adult section.
They did not ask for the material to be censored, removed from
the library’s collection, nor placed under lock and key.
As a result, St. Louis County Library Director
Charles Pace, who is also an American Library Association (ALA)
Councilor, said he would set up a review committee to look into
the placement of the materials in question.
Mrs. Kostial offered to fill out a form that’s part of
the official procedure for requesting such an action but Pace
told her that wouldn’t be necessary because he knew which books
were of concern. Although
the library’s process for requesting reconsideration of the material
was not strictly followed, the library did offer to conduct a
reconsideration. (4 & 5)
The following month Pace denied most of Mrs.
Kostial and the other citizens’ requests but stated that he “might”
move two titles, Growing Up Gay in America and What are the Causes of Prostitution, to the adult section.
Unfortunately, to the best of Mrs. Kostial’s
knowledge, none of the books she had questioned were removed from
the teen area. Pace did
however indicate that a book entitled What
are the Causes of Prostitution was moved to the adult section. Strangely enough, that was not one of the books
Mrs. Kostial had asked the library to review. She asked them to review a similarly titled
book, Prostitution and Sex
Trafficking, which (at press time) still remains in the teen
department along with Growing Up Gay in America.
In response, members of the community attended
the St. Louis County Library Board’s annual tax assessment meeting
on August 18th in the hopes of reaching an agreement with the
library board and county administrators to establish an adult
advisory board to help aid in the selection of material for the
teen department. At present, the library relies on an advisory
board comprised of teenagers to aid in their collection development
process. (6) Certainly adult citizens should have input
as well. [MetroVoice will
report on the outcome of the August 18th meeting in our October
Can You Be a Christian
By Matt Friedeman
“You’ve got to help me with a question,” said
the caller. “Tell me now, can you in any way be a Christian and
I have been doing talk radio for 15 years or
so, smack dab in the middle of the Bible
Belt. Believe me when I say that, through the years, my
listening audience has considered the social agenda of the Democrats
and voiced the same question on the air at least a couple of hundred
• The homosexual agenda
• Slow dismantling of the Judeo-Christian tradition, not
the least from left-wing judicial nominees
• Public monopoly of education and a secular humanistic curricular
• Welfare dependency (government is your “daddy”)
This is not the stuff of Jesus, I dare say.
So, can you be a Christian and vote Democrat?
My question for the caller. “Hey, man, what
does it mean to be a Christian -- to be saved?” There was
momentary silence on his end so I just continued. “We are
saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus. Period.
The Republican Party cannot save, although that is news to some.
The Democratic Party can’t save, and that is obvious to most.
But politics or political positions cannot and will not save us.
For we are saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus.”
This columnist started paying attention to
politics sometime during the Nixon years. Last time I checked,
there was still a sign in the basement of our old house in Kansas
that declared, “Nixon’s the One!” But it would take some
pretty rose-colored glasses not to see that the GOP and its players
have transgressed legally and in the realm of common sense just
as much as their counterpart Dems.
Life September 3rd
Right to Life Misleads Pro-Lifers
to Life's Response to Who's Pro-Life and Who's Not?
The Biggest and
the Best Ever CFD
Approves University's Viewpoint Discrimination
Ready for Life Chain on October 5th