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Kids Penguin Book Advocates Homosexuality?

By RobotGod     Sep 1, 2007 in Lifestyle
“And Tango Makes Three” is an award-winning children's book based on a true story about two male penguins who raised a baby penguin. It also got the most complaints from parents and school officials.
MSNBC reports that the award winning book topped American Library Association’s annual list of books that drew the most complaints from parents, library patrons and others.
The number of "challenged" books in 2006 jumped to 546, over 30 percent higher than 2005's total, 405. These numbers are still low compared to the mid-1990s, when challenges topped 750, though.
“We’re still in ... the mid-range in terms of how many challenges we get,” Judith Krug, director of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, told The Associated Press during a recent interview.
“And Tango Makes Three” was published in 2005 and named one of the year’s best children’s books by the ALA. The book is by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell.
Surprisingly, parents and educators have complained that the book advocates homosexuality and they have had challenges reported in Southwick, Mass., Shiloh, Ill., and elsewhere.
So what defines a "challenge"? The ALA defines it as a “formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.”
And they say that for every challenge listed, about four to five go unreported. According to Krug, 30 books were banned last year.
“Books aren’t banned nearly as much now as they used to be, because communities are much more active in fighting that,” Krug said about the bans, which can lead to books being removed from both school and public libraries.
Some other books that made the 2006 list even include two by Nobel laureates:
Toni Morrison, “The Bluest Eye” and the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Beloved,” both cited for language and sexual content. Then there is Cecily von Ziegesar’s “Gossip Girls” series, also criticized for sexual content and bad language. Robert Cormier’s “The Chocolate War,” was a trple threat, cited for language, violence and sexual content.
It seems that anything straying from a mainstream norm is criticized and singled out. If you object, simply do not read it. As far as 4 or 5 complaints for every challenge going unreported, How can you have numbers on something that is unreported? Just enjoy the penguins and take a deep breath.
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