Righteous Anger

Got the new American Libraries today, not a bad issue.  One article stood out for me given the week.  Apparently Focus On the Family, a Colorado based Evangelical group has begun an anti-homosexual campaign targeting school libraries in Virginia.  Their methods have been one that has been increasing in popularity lately, bombard libraries with biased donated items.  We’ve been experiencing this lately coming from the Scientologists, and our book sale has been made the richer for it.

From the article it sounds like these libraries handled the situation perfectly by citing collection development policies and the lack of acceptable reviews for the items in question.  But of course I’m still bugged that groups keep trying these tactics under the guise of promoting tolerance (a rep from Focus On Families is quoted twice as saying that in a one page article).  

Now according to Dictionary.com, here is the definition of tolerance:



a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one’s own; freedom from bigotry.

Attempting to sway the opinion of those who disagree with your own views, is pretty much the opposite of that definition.  Here endeth the lesson.

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