If you are unaware of the ongoing battle over inappropriate and sexually explicit books in the children’s section of the library, you haven’t been reading 1819 News very often. But here’s a quick recap.

In the Spring of 2023, parents began discovering sexually explicit, age-inappropriate and ideologically controversial books in the children’s section of the library. These were interspersed and cleverly hidden. For instance, one mom found a book on respecting the made-up pronouns of another person in the section for books on grammar.

The battle has been severe. Those who endorse these inappropriate books have been gaslighting and demonizing the concerned parents who have shown up at city council, library board, and county commission meetings.

The fight then went to the Alabama Public Library Services (APLS). In response to the outcry from parents, Gov. Kay Ivey urged the APLS to look at this issue and disassociate from the American Library Association. APLS did just that, but not without pushback from within.

Ivey has now appointed two new board members to the APLS. One such appointment is a very outspoken critic of inappropriate books in the children’s section. Praise the Lord, and thank you, Gov. Ivey!

The main takeaway from this recent development? The People’s Voice Matters!

For quite some time, the government has told citizens, “Just sit back and let us tell you what you need to do. We’re the experts.” And people give in on everything from health to child raising to ideology!

This was never supposed to be the case. The government is not an expert on how to raise children. You are!

The government is stepping in and saying it is good to teach children things that, up until 10 years ago, no one believed. Values the American people still do not share. Content that parents do not want to be shown to their children without their consent.  

May We the People never forget the lessons of 2020. That year, we watched the government step over the limits of their power by leaps and bounds, telling us they knew what was best for our health. “Don’t go to church,” they told us, “you’ll kill grandma!” Furthermore, “Don’t sing if you are at church lest you spread the germs!!” But then, ”It’s ok if you go out and protest in the name of Black Lives Matter. Social justice protects you from Covid.”

The government simply cannot be trusted. We learned this lesson the hard way. But now the government is learning that the people are taking back control. We are not bowing down to them any longer. We are not deferring to their opinions on what is best for our lives and for our children.

The progress in the library books and with the APLS appointments by our governor shows that all is not lost. The people still have power and pushback on this Marxist agenda.

Keep fighting! Never stop calling your representatives who are there to represent you, not their own ideas. Show up at the meetings. Persevere. It is working.

We are the people. We will fight for our rights. We will fight for our kids.

Laura Clark is a wife, mother, and community activist. She currently serves as the interim president of Alabama Center for Law and Liberty, a conservative nonprofit law firm that fights for limited government, free markets, and strong families in the courts.

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