The Lee County Republican Party recently joined the growing list of local Republican chapters passing resolutions condemning state libraries' inclusion of sexually explicit books and material designed to "indoctrinate."
Several other county GOPs have passed similar resolutions to address a statewide concern with the proliferation of children's books that contain sexually explicit or LGBTQ+ material.
The library issue has gained the attention of lawmakers, Republican leadership and Gov. Kay Ivey.
"[T]he Lee County Republican Party (LCRP) is appalled that some public libraries in Alabama and around the U.S. are displaying, promoting, and making available obscene, sexually explicit, and/or harmful materials to minor children (under 19 years old) in an effort to indoctrinate them with the progressive, leftist propaganda that there are multiple genders, that men can become women and women can become men, and that it is acceptable to mutilate children in an effort to normalize these beliefs," the resolution reads.
"[T]he Lee County Public Libraries, are displaying, promoting, and making available harmful materials to minors that are against our community standards, especially those regarding conversations of gender and sex that are not age appropriate," it adds.
The Lee County GOP also called for all local libraries to disaffiliate from the American Library Association (ALA).
The ALA is a national non-profit dedicated to improving library systems through advocacy. The ALA openly promotes diversity, equity and inclusion and seeks to "apply a social justice framework to the ALA strategic directions." It has publicly supported the inclusion of books many parents have found sexually inappropriate for minors.
After a month-long back-and-forth with Ivey, Alabama Public Library System (APLS) director Nancy Pack announced that the state library system would discontinue its membership with the ALA. The ALA membership cost APLS just over $38,000 since 2019, according to a previous release from Pack.
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