Pornography for Children is Not Protected by the First Amendment
Earlier this year, parents in Loudoun County, VA, called out the school board for racist material used as curriculum and available in the school libraries. We have now learned there are many school libraries with graphic sexually violent, pornographic material available at our children’s fingertips. Could this be happening in your child’s school? If you said, “no,” think again.
Janice Danforth, a mom in Bixby, Oklahoma, decided to check her son’s school library. At least two titles were discovered. (Note: A link to check out your child’s library and a downloadable list of titles are at the end of the article.)
The Battle Over Books
The process to remove the books isn’t so simple. To date, no standard criteria currently exists for books to determine what is appropriate and what isn’t. As a result, the decision is often left up to a school librarian or a review committee with no further oversight.
According to Oklahoma State Representative Sherrie Conley, “Over 35 years ago Tipper Gore championed parental advisory ratings on music with explicit lyrics. We also have ratings on video games and movies, but no true rating system on books. Books have genres, but those rated YA (young adult) in our school libraries include graphic novels and porn imagery in which the writer uses descriptive language to create an erotic picture in the reader’s mind. These books have been found in elementary schools, middle schools, and high school libraries.”
Conley set out to get the books removed by writing three pieces of legislation, all of which were blocked, that would have created guidelines based on the federal obscenity law (HB4013) as well as ways to help parents get the books removed. It wasn’t until a social media post by Libs of TikTok went viral exposing the books as readily available to children that school leaders and lawmakers responded even though Conley and others had been making the fact known since February.
Danforth’s battle to get the books removed from her son’s school stretched over five months. She first filled out a complaint form. It then went to a committee to review. Her request was rejected. She then presented her concerns before the school board. She received 15 minutes to present her objections. Then Bixby Assistant Superintendent, Jamie Milligan, argued on behalf of the district to keep the books in the library claiming it was a First Amendment right.
For the record, it is not.
The Miller Test
According to the Miller Test, a 1973 Supreme Court decision, Miller vs. California, the sale and distribution of obscene material is not protected by the First Amendment. The Miller Test has been the standard used for defining obscenity in our court system for several years. The fact that many school boards, principals and superintendents continue to advocate for this filth in our school libraries is a litmus test of their lack of moral standards.
To date, similar books have been discovered in school libraries in Virginia, Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Rhode Island.
(For an extensive list of titles found in school libraries including sexually graphic/pornographic material, pedophilia, racist/white shaming, homosexual grooming/transitioning and more, click here. To check your child’s library click here.)
The “solution” the Bixby Public School System came up with, rather than removing the books, was for Danforth to opt her child out of all library books or opt him into specific titles.
Are Any of These Books in Your Child’s School Library?
Public school libraries in many districts have become havens for secretly sexualizing and indoctrinating our children. Here are steps you can take to see these books removed:
- Click here to download the list of books that many parents have found objectionable.
- Check to see if any of these books are in your school’s library. Go to destinydiscover.com and insert your city/state and school to begin your search.
- Once you find obscene books in the library, ask for a “Request for Removal” form from the principal or school office. Make sure to read the book so you are ready to argue as to why it needs to be removed. They will try to take advantage of the fact you haven’t read the book. Be prepared!
- Fill out the form and then contact your state superintendent, the principal of the school where the books were found, and each member of the school board. (Note: You cannot send one email to the school board as a group. They are unable to respond to group texts or emails. Send the form and information via a letter, email, or phone each one individually.) List the books by name along with the author and demand they be removed immediately.
- At this point the request for removal will likely head to a committee that will decide to keep the book or remove it from the shelves. Don’t be surprised when the committee decides to keep the book on the shelf.
- If they reject your request, you can contest their decision. It will then head to a special meeting with the school board for your district. Unless you have a conservative board, don’t be surprised if they vote to keep the book on the shelf.
- Gather like-minded parents and together regularly attend school board meetings and address the issue publicly.
- Contact your legislators in both the state and federal government and send them the links to Rep. Conley’s bills encouraging them to introduce similar legislation using similar verbiage so that school libraries across the nation will be protected under similar language. HB4013, HB 4014.
- Join a group such as Moms for Liberty for additional resources on how to fight this battle and join with other parents.
- Don’t be discouraged. By joining this fight, you will find other like-minded parents. That group will grow and strengthen. Keep submitting books and let your community know the outcome. Put it out on social media — all of it! The book, the excerpts, the decision. Exposure will become your best friend. Embrace that friend.
Karen Hardin is a literary agent and writer. She is the author of Infected: How to Stop the Global Spread of Rage, Deception and Insanity and God’s Justice After Injustice. Her work has been published in USA Today, Western Journal, World Net Daily, Intercessors for America, Charisma, CBN.com and more. To receive her free weekly scriptural prayer targets for our nation click here.