The NY Times has an eye-opening overview of Judith Krug’s crusade against content filtering in their 2009 obit. She claimed, “Library service in this country should be based on the concept of intellectual freedom, of providing all pertinent information so a reader can make decisions for himself.” She eventually applied that concept to her arguments against filtering internet access for children using library computers and against the federal government looking into a person’s library borrowing record (The USA Patriot Act still allows “the Justice Department to conduct searches of library and bookstore records, in the investigation of suspected terrorist activity.”)*
Miss Krug credits her parents for inspiring her to stand up for readers of the world. That story comes at the end of the obit. With crusaders for immorality like this in the world, it’s no wonder parents want to pull books out of school libraries or pull their kids out of public schools.
How can moral parents raise moral children in an immoral world? I can’t endorse complete sheltering. I can’t endorse quiet resistance either. The best way I can think to fight this is to be involved respectfully in the schools we choose, and that’s even the second step. We must first love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, and mind before we love these neighbors as we love ourselves, not yelling at or labeling them, but talking about the moral training we want for our children.
And more than this, we have to share the gospel in authentic ways, in ways that reveal our honest struggle to love God wholeheartedly and enjoy him forever.
*FWIW, the “library provision” of the USA Patriot Act reads:
The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation or a designee of the Director (whose rank shall be no lower than Assistant Special Agent in Charge) may make an application for an order requiring the production of any tangible things (including books, records, papers, documents, and other items) for an investigation to protect against international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities, provided that such investigation of a United States person is not conducted solely upon the basis of activities protected by the first amendment to the Constitution.