After reading several Alaska Watchman articles on how local libraries promote drag queen story hours and LGB/CD(cross-dresser)Q agendas, I got to thinking.

My wife says I get difficult or expensive when I do that. Well, in this case I’m hoping to present some serious difficulties to the crazy and outlandish ideologies that represent a real danger, not just to our children, but to society as a whole.

As any conservative knows, the best government is the smallest, and some of the lowest spheres of government are found in advisory boards and subcommittees.

This holds true for state, borough and city governments.

Now, when it comes to sheer excitement, local library advisory board meetings are probably not at the top of most lists. Yet, these board members are the ones who approve and allow the influx of LGB/CD/Q books for anyone to check out and read.

Go to your local library and see what’s in the children’s section.

By now, we’ve all heard of controversial books that target children. Many concerned parents – all across the nation, and here in Alaska – have raised concerns with school boards and city councils. Sometimes, parents even read aloud passages from these objectionable books, only to be silenced by board members because the language is not “appropriate” for a meeting of the general public. But that same language is safe and appropriate for children?

I have never been to a library board meeting, and I don’t know the “rules” as to appropriate language. But I wonder if residents would be allowed to read from books that the library has approved for our children?

To be clear, I’m not for book banning, nor restricting free speech. Yet, we do have reasonable laws that bar minors from accessing porn. So, why not move these LGB/CD/XYZ books to the adult section of the library, for only adults to check out?

I suggest that our fellow conservatives, be they moms, dads, grandparents or just concerned citizens do three things. Go to your local library and see what’s in the children’s section. Also, take a look in the adults’ section to see if there are any inappropriate books which minors are allowed to check out.

By starting at the smallest level of government and working our way up the chain, we may be more effective.

If you find a problem, go en mass to the library’s next board meeting. Present what you discovered, and then offer a plan to ensure that those issues are addressed – both the protection of minors and free speech rights of adults.

The same reasoning could be applied to library programs, like drag queen story hours.

Afterwards, let the media know what you discovered, along with the outcome of the board meeting. The likes of KTUU, KTOO, the ADN, Frontiersman and Fairbanks New Miner will most likely sweep it all under the rug, but the Alaskan Watchman and Must Read Alaska won’t.

This does two things. It raises awareness about what’s happening in our libraries, and it bypasses larger governmental bodies like the Anchorage Assembly or school board meetings where the public is often denied their First Amendment Rights to speak on a topic. Maybe, just maybe, the lower-level library boards will listen and respond in a more positive manner.

One pornographic book in the hands of a child is one too many! A child spending one minute watching a drag queen perform is too long.

Will this plan work? Well, what’s being done now may help to a degree, but it’s not getting us where we need to be.

By starting at the smallest level of government and working our way up the chain, we may be more effective at bringing clear, solid and reasonable voices to these controversies, while highlighting what’s really going on. Perhaps we can begin pushing back.

We must proactively engage this fight. Each victory – even the smallest – works to protect precious children from this grossly immoral and dangerous attack on their innocence.

The views expressed here are those of the author.

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Alaskans must fight culture wars at the lowest levels of government

Mike Coons
Mike Coons is a resident of the greater Palmer area and he currently serves as president of Concerned Conservatives of Alaska.