How absolutely marvelous of this woman to go to the mat to protect the innocence of children:
Time is running out for JoAn Karkos. The Maine woman has until 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 to return the sexually explicit children's book It's Perfectly Normal to a public library in Lewiston.
If she does not, the 64-year-old grandmother may face jail time. "I'm not giving the book back," Karkos said. "Every citizen has an obligation to protect the innocence of children."
Karkos said she was inspired to check the book out of the library in September 2007 after reading an American Life League alert about the pornographic cartoon sex content in the book by Robie H. Harris. The book should be nowhere near children, according to Karkos.
Meant as sex education for preteens and adolescents as young as 10, It's Perfectly Normal contains cartoons of naked men and women in various sexual poses, long-winded descriptions of masturbation and homosexuality as depictions of 'perfectly normal' behavior.
She's gone through all the right steps, taking out the book, offering to pay, and then refusing to go against her conscience. How many libraries across the country have purchased such books with tax dollars? How many students of library science have checked their brains at the door of the office, defending "freedom of speech" that is barren of common decency? How many more citizens will now be aware of what is accessible to children?
It's all good, and her cause should be made known as widely as possible.
"JoAn is a courageous hero standing against one of the vilest examples of Planned Parenthood's war on families and hatred for childhood innocence," said Judie Brown [of American Life League]. "We hope her trial will alert parents, who can no longer trust libraries to be free of pornography, even in the children's section. We now know the abortion industry is willing to invade our public libraries to distribute inappropriate information and get our kids hooked on sex."
[Interesting aside here, for those who don't think about addiction.]