Consider this an open letter to the Christian pastors in Texas who are demanding that the Cleveland City branch of the Austin Memorial Library remove the teen-level books dealing with ‘vampires and other “demonic content”’.
You’re embarrassing yourselves and other Christians with your calls for censorship of content you find inappropriate.
Mr. Holt, you say that:
“What you read does have an influence on your life and the library needs to be careful with what kind of books need to be on the shelf.”That is not the job of the library. The job of the library is to provide a variety of reading materials for the community.
“The word ‘censorship’ is not an ugly word,” he added. “If you don’t censor what your children see, hear and read, then guess what? Your child is going to be spending a lot of time … later on in life dealing with twisted-up and torn-up lives.”The type of censorship you’re calling for is, once again, not the job of the library – it is the job of parents. Parents have the responsibility of monitoring what their children see and read; that is not the job of the library, the school or even you gentlemen in the pulpit.
A question. How loudly would you pastors be screaming if someone – perhaps a member of the Freedom from Religion Foundation – called on your local library to remove all Christian-oriented books and movies, and used the same arguments you’re using to censor the books you want banned? If the argument was that Christian books cause ‘twisted and torn-up lives’ and that ‘What you read does have an influence on your life and the library needs to be careful with what kind of books need to be on the shelf’, would those wishing to ban Christian books not have a case?
Wake up and smell the coffee, gentlemen.
And here’s something else you might want to wake up to: what is your job as a pastor? Your job is to provide the tools your flock needs to rightly discern between good and evil and right and wrong; demanding that ‘wrong’ things be removed is not doing your job. Your flock, young, old, and in between, are going to be exposed to these things whether you like it or not; teach them right discernment, and then let them teach that to their children.
Or are you all planning on following these young Christians for the rest of their lives, making sure nothing ‘bad’ gets through the ‘protective Christian bubble’ you’ve so valiantly – and, in the long run, vainly – tried to seal them up in?