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We may be poised to appoint Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, an accused antisemite who has been taking it easy on child porn criminals for years, to our nation’s highest court, but we cannot forget that child porn is still on our local book stacks and in our children’s libraries. Leftist perverts are fighting the culture war on multiple fronts. Parental vigilance is key to defeating them.
I had my own Dante-esque journey into this infernal pit that we seem to be nosediving into. I decided to venture out to Barnes & Noble to get a new book. Ever the rebel, I immediately gravitated to the stack of “banned” books.
The Diary of Anne Frank, Maus, Catch-22, Charlotte’s Web, and….Captain Underpants? Even How to be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi shouldn’t be banned (although it should be re-genre’d to “fantasy”).
None of these books should be cut down by some pseudo-intellectual guillotine, but one stuck out to me: Gender Queer: A Memoir, by Maia Kobabe—a biological female. Emblazoned on the front is the seal for the Stonewall Book Award. (I was not entirely sure what that was. Is it similar to Oprah’s book club, except this one is done by RuPaul?)
I snuck off to an aisle to give it a closer inspection.
The graphic novel (really graphic) follows a trans male (technically female) in a “cathartic autobiography” that serves as a “much-needed, useful, and touching guide.”
What you are about to see is incredibly graphic (therefore pixelated), incredibly suggestive, and blood-curdling—so much so that we won’t include it here. You can check it out in the below Twitter thread.
Viewer discretion is STRONGLY advised – Return to post to finish reading
1/ NSFW WARNING: It’s true—they want your children: I came across the (very) graphic novel Gender Queer, a book being marketed to children whose images are beyond the pale.
I urge you to proceed through this thread with caution. pic.twitter.com/DVfgJYk912
— Michael More (@moremikemore) March 23, 2022
A touching guide it is….but for who?
Amazon’s summary begins to expose the (literal) devil in the details: “Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns… charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, [and] bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction.”
Erotic. Gay. Fanfiction. With Friends. In a book depicting – heck, marketed to– kids.
As I thumbed through the pages, I went from mere eyerolls to my heart dropping into my stomach. The text on the page does not need some deep analysis. The whole thing should just be burned. It’s just that disturbing. Like Dante and Virgil, you and I are about to see a piece of hell that has covertly made its way into your kids’ libraries ( see photos in Twitter feed below.)
Alright–deep breath here. What in the hell—literally, hell- is going on?
Apologies again for the graphic nature of it all. (I’m sure Judge Jackson finds them to be of great “educational value” like Hudson High School Superintendent Steve Farnsworth does.) I put Kobabe’s filth back on the “banned books” stack at Barnes and Noble with a sense of anger. Why children? Historically, evil has always preyed on children. Canaanites, Babylonians, Incas, Mayans, and even Roman soldiers made children pawns of pagan sacrifice and pleasure—all at the expense of their innocence and to impress upon future generations that such degeneracy should be normalized.
This is nothing new though: the Stonewall Book Award has been around since 1971 and is a part of the American Library Association awards program. Gender Queer earned Honor status in the non-fiction category. The awards are named for various LGBT leaders: the Barbara Gittings Literature Award; the Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award: and the Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award.
Kobabe’s book isn’t the only one marketed toward children. Look at the 2020 Morgan & Romans Award winner, When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff – a “heartwarming book that will resonate with transgender children, reassure any child concerned about becoming an older sibling, and celebrate the many transitions a family can experience.”
Luckily, people are seeing past the lies. More than half of the country is not buying this nonsense. In a 2021 Gallup poll, 62% of respondents believe that transgender people should play on sports teams that correspond with their biological gender, not their alleged gender identity.
The big cause celebre this month was Florida’s legislature passing the “Parental Rights in Education” bill- or as Maia Kobabe and her ilk would put it, “Don’t Say Gay.” The bill states that “[c]lassroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate.” Although the media and their woke corporate partners tried to malign Gov. Ron DeSantis, he is ready to sign it as early as this week.
You won’t find any bigotry here—but you will find action emboldened by the frustration of parents who view the innocence of children– the greatest, most precious gems of civilization — as sacrosanct. Terry Schilling, President of the family-values group American Principles Project shared something rather profound:
The biggest problem is not the lie that men can have babies, which no one actually believes. They go along with it because they are decent human beings and don’t want others to kill themselves or feel ostracized— the bigger problem is the lie that this is good for trans people /7
— Terry Schilling 🇺🇸 (@Schilling1776) March 22, 2022
And he’s right—those suffering from gender dysphoria need our compassion and need the truth delivered charitably. As a Catholic, you’ll find no support for gay marriage with me, but I cannot help but feel sympathy for the regular, everyday same-sex couples who simply wanted to take advantage of tax benefits and be committed to each other—they didn’t envision being pawns in the greater plan put forward by folks like Barbara Gittings, Israel Fishman, and Maia Kobabe. To quote my dear friend, an openly gay man from New Orleans, “I didn’t sign up for this s**t.”
Books like Gender Queer deserve to be cast into the fire from where they were forged, but those who are lost in terms of their identity need rescue.
The world is a dark place. The fallen nature of humanity is crossing into a blackened void that few have ever seen before and the smell of sulfur and heat of flames is drawing near—but unlike inscription on the inferno’s gates, we do not need to abandon hope. Children have once again become the pawns in the cultural chess game, and we must be the knights on the board.
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