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I was just thinking about this the other day. When I was a kid (50s through mid 60s) I practically lived at the library. I moved a lot, and every school and public library would become well known to me. I read biographies, classics and books written for "middle aged" children and adolescents. The books I read might as well have come from the 1200s compared to the vile poison kids are now exposed to. Even in the 1980s when I home schooled my and some other peoples' children, I could not believe how degraded children's "literature" had become. For those who say that it's up to parents to protect their children from filth that degrades morals and ruins innocence, I reply that it is impossible unless the parent accompanies the child everywhere they go like a jailer, or homeschools; unless they can find a really good private school.
Another point is that childrens' minds are easily corrupted by filth - meaning sexually explicit material, or books that promote leftist garbage, rebellion against parents and religion, and so on.
The need to protect children from such material was a common cultural understanding a couple of generations ago. Now it's "Toss them into the fire as soon as possible".
Licentiousness in the false name of "freedom" is liberaltarianism at its worst. The Constitution was never meant to protect obscene or pornographic material.
I believe that what we are seeing is actually our government (politicians, public schools, libraries, etc) now reflecting the culture that we have allowed to develop. This has happened over several generations by small “allowances” being made. This is hard for most of us to accept since that means that we have some of the responsibility for this on our shoulders. Over the years I have heard the “personal responsibility” phrase used but when it came to actually having it, few (as a percentage) took it on.
Why have we accepted having the government “educate” our children? Was it because it was easier on us, it cost us less (average of about $11,000 per student), we did not feel qualified, we don't have the time? Those are all statements I have heard from friends. But at what cost...? We have known for a long time about the problems with public education but as a culture continue to send the children into the mess. Is it that much of a surprise that the libraries are following the lead of the schools?
I believe that we have now developed into a culture that is very self centered and, short of a major move of God within the families and the church, we are going to have some major problems. We need to move away from looking to the government as part of the answer for education (this would include schools and libraries), for financial security (social security, etc), and for setting moral rules. We need to return to God's standards and follow His guidelines...Following God leads to freedom, following man (government) leads to slavery...choose freedom.
Agreed. Parents today are often paranoid about threats from pedophiles, germs and bullies. They might be advised to consider the threat to their children's minds and hearts as well.