Yesterday, I alluded slightly to an article about the ex-gay group PFOX complaining that a library in Wisconsin will not stock books by ex-gay authors.
By the comments on this story, the idea that a library would stock ex-gay books seems laughable.
But don't be so quick to laugh the notion off. PFOX and Regina Griggs is exploiting an angle that could give the lgbt community and libraries a multitude of problems:
PFOX executive director Regina Griggs said: "Apparently, the West Bend Community Memorial Library is not interested in diversity.
"We urge Michael Tyree, the library's director, to be inclusive of the ex-gay community and accept our donation of ex-gay books. According to its own policy, the library has a 'professional responsibility to be inclusive, not exclusive, in developing collections'."
Yet again, Regina Griggs and PFOX tries to cast itself as the innocent victim of intolerance. The lgbt community must be very clear and very focused on just why those claims are bogus
The situation in Wisconsin did not begin with PFOX demanding that libraries carry ex-gay books. It began with them teaming with parents to make libraries eliminate lgbt-oriented books or move them to the adult section.
So this situation is about neither diversity or "tolerance." It's about a bunch of liars trying to undermine the well-being of our lgbt children.
It's about dehumanizing lgbts and reducing our lives to a sex choice or a bad behavior when our lives are neither of these things.
And as a post I wrote yesterday said, it's about trying to manipulate the system to pass along junk science as truth.
Truth should never be sacrificed for the sake of diversity.
Now I don't know any ex-gays personally but I have a question: why is it that the ones I do see are either connected with some religious right group or have some bogus ministry?
Why is it if these folks want to be left alone are they making a point to give the lgbt community so much hell?
I don't believe in the credibility of the ex-gay movement, period. And I have a feeling that if you pull back the curtain, you will see some religious right "grant money" exchanging hands.
So to make a long story short, I don't believe that public libraries should EVER stock ex-gay books, not even for the sake of diversity.
If this is successful, then might I suggest some racist literature about the natural inferiority of African-Americans.
Or how about the Protocol of the Elders of Zion (i.e. the phony document which claimed that there is a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world).
After all, if you opened up library stocks to one group of liars for the sake of "diversity," then why not others?
PFOX - a conduit of lies and bad studies