Book endorsing ‘two-mom’ household back on shelves

Saturday, February 9, 2013
Michael F. Haverluck (

After being sued late last year by the American Civil Liberties Union to put the book In Our Mothers' House back on the library shelves of Utah public elementary schools, the Davis School District caved in to the legal pressure and settled with the homosexual advocacy group to make the book readily available to young students in the school.

In Our Mothers' House (book cover)District attorneys agreed to put the controversial book back on the shelves despite parents' objections, not to mention a state statute prohibiting instructional materials containing "advocacy of homosexuality." Shortly after conceding last month, this agreement was put into action, as Assistant Superintendent Pamela Park sent the order for elementary school librarians to place the controversial book back on the shelves in several district libraries.

Before and during the lawsuit, school district attorneys argued that the book violated Utah's sex education law; but when the ACLU and LGBT community ramped up the pressure, the district folded and signed a settlement, assuring that if it breaks its promises, any student in the district's elementary schools can have the agreement enforced by the court.

When a group of parents submitted a petition complaining about author Patricia Polacco's In Our Mothers' House being on elementary school shelves within the Davis School District last year, the book was taken off the shelves in four libraries and placed behind the counter for students to be able to check out from librarians with their parents' permission.

Two months after the ACLU filed suit on behalf of Tina Weber, a parent of two children in the school district, the activist group scored its victory for the LGBT community -- forwarding its quest to normalize homosexual behavior, same-sex "marriage" and adoption by same-sex couple across the nation.

Not as bad as it seems?

Even though the Davis School District handed the ACLU what it considers a "fantastic victory," school officials still contend that settling under the leftist organizations' terms wasn't a complete loss.

Chris Williams, the spokesman for the district, announced that parents not wanting their children checking out certain books from the district's elementary school libraries are still allowed to notify librarians not to release specified objectionable selections.

Park corroborated this message, announcing on the district's behalf that parents have access to the computer system of the district's libraries so that they can block their children's attempts to check out books that they consider run contrary to their beliefs.

Refusing to admit defeat, Williams contends that the settlement does not constitute the district's admission of liability, maintaining that it primarily applies to In Our Mother's House. After assuring disgruntled parents that the district's reviewing process to weed out offensive prospective library books will stay in place, Williams insisted that settling with the ACLU was merely a "compromise of disputed claims."

Lifting up lesbians

Polacco's book celebrates the lives of a lesbian couple, Marmee and Meema, who adopted children, communicating the message that their relationship should be praised -- not questioned.

"In their beautiful house, they cook dinner together, they laugh together, and they dance together," the book reads. "But some of the other families don't accept them. They say they are different. How can a family have two moms and no dad?"

Casting those who don't approve of such relationships at bigoted or hateful, the author goes on to explain how homosexuality should not only be accepted, but viewed as something beautiful and natural.

Contradicting many of the books' four-star rankings from advocates of homosexual behavior, Amazon reviewer "C Turtle" gave his unbiased take on Polacco's book -- as a discerning parent not wanting to expose his children to topics they are not yet ready to fully comprehend.

"I don't want to have to explain to my children at an age where they cannot understand why these women are raising children together," Turtle asserts in his one-star review. "They are too young to grasp the concept of marriage or love or commitment at this age."

He indicates that the agenda or message behind the book can work to confuse and or manipulate children at an early age before they are able to discern whether such kinds of relationships are right or wrong.

"They are still trying to define their own emotions," the reviewer says of elementary school students. "Save these topics for an age where the children can at least put a name on what they're feeling. If you are buying this for home use, buy away .... Note well that some topics in the book are for more mature children, though."

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