Mark Decker, the chief kook and bottle washer behind the IFI affiliated SafeLibraries.org is dead. SafeLibraries.org is an organization dedicated to stopping really, horribly dangerous things like pornography, myspace, and Harry Potter Books in America's libraries.
You may read the well written tribute @ David Smith's blog or - for those of you looking for a punchline, please check out the fire and brimstone his purity ball throwing pal Nancy Czerwiec, has cooked up for us:
The death of a good man like Mark Decker brings sorrow to all touched by his life. But there is another kind of death brought about by pornography. It is the death of the mind, heart and soul. Pornography and violent filth slowly eat away at the goodness of every human being.
Freedom to read is abused when it includes these sexually titillating materials
Right on! You go! On the third day after our porno-watchin' caused damnation, we'll open our maggot encrusted eyes and realize that the one true way to heaven has a name: It's Nancy! And she lives right next to the luxurious Aloha Motel (with 4 hour room rates) on 71st and Cicero! Man, this woman makes Jill Stanek seem like somebody you'd invite to a summer BBQ.
....Anyway...Zorn's got the dish on a most excellent ongoing in Oak Park:
The Oak Park Public Library has sent out a news release announcing that it is creating the "first focused transgender resource collection in a U.S. public library."
The release quotes Bleue Benton, Collection Development Librarian and creator of the transgender collection grant, as saying the "collection will serve not only transgender people, but also anyone seeking information, including employers, medical providers, allies, friends and family members.”
I have to hand it to that Homosexual Agenda. Just days after the death of the man who was trying to clear the library of all the 3\/1L p3rv3rt5 passes on, they've already managed to shove their anti-Christian, pro-homosexualist agenda back into the library. Wow! Talk about a powerful!
In all honesty, this sort of collection is a great thing. It's no secret that there are very few resources dedicated to transgendered folks, even despite the obvious that they're oft overlooked. Zorn even gets caught up a bit on defining Denis Rodman as 'transgender' to which he has no retort but "It's a broad definition". Which of course, given the volumes that can be written and the amount of disagreement (even amongst those who identify with the 'T').
I'm the first to admit that I don't totally understand transgenderism. It requires you to stop viewing gender as a binary condition and recalibrate your thoughts for a more 3 dimensional exploration. And even at that, I'm not sure that calling it '3 dimensional' even begins to explore the level of nuance needed. Trying to strip away 20+ years of gender normalcy kind of blows your mind.
In fact, it'll make you tired just to think about it. It's far easier to just blow it off even if you're fairly liberal on gender/sexuality to begin with which is why something like this going up locally is undoubtedly necessary for a group which often finds itself at the butt end of advocacy.