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Fox News Turns Summer Reading List Into A Gay Horror Story

August 24, 2011 3:01 pm ET by Carlos Maza

Fox News will jump at any opportunity to reinforce the right-wing narrative that schools are trying to ‘indoctrinate’ children into accepting and embracing the ‘homosexual agenda.’

On August 23, posted an article about a New Jersey school district’s summer reading list, which included two books that contained “graphic depictions of lesbian sex and a homosexual orgy.”

Following complaints from some parents, the school district pulled the books from the list. The school district’s Superintendent Chuck Earling apologized for the oversight:

When you have a problem and make a mistake, admit it. I admit we should have screened the reading details more so.

According to Earling, the school district also hopes to add parents to the committee that chooses summer reading selections and “utilize software that can scan books for inappropriate material.”

In other words, a school got complaints from some parents and dealt with those complaints  – not exactly evidence of a vast left-wing conspiracy to control the minds of school children.

Unless, of course, you’re reading

For expert commentary on this story, Fox (yet again) turned to the Family Research Council (FRC), which has been labeled an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. FRC’s Peter Sprigg was all too happy to cite the incident as evidence of an effort to push the “homosexual agenda” on children. From the article:

“Here we see the intersection of parental values being offended, the hyper-sexualization of our youth and the homosexual agenda being pushed,” Sprigg told Fox News Radio. “This just illustrates why a lot of American parents are not willing to entrust their children to the public schools anymore.”


Sprigg called on parents across the nation to pay close attention to what their children are being encouraged to read. 

“To a large extent the educational community and the library community have come under the control of very radical liberal ideology with regard to sexuality and they view anything that might remotely be called censorship as the ultimate evil,” Sprigg said. “Exposing children to graphic sexual content – that is not as evil as censorship in the minds of some left-wing activists.” [emphasis added]

Fox Nation wasted no time in picking up the story:

[Fox Nation, accessed 8/24/11]

The 'controversy' even made its way onto the August 24 edition of Fox & Friends, with Steve Doocy treating “gay sex” as the act-that-must-not-be-named-twice:

More and more, Fox News is demonstrating its willingness to manufacture anti-gay horror stories where none exist.


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