Sender: mary k <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Christian/Inspirational fiction
A thought prompted by Newhard's post:
All-in-all a very tricky concept when dealing with the issue of
the separation of church and state. My basic concern is that as some Christians
have attempted to purvey their religious beliefs in public schools via their
fallacious and disingenuous "Creation Science" courses, so they will attempt to
insinuate their religious beliefs into the fiction collections of public
First of all, "Christian fiction" is that fiction published by a small
number of evangelical Christian publishers. "Inspirational" is the bookstore
conventional term which encompasses it plus the nonfiction biographies and
self-help and parenting plus a few ideological tracts from the same houses.
Secondly, evangelical Christians pay taxes like anybody else and
deserve their views represented in library collections like anybody else. This
assumption that only they are proselytizing is ludicrous, and this weird
view that "separation of church and state" should keep religious views out of
library collections is part of the reason we are under attack by the militant
Christian Right, who, by the way,do not represent all evangelical Christians.
Mr. Newhard's views, while no doubt shared by many in the library profession,
are a direct violation of the Library Bill of Rights, in my opinion, if put
Also, some authors are read by thousands of people, like Frank Perretti and
Bodie Thoeyne (spelling?). I just plain think it's rotten fiction collecting
to ignore them.
This argument smacks of the same mindset who would not buy romances because, by
their reading, they reinforce the patriarchy.
Are we not the PUBLIC's library?
Mary K. Chelton