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The Blaze Magazine: A once-stealth progressive group that targets children is now exposed

The far-Left progressive movement has been quietly using the American Library Association (ALA) and local school libraries to attack traditional values and create a barrier between parents and their children. Now families are fighting back.

You may never have heard of the ALA, but you need to know about them. They're doing everything they can to "protect" kids from their parents and to teach kids a far-left agenda. That's why we've published the powerful March cover story of The Blaze Magazine exposing the ALA.

And would it surprise you to find out that, since 2008, the ALA has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from George Soros' Open Society Institute?

Here's a little history on the early days of the ALA from The Blaze's Sharon Ambrose's March cover story for the Magazine:

Since its inception, the ALA has flirted with progressivism. Melvil Dewey creator of the Dewey Decimal System and co-founder of the ALA, also established the Lake Placid Club in 1896. Despite protests from prominent businessmen, the recreation club would not allow Jews or ethnic minorities to become members. Dewey was known for sexually harassing women employed by the ALA.

In 1922, the ALA awarded the first John Newbery Medal to the children’s book “The Story of Mankind” by progressive author Hendrik Willem Van Loon. The book was one of the first to dismiss biblical accounts of the world’s creation and fully embraced evolution claiming that “the great-great-grandfather of the human race was a very ugly and unattractive mammal.” Van Loon later went on to become a close friend to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

The ALA accelerated its progressive agenda in 1967 when University of Chicago graduate and board member of the Chicago branch of the ACLU Judith Krug was selected to run the ALA’s new Office of Intellectual Freedom. She spearheaded the effort to alter the ALA’s “Library Bill of Rights” in a way that put children at risk: Krug’s policy change meant that a person’s right to use any library material could not be denied because of age.

What did Krug think of parents who don't want to pay for filth in the public and school libraries?

“[P]arents who express such grave concern over their children’s reading of materials ... say to me that they don’t have very much confidence in themselves as parents. Restricting the kinds of materials that are available in libraries is not going to solve those parents’ problems.”

--Krug 1995 interview with Focus on the Family's "Citizen"

“Blocking material leads to censorship. That goes for pornography and bestiality, too. If you don’t like it, don’t look at it. ... Every time I hear someone say, ‘I want to protect my children,’ I want to pull my hair out.”

--Krug in a 2001 report from the National Policy Center

Get more on the ALA's history, agenda and leadership -- plus how you can combat the -- only in the March 2012 issue of The Blaze Magazine.

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