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The World Library Association, a new national library organization that aims to compete with the Marxist-led American Library Association, launched Monday, according to a press release obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
The ALA recently landed in hot water for hiring a new president, Emily Drabinski, who has repeatedly described herself as a "Marxist lesbian." The organization has also faced blowback for pushing for sexually explicit books to be stocked in public and school libraries despite parents' concerns regarding age-inappropriate material for children.
As a result of the controversy surrounding the ALA, Montana became the first state to cut ties with the organization earlier this month.
Montana Commissioner Tom Burnett argued, "Our oath of office and resulting duty to the Constitution forbids association with an organization led by a Marxist."
"Marxism stands in direct opposition to the principles of the Constitution of the United States," he continued. "It's fair to discuss and learn about Marxism, not to affiliate with Marxist-led organizations."
Conservative lawmakers in several other states have also pushed to withdraw from the ALA, citing its Marxist leadership and support of "explicit materials."
Last week, members of the Idaho Freedom Caucus expressed "significant concerns" about the ALA's new president, claiming that Drabinksi seeks to "undermine the West by eradicating the traditional family, natural sexual relationships, distinctions between sexes, and the orderly structures that accompany them."
"Her election raises issues about libraries' involvement in exposing children to explicit materials and injecting hard-left politics and sexuality into publicly funded libraries. With her election, we have concerns about libraries' adherence to their educational purpose and their responsible use of taxpayer funds," stated the Idaho Freedom Caucus.
Conservative lawmakers in Arizona, South Carolina, Texas, Wyoming, Georgia, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania recently applauded Montana's decision to leave the ALA and encouraged their public and school libraries to join the movement.
Dan Kleinman, the executive director of the World Library Association, told the DCNF that the new organization would help cover legal fees for individuals suing to remove sexually explicit books from public and school libraries.
"The World Library Association is going to be able to attract donations from big donors on the other side because somebody has to do something to give some kind of help to parents and communities, or else the nationwide effect of the harm done to children with this inappropriate material is going to be huge," Kleinman told the DCNF. "The World Library Association would like to provide some kind of counterbalance to this big group that has been pushing these inappropriate books that they have been for decades."
The new organization seeks to promote "information literacy and political neutrality."
Shawn McBreairty, a World Library Association board member, told the DCNF that the ALA has attempted to "normalize sexual materials."
"The World Library Association is going to help parents with an unbiased and conservative agenda and just get back to regular education, the basics of what we all used to think a library was when we were a kid," McBreairty stated.
The ALA did not respond to a request for comment, the DCNF reported.
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Candace Hathaway is a staff writer for Blaze News.