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Public hearing on library reform is Tuesday

On Tuesday, the Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) will meet to consider changes to the state code to prevent inappropriate books and agendas from being used to proselytize to children through the libraries.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman John Wahl, who serves on the APLS board, proposed the rules changes at a previous meeting.

The changes are being considered in a public comment period. Wahl has made the issue of age-inappropriate books and books targeting vulnerable children a personal crusade over the last year.

The controversial rule changes are subject to a public comment period.

The APLS board will hold an in person public hearing held on this issue at the APLS Building 6030 Monticello Drive, Montgomery, AL 36117 on April 30, 2024 at 10:00am. Requests to make oral comments should be sent to by April 28th.

Over the last year, ALGOP Chairman John Wahl has been leading the charge in this effort to protect Alabama children from sexually explicit materials, being promulgated through the libraries by liberal groups promoting the LGBTQ+ groups including gender transition.

A recent study has shown that the vast majority of children expressing feelings of gender dysphoria will outgrow this condition and that transitioning prepubescent children to another gender actually harms most children – confirming what researchers in Europe had already realized.

The false gender transitioning narrative has been adopted by radicals within the LGBTQ+ movement and they have been spreading their message through sexually explicit books written towards children as young as eight years old. Children who are transitioned to the opposite gender by their doctors become dependent on pharmaceuticals and medical care for the rest of their lives. The drug companies, doctors, and counselors promoting this narrative are making billions of dollars off of this gender transitioning phenomenon.

The new rules are opposed by the Alabama Library Association (ALLA), who argues that the libraries should be free speech zones and that any person of any age, even minors, should be able to read any book in the library no matter how sexually explicit.

"ALLA categorically rejects all efforts to censor or restrict access to materials from any library, based on content. We strongly affirm our historic professional values of providing free access to books, resources, and services for the interest, information, education, and enlightenment of all people within the communities we serve. We do not exclude materials because of their origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation."

Earlier this year the APLS dropped its membership from the American Library Association (ALA) over serious disagreements with the ALA over the indoctrination of children being conducted using the libraries by extreme LQBTQ+ groups and socialists.

"I was glad to see our Alabama Public Library Service make the decision to withdrawal from the American Library Association," said State Rep. Susan DuBose (R-Greystone)said in reaction to the move. "We have watched the ALA, a once respected professional organization, change to an activist group led by a Marxist President."

The Alabama House of Representatives passed legislation on Thursday to protect children from drag shows and pornographic books in Alabama's public libraries.

HB385 is sponsored by State Representative Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs).

"We have done what we needed to do to protect children in an environment where their parents are not present and where their parents could not give consent," said Mooney.

The deadline to make public comments for or against the new rules is Monday, April 29.

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