Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The Fairfax Public Schools libraries acted wisely in declining to accept donations of anti-gay books from Focus on the Family ["Banned Books, Chapter 2," Metro, Oct. 3].
For many years, Focus on the Family and similar groups have pushed the notion that homosexuality is a disorder that can be "cured" through what have been called reparative or conversion "therapies." The Post reported that library officials said the books did not meet the school system's standards, which include "two positive reviews from professionally recognized journals." This is not surprising, since all mainstream American medical and mental health professional associations have concluded that homosexuality is not a disorder and that conversion therapies can cause great damage to those exposed to them.
It would be irresponsible for school libraries to accept books offering false medical and mental health information.
DAVID S. FISHBACK
Board Member, Metro DC Chapter
Parents, Families, and Friends
of Lesbians and Gays