North Carolina's chapter of the conservative Moral Majority organization is planning to inspect textbooks and libraries in public schools in North Carolina and will make an attempt to remove books it considers unfit for young readers.
The Rev. Lamar Mooneyham of Durham, who heads the chapter, said the organization is particularly opposed to children's books on sexuality and also opposes textbooks that teach the theory of evolution but not the biblical account of creation.
"Our plans are . . . not to censor but to take a look at what our children are reading," he said. "We're not about to stand still while our pre-schoolers are being taught to reproduce . . . and to deny the presence of God's hand in the creation," he added.
Moral Majority already has protested the use of two books in Norht Carolina schools. One controversy centers on a high school biology text in Durham County that includes explicit information on reproduction. Moral Majority is also disturbed about the use of Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" in a 10th grade class in one county of the state.
The state has an official screening committee of 14 members named by the governor. The committee seeks book evaluations from 56 people.
"We think it's a pretty good system," said Tom Davis, an official of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. "But every so often, somebody comes up with a complaint. We sometimes wonder if the Bible would pass muster."