Such efforts are directed by what is called the Miller Early Childhood Initiative of A World Of Difference Institute. Through this Initiative, the ADL provides anti-bias workshops and materials designed to train early childhood educators, caregivers and family members to help children understand, respect and appreciate differences. In keeping with this Initiative, the ADL has identified a list of books which they claim can preempt stereotyping. The ADL believes that books not only are mirrors in which children see themselves reflected, but that books also serve as windows to the world which can foster children's understanding and respect for their own and others' cultural groups, and help them to see themselves as members of a greater global community.
Some of the books on the ADL's recommended list are indeed helpful in breaking down racial, cultural, and gender stereotyping in advance. A book entitled "Ballerino Nate" attempts to combat the stereotype that ballet dancing is only for women. Another book entitled "Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World" attempts to combat the stereotype that cooking is just for women. Books like these actually refine our culture without corrupting it, teaching young kids to rise above base limitations.
But the ADL's list also includes books of a more sinister nature -- books which actually promote the normalization and celebration of homosexuality. To add insult to injury, these books are promoted as suitable all the way down to the kindergarten level.
Written by Michael Willhoite
In this sequel to “Daddy’s Roommate,” Nick is asked to be the best man at his father’s and Frank’s wedding. In this story, Nick talks about the gathering of family and friends, the food and the ceremony.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
King and King
Linda de Haan (Author), Stern Nijland (Author)
The queen of a small, unnamed country presses her son to take a wife so that she can retire. The prince, who "never cared much for princesses," caves in and agrees to wed, but none of the potential spouses appeal to him, until Princess Madeleine shows up and the prince falls in love with her brother, Prince Lee. A "very special" wedding ensues and everyone lives happily ever after.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
Mom and Mum are Getting Married
Ken Setterington (Author), Alice Priestley (Illustrator)
When Rosie’s two moms tell her about their decision to get married, she is disappointed that the small celebration planned will not afford her the opportunity to be a bridesmaid or flower girl. Rosie finds another option — she and her brother will carry the rings—and a happy wedding ensues. Marriage of same-sex couples is normalized and celebrated in this story without the issue ever being explicitly raised as contentious or a matter of right and wrong.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
The three books listed above clearly promote the idea that homosexuality is merely just another way to express love. One book is even explicitly billed as normalizing and celebrating it. This is not cultural refinement; this is cultural corruption.
Whether homosexuality is driven by nature or nurture is a debate still raging, although evidence seems to be tilting towards nature. But in any event, homosexuality is still best described as an emotional disability, since it's driven by misrouted lust. Teaching young kids that they must go so far as to celebrate homosexuality in the otherwise commendable campaign to counteract bullying not only goes too far, but risks actual anti-gay backlash. That which one is officially proscribed from criticizing always becomes more attractive. The ADL can and should do better than this; until they cease promoting homosexuality as a desirable alternative, they should be viewed as a destabilizing force in society.