Try That in a Small Town…or what’s happening in Fentress County library?

Try That in a Small Town,”  is a song by Jason Aldean of what can what happen in a small town over bad behavior.  The nuggets of truth add to the humor. 

What about Fentress County?  Have we escaped the craziness of the “blue” states? What about Tennessee’s own “blue” cities?  Oh, you mean places like Nashville and Memphis?  Well, just try that in a small town. Okay.

One of the worse horrors of the last 3 years or so is the blatant and continuous public assault on our children. The media and airwaves have exploded with what used to be X-rated content.  It is becoming normal.  That’s the plan.  It’s called “sexual grooming.”   Legally, the American Bar Association defines sexual grooming as, “a preparatory process in which a perpetrator gradually gains a person’s or organization’s trust with the intent to be sexually abusive.”1   Sexual abuse is not just physical, it is also introducing words, pictures and actions that are not age appropriate.     

So it’s not just from a person, it can be an organization.  Like the charitable foundation of assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky of Penn State University.   The term “grooming” was introduced into the public vocabulary after he was convicted of  the sexual abuse of boys participating in his charitable foundation. 2     

As far back as 2006, the professional medical, “Journal  of Sexual Aggression”  indicates there are many types of  grooming including “grooming of the environment.”3   That means creating an environment for a child that normalizes adult themes.     

Should we be concerned in Fentress County?  Are people or places introducing things of a sexual nature that are not age appropriate?  Well, here’s another question:  Are you comfortable offering free condoms at your public library on open shelving between the front desk and the children’s section?  The library personnel report that they are recipients of donations from an organization called Operation Sharing Tennessee.  The donations are free but must be given away to the public. So if you want free handouts, you must conform to their “rules.”   Sounds fair, just do as you are told and you get free stuff.  This is a step up from lollipops.  Good thing they did not require show and tell.        

Who is really behind this?  Operation Sharing Tennessee is a Facebook page whose website redirects to Appalachian Life Quality Initiative, an arm of Alliance for Better Nonprofits who is a part of the United Way of Greater Knoxville.  All of these are non profits, and a great place to funnel money by people who have an agenda and want to get out a message. The mission of Alliance is “collective impact” and success is measured by “social change.”4   They do not define what social change is. However, their resources include “Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion,” the very definition of critical race theory which our Tennessee general assembly outlawed in schools and, governments across the country are demanding the deletion of in public organizations and higher education schools.  Do the ends justify the means?  Is getting free “stuff” worth opening the door to whatever anyone wants to introduce?  Should we consider the source?  Check out Fentress County Library where you can get your free bag of chips, vitamin water, and condoms. There are plenty.


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