Focus on the Family says Banned Books aren’t.

In an interesting bit of counter-PR, Focus on the Family has put out a press release claiming that Banned Books Week is a sham. In their words:

\”The ALA has irresponsibly perpetrated the \’banned\’ books lie for too long,\” said Tom Minnery, vice president of public policy for Focus on the Family. \”Nothing is \’banned,\’ but every year this organization attempts to intimidate and silence any parent, teacher or librarian who expresses concern about the age-appropriateness of sexually explicit or violent material for schoolchildren.\”

I heard about this via the Publisher\’s Lunch e-mail newsletter, an interesting source for news from the money side of the book equation.