Why can't we all just get along?

I have read a lot lately on diversity issues in and around our libraries, specifically those dealing with gay rights. And I find myself asking "Why can't we all just get along?" I don't see how having gay themed books in our libraries hurts anyone, afterall libraries exists to provide information for everyone. If we start removing books dealing with controversial themes, where will it end? Thank goodness for those librarians who do their part to keep things balanced, by fighting for all individual rights. If not, if we all fell to the outside pressures of every objection, we might be left with a library of empty shelves.

"UNLESS someone like you
cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better.
It's not."

-From The Lorax
by Dr Suess


Perhaps you don't know it, but The Lorax was once challenged as an anti-logging polemic. It's kind of hard to get along with the kind of reactionary who'd do something like that, because, after all, his idea of "getting along" is for you to agree with whatever he says while he doesn't have to agree with anything you say.

At any rate, in answer to your question:

Lord Vetinari raised his eyebrows. "Oh, I do hope not, I really do hope not. Pulling together is the aim of despotism and tyranny. Free men pull in all kinds of directions." He smiled. "It's the only way to make progress. That, and, of course, moving with the times. Good day to you."
--Terry Pratchett, The Truth

We'd get along a lot better if people didn't misrepresent what the issue is. Who says the books have to be pulled out of the library?

Hope you'll add your comment to the two above. Have they completely gone off on different tangents with your journal, or is it my imagination?

We'll never all get along (I suspect), but I do hope we'll all be willing to listen to each other with an open mind.