Sunday, October 16, 2005

Stop pushing. But, but…she pushed me first.

'Help! Mom!' casts liberals as villains

Katharine DeBrecht, a married mother of three, wanted to make a point about the importance of conservative values.

So, she penned a children's book -- Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed! -- to stand up to the "liberal agenda that's being thrown at our kids from the left."

The book, which tells the tale of "liberal" politicians interfering with two young brothers' lemonade stand, reflects "the conservative side -- the traditional family values like self-reliance, hard work, charity and faith," Mrs. DeBrecht said.

Two of the book's villains, who resemble Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, and Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, tax the boys' profits, restrict the amount of sugar they can use in their drinks and require them to serve broccoli, too.

A liberal lawyer, "Mr. Fussman," harasses the boys for putting a picture of Jesus on their stand….

Liberals have lambasted the book as "brainwashing" and "Nazi propaganda."

Speaking of brainwashing and propaganda.

There’s now a 10th Anniversary Edition of Heather Has Two Mommies
Originally self-published in 1989, Heather Has Two Mommies became the first title in Alyson's newly formed Alyson Wonderland imprint in 1990. The simple and straightforward story of a little girl named Heather and her two lesbian mothers was created by [Leslea] Newman and illustrator Diana Souza because children's books that reflected a nontraditional family did not exist, but a firestorm of controversy soon ensued. Attacked by the religious right, lambasted by Jesse Helms from the floor of the U.S Senate, and stolen from library shelves, it was an uphill battle for Heather. Thanks to the overwhelming support of booksellers, librarians, parents, and children, however, Heather Has Two Mommies has sold over 35,000 copies, launched a minor industry in providing books for the children of gay and lesbian parents and, as attested to by a recent New Yorker cartoon, become part of the cultural lexicon.
And which propagandizing mother is winning the war for the hearts and minds of our children?

Here’s the sales ranks:
  • Help! Mom! - #95 in Books
  • Heather Has Two Mommies - #34,687 in Books
One can only imagine what other delightful children’s books are yet to come.


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