Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"Tango" to the Top

The American Library Association (ALA) released its Top Ten List of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010.

Breathe easy, American gaydom: "And Tango Makes Three" has regained its place at the top of the list. Whew.

The children's book, the true story of two male Emperor Penguins who hatch a baby at New York's Central Park Zoo, was the most challenged book in the nation in 2006, 2007 and 2008. But it slipped to second place in 2009.

That would never do. We have standards to maintain.

The ALA reported "dozens of attempts" to remove the book, written by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, from school and public libraries. The objectors cited "homosexuality," "religious viewpoint" and "unsuited for age group."

Their fear vaulted us back to the top. We are number one, hey! We are number one, hey!