Great responses so far (thank you! I feel better!) but one thing- "neighbor", not "friend". We weren't friends before and I doubt we can be now. She sneered at me when I ran into her buying the paper this morning. You'd think I asked if her kids liked porn magazines or something. Sheesh.
I admit, since I'm a scholar myself, I lean farther to the left on censorship issues than nearly anything else (except maybe school prayer), and I'm pretty liberal to begin with. But it's not so much her own kids I'm worried about. I'm sure she only has their best interests at heart, so no matter how strongly I disagree with her, I respect her right to try to pass on her values. What worries me most is her inclination to crusade.
I don't believe she has any right to try to protect other people's children, but apparently she's on the agenda for the next school board meeting, talking about "certain books" in the library. Not good. Anything I do at this point is defensive and so I've already lost ground. Plus I don't have kids in the system (and I don't really know any moms or dads who might be on my side), so she has that edge.
My opinion is influenced not only by my love for these books and my liberal politics, but by the fact that I'm Jewish and I grew up in a town with too few Jews to even count as a minority (about 5000 people total, 13 Jews- my family and one other). Judaism isn't about conversion, so it rarely occurs to me to foist on the world my fears about losing someone else's kids to the evils of hobbits and unicorns. I support my neighbor's right to raise her kids in her church and by her guidance, but I cannot support any attempt to impose her beliefs and her religion on others' children. It's not her right, and it's not fair to the kids.
Hadn't thought of cartoons, Chika, thanks! Although she's probably against those, too.- sigh-
PS- the shirts are very snazzy, Taz!