Our local library here in Lower Macungie Township (Pa.) is among the many nationwide that will get 25 books about Islam thanks to an $800 million grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
And not a moment too soon. Without the government-approved books on Islam, Macungie might remain woefully bereft of crucial cultural knowledge, like hundreds of other clodhopper communities across this provincial land.
The grant appears to be funded mainly by the Carnegie Foundation, rather than taxpayer dollars, but why didn’t N.E.H. just fund it and let the libraries choose which books? Are the D.C. bureaucrats concerned that culturally-inept local librarians wouldn’t know how to pick the right books?