Iowa Community Urges Library to Ban LGBTQ Books For “Pushing an Agenda”

Much controversy has arisen in Orange County, Iowa where more than 300 people have signed a petition to ban books with LGBTQ material in the Orange City Public Library. The issue arose when a complaint was made regarding the library stocking a book which featured such themes. However, this complaint was quickly rescinded when it began creating a stir within the community.    Image Via National Coalition Against Censorship   However, despite the complaint’s withdrawal, shortly thereafter fliers were sent throughout the town. The fliers read along the lines of, “…homosexual/transgender promoting materials…some aimed at pre-K kids, using your tax dollars!” They expressed a call …

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Much controversy has arisen in Orange County, Iowa where more than 300 people have signed a petition to ban books with LGBTQ material in the Orange City Public Library. The issue arose when a complaint was made regarding the library stocking a book which featured such themes. However, this complaint was quickly rescinded when it began creating a stir within the community. 

 

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Image Via National Coalition Against Censorship

 

However, despite the complaint’s withdrawal, shortly thereafter fliers were sent throughout the town. The fliers read along the lines of, “…homosexual/transgender promoting materials…some aimed at pre-K kids, using your tax dollars!” They expressed a call to arms to attend the upcoming library board meeting to fight the library’s decision to showcase such books. The most prominent fighters in this rally are those of the Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church who believe that the books are “pushing an agenda” that goes against the Christian faith. 

 

In a world where censorship of ideas and facts is constantly being fought, to many, the last place something like this should occur is in the library. The library is a place to share and learn new information, not ban it. In spite of the different walks of life all humans may or may not come from, we must learn to walk side by side and discover new things about each other. Banning books that go against the grain of our own individual beliefs sounds like the makings of a good dystopian novel though, that’s for sure!

 

Library director Amanda Vasquez said “As a public library, we try to serve the needs of a diverse community.”

 

There are 168 books that feature LBGTQ content in the library’s total of 64,000 books. Whether or not to censor or section off these materials will be decided next month. 

 

 

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