Texas Residents Try, Fail to Ban Gay Books From Library

Some of the local yokels from Hood County, Texas got all fired up over the presence of two books with gay themes in the public library and stormed the county commissioners meeting to demand they be removed. The commission rightly told them to pound sand.

After a local Tea Party chapter began circulating requests to have two LGBT-themed books — This Day in June and My Princess Boy — removed from the Hood County library Children’s section, residents swarmed the Commissioners’ court to speak out on the issue.

Many opponents said that their objections were based on their Christian faith.

One woman explained that the government employees and President Barack Obama had lost their “fear of the Lord.”

“The Founding Fathers designed our Constitution from Bible principles as Moses was instructed to bring the law down to the people… So, America was founded on God,” she insisted, imploring the commissioners to compare the United States to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Another common theme among Hood County residents was the notion that LGBT books were an effort to “indoctrinate our children.”

“That is their main goal,” one man said. “These books are not the problem. Sin is. I ask you to not celebrate sin, to justify it or rationalize it. Place these books in the dustbin of history with all the other books that help to destroy our society.”

One woman compared children’s books about LGBT people to children’s books with graphic depictions of dead animals or books written by the Ku Klux Klan.

One of the last women to speak warned the commissioners that judgement day was coming.

“The slippery slope is now and we all will face decisions,” she argued. “When our Lord Almighty comes, it will all be played back. Make a difference, for you will be held accountable. And this is important.”

One parent was horrified that their child might see a gay book and ask her a question about it and she’d have to explain The Gay to them. Oh, the horror!

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After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • Synfandel

    “These books are not the problem. Sin Religion is.”

    FIFY

  • Chiroptera

    Place these books in the dustbin of history….

    Well, the dustbin of history is being filled up with the anti-same sex marriage opposition, so I don’t think there’ll be any room for these books.

  • eric

    Some nice quotes by defenders in that article, too.

    Congratulations, conservatives, you just created a Streisand effect and pretty much guaranteed that all your kids will be looking those books up now.

  • raven

    Not impressed.

    Real xian kooks just burn books they don’t like. Very traditional. And if they can get away with it, burn the people who owned those books too.

    1. My local library had 6 or so copies of Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion. Six copies because it was wildly popular and usually all of them were checked out. It took me a month or two to find one on the shelf.

    2. Then, they started disappearing. I’m guessing, but most likely the local xians just stole them and burned them (or threw them in the trash).

    3. They are down to one physical copy and an ebook download. The physical copy is in a safe, undisclosed place and you have to ask for it. Not because they don’t want people to read it. But because they don’t want xians to steal it.

    It’s all very…xian. In times past, they might well have just burned the whole library as part of a Final Solution.

  • Larry

    Just a guess but I’d bet those books are more accurate than the text books your children use in school

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Wait until they find out about Horton Hears a Homo!.

  • Doug Little

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhh nothing is as sweet as the tears of bigots, keep them coming.

  • sugarfrosted

    @6 Is the homo in the story asking for full civil equality?

  • raven

    FWIW, this is common and very traditional.

    Christians of the more perverted forms often attack libraries for one book or another they don’t like. They also usually try to get the librarians fired.

    If you think being a librarian isn’t a dangerous and exciting job, guess again.

    Banning books – The Salt Lake Tribune

    www. sltrib.com/…/davis-http-book-www.html.csp

    Jun 5, 2012 – Utah’s independent news source since 1871, The Salt Lake Tribune … Davis County has the dubious honor of having been held up …

    Davis County Library in Bountiful, lost her job for refusing to remove

    Mormons have been stealing “anti” books from libraries …

    exmormon. org/phorum/read.php?2,6543…

    Sep 30, 2010 – 25 posts – ‎23 authors

    I went to the municipal library yesterday near my home in Davis County, Utah. I intended to check-out “No Man Knows my History”.

    In the race to the New Dark Age, right now the Mormons are ahead in attacking books, libraries, and librarians.

  • lorn

    raven @4 –

    That happens a lot down here in Florida also. Some time ago the libraries, both school and public, were pretty lax. No late fees, with only the most egregious of repeated abusers being fined or, if they failed to pay, banned banned from checking more books out. Zians, and it was mainly Xians, were simply checking out the books they found offensive and never returning them. They districts had to implement a policy that after a time the cost of the book was charged and the bill passed onto a collocation agency.

    It seem to have works, mostly. Of course the Xians are not easily dissuaded when they think it is their duty to keep people away from evil. The cost charged for the book is a fraction of the real cost of replacement so they still “win” even if they pay the charge, I’m sure they see this as a noble sacrifice to their faith, and some have taken to simply walking out and letting the alarm go off. It isn’t as if the librarians are going to tackle them. Worse case the police get called and they are faced with having to deal with a nice old lady who “forgot” to check the books out and didn’t hear the alarm because her hearing aid battery was dead.

    The Xians are indefatigable in their resistance. Bastards.

  • busterggi

    “Moses was instructed to bring the law down to the people”

    And are Christians following those 600+ laws? Of course not, just the one about sex they find icky.

  • whheydt

    As for the first cited comment in the article…unfortunately, it is too much to ask that someone handed her a copy of the Constitution and asked her to point out where it talks about God.

    As for books about dead animals… When I was a kid, I *loved* books about dead animals. My favorite was Roy Chapman Andrews’ All About Dinosaurs. Rather dated now, but in the mid-1950s it was a *great* book. Led me to read a whole bunch of other books by Andrews. He was an “old school” naturalist. Study animals by shooting them and taking the carcasses home. He’s also a major part of the model for Indiana Jones.

  • alanb

    One parent was horrified that their child might see a gay book and ask her a question about it and she’d have to explain The Gay to them.

    According to the description of This Day In June it contains a Note to Parents and Caregivers with information on how to talk to children about sexual orientation and gender identity in age-appropriate ways. Problem solved!

  • Damien McLeod

    So now we have to deny religious people library access because they steal and destroy books they disagree with? These people really are insane. Used to be people stole books because they loved them and were to poor to pay for them, but now they steal them to destroy them? How the times do change.

    It’s the sky-fairies you know, they frequently order their followers to lie, cheat, steal, connive, “do all manner of despicable things” and even sometimes kill (in the name of “Faith”) those who don’t believe the same irrational superstitious things that they believe.

    The world would be a so much happier, more peaceful, place if all the religious-nutters (and I mean everyone who believes in sky-fairies of any ilk) would just rapture up up and away (or do what ever it is they do) today, right now, this very minute, and goodbye, good luck, and good riddance to ya, thank you very much.

  • canonicalkoi

    @busterggi #11–Oh, of course not. They distill all of Leviticus down to, “Homos bad!” and point at the rest of the Old Testament (including the 10 Commandments, of course) and say, “Oh, that all went away when Jeeeee-bus arrived!”. No, I don’t understand how they manage to breath without aid, either.

    One parent was horrified that their child might see a gay book and ask her a question about it and she’d have to explain The Gay to them. Oh, the horror!

    Should be easy-peasy after explaining what a “favorite disciple” is and how much Jesus liked the kid “leaning on his breast at supper” and how the kid was only wearing a linen cloth when the soldiers arrived to arrest Jesus and how the kid scampered off naked. Piece of cake, really.

  • Loqi

    These books are not the problem. Sin is. I ask you to not celebrate sin, to justify it or rationalize it. Place these books in the dustbin of history with all the other books that help to destroy our society

    I totally agree. We should ban any art that includes sin. First the entire murder mystery genre. Then the music of Johnny Cash (first he shot a man in Reno, then he stole a Cadillac one piece at a time), Willie Nelson (he was a highwayman until the bastards hung him in the spring of ’25), and Marty Robbins (remember when he murdered the handsome young stranger in El Paso?). I’m sure Texans will be all in favor.

  • marcus

    It is sad when this happens in a family. One my sisters “unfriended” the other, who is a lesbian, because she was afraid her ten-year-old daughter would figure out from her Fb page that her aunt was gay and ask questions that she didn’t want to answer. (Alabama)

  • Synfandel

    I wonder whether they’ve even read Curious George or just reacted to the title.

  • eric

    Wait until they find out about Horton Hears a Homo!.

    Or that paean to lipstick lesbianism, Fox in Sox. In a box? With a mouse? How obvious can you get!! The wheedle beetle paddle battle in a bottle on a poodle is also obviously just code for “engage in some S&M at an underground gay bar.”

    On a more serious note, Guisel’s estate just found a new manuscript and they’re going to publish it (no fundie joke here – they actually did). Something to look forward to.

  • sugarfrosted

    @19 I hope it’s more polished than that godawful “Daisy Head Maizey”.

  • daved

    “The Founding Fathers designed our Constitution from Bible principles as Moses was instructed to bring the law down to the people… So, America was founded on God,” she insisted, imploring the commissioners to compare the United States to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.

    I just thought of a great school project, along the lines of those people who do the surveys about banning dihydrogen monoxide.

    Solicit the opinion of a bunch of passersby about a “proposed amendment to the Constitution” that would read:

    “No religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

    and see how many people are opposed to it. I’m betting that in the red states, it’d be over 50%.

  • sugarfrosted

    @20 to ammend my last statement : to be fair to Giessel, that work wasn’t finished, so the fact that it was terrible isn’t his fault, it probably would have been fixed up if he had lived.

  • raven

    The Founding Fathers designed our Constitution from Bible principles as Moses was instructed to bring the law down to the people…

    Couldn’t be more wrong.

    Democracy isn’t mentioned in the bible at all. Despite the fact that is was a well known system of government at that time.

    The Jews knew it well. The Sanhedrin, the Jewish high court and de facto adminstrative body under the Romans, the court that (supposedly condemned Jeus, decided their cases by…voting.

  • Synfandel

    Modusoperandi @6:

    Wait until they find out about Horton Hears a Homo!.

    The real head ‘sploding will come when they discover Harold and His Purple Strap-on.

  • Juniper

    Texas Residents Try, Fail to Ban Gay Books From Library Libraries

    (Yes, yes. I know that is not entirely fair.)

    One woman explained that the government employees and President Barack Obama had lost their “fear of the Lord.”

    Wingnuts never thought they had it in the first place.

  • eric

    @24: Don’t forget Thomas the Leather Engine. And the less said about Doc McStuffins the better.

  • peterh

    “You [Texans] are sooo superstitious!” *

    *The Firesign Theatre in 1972

  • chilidog99

    Go to the article link above and look at the guy standing in the background.

    They sure do grow ’em ugly in Texas.

  • corwyn

    Concerning the problem of people stealing books they don’t like:

    Librarians: “Yes we have some problem with books not being returned. When that happens, we just buy two more copies, since we know the book is popular. And we post a list of people who haven’t returned books, and the titles on our website, in the hopes that it will spark their memory.”

    Problem solved.

  • birgerjohansson

    When people close their minds, they miss out of so much.

    Six billion km above this petty mess, we have new pictures from the real heaven, far more interesting than bronze age scribbles

    “Pluto’s plains and mountains revealed in latest New Horizons images http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/pluto-s-plains-and-mountains-revealed-in-latest-new-horizons-images-1.3157482

  • whheydt

    Re: corwyn @ #29…

    I love the “buy two to replace the stolen one” approach. It also explains why some people want to cut library budgets.

  • canonicalkoi

    @corwyn & whheydt – It sounds like a lovely idea, but when you’ve got a book purchase wish-list of X and a budget of X-147, it makes it a little hard to put into practice, especially when you’re dealing with an expensive and/or hard to find book. A number of years ago, it was almost impossible to find a copy of No Man Knows My History by Fawn Brodie in a library; copies were always missing. Turns out, according to reports on a number of ex-Mormon boards I frequent, that it was common knowledge that the books were stolen in order to keep (paraphrasing) “misinformation out of the hands of innocents and prevent the loss of believers’ testimony”. *insert eye-rolling icon here*