Iowa bigot learns the hard way that burning library books is not OK

Iowa bigot learns the hard way that burning library books is not OK December 7, 2018

The law of unintended consequences happily continues to dog Paul Dorr, above, the Northwest Iowa Christian zealot who decided to protest an LGBT pride event by burning four gay-themed books belonging to Orange City Library.

The first blow he suffered occurred when a local atheist launched a highly successful fundraiser to replace the books, and help raise cash for the organisers of the pride event.

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After Justin Scott, above, a member and State Director for the American Atheists Iowa chapter, saw a video of Dorr reducing the books to ashes, Scott began a Facebook fundraiser to replace the books – and within 14 days he’d collected $2000.00.

Now its been revealed that Dorr, Director of the Ocheyedan-based group called Rescue the Perishing, has been charged with fifth-degree criminal mischief. An initial court appearance for the egregious bigot is scheduled for January 22 at the Sioux County Courthouse in Orange City. In Iowa, a charge of criminal mischief, a simple misdemeanor, carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a fine of of $625.

In his video, Dorr said as burned one book:

Orange City Library, you won’t be peddling this one anymore! You should all be ashamed of yourselves and repent.

Dorr, 62, selected four books from the library that he felt were the most offensive – David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing; Suzanne and Max Lang’s Families, Families, Families!; Gayle E Pitman’s This Day in June; and Christine Baldacchino’s Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress. He removed them from the library on October 6. Thirteen days later, he “unlawfully” burned the books, according to court documents.

In an interview with the Journal in October, Dorr said he would not reimburse the library for the destroyed books.

Dorr was particularly incensed that one book, Andrea J Loney’s Bunnybear, about a bear who feels like a bunny, was read to kids during this year’s OC Pride event.

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  • WallofSleep

    I hope the judge throws the book at him.

    I’ll see myself out.

  • Cozmo the Magician

    Beat me to it (:

    I just hope people keep an eye on this prick and make sure he don’t start a Go-fundme (since their tos says u CANT use it to fund illegal activity)

  • Glandu

    You don’t burn books. Not even Mein Kampf.

  • grasshopper

    If it’s mein, then with mien of lord or lady, I’ll throw it upon the bonfire. Nothingmore.

  • Nankay

    Knowing that part of Iowa, don’t bet on any book throwing. He could very well be congratulated.

  • Brianna LaPoint

    it has been said that those that burn books, will eventually burn people. The man is a danger to society.

  • HairyEyedWordBombThrower

    If I buy it, I can burn it.

    Burning COMMUNITY property under false auspices (checking something out from the library carries an implicit promise to return it or pay for a replacement) *deserves* a 30-day incarceration and a $625 fine (per incident/book, IMHO)

  • persephone

    It’s happened several times during history, so it’s more than just an adage.