Iowa lunatic who burned LGBT library books hit with a fine

Iowa lunatic who burned LGBT library books hit with a fine August 9, 2019
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REMEMBER Paul Robert Dorr, above, the idiot who decided to protest an LGBT pride event last year by burning four gay-themed books belonging to Orange City Library in Iowa?

Well, this week, the 63-year old bigot was found guilty of criminal mischief and ordered to pay $125 in fines and court costs.

But here’s the kicker: he’s actually made a profit out of his vandalism. In July he launched a fundraiser to cover his legal expenses, and 15 supporters of his bigotry were stupid enough to cough up $1,030.

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Dorr posted a video to Facebook last October in which he denounced the Orange City library for having the books and threw them into a burning barrel.

He fought to have the charge dismissed, saying he was singled out for prosecution because of his anti-gay message. A judge rejected his argument in July, saying the only message being sent to him was:

That he cannot burn books that do not belong to him.

American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa legal director Rita Bettis Austen released a statement on the case.

Burning public library books is the destruction of ideas, and that’s reprehensible. We stand by the LGBTQ community in Orange City and the public library that serves them.

After seeing a video Dorr posted on the Internet, which showed him reducing the books to ashes, Justin Scott, above, a member and State Director for the American Atheists Iowa chapter, sprang into action and began a Facebook fundraiser to replace the books – and within 14 days he’d collected $2000.00.

After the  library received 200 new books, it urged Scott to repeat the exercise for others. So he requested donors to gift money to LGBTQ organisations and to local libraries. He also gave money to OC Pride, the group specifically targeted by Dorr. The organisation immediately experienced a hike in donations,

One notable contributor was James Peron, President of Moorfield Storey Institute, a libertarian think-tank. Peron said he has shipped a total of 20 DVDs and LGBTQ books to the library and also collected hundreds of dollars from GoFundMe. Most of his friends contributed.

The culmination of Dorr’s video shows the lunatic burning Two Boys Kissing, written by David Levithan, This Day in June, by Gayle E Pitman, Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress, by Christine Baldacchino and Families, Families, Families!, by Max Lang and Suzanne Lang.

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  • johnsoncatman

    My First Amendment right of Free Speech is being challenged by the Sioux County, Iowa, County Attorney.

    Another “free speech” advocate that doesn’t understand the First Amendment or Free Speech.

  • Matt G

    It makes it hard to accuse him of being a liar in his appeal for money when he is so utterly clueless.

  • Michael Neville

    Free speech does not involve destroying someone else’s property.

  • Zetopan

    That is what we refer to as obvious for anyone with the ability to reason.*

    *“Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but—more frequently than not—struggles against the divine Word**, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.” — Martin Luther, Table Talks in 1569.

    **A euphemism for “Pious Lies”.