A library in Fairfax County, Virginia is under fire after displaying books "Gender Queer" and "Lawn Boy" - which feature pornographic and pedophilic material - next to the Bible for holiday reading.
As if that were not bad enough, each book was displayed with a gnome, and the gnome displayed with the Bible was one dawned in what appeared to be the LGBT flag.
"The Dolley Madison Library holiday reading display was intended to highlight the freedom to read and the fact that many library patrons have more time during the holidays to do so," said Fairfax County Public Library Director Jessica Hudson on Tuesday. "It was not the intention of staff to create a display that could be construed as offensive. The display has been removed."
Fox News reports:
The display featured gnomes with stocking-style hats paired with books. The gnomes with "Lawn Boy" and "Gender Queer" had bees on their stocking-hats, while the gnome with the Bible had a rainbow-colored hat, along with other rainbow paraphernalia. The display also featured quotes from controversial books, such as Salman Rushdie’s "The Satanic Verses."
"Lawn Boy," by Jonathan Evison, includes long sections of a boy reminiscing about explicit experiences he had at 10 years old. "Gender Queer: A Memoir," by Maia Kobabe, includes photos of sexual acts between a boy and a man. Concerned parents had spoken up at Fairfax County School Board meetings to protest the books’ presence in school libraries, but the school district reinstated the books after two committees ruled that they do not contain pedophilia or obscene material.
"It’s so outrageously offensive," said Fairfax County mother, Stacy Langton. She added that the "pretty brazen" display "was intentional" and "meant to be offensive."
Langton posted photos of the display on Twitter at around 10 a.m. When she went to the library a few hours later, the display had already been removed. Librarians told her they removed it at around noon.
She told Fox News that she spoke with library staff on Tuesday afternoon, and the staff told her that Mary Prisbrey, the branch manager at the library, had approved the display.
Langton noted that she and other concerned parents spoke at the school board meeting last Thursday – addressing "Lawn Boy" and "Gender Queer" – and she said a library staffer told her that the library had set up the "holiday reading display" "a couple of days" ago.
"The timing on this – it’s an intentional dig," Langston said. "It’s a dig on the parents who object to pornography and pedophilia-themed materials in the library, and it’s a dig on Christians as a whole. I think everybody knows where Jesus stands on pedophilia."
"They’re saying that we’re not entitled to want a library space that is free of porn and pedophilia," she continued.
"The tolerant Left is giving you guys some holiday hate," Langston added. "Merry Christmas, taxpayers of Fairfax County, Merry Christmas."
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