A religious activist in Iowa potentially faces legal action after he chose to publicly burn LGBT children’s books from the Orange County Library during OC Pride on Friday.
> The second annual OC Pride kicked off Friday with a story time for kids, a schedule shows. About an hour before the event, Paul Dorr started a live Facebook video, in which he stood near the Prairie Winds Event Center. The 27-minute video ends with Dorr throwing at least four books with LGBTQ themes that he claimed he rented from the public library into a burning trash can.
> Dorr is the director of Rescue The Perishing, a religious group and website he calls a "crisis center and pro-life, pro-family movement."
Dorr spent the bulk of his video, posted above, reading a blog post from the website titled “May God And The Homosexuals of OC Pride Please Forgive Us!"
> Amanda Vazquez, the library's director, said she learned of the video on Saturday. The library "alerted the board" and spoke with authorities to determine "next steps," including possible legal action, Vazquez said.
> The Orange City Police Chief confirmed that parties were discussing legal action, but declined to comment further.
Dorr burned the following four books:
> Those include "Two Boys Kissing," a young adult novel by David Levithan; "Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress," a children’s book about a boy who likes to wear a tangerine dress, by Christine Baldacchino; and "This Day In June," a picture book about a pride parade, by Gayle E. Pitman. The fourth book Dorr burned was Suzanne and Max Lang's "Families, Families, Families!", about nontraditional families.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Iowa Executive Director Mark Stringer said he found Dorr’s actions “disgusting”.
> "Burning books from a public library is a clear attempt to shut down the open sharing and discussion of ideas," Stringer said. "It's one person, or maybe a group, deciding that they’re the gatekeeper of ideas for the rest of the public."
OC Pride also released a statement regarding Dorr’s actions:
> "It is disappointing to see folks break the law in a community where we believe abiding by the law keeps everyone safe," OC Pride said in a statement Monday.
> "We are thankful for the LGBTQ+ community here in NW Iowa for setting a positive example of building community in light of those who do violent, illegal things to prove a point," the statement continued.