Legal Defense Fundraiser for Banned Book Case

Child picking a book | Image by Przemek Klos

Activists are holding a fundraiser on Wednesday to help raise money to fund the legal expenses associated with Llano County’s bid to remove library books officials deemed inappropriate for young children.

Protect Our Children is hosting the event after a March ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Pitman forced the Llano County Library System to return the allegedly inappropriate books to library shelves as the litigation continues. Llano County officials removed 17 books they deemed unfit for young children, as reported by The Dallas Express. The case has cost nearly $200,000, according to Protect Our Children.

“Llano County needs encouragement and support as we are the tip of the spear battling this woke ideology of exposing young children to pornographic and other harmful and profane content,” the flier for the event reads.

“The FCC monitors network television for profane and indecent speech between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Why do they do this? Because a child might be present,” the text on the flier continues. “Well, we are certain there ARE children present in the children’s sections of public libraries, so why are we not monitoring [them] for profane and indecent content?”

Confirmed speakers for the event include Kevin Roberts, president of the Heritage Foundation, Gene Hamilton, vice president and general counsel of America First Legal, and Matt Rinaldi, chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.

The titles removed by Llano County officials included Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen, Freakboy, It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health, My Butt Is So Noisy!, I Broke My Butt!, And I Need a New Butt!, Larry the Farting Leprechaun, Gary the Goose and His Gas on the Loose, Freddie the Farting Snowman, and Harvey the Heart Has Too Many Farts.

Some residents in the county sued the officials, claiming the removal of the books violated their First Amendment rights. The district court judge ordered the library to return the books, a decision the Llano County Commissioners Court appealed unsuccessfully.

McKinney ISD recently removed 73 book titles from its libraries that failed to meet specific criteria following an extensive evaluation, as reported by The Dallas Express. Some of the books removed from McKinney ISD libraries included graphic descriptions of sex.

The issue of allegedly inappropriate books on library shelves has also been an issue in Dallas ISD, where some parents have claimed the school board has been unresponsive to calls to pull such titles.

The fundraiser will take place on November 29 at the Sandstone Mountain Ranch Center, 1145 County Road 304, Llano, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more details, email: [email protected].

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