Support for a library in Iowa came from within and out of state after a religious activist from Orange City burned LGBT literature.
Donations came pouring in after Paul Dorr, a member of the Rescue The Perishing organization, filmed himself setting the books ablaze in protest outside of an event center that was about to celebrate O.C. Pride on October 19.
He is now facing criminal charges for destroying library property.
Dorr checked out books from the Orange City Public library he found objectionable and “targeting” children, including: “Two Boys Kissing”, “Families, Families, Families”, “This Day in June” and “Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress,” and read excerpts from them before tossing what he called “shameful and wicked books” into the flames.
Man Films Himself Burning #LGBT Children’s Books from Local Library. An evangelical #Christian checked out all the #LGBT+ children’s books from an #Iowa public library and filmed himself burning them. Paul Dorr, a fundamentalist Christian… #USA https://t.co/TOp9MQ90gj pic.twitter.com/L8A7zuJarM
— Alturi.org (@AlturiOrg) October 27, 2018
“Continuing my 25-year stand for Christ I cannot stand by and let the shameful adults at the Orange City library board bring the next group of little children into their foul sexual reality without firm resistance,” he said in the posted Facebook video.
Dorr’s protest of hate is being classified as a “simple misdemeanor,” according to Iowa Public Radio and could be facing a $625 fine. He could also face 30 days of jail time instead of or in addition to the fine.
Some of his ramblings were barely audible due to strong winds intefering with the microphone, but the danger of spreading the fire seemed to be the least of his worries.
Many spoke out against his despicable demonstration.
The man's clearly a dick of the highest order pic.twitter.com/hDluzMOtI7
— Alan Smith (@flanderosa) December 7, 2018
Just over a week after Dorr burned the four books, the Orange City Public Library began receiving donations.
Library Director Amanda Vazquez said the library recieved over 100 new copies of the four titles Dorr destroyed in the fire.
“People must feel pretty strongly about the issue to be contributing the way that they are,” Vazquez said.
Rob Holmes from Cedar Rapids admonished Dorr’s “violent way to get [his] point across.”
“LGBTQ people are still a significant minority in the United States and I think a lot of people assume things about them. The books he [Dorr] burned really are just children’s stories about how people can be different, but how you can still understand and get along with them.”
Library officials haven’t specified the course of action to take with Dorr in accordance with the overdue books policy.
After a book is overdue after two months, the library has the option to pursue legal action due to theft.
Dorr is expected to appear at the Sioux County Courthouse on Jan. 22, 2019.