The Tennessee Conservative Staff –
The Rutherford County Library Board will allow two pornographic books to remain on their shelves.
During their September 18 meeting, the board voted to keep two books: Queen Charlotte and Sex is a Funny Word.
This happened after the Murfreesboro City Council voted in June to approve an ordinance to “promote public decency, maintain family-friendly environments in public places, and protect against harm to minors.”
The ordinance specifically references “indecent materials,” prompting many to request that it be applied to what they deem to be inappropriate books in the public library.
In August, four books have been banned from Rutherford County libraries: Flamer, Gender Queer, Let’s Talk About It, and This Book is Gay.
Library Board Chairman Steven Sullivan noted that all of the books had LGBTQ themes. Sullivan says the board is not targeting a specific group of people, but instead is enforcing a law and keeping child pornography from seeping through and pushing an agenda to children.
“Our job is to adhere to laws, local ordinances and state laws,” Sullivan said. “And as long as those laws are still in the book, that’s what we’re tasked to do.”
In response to the removal of those books, Tiffany Fee and her husband started the Rutherford County Library Alliance to fight against the removal of obscene materials from the library.
“Our mission is to keep our library system inclusive for all groups of people,” Fee stated. “I mean, are we going to remove any single book in the library now that has a sex scene in it?”
Fee claims the government is going too far by trying to enforce protections for children.
“It feels like government overreach,” Fee said. “When you remove that, you’re removing the safety and the reassurance that people below where they are.”
The two books recently contested had LGBTQ ideology as well as graphic depictions of sexual activities. Sex is a Funny Word has a 4/5 rating as “Not for Minors” on booklook.org and is noted to have graphic illustrations that show sexual nudity and sexual activities. The book is geared towards children.