Weeks after a man in Iowa burned several LGBTI children’s books from a local public library, people have poured donations — both money and books — into the library.
During Pride in Orange City, Iowa, Paul Dorr checked out the various books from Orange City Public Library and then burned them in a Facebook video.
Dorr is the director of Rescue the Perishing, a organization that campaigns ‘against moral evil to advance the Kingdom of Christ’.
In the 19 October video, Dorr said: ‘You should all be ashamed of yourselves and repent. … I am going to do what the German church leaders should have done in 1933.’
He specifically said he chose books that would be read by drag queens to children over Pride weekend.
Several days later, the library began considering legal action against Dorr.
Generosity steps up
According to the Des Moines Register, people have focused their generosity towards the library since the book burning.
On Wednesday (31 October), the OC Public Library said they’ve received more than 200 books from donors. Several GoFundMe pages and Facebook fundraisers have also raised thousands of dollars for the library.
Donations to OC Pride have also increased in the recent weeks.
Justin Scott, the Iowa state director for American Atheists, a national nonprofit, started one of the fundraisers for the library and larger LGBTI needs.
He said he hopes the action will unite Atheists and Christians against Dorr and show they have ‘more in common than we think’.