A man who burnt LGBTI books from a local library and broadcast it on a Facebook Live has not had his case dismissed.
Paul Dorr burned the books during Pride week in Orange City, Iowa late last year.
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.’
Authorities later charged him with charged with fifth-degree criminal mischief. The punishment for that misdemeanor crime carries a maximum sentence of $625 and 30 days in jail.
But this week in court, Dorr represented himself and filed a motion to have his case dismissed. He claimed it violated his First Amendment Rights. In court, Dorr argued police had not arrested other people who had not returned their library books.
The Magistrate disagreed with Dorr, according to Newsweek.
‘Mr Dorr isn’t being sent the message that he cannot burn books when he disagrees with the contents of those books,’ Magistrate Lisa Mazurek wrote in her ruling.
‘He is being sent the message that he cannot burn books that do not belong to him.’
In his video Dorr referred to Nazi Germans who burned down a sexology research centre.
‘You should all be ashamed of yourselves and repent… I am going to do what the German church leaders should have done in 1933.’
Dorr described the four children’s books as ‘disgusting’.
‘This whole [book] is designed to get 12-to-13-year-old boys to start having homosexual sex together,’ Dorr said in the video.
‘I can’t read you all of this stuff. It is so filthy, and so disgusting.’