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Two Missouri parents get to speak for everyone

‘Gay’ penguins book frozen out of kids’ section in Missouri libraries. The library had to move copies of a book about a couple of male penguins that raise a little penguin to the nonfiction section so it wouldn’t “blindside” readers. My god this is dumb.

A children’s book about two male penguins who raise a baby penguin has been moved to the nonfiction section of two public library branches after parents complained it had homosexual undertones.


The illustrated book, And Tango Makes Three, is based on a true story of two male penguins, named Roy and Silo, who adopted an abandoned egg at New York City’s Central Park Zoo in the late 1990s. The book, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, was moved from the children’s section at two Rolling Hills’ Consolidated Library’s branches in Savannah and St. Joseph in northwest Missouri.

Two parents had expressed concerns about the book last month.

This move was based on complaints from TWO parents?

Oh, I love this one-star “review” over at Amazon:

‘Brokeback Mountain’ for pre-schoolers…, February 27, 2006
Reviewer: Scrappin2Learn “Home Learning Faciltator” – See all my reviews
if you liked the message of ‘Brokeback Mountain’, you’ll love And Tango Makes Three. The message is clear: there is nothing special or sacred about a family made up of a Dad AND a Mom. Make up your own morals according to what makes you “feel good.” Of course, reviewers who disagree with the “anything goes” message of And Tango Makes Three will be labeled as hateful and homophobic–but who needs diversity or tolerance for a conservative viewpoint these days?

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