A religious activist has received a criminal charge after he burned books about LGBT+ issues in a half an hour rant on Facebook.
Paul Dorr received a fifth-degree criminal mischief charge for the offence in Orange City in the northwest, according to Iowa Public Radio.
He had recorded the video outside the library to protest a pride festival happening in the city. Towards the end of the video, he read aloud from copies of four books, including Two Boys Kissing, Families, Families, Families; This Day in June, and Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress.
He called them ‘filthy’ and ‘disgusting’ before throwing them into a fire he had made.
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.
A GoFundMe page was set up for the library and exceeded the asked-fro fun of $300 (£235), raising $2,335 (£1,829) in a month.
Dorr is from the religious group Rescue the Perishing and following the burning of the books, which occurred at the end of October, the community responded with book donations to the Orange City Public Library.
Library Director Amanda Vazquez revealed that the library received at least 100 book donations a week after Dorr burnt them.