A children’s picture book about two male penguins helping to hatch an egg and raise a baby penguin is the third-most complained-about book of 2014 according to a list put out by the American Library Association (ALA.)
Parents and educators object to the book for these reasons, according to the ALA: “anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: ‘promotes the homosexual agenda.’
Since 2006, And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, has been a fixture on the American Library Association’s list of books that have had written requests submitted by parents and educators asking for their removal from libraries or schools.
“And Tango Makes Three” has made the list of “Ten Most Frequently Challenged” books seven out of the last eight years.
It tellls the story of Roy and Silo, two chinstrap penguins at New York’s Central Park Zoo who became a couple in 1998.
The book has caused a minor stir in the UK as well. In 2008, two primary schools in Bristol removed the book from their shelves after complaints from parents.
The book, which has been used in schools to teach about tolerance and different sorts of relationships, celebrates its 10th anniversary on June 2. Sadly Roy and Silo did not enjoy the same longevity, and Silo subsequently took up with a female penguin named Scrappy.
Co-author Justin Richardson has previously said: “We wrote the book to help parents teach children about same-sex parent families. It’s no more an argument in favor of human gay relationships than it is a call for children to swallow their fish whole or sleep on rocks.”
Amazon describes the book as a “bestselling, heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family.”
“At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo get the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.”
“The fact is in the book nobody actually masturbates; nobody has sex,” he said. “And masturbation is referenced two times and in reality once. There no description of any sexual act whatsoever. The book is actually tame.”
State-run libraries in Singapore have deemed the book inappropriate and are to destroy all copies following complaints the content was against the city-state’s family values.
The country’s information minister Yaacob Ibrahim has said he supports the decision to pulp all copies of the book along with two other titles after the National Library Board (NLB), which runs 26 public libraries in Singapore, pulled them from the shelves. The books to be pulled are: ‘And Tango Makes Three’, about a male-male penguin couple in the Central Park zoo; ‘The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption’, which involves a lesbian couple; and ‘Who’s In My Family: All About Our Families’.
It was not clear how and when the books will be destroyed.
Source: MRC TV. The Telegraph and Guardian
CHILDREN SHOULD BE TAUGHT THAT HOMOSEXUALITY IS WRONG, IT IS AN ABOMINATION BEFORE GOD. THIS BOOK HAS THE OBJECTIVE TO TEACH THAT IT IS NORMAL AND CHILDREN SHOULD ACCEPT IT. IT USES CUTE LITTLE PENGUINS TO MAKE IT NORMAL. IT IS WRONG! PERIOD. THIS BOOK IS NOTHING MORE THAN HOMOSEXUAL INDOCTRINATION!
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