Christians call on mayor to stop censoring LGBT books in their name


Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee reportedly withholds city-approved funding for libraries unless they remove “gay materials” from shelves. (YouTube/Around town in the south)

More than 15,000 Christians have told anti-LGBT+ mayor Gene McGee to stop censoring gay books after he refused to fund a library.

In January, the Madison County Library System in Mississippi revealed that McGee, the mayor of the town of Ridgeland, had withheld $110,000 in funding until “gay materials” were removed from libraries.

Tonja Johnson, executive director of the Madison County Library System, said McGee told her the living payment would not be issued because the libraries contained books that “go against her Christian beliefs”.

But now thousands of Christians have said they oppose McGee’s stance – and demanded he restore funding to the library and drop his ‘effort to censor LGBTQ books’.

“As your fellow Christians, we oppose your decision to withhold taxpayer funding from the Madison County Library System for its presentation of books that tell LGBTQ stories, including books by Christian authors,” states the open lettersigned by more than 15,000 Christians.

“Reading about LGBTQ issues is not a threat to Christianity or to public and secular library users. All people, including our LGBTQ neighbors, are made in the image of God, and we need to love and include them as Jesus did.

The letter goes on to point out that McGee is making Christianity look “mean and short-sighted” with his campaign against LGBT+ books, which “take people away from Christ.”

It concludes, “We ask that you both love your neighbors and do your civic duty by freeing up library funds and abandoning your efforts to censor LGBTQ books.”

The Christians rallying behind the library aren’t the first time seemingly unlikely allies have rallied in support of LGBT+ books.

Library faces threats from Gene McGee over LGBT+ books supported by furry community

Earlier this month, the library’s plight caught the attention of the furry community, which helped it raise the vital funds it needs to stay open.

Soatok, a member of the furry community, decided to take action after seeing a tweet about the library’s predicament.

He contacted the library to find out how they could help, and the library directed him to their Friends of the Ridgeland Library Fundraising Campaign.

Soatok then called on the furry community to help the library and “tell their mayor to fuck off,” even donating $500 himself.

“The mayor is threatening to withhold $110,000 from the library,” Soatok wrote on Twitter. “It’s no small potato, but it’s within reach of the amounts furries raise for charity at conventions all the time.”

The books that allegedly angered the mayor were an exhibit that included books by a trans pastor and a survivor of gay conversion therapy, and the queer biblea collection of essays by LGBT+ authors.

Gene McGee once said PinkNews that it “was only responding to complaints from citizens about the material displayed in the library”.

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