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Whitley Co. Commissioners respond to sexual Pride exhibit at library following RNM exclusive

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. — The Whitley County Board of Commissioners sent out a scathing letter regarding a sexual Pride exhibit at the Peabody Library in Columbia City. Signed by all three board members, the letter expresses the board’s disgust with the exhibit and Pride events designed for children while encouraging residents to reach out to library officials to express their concerns.

The letter also appears to make reference to a local summer camp that was also featured in a story that RNM broke. Camp Whitley has been pushing the LGBTQ agenda and radical gender theory onto children by hiring transgender camp counselors and forcing kids to choose their preferred pronouns.

“The Whitley County Board of Commissioners support the right for everyone to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.” The June 22nd letter from the Board of Commissioners states. “We do not support the promotion of sexuality being displayed at Peabody Public Library and feel it’s the responsibility of parents to provide their children with sexual education, not the library, summer camps or other public entities. We do not support event promoting sexuality that target children such as Teen Pride Party night. We believe the library should serve as an educational resource but should refrain from teaching or endorsing sexuality. We encourage residents to contact the Peabody Library Board of Trustees to express their concerns.”

Last week, RNM published a story uncovering the Pride exhibits for kids along with events including a “Teen Pride Party.”

Columbia City is a small, rural town in conservative Whitley County with a population of less than 10,000 people.

Books being presented to children include:

The Pride Guide — A guide to sexual and social health for LGBTQ youth

The LGBTQ Survival Guide for teens magazine

Camp Quiltbag — Story about an LGBTQ summer camp with a 12-year-old lesbian and 13-year-old child who goes by e/em/eir pronouns.

LGBTQ Families — A children’s book describing the virtues of “non-traditional” families.

The Times I knew I was Gay — A children’s book that gives “clues” to knowing you’re actually gay.

Pretty Boys — A story about men wearing makeup.

Growing Up Trans — Shares stories, essays, art and poetry created by trans youth aged 11 to 18.

I Have Something to Tell You — A book for kids written by Chasten Buttigieg (husband of US Secretary of Transportation and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg) describing his “coming out.”

Bloom — A story for kids about two men falling in love.

That’s not all that the library is presenting to children. The library has also set out pamphlets and displays describing radical gender theory and promoting Satanism.


Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity — This display essentially tells children how they can “transition” into a new gender.

Genderbread Person — This display is meant for very young children to describe radical gender theory using a well known character, the Gingerbread man.

Lil Nas X promotional poster. Lil Nas X is a musician who is well known for promoting satanism. His most famous music video involves him stripping for and appearing to have sexual relations with the Devil.

The library also has large displays throughout the library designed for children to view. It also has a calendar for sexual events planned for children which you can see below.

Concerned parents and residents can contact the library by calling (260) 244-5541. You can also learn more about the library staff and board of trustees here.

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  1. Go get ’em tiger! Sunshine is the best disinfectant and you are shining it like no other news source. Keep up the Great work Clifton.

  2. Outstanding. Kudo’s to Whitley County Board of Commissioners.

    Now it’s time to take a hard look at the Library’s policies, where overtly political statements are being made starting with Page 6. The Library has no business espousing these lengthy views as “policy”. This is the beginning of the slippery slope when “suppression” turned into “promotion”. This “policy”, as written, would allow any form of very highly pornographic material to be made available to children. You can say that’s absurd.. but it’s not. Policy should prohibit pornographic material in a public building. https://connect.lib.in.us/peabody/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Library-Policy-2021.pdf

    I will only share the first page.. but it goes on from here:

    “The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack. Private groups and public authorities in various parts of the country are working to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label “controversial” views, to distribute lists of “objectionable” books or authors, and to purge libraries. These actions apparently rise from a view that our national tradition of free expression is no longer valid; that censorship and suppression are needed to counter threats to safety or national security, as well as to avoid the subversion of politics and the corruption of morals. We, as individuals devoted to reading and as librarians and publishers responsible for disseminating ideas, wish to assert the public interest in the preservation of the freedom to read.

    Most attempts at suppression rest on a denial of the fundamental premise of democracy: that the ordinary individual, by exercising critical judgment, will select the good and reject the bad. We trust Americans to recognize propaganda and misinformation, and to make their own decisions about what they read and believe. We do not believe they are prepared to sacrifice their heritage of a free press in order to be “protected” against what others think may be bad for them. We believe they still favor free enterprise in ideas and expression.

    These efforts at suppression are related to a larger pattern of pressures being brought against
    education, the press, art and images, films, broadcast media, and the Internet. The problem is not only one of actual censorship. The shadow of fear cast by these pressures leads, we suspect, to an even larger voluntary curtailment of expression by those who seek to avoid controversy or unwelcome scrutiny by government officials.

    Such pressure toward conformity is perhaps natural to a time of accelerated change. And yet
    suppression is never more dangerous than in such a time of social tension. Freedom has given the United States the elasticity to endure strain. Freedom keeps open the path of novel and creative solutions, and enables change to come by choice. Every silencing of a heresy, every enforcement of an orthodoxy, diminishes the toughness and resilience of our society and leaves it the less able to deal with controversy and difference.

    Now as always in our history, reading is among our greatest freedoms. The freedom to read and write is almost the only means for making generally available ideas or manners of expression that can initially command only a small audience. The written word is the natural medium for the new idea and the untried voice from which come the original contributions to social growth. It is essential to the extended discussion that serious thought requires, and to the accumulation of knowledge and ideas into organized collections.

    We believe that free communication is essential to the preservation of a free society and a creative culture. We believe that these pressures toward conformity present the danger of limiting the range and variety of inquiry and expression on which our democracy and our culture depend. We believe that every American community must jealously guard the freedom to publish and to circulate, in order to preserve its own freedom to read. We believe that publishers and librarians have a profound responsibility to give validity to that freedom to read by making it possible for the readers to choose freely from a variety of offerings.

    The freedom to read is guaranteed by the Constitution. Those with faith in free people will stand firm on these constitutional guarantees of essential rights and will exercise the responsibilities that accompany these rights.

    We therefore affirm these propositions”


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