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Jacksonville Library Cancels ‘Storybook Pride Prom’ Targeting ‘LGBT Youth’

The library was uncomfortable taking a political stance – because it’s a library.

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The Jacksonville Public Library has cancelled an event for ‘LGBT youth,’ claiming that that the event was co-opted by activists seeking to make a political point, and that it did not wish to engage in such an activity.

“While the planning team did a remarkable job putting together a program that would have provided a great experience for our teen customers, the co-opting of the event by others who wish to use it for their own purposes has created a situation in which the library is not confident that it will be 100% prepared to provide a safe, secure environment for customers, staff, volunteers, contractors, protestors and active supporters, and most of all for the teens themselves,” the library said on its Facebook page.

The event was meant to be a “dance without the labels and judgement,” but when the library became aware that the event was being associated with strong political statements, it backed off.

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“It is unfortunate that this event became associated with political statement and shows of activism, as those are not part of the library’s mission in any way,” the library said.

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Many of the community members were angry that the library pulled the plug on the event.

“I am appalled at your decision. As the daughter of a Librarian and as a Minister this absolutely breaks my heart,” said Elizabeth Teal in response to the post.

The library’s cancellation of the event comes amid the backdrop of public libraries being used for “Drag Queen Story Hours,” during which men dressed in drag read books to children. Such events have been widely criticized by the pubic at large for encouraging the sexualization of children.


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Biden Rebuffs Advisors’ Demands to Censor OANN, Newsmax, Fox News By Executive Order

Biden advisors have sought to ban conservative media from federal housing.

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According to a White House source, President Joe Biden has rebuffed suggestions that he sign an executive order that would ban certain conservative news networks from being broadcast to federal housing complexes.

The order would’ve named One America News Network, Newsmax, and Fox News by name. The former two networks are known for a broadly pro-Donald Trump editorial stance, with Fox split between establishment liberal and conservative content.

Authoritarian liberals advising President Biden are said to have suggested that Biden crack down on television and media networks which dissent from the administration’s policy views, citing the raucous US Capitol protest earlier this month as an imperative to clamp down on the opposition.

The executive order in question would most prominently affect military housing, where the cable channels in question are accessible through cable services contracted through the military services. The order, which never progressed beyond suggestions to President Biden, may even have gone so far as to restrict the television channels from private housing organizations contracted to provide lodging to military service members and their families.

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Biden even went so far as to dismiss the censorship attempt as “nonsense,” according to a White House source familiar with the exchange. It’s likely that attempts to sign and enforce it would’ve been shut down by the judiciary, representing a clear attempt to discriminate against the very viewing of political expression within federal buildings.

As an authoritarian streak grows more prominent in the intolerant attitudes of American liberals, it appears President Biden himself is at least skeptical to the slightest degree of governmental censorship attempts, although Biden has never so much as even made reference to the censorship practices utilized by Big Tech companies against tens of millions of Americans.


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