Maine Clergy Protest Library's Banned Books Display.


A group of clergy members in Rumford, Maine, sought to have a display of banned books at the local public library removed because they didn't like some of the titles it highlighted.

Officials at the Rumford Public Library erected the display in September to mark Banned Books Week, an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association that is designed to increase awareness about censorship efforts.

Three religious leaders in the town--Dan Pearson, pastor of the Rumford Baptist Church; Justin Thacker, pastor of Praise Assembly of God; and the Rev. Nathan March of Parish of the Holy Savior--wrote to Library Director Tamara Butler to oppose the presence of LGBTQ-Themed books in the display, reported the Rumford Falls Times.

The library hosted a forum to discuss the issue that included Pearson and Thacker. During the event, Pearson denied that the religious...

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