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More Bad News Gospel

NewsPlanet, Wednesday, May 27, 1998

Wichita Falls, TX--Wichita Falls, Texas First Baptist Church pastor Robert Jeffress' efforts to censor two books for children about children with gay and lesbian parents, has backfired. A member of his congregation had checked out "Heather Has Two Mommies" and "Daddy's Roommate" from the Kemp Public Library and brought them to Jeffress, who paid for instead of returning them, calling the books immoral for condoning and advocating homosexual acts. His church's Board of Deacons supported his stand. However, the Associated Press reported May 21 that in the wake of the attention he'd brought to the books, including numerous letters published in the Wichita Falls "Times Record News," requests to check them out had skyrocketed, while campaigns by PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) and others had at that point increased the libraries' stock of them by 15.

Undeterred, Jeffress urged people to "see what their tax dollars are supporting." He compared his campaign to limits on the advertising of tobacco to children, because he believes that homosexual acts are "responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands every year through AIDS."

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