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LIBRARIES: Stick to your mission

| June 9, 2021 1:00 AM

I was extremely disappointed when I received the Community Library Network’s Pride Edition Newsletter. As a Christian library patron, I don’t appreciate the blatant celebration and promotion of sexual activities, beliefs and lifestyles that are explicitly sinful in the Bible (i.e., Romans 1:26-27 and 1 Corinthians 6:9 ESV).

The highlight of CDA4Pride events under the “Dose of Happiness” section is beyond the purview of the network’s function and actively promotes the LGBTQ+ agenda.

I challenge the CLN to have the intellectual courage to promote all sides of the conversation surrounding the LGBTQ+ experience by highlighting authors such as Rosaria Butterfield and her book, “The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey into Christian Faith” or Laura Perry and her book, “Transgender to Transformed.” These women embraced the LGBTQ+ lifestyle and found it was not a “dose of happiness,” but one of brokenness.

On behalf of patrons who condemn the LGBTQ+ lifestyle, I ask the CLN to be inclusive and provide us a safe space in your libraries where we can be represented in these cultural conversations, both in the books that are promoted and the way in which special interests are promoted or celebrated.

I believe conversations regarding true love and the search for one’s identity are crucial. Those conversations led me to a faith in Christ. Please don’t enable the month of June, when “pride” is deemed a virtue, to be a one-sided conversation. In that scenario everyone loses.

ANNE STEVENSON

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