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Library attacked by community for carrying ‘harmful’ book opposing trans agenda: ‘Hate speech’

A Maine library faced local backlash after allowing a book criticizing the issue of child gender reassignment to be placed on shelves.

The New York Times reported The Blue Hill Public Library has revealed that it had the book “Irreparable Damage: The Transgender Mania Seducing Our Daughters” by journalist Abigail Shrier in its collection after it was donated in 2021.

“Honestly, my heart sank when I saw this book,” said library director Boulet, who said she decided to keep it with the support of staff.

He explained, “I want the library to be there for everyone, not just people who share my voting record.”

The Blue Hill Public Library came under fire for publishing “Irreparable Damage: The Transgender Trend Seducing Our Daughters.” (Google Earth)

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But soon after, the book received backlash from some patrons. One person immediately filed a “reconsideration request” asking that the book be kept “under the desk” and available only by request. The library’s collections committee voted unanimously to keep Schrier’s book, but the backlash continued.

“Residents who opposed the book confronted him, library staff, the grocery store, the post office, and officials from the library itself,” the article said.

It added: “The harshest criticism was directed at Mr. Boulet. One patron said that if a transgender young person checks out this book and dies by suicide, ‘that’s your fault.’ , Boulet recalled. “Critical Facebook posts and negative Google reviews.” I poured it. ”

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Blue Hill Public Library Director Rich Boulet defended the decision, saying, “Intellectual freedom and free speech are not just about protecting the ideas we like.” (Google Earth)

Nevertheless, Boulet continued to defend this decision in public. In an open letter to a local newspaper, he stressed that carrying around controversial books “does not support the ideas contained within them”. The letter itself faced backlash from high school teachers and friends of Boulet.

“The ‘All Lives Matter’ position taken by Blue Hill Library is bigoted, harmful, and manipulative hate speech,” the teacher responded on social media.

Boulet recalled that he asked the American Library Association to send a letter of support, but received no response.

“They ghosted me,” he said.

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Deborah Caldwell Stone, director of ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom, later acknowledged that she had received his request, but that the response had been delayed because it had “caused an internal debate.”

“Our position on this book is that it should remain in a collection. It is our responsibility to adopt censorship measures,” she said. “To claim that high ground, we need to support intellectual freedom in all its aspects.”

By the end of the year, the backlash subsided, and Boulet confirmed that the book was still available in libraries.

“I didn’t think about intellectual freedom as deeply as I should have,” Boulet said, adding, “Intellectual freedom and freedom of speech are not just about defending the ideas we like.” he added.

Schrier’s books were previously regulated by two Israeli bookstore chains.

In 2020, Target temporarily pulled the book after online complaints.

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