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VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia (LifeSiteNews) – A judge in Virginia has dismissed a lawsuit that was seeking to have two obscene books banned from being distributed to minors at libraries and bookstores, including one book that depicts sex acts between a man and a boy.

Despite Virginia having obscenity laws on the books, Circuit Court Judge Pamela S. Baskervill ruled on Tuesday that the state’s law does not grant her the authority to determine if two books are specifically obscene for minors. She also invoked the right to free speech as protected under the First Amendment as part of her decision to dismiss the case.

The two books in question – a graphic novel called “Gender Queer” and a fantasy novel titled “A Court of Mist and Fury” – have caused outrage among parents for containing explicit illustrations and depictions of sexual acts.

“The illustrations in ‘Gender Queer’ are incredibly graphic and specific,” Stacy Langton, founder of the pro-family Mama Grizzly movement, which seeks to protect children from pornographic and sexual material in school libraries, relayed in an interview with Fox News. 

“There’s an image of pedophilia, which is a boy that is engaged in a sex act with an adult male,” Langton explained.

“And then there are very X-rated images of other sexual acts that can’t be broadcast on television. And even the words in ‘Gender Queer’ cannot be read aloud on any media or printed. So how is it not obscene?” she questioned.

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Irish teacher Enoch Burke has been arrested and jailed after refusing to use a transgender student's preferred pronoun, "they", in the classroom.

This insane step by Irish authorities must be called out for what it is: the unhinged intimidation of an educator by demented ideologues.

Please add your name to our urgent message to the High Court today.

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Burke was suspended by his school for refusing to use the transgender pronouns of a student, even confronting his principal about the irrationality of the situation, and defying a subsequent court injunction barring him from performing his teaching duties.

He is now in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin after being brought before a judge on 5 September who found Burke to be in contempt of the injunction by attending work after his suspension.

Burke, who told the High Court “I am here today because I would not call a boy a girl”, made clear that he would not abide by the injunction because it would violate his conscience as a Christian.

“Were I to obey the order of the board of management and the order of the court, I would have to accept that sticking by my belief in male and female is wrong,” he said. “It is not something I will do. It is in violation of my conscience."

“Were I to go into the school and bow to something I know to be manifestly wrong, it would be a shame and a disgrace on my part,” he added.

This defiant attitude has now prompted Burke's arrest and imprisonment in an Orwellian debacle that should send warning signals to the watching world.

Mr. Justice Burke ordered Burke be "committed to Mountjoy Prison and remain therein until he purges his contempt or until further order of this court.”

Defending himself, Burke replied: “I cannot purge my contempt by holding my Christian beliefs in contempt."

Burke hugged his father and brother before being taken away by Gardaí to Mountjoy Prison.

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Explicit books of a sexual nature making their way into the hands of children has been a growing concern among American parents, particularly since the rise of the LGBT movement.

Last year in Pennsylvania, two school board members made headlines for publicly condemning the fact that one of the schools under the board’s purview placed pro-LGBT books on display in the library for children to read, as part of gay “pride month.”

Like “Gender Queer,” one of the books on display at the Pennsylvania school also contained “graphic descriptions” of sexual acts carried out by children, which one of the board members described as “nothing less than porn for youngsters.”

Following these controversies, a wave of Republican electoral victories has begun to sweep the nation, as more parents become aware of the the true nature of gender ideology, critical race theory and other school policies they deem harmful to children.


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