- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 13, 2014

State-run libraries in Singapore are destroying all remaining copies of a gay-themed children’s book that is based on the true story of two male penguins raising a baby chick at New York’s Central Park Zoo.

The National Library Board, which runs 26 public libraries in Singapore, said it will “pulp” the copies of three titles, including “And Tango Makes Three,” which was published in 2005 about two male chinstrap penguins who together tried to hatch a rock as if it were an egg, the New York Post reported.

“The prevailing norms, which the overwhelming majority of Singaporeans accept, support teaching children about conventional families but not about alternative, nontraditional families, which is what the books in question are about,” Minister of Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim said Friday.

“Societies are never static and will change over time. But NLB’s approach is to reflect existing social norms and not to challenge or seek to change them,” he said.

“The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption” and “Who’s in My Family: All About Our Families” will also be banned from the libraries. It was not clear how and when the books will be destroyed.

The book’s authors, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, criticized the decision.

“Public attitudes are changing, and the government in Singapore is underestimating its people,” Mr. Richardson told the Post.


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