Banned Books 2019 – A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

2019

This parody of a children’s book about Vice President Mike Pence’ pet rabbit (Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President) was challenged by a patron at the public library of Terrell (TX). She had been reading the book to her 8-year-old granddaughter, but stopped when they got to the part of two male bunnies getting married to each other. The patron objected on religious grounds, believing the book encouraged her granddaughter to accept a lifestyle the Bible called sinful.. After a public presentation to the library’s advisory board, the board decided to retain the title, citing the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read statement. Following a public challenge to all LGBTQIA+ materials,
this parody of the picture book about Vice President Mike Pence’s family rabbit was challenged at the Orance City (IA) Public Library by members of the community, who objected to the book’s scene about two male bunnies falling in love. They objected to the book on the grounds that it indoctrinated children and pushed an agenda the community did not agree with. But others in the community disagreed. The board heard public discussion at one meeting and then chose to retain the title at a subsequent meeting, angering some community members by their decision not to allow public testimony at that particular meeting.

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Ron Titus, titus@marshall.edu
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