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Citizens Defending Freedom leads charge to remove pornographic book in Florida school libraries

Updated: Jul 12, 2023

TAMPA, Fla. — The Hillsborough County School Board voted to remove a pornographic book titled “This Book is Gay” from its public middle school libraries, a victory in which Citizens Defending Freedom played a key role, marking yet another victory for the nonprofit organization.

Members of Citizens Defending Freedom helped lead the charge at Tuesday’s Hillsborough County School Board meeting, with many of their Hillsborough County members attending to speak out against the pornographic book.

Citizens Defending Freedom applauds the Hillsborough County School Board’s decision to finally remove the book, which included specific instructions on how to perform different sexual acts including fellatio, anal sex and more. The book also glorifies a story about pedophilia.

The book description itself purports to teach children about “the ins and outs of gay sex.”

In addition to leading the charge to have “This Book is Gay” removed from middle schools in Hillsborough County, Citizens Defending Freedom has also helped organize the review and presentation of dozens of books to the Hillsborough County School Board. These books contained graphic sexually explicit material, which is not only inappropriate for children, but also violates Florida law by being accessible to children in public school libraries.

The Tampa Bay Times, the largest newspaper in the American southeast, credited Citizens Defending Freedom for leading the charge in the book’s removal.

“To be clear, this is NOT an issue dealing with LGBTQ rights. This is directly related to the health and safety of our children and directly related to parental rights. No child should be exposed to this type of grossly indecent content, nor should our tax dollars should be spent paying for these pornographic books for minors.” said Steve Maxwell, Citizens Defending Freedom’s founder.

“Having this book removed from Hillsborough County Schools is another victory for Citizens Defending Freedom, which is one of the most rapidly growing Christian, conservative groups in America,” Maxwell said. “Citizens Defending Freedom not only exists to educate Americans on the important political issues of the day, but teaches them how to organize and fight back. This is the perfect example of our mission being executed in real time, and shows that we are effective at what we do. Our members around the country will not stop until this smut is eradicated from schools nationwide.”

This is the second major victory for Citizens Defending Freedom this week. A member of the group recently filed a lawsuit against the Nueces County, Texas District Attorney, seeking to have him removed for dereliction of duty. Monday, a judge decided that that case could proceed to a jury trial.

About Citizens Defending Freedom (formerly CCDF-USA):

Founded in 2021, Citizens Defending Freedom is a non-profit organization that strategically employs county-level affiliates across America to help citizens defend their faith and freedom, all while fighting for transparency in local government. Currently, Citizens Defending Freedom has official affiliates in Florida, Georgia and Texas. The group is rapidly expanding its footprint, and expects to grow into one of America’s largest political nonprofits. Click here to learn more about CDF.



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