A library in Fairfax County, Virginia, created a book display featuring the notorious books "Gender Queer" and "Lawn Boy" – which parents claim feature pedophilia and obscene material – alongside the Bible but later removed the display after residents called it offensive.
"The Dolley Madison Library holiday reading display was intended to highlight the freedom to read and the fact that many library patrons have more time during the holidays to do so," Fairfax County Public Library Director Jessica Hudson told Fox News in a statement Tuesday. "It was not the intention of staff to create a display that could be construed as offensive. The display has been removed."
The display featured gnomes with stocking-style hats paired with books. The gnomes with "Lawn Boy" and "Gender Queer" had bees on their stocking-hats, while the gnome with the Bible had a rainbow-colored hat, along with other rainbow paraphernalia. The display also featured quotes from controversial books, such as Salman Rushdie’s "The Satanic Verses."