Fridays are for fun, and also funny. I have discovered that funny can arrive unbidden, but welcome, nonetheless:
Instead of ridding public library shelves of ”Heather Has Two Mommies” and ”Daddy’s Roommate,” a Baptist minister’s protest has put more copies in circulation.
The minister, Robert Jeffress, pastor of the 4,400-member First Baptist Church, was surprised when he learned that the Wichita Falls library was lending the books about children with gay parents. When a church member checked out the books and brought them to Mr. Jeffress, he wrote a check for $54 to the library after vowing never to return them.
But so many people wanted to read the books after an article about the situation appeared in The Wichita Falls Times Record News that the library’s administrator, Linda Hughes, is applying library rules intended to limit how long patrons must wait. The policy calls for obtaining more copies when six or more people are waiting for a book. ”We have 10 holds on each one of these books,” Ms. Hughes said on Thursday. ”We are past the point at which we would have to buy more copies.”
Sympathetic book lovers had donated 15 copies by late this week, Ms. Hughes said. ”I’ve been getting them in the mail and through the drop box,” she said. ”Most of them are brand new.”
In case you did not notice, that is Dallas’ own Robert Jeffress, always delighted to entertain us. And he is funny.
Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.