Ronda protects the children

June 9, 2005


Ronda Storms (R – Homophoburbia) is continuing her remarkable crusade to rid our libraries of objectionable material.

Two Hillsborough County commissioners say public libraries are no place for Gay and Lesbian Pride Month exhibits.

Commissioner Ronda Storms said she will schedule the issue for a board discussion where she intends to ask that such displays be banned. As the mother of a 6-year-old daughter, she said she does not want to be forced to explain homosexuality and transexuality if her child passes such a display and starts asking questions.

“I do not want to have to explain to my daughter what it means to question one’s sexuality,” Storms said during a budget workshop Wednesday.

Commission Chairman Jim Norman said that he, too, is concerned and said a policy discussion is warranted given that commissioners approve how money is spent on library operations. He noted that commissioners have previously taken a stand on such issues, voting roughly a decade ago to yank county funding from the annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Commissioner Kathy Castor was alone in expressing opposition to such a move Wednesday.

“I would hope this board would not use this dais to promote discrimination,” Castor said. “I think it would be a terrible thing to put something like this on the agenda.”

The exchange came a day after a story in the St. Petersburg Times noted that a book display honoring Gay and Lesbian Pride Month was taken down at West Gate Regional Library in Town ‘N Country after some patrons complained. Library officials have since said it was a misunderstanding that led to the dismantling of the display, which they intend put back up in another part of the building.

Now, before we criticize too harshly, we need to realize that Storms’ primary concern is for the children.

After all, some people might say that recruiters for the homosexual lifestyle often target libraries, lurking amongst the stacks in stylish tight fitting shirts. Perfectly coifed, tanned and svelte, these agents of sin descend upon our youth with ribald tales of Tea Dances and interior decoration, luring innocent, genetically straight children into the hateful, flamboyant, and self-destructive world of Sponge Bob and Barney.

The following set of unretouched pictures, from an actual library in Pennsylvania, illustrate my point exactly.

In the first picture, we see a normal, average group of healthy children wholesomely mimicking the jingoistic fervor of their elders by sacrificing nothing to support our troops. Good kids!


Then the homosexual icon Sponge Bob Squarepants pays a visit to the library and is allowed to interact with the impressionable youth.

Homosexual Agent

The final picture, taken soon after Mr. Squarepants’ indoctrination class, shows the very predictable results: boys in flowery garb! What’s next for our libraries? Disco lights?!?


I think that this proves beyond a doubt that we need to monitor not only the reading materials and displays that our public tax dollars pay for but also the activities and guests that our libraries sponsor.

Until we as a society become enlightened enough to uphold God’s law, those of us who know the truth must remain ever vigilant against the perpetually rising tide of tolerance and understanding.

6 Responses to Ronda protects the children

  1. Pete on June 9, 2005 at 11:04 am

    I love how Storms cited her parental responsibility as somehow qualifying her to shelter her 6-year-old from the existence of other types of people. This doesn’t make any sense. You would think that instead parents have the responsibility to educate their children. It’s as if she’s implying she’d have to go into a in-depth discussion of genitalia. If her child “starts asking questions,” she should be thankful that questions are a sign of intelligence and handle them appropriately. This is 2005, folks. That Storms is even in a position of authority is a marker of social progress. Perpetuating old stereotypes and social divisions would mean that she would not even have her job. Think about it.

  2. Pete on June 9, 2005 at 11:43 am

    There’s a discussion of this on my site also News

  3. Meredith on June 9, 2005 at 1:18 pm

    This is one of the funniest posts I’ve ever read on your site. The photos are great!

  4. Shirley on June 9, 2005 at 5:09 pm

    Oh my gosh! I’m originally from Pennsylvania, love libraries (since I was a little girl), and…I’m gay – I thought the reason I was a lesbian had to do with something in the water – Whew, now we know…

    Thanks for the chuckle,


  5. mike bagley on June 13, 2005 at 10:11 am

    news alert!!!! there’s a display honoring rhonda storms at the brandon public library but public law makers feel that her image may hurt the general public because it resembles those horrible images from the 50s and 60s and public officials feel that the sight of miss storm’s face may incite riots and outbreak among the young and elderly….

  6. pinkie schumacher on August 26, 2005 at 2:22 pm

    As the mother of two young daughters, I can identify with Commissioner Storms’s reluctance to teach her child about what she perceives to be a difficult issue. Our family’s goldfish died a couple years ago, but to this day, my kids still think it’s on vacation.

    However – no matter how difficult sometimes it is to talk to our children, it is our duty as parents to teach them about the world in order to prepare them to live and thrive in it. This includes teaching children how lucky they are to live in a world full of diversity. (Personally though, I don’t see that library display as prompting a “difficult” discussion with my children. I mean, how hard is it to say that the world is full of people who have love for others?)

    In the time that has passed since our goldfish passed, my children (who are now at the ripe old ages of 4 and 6) and I have had meaningful and straightforward discussions about death. I still can’t tell them about that goldfish, though. Then I would have to explain that, yes, I lied to them. I did something wrong because I thought I was protecting them.



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