Muslim and Christian parents spoke out on Thursday against LGBTQ books at a Michigan school board meeting in Dearborn County.
The original meeting was set for Monday, but it was shut down and rescheduled for Thursday after chaos erupted when chants of “Vote them out” began and there was fear that the hundreds of parents present were in violation of the fire code, according to National Review. Speakers’ time had been limited to three minutes.
One parent at the rescheduled Thursday meeting read aloud from one of the books that had sexually explicit content.
“I’ve met a variety of interesting people through sex apps,” Mohamed Musa quoted from one of the books. “They are predominantly used for sex, though. They’re sold to us as social networking apps, but we all know what they’re really for.”
“Would you want your children to read this type of book?” Musa asked the board. “Would you want your children to download these types of apps? Would you want your child to meet up with a stranger and have sex with them?”
The crowd shouted “no” in response.
“If not then listen to the community,” Musa continued. “Listen to the majority. Listen to the people who put you in the seats that you’re currently sitting in.”
Another parent called out the sexually explicit content in the books, and said the majority of parents were not there to attack the board or the LGBT community, but to call out the content of the books.
“The blatantly inappropriate content in question has no place in our public schools,” the parent said. “We have chosen you as our board to protect our children from age inappropriate content.”
A non-Muslim parent got up and accused the board of causing chaos at the meeting that was shut down on Monday.
“As a school board, you allowed someone to stand here for three minutes and disparage the Muslim faith,” Matthew Repereno said to the board, referring to the Monday meeting. “You did not stop it. You allowed another person to come here in front of the media for three minutes and incite the crowd.”
“On Monday you shut down this audience and these parents from speaking,” Repereno continued.
Public comment lasted for roughly three hours, with both sides either showing their support or their disapproval of the books that were being called into question. Among the books at issue were All Boys Aren’t Blue, The Lovely Bones, Flamer, Push and Red, White & Royal Blue.