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NLB to Reinstate Banned Penguin Book After Drawing Breasts on Male Penguin

In light of the public uproar over the removal of two non-pro-family books from the shelves of public libraries across Singapore, the National Library Board has announced that it will be reinstating the banned book And Tango Makes Three so long as minor edits to the book’s content are made. Tu Shu Guan, a spokesperson for the NLB, said: “In the spirit of compromise, we have decided to reinstate the book And Tango Makes Three to the shelves of all public libraries, but in order to ensure that the NLB’s pro-family stance is maintained, we will require that breasts be drawn on one of the two parent penguins.”

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LOCAL WRITERS BOYCOTT NLB-SPONSORED EVENTS OVER BAN ON GAY CHILDRENS BOOK

I have deliberated long and hard and concluded that I could not, in good conscience, grace this year's festival. My presence would have been the symbolic one of a writer. And there was no way I could attend this event without it being misperceived by many that I stood apart from my fellow writers and approved of NLB's action against alleged controversial books. And there was no way I could defend myself or clarify the festival's aims fast enough once the suggestion had been made.

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AMERICAN EXPAT: SG SHOULD NOT BAN BOOK ON GAY PENGUINS

I too, am a parent. I too have had my children bring over books that I am not comfortable with them reading at their current ages. The difference between you and I is that I tell my children to put the book back because it’s not right for our family, while you choose to tell ALL children that they may not read the book. Your preferences don’t trump mine. You argue that it is oppositional to your faith. I would counter that all religious texts are oppositional to mine. Yet I am not asking the library to remove children’s bibles or children’s ramayans because they have no place in my faith. (Nor do I want to, for the record. We even own some.) Your faith does not trump mine.

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