Singapore bans book about two male penguins raising a chick
It’s not because they don’t like penguins.
Inquirer.net reported that state-run Singaporean libraries are banning the children’s book And Tango Makes Three, which was inspired by the true story of two male penguins raising a baby chick in New York’s Central Park Zoo.
The National Library Board, which runs 26 public libraries in Singapore, pulled it from shelves and said it would "pulp" all its copies, including two other titles namely, The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption, which involves a lesbian couple; and Who's In My Family: All About Our Families.
"The prevailing norms, which the overwhelming majority of Singaporeans accept, support teaching children about conventional families but not about alternative, nontraditional families, which is what the books in question are about," Minister of Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim said Friday. He continued, "Societies are never static and will change over time. But NLB’s approach is to reflect existing social norms and not to challenge or seek to change them."
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