The Westboro Baptist Church, ever proving that they have nothing better to do, threatened to picket the reading of a children's book in San Francisco earlier this month. Square Zair Pair, by Jase Peeples, teaches a lesson about diversity and acceptance in a village of fantastical creatures when two square "zairs" pair for the first time.
When the church found out about the reading, they promised to picket the event and condemned the book as "fag propaganda." They even sent Peeples photoshopped pages from his own book with the characters holding their hateful signs. But Peeples refused to be bullied and coordinated a counter-protest, and though the church was a no-show, local teachers, drag queens, politicians, business owners, and more came out to support Peeples and his book's message.
Of course this isn't the first time that messages of acceptance have been met with opposition. Heather Has Two Mommies, a children's book about a normal little girl with two of everything, including mommies, was one of the most-challenged books by public schools and libraries during the '90s. Thankfully LGBT-friendly children's books have become more and more popular in recent years, and will be great company for Peeples' Square Zair Pair.