Book Burner Paul Dorr Accepts Minimal Fine in Sioux County District Court

Aug 6, 2019

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A man who burned four children’s books from the Orange City Library last year was found guilty of criminal mischief today Sioux County District Court.  Paul Dorr was fined $65-dollars plus a 35 percent surcharge and court costs. 

Last October,  Dorr recorded himself on video publicly burning four children’s library books that have lesbian, gay and bisexual themes --- mostly in protest to a pride festival happening in Orange City. In a written statement, Dorr said he burned the books to exercise his freedom of speech and faith. 

Dorr runs the Christian group “Rescue The Perishing”. He defended himself in court and chose not to testify. 

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