LeVar Burton, the one-time star of the television program “Reading Rainbow” on Public Welfare Broadcasting (PBS), threatened violence against “Moms For Liberty.”
Burton was hosting the National Book Awards when he called out the conservative activist group – known for their efforts to remove pornographic books from school libraries.
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“Before we get going, are there any Moms for Liberty in the house? No? Good. Then hands will not need to be thrown tonight.”
The crowd howled with approval and the idea of people beating up moms who want to protect their children from perverts.
Publisher’s Weekly actually highlighted Burton’s remarks on its Facebook page — without a note of criticism or condemnation.
Burton happens to be a practicing thespian who clearly has no issue with exposing children to porn in school libraries.
Moms For Liberty blasted Burton accusing him of “threatening physical violence against women.”
“American moms weep as a childhood favorite, Reading Rainbow, calls for physical attacks against us because we are protecting the innocence of our children,” they wrote in a statement on X.
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LeVar Burton threatened physical violence against Moms for Liberty at last night's National Book Awards ceremony.— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) November 16, 2023
"Are there any Moms for Liberty in the house? No? Good. Then hands will not need to be thrown tonight." pic.twitter.com/dSVUFClBqu
The ceremony was rocked by another controversy involving the Israel-Hamas war. Pro-Palestinian author Aaliyah Bilal was permitted to read a statement defending the Palestinian people.
On behalf of the finalists, we oppose the ongoing bombardment of Gaza and call for a humanitarian cease-fire to address the urgent humanitarian needs of Palestinian civilians, particularly children. We oppose antisemitism and anti-Palestinian sentiment and Islamophobia equally, accepting the human dignity of all parties, knowing that further bloodshed does nothing to secure lasting peace in the region.Aaliyah Bilal
Her remarks were greeted with thunderous applause and much controversy.
Why wasn’t there a condemnation of Hamas? Where was the moving prose about the Jewish families who had been slaughtered or the babies that were put into ovens and baked? Could they not find one author willing to put pen to paper and defend the Israeli people?
In response to the outrage, the National Book Awards defended itself, writing in a statement:
Political statements, if made, are by no means unprecedented in the history of the National Book Awards, or indeed any awards ceremony. We are working with the venue to ensure a safe environment for all our guests. We of course hope that everyone attending the National Book Awards, in person or tuning in online, comes in a spirit of understanding, compassion, and humanity—the very things that the books we love inspire.National Book Awards
As I wrote in my book, “Culture Jihad: How to Stop the Left From Killing a Nation,” there is a war on Christianity in this nation and it’s being waged in public school classrooms across the nation. Moms for Liberty are at the forefront of that fight and it’s imperative that we stand in solidarity with the moms. Click here to read my book.