And Tango Makes Three : US reject gay penguin book

For a country which led the charge on gay marriage and gay priests - Americans have a pretty hard time stomaching a nice childrens story about gay penguins.

And Tango Makes Three is a childrens book which for the 2nd year in a row has topped American charts as the most 'challenged' book in schools and public libraries.

The book, by Justine Richardson and Peter Parnell, tells the story of two male penguins, Roy and Silo, who fall in love while caged in a Central Park zoo and go on to adopt a penguin chick. The story is a celebration of difference told in a touching way. And America wants it banned.

"The complaints are that young children will believe that homosexuality is a lifestyle that is acceptable. The people complaining, of course, don't agree with that," Judith Krug, director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom" has said (AP).

Other books on the US most hated list have included Maya Angelou's 'I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings' (for it's depiction of rape) and Phillip Pullman's The Golden Compass - on the grounds of rampant atheism. All hail the free world.

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