Pastor Phillip Missick, of King of the Saints Tabernacle In Cleveland, Tx., wants fictional books about vampires, demons and the supernatural to be "purged from the shelves" of the local library.
He is upset that the Austin Memorial Library carries books such as Stephanie Meyer’s "Twilight" series, as well as the "Vampire Knight" and "Blood Promise" series (video below).
"This is dark," Pastor Missick told ABC 13. "There's a sexual element. You have creatures that aren't human. I think it's dangerous for our kids."
"I understand they have the right to these books, but I also have a right to complain about them," added Pastor Missick.
According to the Cleveland Advocate, Pastor Missick circulated a petition calling for the “occultic and demonic room be shut down, and these books be purged from the shelves, and that public funds would no longer be used to purchase such material, or at least require parents to check them out for their children.”
“I am not saying that the library shouldn’t have information on the occult since it is part of our history, but there is an overwhelming amount and the books appear to be targeting teens,” added Pastor Missick.
Several local pastors signed the petition, but sought to distance themselves from it.
The Cleveland Advocate noted that Mary Merrell Cohn, the head librarian, sent a letter to Pastor Missick that stated in part:
The library is a public library, open to all, no matter their age, race, sexual orientation, religious preferences or social economic standing. City Council adopted the "Library Bill of Rights" [that] states, "Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves.... Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval."
No child can check out material unless their parent or guardian signs them up for a card ... Since the majority of the children using the library come with their parents, I believe this is a moot point.