Monica Brown is an evangelical mother who is waging the culture wars in Granbury, Texas. She is trying to purge school libraries of books she calls “pornographic.” In the process she has also allegedly filed a police report claiming that librarians are exposing children to pornography. Meanwhile her family is split as Monica and her husband have cut off their gay son Weston Brown. Weston who is upset about his mother’s behavior against libraries is challenging her and pushing back on Twitter. This blog post comes from an article I read in ProPublica.
“The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.”
Henry Steele Commager
My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments,
2 for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.
Proverbs 3:1-2 ESV
The evangelical culture wars against public schools continue
This blog read a story in ProPublica that it found exceptionally heartbreaking. Those of us who are refugees from evangelicalism understand how hard it is to live life apart the authoritarianism that is evangelicalism. Weston Brown grew up in an evangelical home. He was home-schooled by his evangelical mother. His home life was controlling. Science text books had pictures stapled together of men and women’s sexual reproductive organs. Harry Potter was Satanic and a threat to Weston’s faith, the same was true for Marvel comics. Other books and movies were warned about as they could open the door to sinful temptation. When Weston came out as gay his family cut him off. His mother texted him that he was not welcome to come home for Thanksgiving or interact with his siblings unless he stops being gay and repents. Monica and her husband want Weston to go into reparative therapy and become straight and overcome this temptation. Weston’s mother, Monica Brown has not just waged war against her son. As an evangelical Christian she is waging war against public school libraries and school baords.
An Evangelical Culture Warrior Wants to Purge Books From the Public School Library in Granbury, Texas and Have Her Evangelical Pastor Make the Final Say on What People Can Read
Monica Brown wants all “impure” books purged from the public school library. No references to being gay, transgenderism, sexual education, and similar topics. She has become a leader in the library wars and has even filed a criminal complaint on May 2, 2020 saying that the librarians were exposing minors to pornography. Granbury librarians became stuck in a criminal investigation that is ongoing. While the investigation drags on Monica Brown has filed multiple complaints about public school books. Monica’s goal is to have librarians arrested which she has allegedly called for. Plus she has stated that she wants her evangelical pastor to have the final say on school library books in a public school. You can listen to this clip below.
Weston Brown Pushes Back Against His Mother and Her Efforts to Ban Books on Social Media
Weston Brown, who is 28 and lives in San Diego, California watched his mother on social media with disbelief. The same one that had cut him off from the family was now trying to purge books from libraries that were “pornographic.” Weston researched what his mother claimed was “obscene” and as someone who is gay was horrified by her behavior. He started to push back and challenge his mother. Look at the following tweets below.
If you would like to read the entire story in ProPublica go to, “A Mom’s Campaign to Ban Library Books Divided a Texas Town — and Her Own Family.“
Some Closing Thoughts and This Blog Wishes Weston Brown Well
I felt sick. I felt anxious and upset. The fact that Monica Brown does not even use the public schools and yet she is trying to get books purged is deeply inappropriate. What is stuck with me is that if Monica Brown filed false charges, why hasn’t she been arrested and face legal problems for committing a crime? Making a false report to law enforcement is a serious deal. Why hasn’t she been read her Miranda rights and processed? I’ve written a couple of stories about evangelicals and the library wars at this blog already. Part of me wonders if the people like Monica Brown have mental health issues. I don’t understand the behavior. This blog supports and stands with Weston Brown. Weston, hang in there and stick with it. You are appreciated and loved Weston.