Thursday 8 December 2022

While happy to host drag queens, public libraries deny story-hour slot to Kirk Cameron for his new faith-based book: 'We have to start fighting back'

 In libraries across the United States, toddlers are frequently invited to sit and listen to men dressed as women advance LGBT propaganda. Kids can show up at their local library to learn how to become drag queens.

American evangelist and actor Kirk Cameron has discovered that where public libraries across the nation are concerned, it is impermissible to alternatively share a children's book that celebrates faith, family, normalcy, and biblical wisdom.

'Queer-friendly' apparently means Christians need not apply

Cameron told Fox News Digital that at least 50 taxpayer-funded libraries have either denied or ignored his requests to host a story-hour program for parents and kids. These same libraries have, however, hosted drag queen story hours and ideologically charged all-ages LGBT events.

The evangelist's publisher, Brave Books, shared with Fox News Digital a number of the responses they have received from various libraries.

A library worker from the Rochambeau Public Library in Providence, Rhode Island, told Cameron and his publisher, "We are a very queer-friendly library. Our messaging does not align." 

Accordingly, the library stated, "No, we will pass on having you run a program in our space."

When Brave Books pressed an official affiliated with the Providence library on whether the company could fill out an application anyway, the official responded, "You can fill out the form to reserve space, to run the program in our space — but we won’t run your program." 

Rochambeau Public Library hosts "Queer Umbrella," where kids "can learn, discuss, and connect over queer history, art, community resources, and more!"

According to an event posting, "Queer Umbrella" is open to "all members of the LGBTQ+ community who are 12+."

The City Heights/Weingart Branch Library in San Diego similarly shot down the prospect of a reading by Cameron, suggesting that officials didn't "think that's something that we would do."

The library's representative reportedly cited the community's diversity as a determining factor.

A children's library representative affiliated with the Alameda County Library system in California flatly said, "We are not interested."

That same library location in San Lorenzo runs a "special Kwanzaa storytime" and, according to Fox News Digital, a legal workshop assisting people who want to change their gender on official documents.

A spokesman at the Indianapolis Public Library's central location all but said no, telling the publisher that "we are really looking at authors who are diverse. Authors of color. That's really been our focus."

After Brave Books explained that Cameron's book contains a diverse collection of stories and ideas, the library responded by saying, "We are focusing on racial equity."

'Battle for the hearts and minds of our children'

The book Cameron endeavors to read to children from is entitled "As You Grow."

Written by the father of six and illustrated by Juan Moreno, "As You Grow" tells of the upward journey of a tree and the "words of wisdom that guided the tree."

Instead of learning about sexually degenerate acts or alternative lifestyles, kids learn "biblical wisdom and the value of producing the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control."

While there are thousands of public libraries Cameron has yet to call on in hopes of sharing this message with the next generation, the evangelist told Fox News Digital that the rejections thus far are "proof that more than ever, we are getting destroyed in the battle for the hearts and minds of our children."

"Publicly funded libraries are green-lighting ‘gender marker and name change clinics’ while denying a story time that would involve the reading of a book that teaches biblical wisdom. How much more clear can it get?" he added.

Matt Walsh of the Daily Wire and others suggested online that were Cameron "dressed in women's underwear and reading a book about sexuality for five year olds, then he'd have libraries lining up to host him."

Brave Books CEO Trent Talbot said, "It is devastating to discover that many of our publicly funded libraries have now become indoctrination centers that refuse to allow biblical wisdom to be taught to our children."

Cameron suggested, "We have to start fighting back, or we will lose our kids and this country."

They key, suggested Cameron, is not just calling out evil and degeneracy, but displacing it. That means regaining some control of public spaces, including libraries.

He previously told Fox News that with six children and grandbabies to think about, he personally has a great deal at stake.

"Drag queen story hour and all of that — it's not a mistake that this is going after the children because everyone understands that whoever controls the textbooks controls the future," he said.

Cameron noted further that "it's no coincidence that we're seeing these dangerous and toxic ideas such as gender theory and CRT and these kinds of things targeted toward our kids [today]."

Last week, Cameron told Fox News' Shannon Bream that "there are so many people today who see evil and hope that it just passes by them, that it comes to them last. ... We should engage evil and defeat evil whether it's in our home, our children's school, our culturally, politically, [or] spiritually."

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