As far as the American culture war goes, the public library has long been a rather fertile battleground, as books come in and out of societal style after only a generation or three, and some of the idea expressed in the not-so-distant past jibe with modern, mad society.
But now, instead of arguing over the literature on the shelves, there is a growing concern among some Americans about the proliferation of “drag queen story time” events being hosted at public libraries from coast to coast. Many parents have expressed their opinion that the concept of a drag queen might be inappropriate for children under a certain age.
In a move that will almost certainly draw some serious criticism, some of the same libraries holding the drag-centric events are denying a similar opportunity to Kirk Cameron.
With a new children’s book out that celebrates family, faith and biblical wisdom, actor-writer-producer Kirk Cameron cannot reach scores of American children or their families in many U.S. cities via the public library system because over 50 public libraries have either outright rejected him or not responded to requests on his behalf.
A story-hour program for kids and parents connected to new book releases is an activity that many libraries typically present to their patrons and communities.Trending:
Many of the same libraries that won’t give Cameron a slot, however, are actively offering “drag queen” story hours or similar programs for kids and young people, according to Cameron’s book publisher and according to a review of the libraries’ websites and current program listings.
There appeared to be no room for tolerance of Cameron’s views.
The Rochambeau Public Library in Providence, Rhode Island, for instance, told Cameron and his book publisher by phone, “No, we will pass on having you run a program in our space.”
Kirk Cameron’s book publisher, Brave Books, has been unable to place Cameron into a public library story hour for kids connected to his new children’s book, “As You Grow,” as of this week. One library told the book publisher bluntly, “Our messaging does not align.”
“We are a very queer-friendly library. Our messaging does not align,” the library worker also told Brave Books.
When the publisher asked the library official about filling out the proper form to apply for a story-hour slot, the individual replied, “You can fill out the form to reserve space, to run the program in our space — but we won’t run your program.”
Some who denied Cameron’s requests suggested that they were doing so in order to adhere to their pro-diversity policies…which is an awfully strange way to justify excluding Christianity.