A story time event at a Lansdale, Pa., library that was organized by drag queens was the target of protests on Saturday. Counter-protesters also turned out in support of the story hour.
The event, called "Drag Queen Story Fun Time with Annie,” featured a drag queen named Annie Christ – which can be interpreted to mean the anti-Christ, a local Fox affiliate reported.
She read from the book, "Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed" by Mo Willems.
The Pennsylvania Pastors Network protested the event, saying Annie Christ is “clearly attacking Christianity by wearing satanic symbols. They pointed out the drag queen also performs lewd sexually charged nightclub shows and shouldn't have been allowed to present a story time for children,” CBN News reported.
"The LGBTQ agenda demands dominance and wants to silence those who would dare speak out on cultural issues. The public library is not a place for activism, and a children's story hour certainly isn't the place to push a confusing message delivered by a confused individual,” Pastor Gary Dull of Faith Baptist Church of Altoona was quoted as saying.
“The fact that we have even been forced to address such a matter as a storytime for children provided by men dressed in drag is a tragic commentary on our culture," he said.
The Lansdale Public Library's director, Tom Meyer, refused to cancel the event, citing the library’s “Bill of Rights,” which says if a meeting room is available to the public, it is available to everyone, Fox 29 reported. Christ submitted a request for the room back in November and passed all background checks.
The event was organized by the Drag Queen Story Hour, which has hosted other Drag Queen Story Hour events at libraries across the country, according its website.
According to its website, the Landsdale Library “receives no state or school district funding.” It is “supported by dedicated funding from Lansdale Borough and through membership fees, donations, and fundraising activities.”
The website also said the library “is a nonprofit, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, or any other applicable legally protected status, in any employment practice, including without limitation, recruitment and hiring.”
The next Drag Queen Story Fun Time is set to take place on Thursday at the Adams Morgan Community Center in Washington, D.C. They also have dates lined up for events in Lincoln, Neb.,; Omaha, Neb.; Palm Springs, Calif.; Vancouver, Wash,; Reading, Pa.; Astoria, Ore.; Jersey City, N.J.; Bloomington, Ill.; and New York City.