Traditional Values

Louisiana Mayor Fights ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ in Public Library

This opportunity to 'share individuality' is pushed on kids as young as three years old — outrageous but true

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It’s hard to imagine how anyone of sound mind could sign off on exposing innocent and impressionable children as young as three years old to story time with a drag queen — “a usually gay man who dresses as a woman and performs as an entertainer especially to caricature stereotypically vampish women,” as defined by Merriam-Webster.

Drag queen activities, are, after all, the antithesis of traditional values.

And though this phenomenon has been gaining traction in public schools in coastal cities like San Francisco or New York City — where 31 genders are officially recognized — you wouldn’t expect to see this in the parish of Lafayette, Louisiana, led by Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux, a Republican.

The event, set for Saturday, October 6, is described “as an afternoon of books, songs and activities led by drag queens” from a provisional chapter of the Delta Lambda Phi fraternity at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, according to The Advocate, Louisiana’s largest daily newspaper.

It is a goal of many progressives, including LGBT advocates, to sow confusion in young children, persuading them that there are no differences between girls and boys — and that gender is merely an oppressive social construct.

And that’s a lie.

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“It is common knowledge among genetics experts that complex behaviors, including how we think and feel, are not hard-wired before birth,” Dr. Michelle Cretella, executive director of the American College of Pediatricians in Gainesville, Florida, told LifeZette recently. “Transgender beliefs and feelings are no exception. Our cognitive ability to recognize our biological sex develops over time.”

The event has drawn the ire of Mayor Robideaux, who is threatening to cancel the drag queen event.

In a statement provided to LifeZette, Mayor Robideaux stated his concerns bluntly.

“Currently, events of the Lafayette Public Library are neither authorized nor approved by Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG), including the Drag Queen Story Time event scheduled for October 6, 2018, at the Library Main Branch,” he began.

“In response to public requests, LCG is working to determine how this event was approved as a programmed event of the library, who has authority to cancel or move it, and the process for doing so.”

“The library has an executive director that is appointed by and answers to the library’s Board of Control,” he continued. “As mayor-president, I have one appointment to the Library’s Board of Control and the Lafayette City-Parish Council has the remaining seven appointments. I will be discussing cancellation of the event or privately owned location alternatives with my appointment and encourage the council to do the same. I will also be asking the Library’s Board of Control to conduct a thorough review of its programming and approval process for taxpayer-funded events.”

He concluded, “Our parish libraries are public spaces, with venues that any group or individual can reserve, on a nondiscriminatory basis, as required by law. We have to be certain, however, that our internally approved programming is both appropriate and serves the needs of Lafayette Parish. That is the only way our library system will continue to enjoy the support from our community that it has historically received.”

Despite the growing controversy, the director of the library system, Teresa Elberson, is not budging.

She says she has no plans to cancel the event, unless the library governing board instructs her otherwise.

“The picture books that are read are content and age-appropriate. The Drag Queen Story Time will share stories of individuality, openness and acceptance with families seeking an opportunity to show their children that every person is unique and should be treated with equal respect,” says a statement from the Lafayette Public Library System.

Related: Here’s Why Transgender Women Face a Far Higher Risk of Heart Attack

Still, Elizabeth Johnson of ActivistMommy.com said it best in a recent blog post. “This isn’t about tolerance,” she wrote. “This is about indoctrination.”

Lafayette residents voted overwhelmingly “red,” with 68 percent of the vote going to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

These conservative voters are also the ones paying taxes that fund public libraries.

See a bit of a Drag Queen Story Hour — in New York — in the video below.

Elizabeth Economou is a former CNBC staff writer and adjunct professor. Follow her on Twitter.

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