PARENT ALERT: PPN Warns Community of Drag Queen Story Hour Across PA Public Library System; Exeter Community Library Scheduled Saturday
PA Pastors Network Urges All to Contact Exeter Library Director and Board of Directors to Request Cancellation of Event to Avoid Subjecting Children to ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ at Taxpayer-Funded Library
PHILADELPHIA—The Pennsylvania Pastors Network (PPN, www.papastors.net) is alerting parents to the drag queen story hour for children in Reading, Pa., at the Exeter Community Library, planned for tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 9, at 1:30 p.m.
According to the Exeter Library’s website, drag queen “Amie Vanité” will present the story hour. “Stories, Songs, Dancing, and Drag! What more could you ask for?” the site reads. “Fun for the whole family! ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND!”
“This toxic spread of a damaging agenda has come to Pennsylvania and is targeting our children,” said PPN Executive Director Gary Dull, who also serves as pastor of Faith Baptist Church of Altoona. “Subjecting children to drag queens who not only read a story with an LGBTQ agenda, but who also coerce children to accept their lifestyle, is child abuse by the parents who bring their children to watch men dressed up as women.
“Our nation is already fighting serious problems that children in this generation are experiencing—drug use, high-anxiety, suicide, confusion and depression—why would parents and elected officials willingly put children in front of a drag queen to confuse them even more?” Dull added. “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—a man who masquerades as a woman so nobody knows who he really is. The fact that we have even been forced to address such a matter as a story time for children provided by men dressed in drag is a tragic commentary on our culture. We pray for clarity, truth and the protection of children in this dire situation.”
PPN President Sam Rohrer, who served as a Pennsylvania State Representative for 18 years, added, “These library public officials are making a public decision that affects the whole community, therefore they are accountable to the public because tax dollars are being used.
“Every decision made by the library’s executive director and board of trustees is a moral decision, and every vote that elected the trustees into office is a moral vote,” Rohrer continued. “Their decision is completely in violation of wholesome, moral living, as even most likely defined by their own community standards. Background checks and the most stringent vetting of someone who presents to children in a taxpayer-funded venue is the law, and it requires more than just a quick Google search on the Internet. Impressionable children are victims of this poor adult decision, and it’s the children who will ultimately suffer the consequences if these horrific events are not stopped.”
In Lansdale, Pennsylvania, last week, the library director as well as the library board approved “Annie Christ” to present the drag queen story hour to children. Taxpayers who fund the library urged the library leaders to cancel the event, but it went ahead as planned, with hundreds showing up at the library to voice their concerns.
Parents and concerned community members have been protesting these organized activities at libraries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans and New York, according to The Christian Post. Besides Lansdale, three other Drag Queen Story Hours have already occurred in Pennsylvania in January alone, and the movement is also taking place in the southern part of the U.S. in cities such as Birmingham, Alabama, and Nashville, Tennesee, among others.
PPN suggests the following action steps concerning the growth of the Drag Queen Story Hours:
- Start a conversation with your library leadership that events like these have no place in public libraries and that children should not be subjected to an activist agenda.
- Watch for announcements of similar events at your library and voice your concerns to library leadership right away.
- Talk to other parents who may be considering attending the events about the damage exposure like this can do to children.
- Pray that local leaders will make wise decisions for the community and work to protect children and families instead of giving in to agenda-driving tactics.
- Vote for officials that have the moral compass to know better than to subject children to what some consider child abuse.
Specifically for the Exeter event:
- Voice concerns about the event to the library’s Executive Director Mallory C. Hoffman, MLS,
- Contact Exeter Community Library leadership: berkslibraries.org/branch/exeter/staff-trustees
- Share truth in love on social media: Facebook: facebook.com/The-Exeter-Community-Library; Twitter: twitter.com/exeterlibrary45
Dull, along with APN President Sam Rohrer and Dave Kistler, president of the North Carolina Pastors Network (NCPN, www.NCpastors.net), co-hosts the daily “Stand in the Gap Today” radio program. Find a station here.
The Pennsylvania Pastors Network, a state chapter of the American Pastors Network, is a group of biblically faithful clergy and church liaisons whose objective is to build a permanent infrastructure of like-minded clergy who affirm the authority of Scripture, take seriously Jesus’ command to be the “salt and light” to the culture, encourage informed Christian thinking about contemporary social issues, examine public policy issues without politicizing their pulpits and engage their congregations in taking part in the political process on a non-partisan basis.
PPN encourages pastors to bring together biblical and constitutional principles in their sermons and provides resources to pastors throughout the state. For more information on PPN, visit its website at www.papastors.net, its Facebook page or call 610.901.3607.