The following is a guest post shared with permission from Elaine Mingus of Radical Christian Woman.
Someone sent this photo to me via text:
Leander is a growing suburb of the liberal city of Austin, Texas so I should have known this would be coming.
It’s coming to every city. It’s only a matter of time.
Why is this even a thing?
I don’t let pole dancers come read my children bedtime stories, so why would I let a highly sexualized group of people come read to my children ANYWHERE at ANYTIME?
But I know why this is a thing…because Satan is hell-bent on indoctrinating our children EARLY to accept this type of behavior as normal and healthy.
Recently, Converse endorse the 9-year-old drag queen for their shoe campaign.
Nabisco’s Chips AHOY! tweeted a “happy [drag] mom’s day” by a drag queen video this past month.
This entire trans-gendered, non-binary, drag queen thing is not going to die anytime…at all. It’s growing like a cancer. Spreading like wildfire.
And while I’m PRO being genuinely loving to the individual person behind the mask, the group as a whole I oppose vehemently.
I think Christians need to make this distinction during this “love is love” crisis.
As cliche as it is…it’s the truth.
We LOVE the individual. We HATE the sin. We LOVE the person. We OPPOSE the group.
And I get it. It’s hard that there is no clear line…because groups are made up of individuals.
But more than anything…the kids.
Let’s not forget the group REALLY affected long-term by all this.
The group that is being raised in this chaos. Can you even imagine wondering if you were a boy or a girl because someone told you that YOU had to figure that out? How bizarre!
I wrote a while back on HOW TO TEACH YOUR CHILD ABOUT TRANSGENDERISM. These are biblical truths Christian parents can hold to. Timeless. Not fleeting.
But today I want to give you tools.
Tools for when this “Drag Queen Story Hour” hits your hometown…because it will.
First…some tips. Because it ain’t easy.
5 Tips for Calling Your Local Library to Complain About Drag Queen Story Hour
Pray. Nothing helps more than prayer. Pray for your nerves and courage. Pray for the recipient of the information. Pray for the library. Pray for the kids. Pray for our nation. Five minutes of prayer can work miracles
Stay Calm. No one needs drama, tears or yelling. Just state your piece in a calm fashion then get off the phone. Be polite. Keep your tone even. If you need to vent before/after. Call a friend.
Be Concise. Don’t drone on. There are a zillion rabbit hole and debates in this arena. Your goal is to simply state that you do not support Drag Queen Story Hour.
Don’t Blame. The person on the other end of the phone might have NO AUTHORITY in the decision making process. Talk to them as if it were your own child working there. Direct blame on the library as a whole not the person you are speaking with.
Request the Library Director. If possible speak with the director or head of the library. This way you know the complaint doesn’t get lost in translation or quietly disregarded by an employee.
Script for Complaining About Drag Queen Story Hour
You’ve decided to call.
That’s a big step. It takes courage of conviction.
You might feel like your heart is in your throat.
This is all very normal.
I’ve developed some read-along scripts for those who want to complain to their local library about drag queen story hour but don’t know what to say.
The main points are:
- Who you are.
- Why you are calling.
- What action you want them to take.
Hello. My name is [insert name]. I would like to speak to the director of the library if possible.
(If transferred, restate your name).
The reason for my call today is that I’ve been informed that [name of library] is hosting a drag queen story hour on [date]. I wanted to formally state my disapproval of this decision. I believe that children should not be subjected to sexualization of any kind. As a tax paying citizen and patron of your library, it’s my right to vocalize what type of programs I believe my local library should endorse. A drag queen story hour is not one of them. I believe it should be cancelled.
Thank you for your time and listening to my opinion.
(Optional, you can offer your contact information in case they would like to contact you again).
Things to Avoid
- Asking for their opinion. You aren’t the one under fire. Don’t allow them the opportunity to turn it around on you.
- Talking about your religious convictions. We live in a free country. People can believe what they want. Our goal isn’t to make converts. It’s too complain.
- Threatening to “never” come there again. They don’t care. The public library isn’t a for-profit entity. They aren’t hurt if you don’t show up.
One Voice Makes a Difference
If you don’t think YOUR call makes a difference. Think again.
The drag queen story hour at my public library WAS CANCELLED because enough people made their opinions known.
Speaking up does change the landscape of your local community.
Silence is Acceptance
If you think that you’ll “just let everyone else” do the hard stuff, like calling to complain, let me leave you with a quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer who stood up to Nazi Germany when almost everyone else remained silent.
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless.
Not to speak is to speak.
Not to act is to act.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer
At the end of the day, I’d rather be remembered for standing up for righteousness than remaining silent.