A San Diego area church was vandalized over the weekend after opposing city-run events where men dressed in drag read books to children at public libraries.
A pastor of the South Bay Pentecostal Church said he believes “there is no doubt” the crime was committed against the house of worship for their opposition to “Drag Queen Storytime,” according to ABC 10 News San Diego.
The incident is being investigated by police as a possible hate crime.
“Sure enough, at every corner there were phrases, hateful words, and graffiti on the walls of our church,” said pastor Amado Huizar. The messages were reportedly “associated with Satan,” according to the ABC affiliate.
“Huizar said the church’s surveillance system captured two men parking their sedan in the church parking lot at around 3:00 a.m. Sunday and walking toward the building,” the report detailed. “Fifteen minutes later, they are seen jumping back into the car with what looked to be spray cans in their hands.”
Huizer has been vocal in his opposition to taxpayer-funded drag queen events for children, deeming them age-inappropriate.
“The Chula Vista Public Library said this is a reflection of our community. I beg to differ,” the pastor said, adding, “If the people want to make that happen, do it at a private setting, at a book store or at a home, but not at the Chula Vista Public Library.”
“I’m all about diversity. I am all about inclusiveness,” Huizar noted. “When you do something like a ‘drag queen story hour,’ you are excluding a segment of the populous who are not in favor of this because of what we experienced today or scared to speak out.”
Over the past few years, so-called “Drag Queen Story Hour” events have popped up in liberal cities in the United States and places across Europe.
“Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is just what it sounds like — drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores,” the organization’s website states. “DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.”
Last month, the program was again under fire after video circulated on social media of a drag queen at one of the events teaching children how to “twerk,” a popular sexually suggestive dance move practiced by the likes of strippers and adult entertainers.
“All you need to do is you just need to stand with your feet sort of shoulder-width apart like so,” an adult male in full drag with the stage name “Mama G” instructed children at a United Kingdom library earlier this month, according to LifeSiteNews. “And then you crouch down in this sort of position, so you’re bump’s sticking out … then you just move your bum up and down like that. And that’s twerking.”
As noted by The Daily Wire last year, religious and conservative areas around the nation have started to push back against the programs, according to the Associated Press.
Huizar said the attack on the church will in no way deter him from speaking out. “I’m very sad,” he said. “I’m heartbroken, but I am going to continue to speak.”