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Actor Kirk Cameron — and a proposed story hour event promoting his latest faith-based book — have been rejected by 50 public libraries so far, publisher Brave Books says.
According to a Fox News Digital report published early Wednesday morning, Cameron’s team reached out to dozens of public libraries in the hopes that some would be willing to host an event for his latest book, “As We Grow” — but at the time of publication, not a single one had returned a “yes.”
Kirk Cameron is denied story-hour slot by public libraries for his new faith-based kids book https://t.co/nJZUsl3Zob
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 7, 2022
Among those rejecting Cameron’s event was Rochambeau Public Library in Providence, Rhode Island — a library that hosts a recurring program for members of the LGBTQ+ community who are aged 12 or older called “Queer Umbrella.”
Queer Umbrella is billed as a “club and safe space where teens can learn, discuss and connect over queer history, art, community resources, and more.”
A representative from the Rochambeau Public Library told Cameron that they did not have any interest in hosting his event.
“No, we will pass on having you run a program in our space,” the library said, adding, “We are a very queer-friendly library. Our messaging does not align … You can fill out the form to reserve space, to run the program in our space — but we won’t run your program.”
Brave Books also reached out to City Heights/Weingart Branch Library in San Diego — another library that regularly hosts LGBTQ+ events — and received a similar response.
“I don’t think that’s something that we would do,” someone from the library explained. “Because of how diverse our community is, I don’t know how many people you would get.”
After receiving dozens of similar responses, Cameron observed, “This is proof that more than ever, we are getting destroyed in the battle for the hearts and minds of our children … Publicly funded libraries are green-lighting ‘gender marker and name change clinics’ while denying a story time that would involve the reading of a book that teaches biblical wisdom. How much more clear can it get? We have to start fighting back, or we will lose our kids and this country.”
A number of people on Twitter made the same assessment that Cameron had.
“The day has officially come where drag queen book stories are encouraged but Kirk Cameron and his Christian books are banned …” Graham Allen tweeted.
The day has officially come where drag queen book story's are encouraged but Kirk Cameron and his Christian books are banned….
— Graham Allen (@GrahamAllen_1) December 7, 2022
Todd Starnes added, “50 taxpayer-funded libraries reject a story time for a faith-based book for kids written by Kirk Cameron. Those same libraries host queer story time hours. Gays are welcome, but God is not.”
50 taxpayer-funded libraries reject a story time for a faith-based book for kids written by Kirk Cameron. Those same libraries host queer story time hours. Gays are welcome, but God is not.
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) December 7, 2022