According to book publisher Brave Books, a group of drag queens and activists dressed in black and white showed up at the Fayetteville Public Library in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Friday to show actor and author Kirk Cameron. attended a storytime event for families and children.
According to Brave Books, drag queens blocked the view of some families and children and distracted others from reading or speaking.
The publisher shared a photo taken by staff on site.
An outspoken Christian based in Los Angeles, Cameron has been visiting public libraries around the country to share messages of faith, family and country by reading children’s books and singing patriotic songs, but Saturday Speaking to Fox News Digital in an exclusive comment this morning, he found the confusion disturbing.
“A small group of protesters, including adult men who pretended to be women and wore ridiculous makeup, pretended to be women and said, ‘Elephants are not birds,’ a children’s book about God’s view of gender.” was reading ” he told Fox News Digital in an email sent on Saturday.
“At the end of this sweet and funny tale of a singing elephant named Kevin who is tricked into thinking he might be a bird by a vulture named ‘Culture’, the reader asks 300 children to ‘elephant. do you think you can be a bird?’ Even with ridiculous wings and a beak?”
Cameron also wrote, “The men in skirts were sad. As it is written,” you taught little children to compliment you perfectly. May it be” (Psalm 8:2).
Brave Books, which helped organize the event, told Fox News Digital that about 500 “enthusiastic” parents, grandparents and children attended the entire event.
Brave Books said there were “protesters” inside and outside the library.
Fox News Digital reached out to the Fayetteville Public Library for comment.
This was the sixth visit in what Cameron and Brave Books called the “Freedom Island Tour”, named after a series of children’s picture books published by conservative publisher Brave Books. .
Cameron’s own book, As You Grow, is about an acorn growing into a flower and becoming a giant tree.
The publisher said its staff “meeted opposition from protesters who attended story time inside the library.”
“There were men dressed as women in colorful costumes. Some had signs claiming we were spreading messages of hate.”
The so-called “hate message” the protesters took issue with was a reference to the content of Cameron’s children’s book “As You Grow,” which teaches children about spiritual fruits such as love, joy, peace and patience. It seems that. , kindness and self-control.
In a statement to Fox News Digital, the publisher said, “It was such a joy to see families and children enjoying Kirk Cameron and his Storyhour and a great time.
“Unfortunately, the little ones in attendance were forced to see men dressed as women, men dressed in bright rainbow colors, and individuals with bodies covered in black and white paint.”
The publisher also said, “Many of these individuals had signs blocking the view of children and parents. It’s unfortunate that they decided to disturb such a beautiful sight of the Fayetteville Public Library was.”
Brave Books Chief of Staff Zach Bell, who attended the event, told Fox News Digital: What we didn’t expect was a group of drag queens and activists attending the event, roaming around and horrified by the kids in attendance. ”
He continued, “Their dresses were a strange sort of black gown with devilish face painting.”
Trent Talbot, CEO and founder of Texas-based Brave Books, told Fox News Digital on Saturday:
“In Fayetteville on Friday, a group of drag queens in demonic costumes showed up at a children’s book reading filled with conservative, Christian parents and their children.
He also said, “All these drag queens wanted was to force a disturbing view on these innocent children. It’s too much.”
Cameron also recently appeared at a Children’s Storytime event in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with Brave Books.
A library employee was fired as a result of an “unfriendly pushback” related to a program organized by Cameron and his team.
Before that, Cameron has also appeared in other cities and towns, including Indianapolis, Indiana and Scarsdale, New York.
Previously, as many as 50 libraries had denied or ignored requests to reserve space at Cameron’s facility, with some claiming the message “doesn’t match” the programming. Since then, Cameron and his publisher say many other libraries have welcomed them and invited them to speak.
Cameron plans to continue visiting and traveling to public libraries across the country. No stops including Denver, Colorado yet. Washington DC; and New York City.