Drag Queens and Libraries and Grahams, Oh My!

The latest outrage du jour of golden-spoon pastor’s kid Franklin Graham? Drag queens reading books to kids at libraries. Look, I don’t get the whole drag thing. I don’t even like to shave, let alone put on makeup and a wig. But I don’t have to get it. That’s the beauty of a free country. If it blows your dress up (yes, pun intended) then by all means have at it. If it makes you happy and it doesn’t harm anyone else, what’s the problem?

Men in full drag reading books to kids at the public library? No wonder people are protesting! Drag Queen Story Hours have been held at libraries or book stores across the country. Now it has come to the South, and some are protesting. 1/3

Quantify “some.”  Are we talking large-scale outrage? A sizable crowd of picketers? Two guys from the First Holy Church of Reformed Evangelical Fellowship yelling at preschoolers checking out books?

I urge parents & library staff to voice your concerns. Parents & grandparents can effectively protest by staying out of those libraries on those days & letting others know to keep their kids away. Why not ask about starting a Christian Book Story Hour at those same libraries? 2/3

This one really makes me laugh. Stay out of those libraries and don’t let your kids be indoctrinated by worldviews you disagree with! Why can’t they force a worldview that we do agree with?!?

The Bible tells us, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5). 3/3

Unless the darkness can get us a couple Supreme Court seats and some policies we like, in which case we’ll extinguish our light and make excuses for the shadows.

Look, I get why this upsets Franklin and the rest of the pseudo-Baptist crowd that follows him around. The appearance of a large man with an outlandish wig and 10 pounds of makeup is a stark contrast to the usual Baptist appearance of gelled hair with a severe part and a button-down shirt. But the fact that we’re making these judgements based on appearance is the problem.

Why do we automatically assume that a guy who likes to “push the norm” so to speak is some kind of deranged individual? Perhaps instead of making broad judgments we could do some homework on the activity. Here’s what five seconds at Google turns up. Without listing them all, suffice it to say that probably everything Franklin et. al. assume about all drag queens is covered. But that assumes that Mr. Graham wants to understand those he’s criticizing. Which I largely suspect he doesn’t.

 

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