A group of drag queens and activists dressed in black and white showed up Friday at the Fayetteville Public Library in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to protest actor and writer Kirk Cameron’s Families and Kids story time event, according to book publisher Brave Books, whose staff is staffing the event. They were present at the reading.
Brave Books said drag queens blocked the views of some families and children and distracted others from reading the book and notes on the theatre.
The publisher shared photos taken by employees at the scene.
Los Angeles-based Cameron, an outspoken Christian who travels the country to public libraries to share messages of faith, family and country at children’s book readings and singing patriotic songs, told Fox News Digital in exclusive comments Saturday morning that he found the unrest disturbing.
“The small group of protesters, which included some adult men wearing ridiculous makeup, wearing skirts and heels, and pretending to be women, listened to a children’s book about God’s view of sex read, ‘Elephants Are Not Birds,’” he told Fox News Digital in an email sent Saturday.
Concluding this sweet and funny story of a singing elephant named Kevin who was tricked by an eagle named Culture into thinking he might be a bird, the reader then asked the 300 children, “Do you think elephants can be birds, even if they’re attached to silly wings and a beak?” “
Cameron added, “In unison, and with great laughter, all 300 children excitedly confess, ‘No! ‘”
Cameron also said, “I felt sad for men in skirts. As it is written, “You taught little children to praise you perfectly. May their example be ashamed and your enemies silent ”(Psalm 8:2).
Brave Books, which helped organize the event, told Fox News Digital that about 500 “excited” parents, grandparents, and children were in attendance overall at the event.
Brave Books said there were “demonstrators” inside and outside the library.
Fox News Digital has reached out to the Fayetteville Public Library for comment.
This was Cameron and Brave Books’ sixth stop on what they’re calling their “Freedom Island Tour,” so named for the series of children’s picture books published by Brave Books, a conservative publishing house.
Cameron’s own book, “As You Grow,” is about an oak growing and blossoming into a huge tree.
The publisher said its staff “faced opposition from protesters who joined the story hour inside the library.”
“Some of the men dressed as women were wearing colorful clothes. Some had signs claiming we were spreading a message of hate,” the statement read.
The so-called “hate message” objected to by the protesters appears to have been a reference to the content of Cameron’s children’s book, “As You Grow,” which teaches children about the fruits of the spirit, including love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, and self-control.
“It has been a joy to see families and their children having such a great time with Kirk Cameron and his story hour,” the publisher told Fox News Digital in a statement.
“Unfortunately,” he continued, “the young children present were forced to see men dressed as women, men dressed in bright colors of the rainbow, and individuals painting their bodies in black and white paint.”
As the publisher put it: “Many of these individuals were carrying signs blocking the view of children and parents. It was a shame that they had decided to go out and disturb such a beautiful scene at the Fayetteville Public Library.”
Zack Bell, Chief of Staff for Brave Books, who was present at the event, told Fox News Digital, “Coming to Fayetteville, Arkansas, we expected a lot of supportive Christian and conservative families to show up. at the event — giving the kids in attendance the creeps.”
He continued, “Their dress was a strange kind of black cloak and they wore satanic face painting.”
Trent Talbot, CEO and founder of Texas-based Brave Books, told Fox News Digital on Saturday, “We’ve said the left preys on our children, and they sheepishly try to put the spotlight on us — calling us conspiracy theories.”
He added, “On Friday in Fayetteville, a group of drag queens in satanic outfits came to read a children’s book full of conservative, Christian parents and their kids.”
He also said, “All these queens want is to impose disturbing opinions on these innocent children. The predatory behavior of the left is just another conspiracy theory debunked as fact.”
Cameron, along with Brave Books, recently appeared in Hendersonville, Tennessee, at a story time event for kids.
As a result of the “unkind response” towards Cameron and his team connected to the program they made, a library employee ended up being fired.
Before that, Cameron appeared in other cities and towns that include Indianapolis, Indiana, and Scarsdale, New York.
Earlier, as many as 50 libraries had refused or ignored Cameron’s requests to reserve space in their facilities, with some claiming that the messages “didn’t align” with their programs. Since then, Cameron and his publisher said, many other bookstores have welcomed them and invited them to speak.
Cameron plans to continue visiting and traveling to public libraries around the country. Next stops include Denver and Colorado. Washington, D.C.; and New York City.
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