Celebrity Pastor Pat Robertson said people in Florida should vote against officials that allow Drag Queen Story Hour events to be held in libraries, according to The Friendly Atheist.
“The citizens of a city need to vote stuff like that out. Whoever is permitting that — the head librarian, the superintendent of education — whoever is permitting it needs to be voted out of office,” Robertson said during The 700 Club, a Christian television show hosted by the televangelist.
Drag Queen Story Hours (DQSH) are events in which drag queens read stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. According to the DQSH website, these performances “capture the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and give kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.”
The comments suggest that Robertson believes librarians are elected, which is false, said The Friendly Atheist. “Robertson, who has no idea how libraries work, thinks someone at the top is making a decision to hold these events. That’s not how it works.”
Libraries are required by law to allow members of the community to reserve the facilities, including for church-related events, the outlet added.
Conservative organizations and media outlets have criticized Drag Queen Story Hour in the past. Just this week, Fox news anchor Martha MacCallum said “there’s a sexualization element to” the events. Her guest added that the reading sessions may “groom” children into an “unhealthy lifestyle,” according to Media Matters for America.