Libraries are not interested in hosting readings of Kirk Cameron’s “faith-centered” kids’ book.
Amid all the stories of shitbag Proud Boys shutting down drag queen story hours at libraries, here’s a nice bit of news about libraries saying a very polite “fuck off” to Kirk Cameron, former Growing Pains star and current Christian film mogul whose latest effort was the anti-abortion film Lifemark. According Brave Books, the conservative imprint that published Cameron’s “faith-centered” children’s book As You Grow, more than 50 public libraries across the country have either declined Cameron’s offer to read his book there, or not responded to it.
Of course, given the source (and the fact that the original reporting outlet was Fox News), we have to take the claims with a grain of salt—especially since Cameron, in a statement to Newsweek, positioned himself as a martyr in the “culture wars.”
I mean, 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 and the fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. How much more clear can it get?
As a reminder in addition to his standard-issue trans- and homophobia, one of the things Cameron believes is that wives should “submit [themselves] to [their] husbands, as is fitting in the Lord” and “honor and respect and follow their husband’s lead, not to tell their husband how he ought to be a better husband.” You know, regular joy and peace stuff!
Whether or not Brave Books and Fox News are telling the truth here, I’m choosing to have gentle faith that libraries are, indeed, standing up against this bullshit. We love you, libraries.