Local spiritual leaders urge Council to denounce Drag Queen Story Time

LAFAYETTE, La (KLFY) - This coming Tuesday, the Lafayette City-Parish Council will consider a resolution to stop the controversial "Drag Queen Story Time" event at the Lafayette Public Library, set for October.

District 5 Councilman Jared Bellard and William Theriot from District 9 authored the resolution, after receiving a letter from 51 local 'spiritual leaders' urging the Council to cancel it.
Saying in the letter, that the event is not a, "age appropriate educational program or presentation." 

"This is a resolution showing the intent of the council whether they're for or against it," said Bellard.

Bellard and Theriot believe that the event is not a good use of taxpayer funds to promote the event.

"Basically stating that we think it's age inappropriate for 3 to 6 year olds, for the Drag Queen Story Time." said Bellard.

This, after a petition from an organization called, 'Citizens for a New Louisiana' is reaching nearly 1600 signatures, and urged the council to take a position, after Mayor-President Joel Robideaux said LCG would move to try and cancel the event.

"We didn't create the issue, we're just responding to the issue," said Steve Horn, the pastor at First Baptist Lafayette.

He's among the 51 spiritual leaders who sent a letter to Bellard and Theriot applauding the Mayor-President's call for the event to be canceled and "protecting the innocence of children."

"Unfortunately it is a divisive issue, but because it's a more divisive issue, that's all the more reason for the library not to have a stance themselves on it, and not to be the promoters of it," said Horn.

He says that while it's ultimately up to the Library's Board of Control on whether the event should happen or not, the Council is the body that chooses the Library Board members.

"If the council doesn't have the authority over the board of control, then our simple question would be, who has some means of accountability to them?"

The Library Board of Control will have a meeting on Monday.

The City-Parish Council will vote on whether they support the 'Drag Queen Story Time' event on Tuesday at their meeting.

The library has firmly said that the show will go on, in 3 weeks on October 6.

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