Photo Credit: Screenshot/Facebook/Open Cathedral
LEANDER, Texas — A self-described “open and affirming church” in Texas has decided to host a “Drag Queen Story Time” for children at a local public library after city officials canceled an initial event, in part, due to opposition from residents.
Open Cathedral, a member of the United Church of Christ, rented out a room at the Leander Public Library after the City of Leander nixed the event due to the lack of a screening process for volunteers and after receiving phone calls of concern.
“[T’he City’s decision to cancel … at this time was made collectively among city and library management staff after receiving input from many citizens and community stakeholders,” a FAQ page on the city’s website reads.
Mayor Troy Hill also remarked in a statement that “social issues” shouldn’t be addressed in libraries or churches at all due to the division they cause.
“Our library, which is run by a company contracted by the City, chose to wade into social issues water without approval from city staff. Since then it has led to the predictable outrage and divisiveness that is the reason to avoid these issues,” he said, according to local television station KVUE.
“I propose we designate areas where we don’t wade into politics, social issues, or divisive discussions,” Hill stated. “Schools, music venues, churches, and yes, libraries are a great start. Let’s make Leander a place where we get along and focus on areas we agree on.”
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