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HOUSTON, Texas — Organizers of the Houston, Texas chapter of “Drag Queen Story Hour” have decided to discontinue the offering for the “foreseeable future” in the midst of outrage over the revelation that a man who had read to children is a registered sex offender. The organizers state that the library’s failure to run a background check was an oversight, and that they too did not know the man had a criminal record.
“When Trent spoke to the queen in question this weekend, she confirmed that she had been convicted in 2009. It was devastating,” Trent Lira and Devin Will outlined in an article published to Houstonia on Tuesday. “We had insisted and insisted that what we were doing was safe for children, and yet here was a performer who had been charged with sexual assault of a minor.”
“We didn’t know about the conviction prior to last week, but it would have come up if a background check had been conducted. It was a systematic mistake.”
According to reports, Calvin Miller, an evangelist who founded 1Team1Fight Ministries, and others had filed suit against the Houston Public Library in October to contend that Drag Queen Story Hour “excessively entangles the government with the religion of secular humanism.”
“The plaintiffs believe that the Drag Queen Story Hour has nothing to do with ‘diversity’ and ‘tolerance,’ but with brainwashing the children of Houston to a religious worldview that is destructive, dishonest, desensitizing, dehumanizing, depersonalizing, deranged
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