Pastors flex their taxpayer-muscles to protect kids

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
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library signA pastors' group in Tennessee is making sure children at a nearby public library are left out of the indoctrination going on during unofficial LBGT "pride month."

The public library in Putnam County, Tennessee – about 80 miles due east of Nashville – put up LGBT flags and highlighted "gay"-themed books for children for the month of June. Dale Walker, president of the Tennessee Pastors Network, says his heart sank when he saw the display.

"They had multiple books that were LGBTQ-friendly – in the children's section. This is what's so disturbing: in the children's section!" he exclaims. "It would be a different deal if it was in the adult section."

Walker brought his concerns to the staff at the library, and after some discussion the library removed the display and set up a new display that celebrates families and togetherness.

The pastor says he had the help of some fellow Christians - including the West Virginia group Warriors for Christ - who spoke out along with him.

"They should be able to – they're taxpayers. They pay taxes just like everybody else," he says. "Why should they let less than five percent of the people control a public entity like a library and turn it into an indoctrination center? It ought to be a neutral environment."

But despite the success in Putnam County, Walker says libraries around the country remain battlegrounds with events like "Drag Queen Story Hour" and displays this month and beyond.

"As Christians we have to be proactive and not reactive," he urges. "So next year, and in these times when we know these things are coming up, we've got to be proactive on this stuff and pay attention to what's happening in these locations that the LGBTQ is using for indoctrination centers."

Editor's note: Reference to Warriors for Christ was added after story was originally posted.

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