Busted: That’s the claim from a watchdog group about public officials who are accused of lying to the public about running a background check on drag queens who read to children at a California public library.
Chula Vista joined numerous other cities last September when it allowed - and celebrated - men dressing in drag and reading to little children at the city's public library.
Mirroring the scene at other readings, conservative groups such as MassResistance showed up to protest while others supported and attended the pro-LGBT event in the name of tolerance and diversity.
"The City of Chula Vista’s greatest strength is our diversity and sense of community," Councilmember Steve Padilla, who is openly homosexual, said in a statement that praised the event.
Padilla predictably criticized the "spreading of ignorance, fear, and hate" by those who opposed the reading by two drag queens, "Raquelita" and "Barbie Q."
Undeterred by the name-calling, the San Diego chapter of MassResistance demanded to know if city officials conducted a background check on the two drag queens before giving them access to a group of children. That tactic from the group, using a freedom of information request, mirrored action in Texas that determined two convicted sex criminals were allowed to read.
According to MassResistance, the official response from a Chula Vista city clerk reads:
The performers, ‘Raquelita’ and ‘Barbie Q’ have been fully vetted via the same process as all other one-time library performers, which is: Staff booking the program has checked their references, previous history of events and relevant professional affiliation.
The same letter, dated February 11, more directly states that the city "does not require background checks for any of its performers" because they are considered "episodic volunteers" and hence do not require a background check.
In other words, MassRestance concluded, the city did not conduct a criminal background check despite Padilla claiming at an October city board meeting (see video below) that one had been done.
"The program in Chula Vista was fully vetted by our professional staff, and library staff," Padilla said, "to include complete background checks on the individuals who were participating."
At the same meeting, Mayor Mary Salas seemed to talk down to story hour protesters: They did not attend the story hour, she lectured, and therefore don't realize the library staff "vetted" the books read to the children as well as the drag queen readers.
"They were vetted out and there were background checks on these people," she told the audience.
“There were no background checks done, and we have the mayor and the city councilman who were supporting drag queen story hours,” Arthur Schaper, a MassRestance spokesman, tells OneNewsNow. “They lied to the public. They lied to the world at large, saying that they were vetted and background checked. No, they weren't.”
OneNewsNow has reported that a Texas-based MassResistance chapter and a second group, Texas Values, confronted liberal Austin politicians last year who allowed convicted sex criminals to have access to children.
After an openly homosexual councilman, Jimmy Flannigan, accused the groups of spreading "misinformation" about his community, the groups began digging and learned that one drag queen reader (pictured above, at left) is a convicted sex offender who was convicted of aggravated sexual assault on an 8-year-old.
After more digging, the "intolerant" groups discovered a second drag queen who read to kids at Freed-Montrose Library was convicted of sex crimes against children ages 4,5,6, and 8. That man served as the door greeter.
A third drag queen was allowed to read at a public school in Austin even after he told the school about a past conviction for prostitution.
Schaper tells OneNewsNow that drag queen story hours are intended to normalize "sexually perverse" behaviors and pedophilia.
"It's about sexual deviants getting access to children," he insists.