This article is an opinion piece by Jane Robbins, Senior Fellow, American Principles Project and Harvard educated attorney. It is the opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of AllOnGeorgia. This column was published unedited. 

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The sexualization of young children for political reasons continues apace. The culture is degenerating before our eyes.

Alerted that the Ponce de Leon branch of the Atlanta Public Library planned to host a “Drag Queen Story Hour” on September 30, one concerned citizen attended the event and listened to Steven Igarashi-Ball (a.k.a. Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker) read several books to about 25 children and their parents. Igarashi-Ball’s freakish wig and makeup didn’t conceal his resemblance to what our intrepid reporter described as an NFL lineman. This seemed to puzzle one reality-based youngster, who can twice be heard on the video asking, “Is that a lady?” No one answered.

The first book read by Igarashi-Ball was entitled It’s OK to Be Different, which had no storyline to interest children and was apparently chosen purely to indoctrinate them that anything and everything (for example, “having different moms” or “different dads”) is “OK.” While the Drag Queen avoided overt advocacy, he did drop the occasional suggestive comment: citing “coming here today” as an example of standing up for what’s right, and replacing “walk” with “sashay” to describe a male character’s movements.

The overall impression left by Drag Queen Story Hour was one of boredom. Political hectoring is always tedious, and only true believers (presumably including the parents who brought their children) find anything attractive about it.

One wonders how well the Atlanta Public Library vetted this Drag Queen before exposing impressionable children to him. A stroll through his Facebook page reveals at least one photo post celebrating gay sadomasochism. Another post is a sad video of an eight-year-old boy dressing up like a drag queen, apparently with the approval of his parents. There’s also a shout-out to the violent leftists of Antifa: “Drag has always been political. With that in mind, I think someone needs to adopt the drag name Anne Tifa.” Clever.

So this is Atlanta’s foray into a type of child abuse that began in San Francisco (where else?) in 2015. The idea quickly spread to multiple locations including New York City, Seattle, and even England and Canada.

Drag queens are known not for child-friendly interactions but rather for X-rated “entertainment” at certain adult bars and shows. “However,” reports the New York Times, “the differences between a rowdy drag show audience and a group of kindergartners are not as pronounced as one might imagine.” A New York library official noted that little children can be wild. “We like to joke that they’re kind of like drunk adults.” And asked to identify the main difference between entertaining young children and entertaining adults at a drag show, the New York drag queen responded, “I’m sober.” These are the people now recruited by taxpayer-funded libraries to entertain young children.

Perhaps the most offensive Drag Queen Story Hour occurred in Boston, where the leaders came from the Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. If you’re not familiar with that outfit, it’s a nationwide group of men who dress as garishly made-up nuns and pull stunts designed to denigrate Christianity in general and the Catholic Church in particular. The group’s website claims, “we are a modern Order of Nuns, comprising of people of all gender associations, all spiritual affiliations, and all proclivities to do good works . . . . We believe that people should be encouraged to live their lives in any way that brings them the most amount of satisfaction and joy, without guilt or shame, so long as they do harm to no one. This underlying philosophical tradition of pure non-judgmentalism informs every aspect of our Practice.”

As the “Sisters” urge, “go forth and sin some more!”

At least the Atlanta Public Library didn’t draw from the local “order” of the sacrilegious Sisters to influence the tots. But there’s always next time.

The term “child abuse” should not be used lightly, but it’s appropriate here. These drag-queen exhibitions seem designed to create gender confusion – known as gender dysphoria, or “transgenderism” — in young children. This condition, in turn, could lead to treatment that, in the words of the American College of Pediatricians, “virtually ensures they will ‘choose’ a lifetime of carcinogenic and otherwise toxic cross-sex hormones, and likely consider unnecessary surgical mutilation of their healthy body parts as young adults.” And sufferers from gender dysphoria have sky-high rates of suicide. But at least they can be used to advance a political agenda.

One book read by Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker said, “It’s OK to say No to bad things.” Parents, say No to Drag Queen Story Hour.

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