Cameron has been outspoken against gender ideology, child sex changes, and drag queen story hours for children, and to those in the LGBTQ community that can't handle dissent, any contradiction to their world view is considered hateful.
Protestor walks through the crowd
Protestor at Fayetteville Public Library
Protestors were not only outside the venue, but inside as well. The activists blocked children from seeing the reading, holding up signs that obscured their view. Those signs said that the Freedom Island Tour, Brave Books, and Cameron were spreading a hateful message.
The event was organized by a local artist, who shared details of the protest on Facebook. For Simone Cottrell, this would be a silent protest, and she cautioned other activists to "please not engage with these clowns."
Clint Schnekloth, who claims to be an "opensource pastor" and a Lutheran, was also in attendance, and said that the experience was "overwhelming and far weirder and scarier than I had even imagined it would be."
He noted with digust that a child "of about 11 came up to me and said, without invitation, 'You know what happens if we all go gay?! Human extinction!'" Schnekloth was horrified when faced with a child who knew that human reproduction requires non-same-sex couples.
Schnekloth said that Cameron's talk on faith and values was "even more indoctrination" than he had "anticipated," and took issue with Cameron's assertion that law should be based in morality, and called the Christian message "crap."
The sign he held up read "Is cashing in on 'Christian' hate a fruit of the spirit?" and another that read "Is it 'brace' to make trans kids afraid?"
Photos from Clint Schnekloth's Facebook page
Schnekloth spoke to local news, saying that Cameron's children's book about growing up learning to make decisions based in Christian values was "propaganda."
"The thing he posted before he came here a couple of days ago was that he was going on the offensive against a culture he disagrees with," Schnekloth said. "Some of the things he mentioned inside…he’s against cancel culture. A lot of his propaganda is against queer people and queer children in particular."
Drag Queen Patty Johnson was there as well, saying that Cameron reading to kids was "what indoctrinating looks like," and mocking the kids as "a bunch of home schooled children being sold a 'freedom' line of baloney when they are actually saying vote for more of your freedoms to be taken away because, communism and cancel culture are SO bad… so come Buy Our Books, capitalism is good of course!"
Screen shot from Patty Johnson's Facebook page.
Johnson had boosted the protest in the days leading up to the event, calling it a "Day of Authenticity."
Brave Books Zach Bell, who was in attendance at the Freedom Island Tour reading, told The Post Millennial that they were expecting support, not vitriol.
"In coming to Fayetteville, Arkansas we expected to get a ton of supportive Christian and conservative families to show up," Bell said. "What we did not expect was for a group of drag queens and activists to attend and walk up and down the event giving the children in attendance the creeps. Their dress was some weird sort of black gown clothing and they wore demonic appearing face painting. Very weird."<
"We’ve been saying that the left is preying on our Children," Brave Books founder Trent Talbot said in a comment, "and they sheepishly try to gaslight us - calling us conspiracy theorists. On Friday in Fayetteville, a group of drag queens dressed in demonic outfits showed up to a Children’s book reading filled with Conservative and Christian parents and their children. All these drag queens wanted was to force disturbing views on these innocent kids. The left’s predatory behavior is just another conspiracy theory exposed as a fact."
One mom who brought her four children to the event, Mandy Brooks, spoke to local news, and was not deterred by the protests. "We love Christ," she said. "We love Jesus and we just wanted to come help promote this. We love these Brave Books and we just love our country. So, we just wanted to come here and be part of what he’s doing."
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