The Bay View Community Center (BVCC) attracted some unwanted attention May 4, 2019 because of a story hour they were hosting. The story hour?
“May the Fierce Be with You,” was the story hour’s theme, and it featured Star Wars-related titles, including a comic book and two picture books aimed at children ages two to eight.
Seems like an appropriate theme for May the Fourth be With you day…but that wasn’t the issue…it was the presenters: the Drag Queen Story Hour.
Named because a drag queen reads stories to children, the events were designed to promote imagination, diversity, education, and creativity.
The protesters belong to the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP), a group that I have never heard of before. They apparently are a conservative group of Roman Catholics…and if you click through to the article you will see they brought a statue of the Virgin with them. I am surprised that many of them apparently came from out of town.
The BVCC was warned that there might be a protest but the general public was unaware until they arrived on the scene. Unsurprisingly an impromptu counter protest gathered across the street. Although police were present there were no confrontations or any threats and a peaceful protest/counter-protest ensued. Given the emotional environment around LGBTQ rights…thank you to everyone for a peaceful afternoon.
The article also mentions background information on the TFP (why isn’t it the ASDTFP would be my first question…but that’s a tangent I guess). One piece of data:
According to its website, the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP), which began in 1971, is an organization of lay Catholic Americans concerned about the “moral crisis shaking the remnants of Christian civilization.” Its 120,000 active members, volunteers, and donors see themselves on the front lines of the “the culture war” and who are “peacefully defending the values of tradition, family and private ownership.”
If you check the quote in bold highlight that I included just above…from a Christian/Catholic perspective I get the first two items in the phrase…don’t necessarily agree but I get what they are thinking. But private ownership? Where does that fit in Catholic teaching or Christian theology? I mean…WWJD? A man who I don’t think owned much of anything and suggested we give others freely of our own goods.