On Wednesday a federal judge in Texas rejected a lawsuit filed against a library for hosting a Drag Queen Storytime funded by taxpayer dollars, TheBlaze reported.
A group of self-proclaimed “Christ followers” filed the lawsuit against the Houston Public Library and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner after the city sponsored a “Drag Queen Storytime” event for children.
The lawsuit claims that the Drag Queen Storytime infringes on freedom of religion because it was technically hosted and put on by the city. The Houston Chronicle reported that the religious group held a rally when the lawsuit was announced on Friday, Oct. 19, at the federal courthouse in Houston.
The Drag Queen Storytime isn’t a new event, as the library began hosting it last summer. The Freed-Montrose Neighborhood branch, where the story hour takes place, is located in Houston’s historic gay neighborhood.
In their lawsuit, the “Christ followers” requested that the federal courts stop the events from happening, calling them “inappropriate.” Conversely, the Drag Queen Storytime, which has been happening for well over a year, is described on the library’s website as “appropriate for all ages.”
The Christian plaintiffs maintain that the library is hosting an unconstitutional event.
This is not the first time Chris Sevier, one of the plaintiffs, has appeared in court. He has filed previous lawsuits arguing that if people of the same sex can get married then he should be able to marry his laptop.
Tex Christopher, another plaintiff, stated that his family uses books from the Freed-Montrose library for his children’s homeschooling. Two more plaintiffs include an evangelical minister and a woman whose ex-husband divorced her to be with a transgender woman, TheBlaze reported.
While the lawsuit claims the children’s reading event is harmful to children, the library description for the event cals it a time of “love and acceptance” for the children.
“Break out the dress up chest and let your imagination run wild as you join the Houston Public Library and local Drag Queens for storytime. These vibrant Queens will help to instill a sense of love and acceptance in our children while encouraging them to be true to themselves,” the website states.
The main issue the “Christ followers” have with the event is the fact that it is a public function, and therefore uses taxpayer dollars.
The Chronicle notes that the lawsuit argues a “man-woman marriage storytelling hour,” shouldn’t be put on by taxpayer dollars either.
This isn’t the first time that the “Christ followers” have taken a stand against a progressive agenda in Houston. They have adamantly stood against same-sex marriage as well as a bathroom bill that would allow gender fluidity in public bathrooms.
On Wednesday, Oct. 24, a federal judge in Houston shot down the group’s latest lawsuit, using only four sentences to do so. Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal argued that there was “no basis to support the requested relief. The application is denied,” the Chronicle reported.
The library website notes that there are two upcoming story hours on Oct. 27, as well as another on Dec. 29. The Freed-Montrose Neighborhood isn’t the only library in the country to be hosting Drag Queen Storytimes, as the America Library Association endorsed the event at their annual conference in July.