Legislating against drag queen story hour

Published February 13, 2023

WORLD Opinions

I admit that fixating on a topic like drag queens runs the risk of appearing a bit ridiculous. A whole column dedicated to the unseriousness of gender-bending debauchery? Really?

For whatever reason that I cannot morally compute, though, the number of drag queen events only seems to increase as time goes on. What began as a transgressive push to mainstream LGBT activity in general, and in the form of reading books to children in public libraries in particular, has become almost routine. Anyone who follows intellectual debates within the conservative movement knows that for several years now, a conservative’s response to whether drag queens should be afforded the ability to read to small children in public spaces has become a Rorschach test for the underlying tenets of one’s conservatism.

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EPPC Fellow Andrew T. Walker, Ph.D., researches and writes about the intersection of Christian ethics, public theology, and the moral principles that support civil society and sound government. A sought-after speaker and cultural commentator, Dr. Walker’s academic research interests and areas of expertise include natural law, human dignity, family stability, social conservatism, and church-state studies. The author or editor of more than ten books, he is passionate about helping Christians understand the moral demands of the gospel and their contributions to human flourishing and the common good. His most recent book, out in May 2021 from Brazos Press, is titled Liberty for All: Defending Everyone’s Religious Freedom in a Secular Age.

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