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New York State Sen. Andrew Gounardes took to Twitter today to accuse some his constituents of engaging in “hate speech.” The target of his smear was a group of concerned citizens in Brooklyn’s, Gerritsen Beach neighborhood who objected to their local library hosting Drag Queen Story Hour, an international organization dedicated to having drag queens tell stories to children.
According a report in the Brooklyn Eagle, the leader of the protest is a father whose first name is Tag but declined to give his last name for fairly obvious reasons, not the least of which is that elected officials might accuse him of “hate speech.” He told the Eagle, “We’re talking about babies who can’t even grab the concept yet that they are boys or girls, never mind gender fluidity. A gender now is what we used to call a personality. Our children should be able to grow up and come to these decisions on their own just like everybody else.”
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The event apparently was to include children younger than five years old. Outside the library today, small groups of protestors and counter protesters gathered and exchanged barbs. Although one might expect Brooklyn to welcome the drag queen story hour, there is more than one Brooklyn. Gerritsen Beach is not a hipster hood or full of pram-pushing, Volvo-driving Bernie supporters. It is a fairly conservative, working-class neighborhood.
Drag Queen Story Hour has been the subject of a rather heated debate among conservatives of late. It sparked the spat between The New York Post’s Sohrab Ahmari and National Review’s David French about how forcefully conservatives should attack and work to stop this kind of indoctrination of children. I think we can count these protesters in Gerritsen Beach as team Sohrab.
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The way Gounardes chose to respond to the controversy says an awful lot about the...
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