The Tennessee Pastors Network says it won a victory in convincing the Putnam County Library to remake a display promoting LGBTQ children’s books.
TNPN President Dale Walker has been petitioning the Putnam County Library to give equal attention to Christian views and traditional marriage that at least match the promotion of the LGBTQ agenda during Pride Month, which is in June, according to a press release from the network.
“We feel this is important because Christians feel their biblical worldview is being marginalized in the Putnam County Library, and their children are not seeing a balanced display when they bring them in,” Walker said in a letter to the library. “This is offensive to many Christian families—that their view isn’t also presented equally.”
In response to its community, the library removed two displays earlier this month promoting LGBTQ materials to children and families, TNPN said. The library, Walker said, had showcased Pride Month in the children’s reading section. Multiple books, he added, were highlighted as recommended reading to promote the LGBTQ agenda. Few, if any, books, Walker said, promoted Christianity.
The library director responded to Walker that a new display “now contains only books celebrating families and togetherness,” along with a book about the Good Samaritan.
The Tennessee Pastors Network in January fought the visit of “Drag Queen Story Hour” to the Putnam County Library, The Tennessee Star reported. The children’s reading program that focuses on “LGBTQ+ love, acceptance and tolerance” has taken place at various libraries around the nation.
A drag queen going by the name “Ms. Kitty Lovelle” read to kids during that event, Fox 17 Nashville reported.
Walker said it is time pastors become involved in their communities when groups attempt to further their agendas.
“It is sad to see the moral decay in our culture, and the library should be a neutral environment rather than one to confuse the minds of little children,” he said. “Christian taxpaying families also shouldn’t have to deal with LGBTQ indoctrination when they walk through the doors of their public library. Christians still have a voice, and if we will just use it, we can make a difference in the cultural war that is raging. The church must not be silent in such a critical time, and we should exercise our religious liberties that came at great cost to our nation.”
Walker cited research by the Pew Research Center showing the Tennessee population is composed of 52 percent Evangelical Protestants and 13 percent Mainline Protestants. The research results are available here.
“This totals 65 percent and this should easily prove that the biblical worldview of traditional marriage also deserves the same presentation that LGBTQ month is receiving at the Putnam County Library,” Walker said.
Tennessee Pastors Network is a state chapter of the American Pastors Network, which says it is the largest national network dedicated to equipping pastors to be a voice for truth in the public square.
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