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Anti-LGBTQ+ Actor-Writer Kirk Cameron Shocked at Libraries' Rejection

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Cameron is claiming to be a victim of "wokeness" because libraries host drag queen story hours but aren't interested in helping him promote his new kids' book.

Right-wing Christian actor and author Kirk Cameron is painting himself as a victim, with help from his allies at Fox News, because libraries aren't interested in hosting him for a reading of his new children's book, As You Grow.

Fifty libraries from across the U.S. have either rejected or not responded to the former Growing Pains star's offers to appear, his publisher, Brave Books, told Fox News. "Many of the same libraries that won't give Cameron a slot, however, are actively offering 'drag queen' story hours or similar programs for kids and young people," Fox News reports on its website.

"Some library programs promote gender fluidity, inclusion and diversity," the right-wing outlet continues. "Others offer 'name change' clinics for older teens and adults who want to alter their official paperwork for gender-identity reasons."

Cameron is well known for his many anti-LGBTQ+ stances, although it's not clear if his new book contains any of that hate. It's about a seed that grows into a huge tree and becomes a protector of its community. But a Brave Books representative cited comments from various library personnel saying the book wouldn't be appropriate because their libraries aim for diversity and inclusion.

"We are a very queer-friendly library. Our messaging does not align," a worker at Rochambeau Public Library in Providence, R.I., told Brave Books, according to the publisher.

Cameron clearly sees his book as a counter to liberal values. "As Bibles are literally being removed from schools and libraries -- and as Christianity, and faith, and the Ten Commandments are being taken out of schools and replaced with toxic ideas like transgenderism, [critical race theory], and the 1619 Project, I'm looking to fight back," he told Fox News in an earlier interview.

"It's no coincidence that we're seeing these dangerous and toxic ideas such as gender theory and CRT and these kinds of things targeted toward our kids," he continued. "Drag queen story hour and all of that -- it's not a mistake that this is going after the children because everyone understands that whoever controls the textbooks controls the future."

The book "teaches biblical wisdom and the value of producing the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control," he added. One wonders if he would be surprised to hear those things are considered virtues in the LGBTQ+ community as well.

Later, responding to the reports of rejections by libraries, Cameron told Fox News, "This is proof that more than ever, we are getting destroyed in the battle for the hearts and minds of our children."

"Publicly funded libraries are green-lighting 'gender marker and name change clinics' while denying a story time that would involve the reading of a book that teaches biblical wisdom," he went on. "How much more clear can it get?"

Brave Books founder and CEO Trent Talbot gave a statement to Fox News, saying, "It is devastating to discover that many of our publicly funded libraries have now become indoctrination centers that refuse to allow biblical wisdom to be taught to our children. The woke left understands that morality is instilled by the age of 10, and they want their morality to win, not the morality that the Bible teaches."

Cameron is not the only member of his family taking stands against the LGBTQ+ community. Actress Candace Cameron Bure, his sister, recently said romance movies at the Great American Family cable channel will focus on "traditional marriage" and therefore won't include same-sex couples. Bure, once a fixture of Hallmark Channel movies, left Hallmark for Great American Family this year.

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