The Lafayette Library has decided to back down from the controversial Drag Queen Story Time after a lawsuit was filed against it.
Even before the library announced its decision, Delta Lambda Phi President Brad Parfait says they had planned to rent a private space at the library to have drag queen story time without the library’s official backing.
Whenever the library caught wind, they shut it down
“They said it was going to damage the case.” said Parfait.
According to Parfait, the Lafayette Library Executive Director Teresa Elberson told him that they we’re not allowed to have Drag Queen Story Time until the lawsuit against it is settled in court.
“I was kinda disappointed that they would go as far as to infringe upon civil rights of private citizens.” said Parfait.
Warriors for Christ and Special Forces of Liberty, the groups that filed the lawsuit, plan to move forward despite the library backing down.
They argue that drag queen story time promotes the religion of secular humanism
“LGBT Secular Humanism is a religion for the purposes of the 1st amendment establishment clause. The question is can the government endorse that.” said Chris Sevier, Attorney for Warriors for Christ and Special Forces of Liberty.
Parfait says he still wants to host the event at the library but if that’s not possible, he’s willing to have in another part of the city.
“I mean the original intention of this event was to keep tolerance and friendship fostering among children even though some say we are grooming them or we are indoctrinating them to a certain philosphy, we just seek to make them open and make sure no bullying happens.” he explained.
The library says its Executive Director Teresa Elberson was not allowed to talk to the media.