Controversy Swirls During Kirk Cameron Event
“Duck Dynasty“ star Missy Robertson, Christian actor Kirk Cameron and women‘s sports advocate Riley Gaines encountered pushback from the staff at a Hendersonville, Tennessee public library when they planned a story hour for children. On the “Unashamed“ podcast with Phil and Jase Robertson, Missy described how library staff made loud noises and played music from behind the front desk as they attempted to film marketing videos for their books before the Feb. 25 event.
“That‘s when I turned my phone on. I started recording. I was like, ‘This is blatant and ridiculous,'” Robertson said.
Cameron is on a national tour of public libraries to promote his children‘s book, “As You Grow,” which shares biblical wisdom with kids and families. These events are a direct response to “drag queen story hours,” which have grown in popularity at public libraries across the country. Robertson, the author of the children‘s book “Because You‘re My Family,” and Gaines, who lives in the Hendersonville area, were invited to Cameron‘s event at the public library as special guests.
Library officials initially said their facility could not handle a large–scale event, but they relented after the library‘s board of directors and the community pushed back on library staff. Though the event happened as planned with an overflow crowd, Brave Books, Cameron‘s publisher, said the library staff “treated us terribly, unfortunately.”
Missy said that “hundreds“ of people with children were lined up outside, in the rain in February, to attend the event. She expressed anger that these families were not permitted to wait inside, where it was dry and warm.
Cameron expressed his happiness for the opportunity to address hundreds of families at his event with messages of faith, family and country. He said this is all part of his effort to “take back the hearts and minds of America‘s children.”
Hendersonville Mayor Jamie Clary told Fox News Digital that library employees are county employees and that the mayor‘s office has no authority over them. He touted Hendersonville‘s status as a faith–based community, observing that, “very often, the first question asked of a Hendersonville newcomer is ‘Do you have a church home yet?’“
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