Reason: Don’t Destroy the Constitution To Fight Drag Queen Reading Hour

Steven Greenhut writing at

The Sacramento public library featured a drag-queen story hour, in which men dressed as women read stories to children. It seems bizarre and agenda-driven, given that a stated goal was to provide kids with “glamorous, positive and unabashedly queer role models.” I’ve seen drag queens and glamorous isn’t the first thing that jumps to mind.

But who really cares? I avoided the library that day and shrugged it off as something that takes place in a big, diverse, largely free and slightly crazy society. No one was forced to attend.

Nice. A common-sense approach — not my cup of tea, but indicative of freedom taking place.

Drag queens and religious absolutists might not be your cup of tea, but this debate should get your attention for an eye-popping reason: Many conservatives now believe the country is facing such a dire cultural threat that the nation should essentially jettison some long-standing constitutional restraints and protections.

They want an empowered government to intervene on behalf of their religious values. They might not be theocrats, but they are too close for this libertarian’s comfort.

Hear, hear. Increasingly, conservatives are more and more fearful of freedom. In the words of George Bernard Shaw, “Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.”

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