Updated: Aug 16
THE WOODLANDS, Texas. — Citizens Defending Freedom, a nonprofit organization that helps Americans defend their faith and freedom, hosted and participated in several successful “See You at the Library” events in Texas last weekend.
In Montgomery County, dozens gathered at the George & Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library in The Woodlands to read Christian-themed, pro-American books. The group of American patriots was joined by motivational speaker and writer Michael Franzese and Texas Representative Steve Toth and was met with support from the community, as well as protests from the political left.
“See You at the Library” events, a nationwide tour headlined by “Growing Pains” actor Kirk Cameron and his book publisher Brave Books, have drawn opposition from the political left, including members of the American Library Association (ALA) who offered tips to librarians on how to prevent the events from taking place.
Notably, Drag Queen Story Hours are often held in American public libraries without opposition from the ALA, but patriotic, Christian-themed events drew the ALA’s ire.
Despite that, Citizens Defending Freedom volunteers also helped host a successful “See You at the Library” event in Denton County, where almost 250 freedom-loving Americans turned out to spend time with their friends, families and to bond with the community. Children took part in arts and crafts, and food and beverages were provided.
Citizens Defending Freedom also hosted eight “See You at the Library” events in Williamson County between July 29 and August 5. The events were held at libraries in Cedar Park, Georgetown, Florence, Leander, Hutto and Round Rock. Another event in Taylor, where Kirk Cameron personally read his children’s book “Pride Comes Before the Fall”, garnered 2000 local citizens, despite the fact that inside the library, there was only capacity for 300. NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines and pro-life advocate Abby Johnson also attended the event and both took time to meet local citizens and take photos with children in attendance. CDF was able to sit down with Marcia Watson, event organizer and Williamson County Citizens Defending Freedom Executive Director, as well as Riley Gaines to discuss the importance of the See You at the Library events. Portions of those interviews can be viewed below:
“Despite the attempts of our political opponents to sabotage these family-friendly events, Citizens Defending Freedom held successful outings across the state of Texas, where we taught our children about the bedrock principles of this country - our faith and freedom,” said Jennifer Eckhart, Executive Director of Citizens Defending Freedom - Montgomery County. “No matter how hard our opposition tries to discourage us, we will always stand firm in our beliefs and continue to share those beliefs in our communities.”
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