One Million Moms (OMM), a network of Christian moms and a division of the American Family Association, is calling for a boycott of the popular grocery store chain Whole Foods Market after Atlanta LGBTQ Affairs announced on Twitter that the retailer was one of the sponsors of a “Drag Queen Story Hour” event in Atlanta.
OMM has set up a petition on its website, which had garnered over 9,000 signatures as of Monday morning.
The petition reads: I will not shop at Whole Foods Market as long as your company is supporting Drag Queen Story Hour. I find it irresponsible that your company is exploiting America’s children to be ‘groomed’ by drag queens in hopes to indoctrinate children into transgenderism and homosexuality. To satisfy a few customers, Whole Foods Market is pushing a majority of conservative families to your competitors. I urge your company to stop attempting to normalize this lifestyle and cancel sponsorship of Drag Queen Story Hour immediately.”
The event took place at Atlanta’s city hall on June 29 with full support from Atlanta’s Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. LifeSite News reported that the books “It’s Okay to be Different” and “Mary Had a Little Glam” were read to the children and their families.
Drag Queen Story Hour states on its website that it “captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive and unabashedly queer role models.”
Over the past few years, Drag Queen Story Hour events have become routine at many public libraries and schools across the U.S., stirring up much backlash from conservatives.
“I urge parents and library workers to let your concerns be known,” wrote Franklin Graham in a Facebook post last year. “Parents and grandparents can effectively protest by staying out of the library altogether on those days and letting others know to keep their children away also. And why not ask about starting a Christian Book Story Hour at those same libraries? The Bible tells us, ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it’ (John 1:5).”
Although some of these events are paid for by the libraries themselves through funds provided by the American Library Association from taxpayer-funded federal grants, many libraries also use state and local taxpayer money to host and promote the events.
“The goal is to normalize abnormal, sexually deviant homosexual behavior by enticing children to … question their sexuality,” pro-family activist Georgia Kijesky told LifeSite News. “The more children see men dressing up as women, the more normal it will become.”
“As Christians who have input their thoughts and feelings about this I wonder if we would be given the same consideration if we wanted to have a Bible reading to children in the public library?” a mother asked on social media in response to a Drag Queen Story Hour held at her local library in Middletown, Connecticut. “Would we be met with the same acceptance and tolerance or would we be scolded that we are indoctrinating children at a young impressionable age? Would we be accused and shamed for doing so and met with resistance?”
In addition to Whole Foods (owned by Amazon), the Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Falcons and Georgia Beverage were co-sponsors of the Atlanta city hall event.