Thursday, June 09, 2022

In The You Can’t Make This Stuff Up Category

A Republican once again out did themselves… banning drag shows.

Texas lawmaker proposes banning drag shows in presence of minors
The Hill
By Will Dupree and Nexstar Media Wire
June 6, 2022

A Republican lawmaker in Texas said he would like to enact a statewide ban that would prevent minors from attending drag performances.

Texas Rep. Bryan Slaton, R-Mineola, posted on social media Monday that he plans to introduce legislation during next year’s legislative session aimed at “protecting kids from drag shows and other inappropriate displays.” This announcement apparently came after videos surfaced online showing children attending a drag showcase in Dallas this past weekend.

“I promised my voters that I would stand up for their values and fight to protect Texas kids,” Slaton said in a statement. “I was re-elected on that promise and I intend to keep it by authoring legislation to defend kids from being subjected to drag shows and other inappropriate events. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this important legislation.”

It’s unclear what kind of enforcement this potential legislation would include or what the exact language of the proposal would be. Lawmakers, however, would not be able to consider this proposal until they return to the State Capitol for another legislative session, which is scheduled to begin Jan. 10 next year.

Dallas Voice had this to say about the bill and a comment by Rep. Slaton,

“Drag shows are no place for a child. I would never take my children to a drag show and I know Speaker Dade Phelan and my Republican colleagues wouldn’t either,” said Slaton, a republican whose official House of Representatives website describes him as “an American businessman, pastor and politician.

Well the simple answer is don't take your children to the shows, but don't block the rights of others who would.

The article went on to say...

The press release quotes Slaton as saying, “The events of this past weekend were horrifying and show a disturbing trend in which perverted adults are obsessed with sexualizing young children.”

What initiated the bill was,

We assume he is referring to a “family-friendly drag show” held early Saturday at Mr. Misster on Cedar Springs Road before the bar opened for its normal business day. A crowd of protesters gathered outside the bar and began harassing those who were going inside for the show. Dallas police officers arrived on scene and moved the protesters across Reagan Street to the sidewalk in front of the fire station.

At some point, one of the protesters asked police to conduct “a welfare check” on the children inside the bar. Protesters have claimed that officers then went in forced those with children to leave the event. But an account by a witness at scene said the officers went inside but did not make anyone leave — a claim backed up by information from the DPD Public Information Office:

“Officers responded to ensure a peaceful protest and to prevent any physical altercation. Officers did go inside the club to ensure that all the kids were out and shielded them from the protestors as they made their exits on their own accounts.”

Meanwhile in Texas the 22 students were murdered in school, teachers are fleeing the state, and the power grid is about to collapse but the Republicans think the most pressing issues in the state are drag queens.

Aren’t we all so glad to know that brave Rep. Slaton and the other Texas Republicans are willing to forge ahead and pledge to spend however much time necessary and do whatever it takes to keep drag queens away from minors. Too bad that can’t put all that time and energy toward something important, like keeping children and teachers from being massacred in our classrooms, or keeping elderly people from being murdered in the grocery store.

Of course this is against the First Amendment but that little thing they wouldn’t let get in their way and when the courts overturn the law the Republicans will blame the “liberal” courts.

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