The heat didn’t deter a group of 45+ people from standing in opposition to the “family friendly” drag show held at the Johnson Art Center on Saturday afternoon. Members of the Sonrise congregation, under the leadership of Jeff Disney, organized the peaceful protest and members of other denominations and citizen groups such as Real Impact Cedar and the Iron Dixie Committee of Rights joined forces with them. Jeff Disney led the group in prayer and others also raised their voices to call on the blessings of God upon the children who would be in attendance at the drag show.
The Johnson Center has repeatedly claimed to be a private business, yet they take public funds in the form of government grants from the state and funds from the Cedar City RAP tax. While these funds did not specifically fund the drag show, the center is taking tax money to sustain itself, therefore in a round about way these funds are tied to the drag show. More investigation will take place into the specifics of how these funds are used. The fact is, tax dollars should never be given to private businesses. Once a private business accepts government funding that ends it’s private business status. It all comes down to the fact that our tax dollars are being used to push the anti family ideology and our city council has turned a blind eye to it by continuing to allocate funds to an organization that they are well aware of promoting this agenda. The Johnson Center may run some great programs, but you can’t mix maggots in with your ice cream and expect those who see to swallow it.
The drag event was sponsored by Derek Morton, who ran and lost in the 2021 Cedar City Council elections. The performers were part of the Southern Utah University’s Pride of Southern Utah club. The actual event is best compared to drag queen story hour at a public library, but without the gaudy makeup and over the top costumes. Nothing sexual or explicit took place in the presence of the 4 children who were in attendance. It does still amount to grooming as the intention of exposing children to the LGBT culture and confusing nature of seeing men dressed as women is meant to normalize the behavior and begin moving the Overton window in their minds. They can then be introduced to more shocking content over time until they are not phased by the graphically sexual nature of true drag and homosexual lifestyles. Having been inside and witnessed the event for myself, I wouldn’t have deemed it a drag show, as drag shows are sexual in nature. However, I would not deem it appropriate for children as it very obviously upheld and promoted the queer culture. The person dressed as an evil rabbit in the corner did not help to make it any more “family friendly”. Apparently this was supposed to be Mothman of West Virginia folklore.
In conclusion, the majority of attendees at this event were college aged kids, which begs the question as to why they felt inviting children in was necessary. This event may have seemed harmless enough, but don’t forget that there is a beginning to everything and that we have heard in other cities the chants “we’re here, we’re queer, we’re coming for your children.”