Bill Filed to Prohibit Drag Performances On Public Property or Near Children

On Monday Sen. Gary Stubblefield (R – Branch) and Rep. Mary Bentley (R – Perryville) filed S.B. 43 prohibiting drag performances on public property or in view of children.

The bill effectively would prevent drag shows at public libraries, public schools, or anywhere else where children might be.

Over the past few years public schools, colleges, and libraries in Arkansas have scheduled drag performances — including performances intended for children. Some of these events have been canceled following public backlash.

At public libraries in particular there has been a push to let men dressed up as exaggerated, hyper-sexualized caricatures of women read books to children. In some parts of the country events like these have exposed children and families to sexual predators.

Drag shows should not take place on public property or anywhere near children. S.B. 43 would protect children from these performances.

You can read S.B. 43 here.

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What Parents (Don’t) Want from Disney

Disney has had a rough year. First came Turning Red, a film that lost the company $168 million dollars. In March, there was the dustup with Ron DeSantis over Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Then there was Lightyeara summer box office failure, whose star boldly predicted that parents concerned with the film’s LGBTQ agenda would soon “die off like the dinosaurs.”  With market shares slumping, Disney recently fired CEO Bob Chapek and replaced him with his predecessor, Bob Iger. Writing for WORLD Opinions, Samuel D. James summed it up nicely:   

Whether or not its stock improves, the company has to reckon with the fact that stuffing children’s entertainment with sexual revolution shibboleths is bad for the bottom line. … As the world’s foremost creator of children and family entertainment, Disney’s LGBT signaling feels invasive in a way that typical Hollywood liberalism does not.  

Maybe it’s time for Disney to listen to the words of a particularly wise old baboon. “The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.”

Copyright 2023 by the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Reprinted from with permission.

Lawsuit in Connecticut Underscores Why Arkansas Passed Law Protecting Fairness in Women’s Sports

Earlier this month the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that biological males can compete against females in women’s sports in Connecticut.

The ruling came about as the result of a lawsuit brought by four female student athletes against the Connecticut Association of Schools after the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference adopted a policy that lets males who claim to be female compete in girls’ athletics.

Attorneys representing the four female athletes say they may appeal the court’s decision.

Situations like this one are part of the reason Arkansas and other states have enacted legislation protecting fairness in women’s sports.

Act 461 of 2021 by Sen. Missy Irvin (R — Mountain View) and Rep. Sonia Barker (R — Smackover) protects fairness in women’s sports at school by preventing male student athletes from competing against girls in women’s athletics.

Over the past few years we have seen biological males dominate women’s athletics in some parts of the country.

For example, in 2019 Rachel McKinnon — a biological male who claims to be female — won the female Cycling World Championship.

More recently, biologically male athlete Lia Thomas shattered women’s swimming records and was even nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year.

Letting males compete in girls’ sports reverses 50 years of advancements for women and effectively erases girls’ athletics.

It hampers girls’ abilities to compete for athletic scholarships, and it hurts their professional opportunities as adults.

It isn’t just unfair. In some sports, it can even be dangerous.

Arkansas’ Act 461 is a good law that protects women and upholds fairness in women’s sports in Arkansas.

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