A book-reading event featuring actor Kirk Cameron will not be allowed to take place at the Madison Public Library in Alabama. In addition to Cameron, Riley Gaines, who has been outspoken in opposing the inclusion of men in women’s sports, was also slated to appear at the event.
“The Moms for Liberty organization had planned to feature Brave Books in a meeting room at Madison Public Library. Due to the event’s anticipated attendance increasing beyond the Library’s capacity, the Library will be unable to host the event. Initially, the organizers of the event reported 20 attendees to library officials. On Tuesday the Library learned that event organizers are now expecting over 300 people, a number that far exceeds any meeting room capacity within the Huntsville-Madison County Library System,” the press release reads.
“After discussing the logistics of the event with both the Library and the event organizer, the Madison City Police Department and the Madison City Fire Marshal have recommended that the event be held at an alternate location,” the press release states.
In a letter to Huntsville-Madison County Libraries executive director Cindy Hewitt, First Liberty Institute senior counsel Jeremy Dys claimed that after learning that Cameron and Gaines would be attending the event, Hewitt “abruptly cancelled the event citing ‘security concerns’ from a potential protest of Mr. Cameron and claiming the event exceeds the library’s capacity.”
Dys warned of legal action if the event is not allowed to take place at the library.
“We write to inform you that, should you persist in the cancellation of this event, you will have engaged in unlawful and unconstitutional religious viewpoint and content discrimination,” Dys declared in the letter. “We therefore request that you respond by Noon Friday, August 4, 2023, confirming Brave Books and Mr. Cameron may utilize the Madison Public Library to host the ‘See You at the Library’ event on Saturday, August 5, 2023. Should you refuse, we are prepared to vindicate this violation of our client’s civil rights in court,” Dys wrote.
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