SPOKANE, Wash. (ChurchMilitant.com) - A concerned parent in Spokane, Washington is encountering extreme online bullying, including violent threats, after mounting a public protest prior to a scheduled Drag Queen Story Hour at a local library.
When Anna Bohach caught wind the Spokane South Hill Branch Library was hosting the increasingly common public library event on June 15, she sprang into action. One of her first actions was to host a Facebook page which she titled 500 Mom Strong.
The page was immediately inundated with vile, hateful language and even spawned a competitive Facebook counterpart named 500 Drag Queen Strong. Bohach archived the comments prior to deleting them from her public social media site and shared the obscene posts with Church Militant.
Because the comments are extremely explicit and intentionally offensive in nature, Church Militant has opted not to reprint them.
Bohach launched her 500 Mom Strong Facebook page after learning the library branch was hosting the event. The library's official website reads, "Join us for a special sparkly edition of storytime! We will share stories of identity and inclusion and celebrate creativity with a craft."
Accompanying the text is a photograph of a man dressed in women's clothing. The man is reading to a group of children.
"I called the library to complain," said Bohach. "The individual I spoke with listened to me politely at first."
Once Bohach enumerated her objections, however, the tone of the conversation changed dramatically.
"I was told to go pound sand," she explained.
Among Bohach's expressed concerns are the minstrel qualities of cross-dressing, which she compares to white people applying blackface.
"It's degrading to women because it serves as a parody of feminine qualities," she said.
Bohach added that she considers the masculine adoption of exaggerated feminine qualities "misogynistic." Expressing these thoughts on 500 Mom Strong, she suffered the wrath of internet trolls who threatened to rape Bohach's husband (a Marine) and insulted the physical appearance of her children.
They proved Bohach's charge of misogyny spot-on by referring to her in the harshest, least imaginative terms for female reproductive anatomy. The only printable insult from the cache of Facebook posts provided by Bohach is "professional brood sow."
The Spokane Library is sponsoring a community discussion panel on cross-dressing and invited Bohach to participate. She declined after discovering five of the six panel members were sympathetic in one form or another to the LGBTQ agenda.
"It was a set-up for further public harassment," she said. "And scheduled the same day as the annual gay pride parade to ensure maximum attendance by people who oppose Christian views on sexuality and discourage supportive parents who recognize these events serve to groom children into disordered lifestyle or teach them this is perfectly normal behavior."
[Editor’s note: Anna Bohach will lead the 500 Mom Strong protest against the Drag Queen Story Hour on Saturday, June 15 at 2 p.m. The Spokane Library South Hill Branch is located at 3324 S. Perry St., Spokane, WA 99203. Those unable to attend are encouraged to register their protest with library staff at (509) 444-5385.]