During a drag queen storytime event for children at a library in Canada last weekend, attendees attacked a pastor for protesting the inappropriate event. Rather than arresting the attackers, the police in Calgary, Alberta have arrested the pastor and charged him with a hate crime.
The attack on the pastor was caught on a cellphone video and shared to social media.
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Officers responded to the Seton Library’s “Reading with Royalty” event on Saturday at 11:15 a.m. to a call about protesters disturbing the event, according to Calgary News.
“We were subsequently called to the location for reports that several individuals aggressively entered a library classroom, shouting homophobic and transphobic slurs at the children and parents in attendance, scaring the children while causing a disturbance and subsequently refusing to leave,” the police said in a statement.
Calgary News noted that two attendees at the event “helped library staff throw the people out while waiting for police to arrive.”
Police arrested and charged 36-year-old Derek Scott Reimer, a pastor, with a hate crime. He is also facing one count of causing a disturbance and one count of mischief. Reimer was taken into custody on Thursday.
BREAKING: Pastor Derek Reimer has been arrested by the Calgary police over his protest at an all-ages drag queen story time at a public library this past weekend.
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Law enforcement is also pressing “by-law charges” against the pastor, with six counts of harassment. Each charge carries a penalty of up to $10,000, along with six months in jail if the payment defaults.
Police reportedly suggested that Reimer was charged with a hate crime because he was “motivated by bias, prejudice or hate” — claims that fall in line with the leftist narrative against those who are opposed to involving children in highly inappropriate and suggestive events such as drag shows and drag queen storytime, which feature men masquerading as women while wearing revealing outfits.
“CPS reminds people that hate-motivated crimes are things like assault, theft, vandalism, or any other crime where the offender was ‘motivated by bias, prejudice or hate’ that is based on nine characteristics of the victim,” Calgary News wrote.
In a Fox News segment on Thursday evening, host Tucker Carlson discussed the incident while speaking with Rebel News founder Ezra Levant.