Christopher W. Jay
Christopher W. Jay – Woburn, MA

via Cardinal Newman Society

The Cardinal Newman Society informs us:

Christopher W. Jay studied at a faithful Catholic college and gained valuable understanding of the human person and God’s design for sexuality, but he never thought that one day he’d be fighting against a “drag queen library hour” at a New Hampshire public library.

What Mr. Jay? You do not approve? Then do not attend a Drag Queen Story Hour Event. Problem solved. But fuck you if you think that you should have some control over parents who wish to take their children to an event.

Some parents appreciate the value in teaching children that being different is not bad. Some parents appreciate the value of interesting children in reading and using the resources if their library. Some parents see the connection between events like this and developing intellectually curious children.

“People knew that they were opposed to drag queens targeting children, but they couldn’t enunciate why,” says Jay. “They knew that this was wrong and damaging, but they haven’t received education that would enable them to analyze what is and what is not ‘freedom.’”

So now reading to children is “targeting” children because LGBTQ people are pernicious per se? Christopher W. Jay intends to educate people so that they know why such events are “wrong and damaging.” Mr. Jay has the knowledge.

Jay graduated from Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo., in 2012 and from Ave Maria University School of Law in Naples, Fla., in 2018. After passing the bar, he worked with Cornerstone Action and Policy and the Massachusetts Family Institute as a legal advisor and lobbyist for pro-life and pro-family causes.

Jay was licensed last January. He is no longer listed on the staff of Massachusetts Family Institute which has annual revenues below $500,000.

For Jay, the drag queen event was a “shocking ‘cultural thermometer’ incident.” “I issued a public records request and discovered that the drag queen, who also performs pornography, was suggesting that he and the library should hold a similar future event targeted at 2- and 3-year-olds.”

So? What’s the problem? Toddlers are not going to attend independently. What is Mr. Jay’s serious malfunction?

“One of the more eye-opening things about that situation was experiencing the ‘emperor’s new clothes’ dynamic — where everyone, both opponents and supporters, knew exactly what this was about, but almost no one would talk candidly about it, either because they were afraid of backlash or because they supported a disordered view of human sexuality,” Jay continues.

Let me clue you in kid. I realize that you have been in the bubble for the last seven years. The Vatican is not an authority on human sexuality. Gay people are not disordered. One of us even runs what is arguably the world’s largest corporation. Disordered applies to an obsession with the sexual orientation or gender identity of others.

People who object to Drag Queen Story Hour want to substitute their judgment for the judgment of parents regarding how they personally educate their children. Drag queens are entertainers. Period. Rudy Giuliani frequently attended mayoral events in drag. Drag queens are men who impersonate women. It is an art form. Don’t approve? Don’t attend. Who’s forcing you?

“Most ended up trying to oppose the event by pretending they had some purely procedural objection (‘this is a waste of taxpayer money,’ etc.) instead of being able to articulate moral dimensions that underpin the enacted policies and laws,” he says.

There is no moral dimension to this. Everything is not about illicit sex. And you, Christopher W. Jay, are not an arbiter of morality. I happen to think that calling gay people “objectively disordered” is immoral and bigoted. I happen to think that pretending transgender people do not exist is immoral and bigoted. I happen to believe that the Courage Ministry — teaching people to hate themselves — is an immoral and unethical enterprise.

But keep it up and the pews will be even emptier. Gallup reported:

U.S. church membership was 70% or higher from 1937 through 1976, falling modestly to an average of 68% in the 1970s through the 1990s. The past 20 years have seen an acceleration in the drop-off, with a 20-percentage-point decline since 1999 and more than half of that change occurring since the start of the current decade.

At that rate, pretty soon you will be talking to no one but yourself.

He may never have expected that a drag queen library hour would become a part of his reality soon after graduation, but it has emboldened Jay and taught him that there’s “no such thing as a ‘neutral’ process or human action that can be arbitrated on its own by ‘pure reason.’”

Find a more productive hobby.

Christopher W. Jay is never specific about what upsets him over the fact that these events are popular among children and parents. I prefer non-fiction but I cannot imagine becoming angry because someone prefers romance novels. My best guess is that Mr. Jay is conflating drag queens with sexuality that he disapproves of. Whether he suffers from homophobia, transphobia or both is immaterial. Jay’s fetish depicts his personality disorder.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.