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NextImg:Police Prevent Protestors from Disrupting Kirk Cameron Book Reading Event in Huntsville

Law enforcement in Huntsville, Alabama, successfully thwarted an attempt by protestors to disrupt a book reading event featuring actor-author Kirk Cameron and former NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines at the Madison Public Library on Saturday.

The event, hosted by the organization Moms for Liberty as part of their “See You at the Library” series, aimed to bring together Americans from diverse backgrounds to celebrate faith, family, and country through literature.

Outside the Madison Public Library, a group of protestors gathered, with some carrying signs that read, “Ban hate, not books,” and “Ban bigots.”

The event inside the library, however, proceeded relatively smoothly, with an overflow crowd of adults, parents, and children enjoying the book reading.

Cameron, the event’s keynote speaker, expressed gratitude to the attendees for participating in a “wholesome” and “faith-filled” occasion.

He commenced the event with the “Pledge of Allegiance” and led the group in singing “God Bless America,” an emotional moment where many participants placed their hands over their hearts.

The event at the Madison Public Library had faced cancellation and rescheduling concerns, purportedly due to capacity issues.

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Ultimately, the library decided to accommodate the event after receiving a letter from the First Liberty Institute, a law firm advocating for the protection of civil rights, stating their readiness to defend their client’s rights in court.

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To ensure public safety, the library enlisted the presence of Madison Police and the Madison Fire Marshal to manage logistical needs during the event. The library and Cameron’s publisher, Brave Books, agreed on a maximum capacity of 225 attendees for the room.

Outside the library, approximately 100 protestors assembled, according to Brave Books, which attributed this information to Chief Johnny Gandy of the Madison Police Department. Further comments from local police departments were sought by Fox News Digital.

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The “See You at the Library” initiative, inspired by Kirk Cameron and his book publisher, aims to host events at more than 300 libraries across 46 states, uniting Americans around shared values of faith, family, and love for the country. Participants in these events read books and stories that center on these principles.

One event organizer, Lauren Mauk, president of Mommy’s Haven Maternity Home in Lowell, Indiana, expressed enthusiasm for joining like-minded community members at their local book readings.

“Our freedoms are so crucial to protect, so when I heard of a way to do this at my local library and join the movement, I was on board,” said Mauk.

Mauk said it was “imperative” to her as a parent that “our kids hear and learn biblical and patriotic principles (at all ages) but also beginning at a young age.”

In a recent phone interview with Fox News Digital, Cameron highlighted the significance of conservatives and Christians having a voice in American cultural discourse, and he believes initiatives like “See You at the Library” offer such an opportunity.

As the series continues at various locations across the nation, Americans from all walks of life have the opportunity to participate in meaningful discussions centered on faith, family, and country. Let’s hope they continue without interference.