A woman was caught on video allegedly trying to take a Virgin Mary statue from a Catholic group protesting a Drag Queen Story Hour in Indianapolis — and then was seen freaking out at police who intervened and pulled her from the scene.
Rex Teodosio wrote for the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property that his group was "peacefully praying the rosary" Feb. 23 outside the Indy Reads Books store in protest of its Drag Queen Story Hour, in which men dressed in drag read books to young children and their parents.
Drag Queen Story Hours have been growing in number and popularity. One performer said at a public hearing that Drag Queen Story Hours are designed to "groom the next generation" to accept LGBT values.
And as you've no doubt heard, a number of kids are getting into the drag queen act, too.
What happened at the Drag Queen Story Hour protest?
"We were heckled by a few advocates of the LGBT community right from the start," Teodosio wrote. "Ironically, the first counterprotester accused us of being intolerant and warping children."
Teodosio added that his group only engaged adversaries "when they came up right to our faces. They kept claiming we were intolerant. Yet, they showed nothing but aggression and provocation, frequently calling us names and even blaspheming God and the Church. They behaved like bullies."
Soon a woman tried to grab a Virgin Mary statue from the protest area, lifting it up and then apparently throwing it to the ground as one protester tried to stop her — all of which was caught on video.
Teodosio said the base of the statue was broken off, and the crown fell and was damaged — which is a problem because the statue was custom-made in Brazil and "is not something you buy in the local Catholic gift shop."
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Video showed three officers putting the alleged culprit's arms behind her as they escorted her from the scene.
She also complained to police that "I have three men around me. Get off of me ... I don't know what a statue is."
Soon she began screaming and shouting at the officers, one of whom put an arm around the front of her neck and pulled her backward in an apparent attempt to restrain her.
"This was a clash of two queens," Teodosio concluded. "We were praying to our Heavenly Queen against a drag queen event."