by Timothy Dailey
On June 24, the streets of New York City are slated to resonate with the largest Gay Pride March in history, with over 450 contingents and more than 110 floats parading down Fifth Avenue. The event is one of untold hundreds of events taking place across the country this month, designated “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month” in 2009 by former President Barack Obama.
Since then, the global collective LGBTQ “celebration” has exploded into “WorldPride,” defined as “the international political and cultural event that promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.” The addition of Q is for “queer” or “questioning.”
Public demonstrations of support for homosexuals often involve lewd exhibitionism. As the UK Sun reports, the baring of flesh – including full nudity – is becoming increasingly common even in the presence of children brought by their enlightened parents to observe the parades. “Hundreds of thousands of people watched marchers in colorful fancy dress – and in some cases no clothes at all – at the Big Apple’s NYC Pride Parade,” reports the Sun.
One photograph of the parade showed a fully naked gay participant marching next to a couple with a toddler in a stroller. An observer at the 2017 Toronto “Pride” Parade posted a disturbing video on YouTube warning: “Nudity perversion and children! You too will be SHOCKED at what you see in this video!” [parental discretion advised].
A few holdouts have questioned the near-pornographic degeneracy on display. In Toronto, Canada, three school board trustees requested clarification as to whether public nudity laws will be enforced at the 2018 Pride parade, which “often features participants in various stages of undress.”
Gay advocates are unapologetic. Indeed, public nudity is viewed as a (literal) frontal assault on outdated societal mores. In the words of one commentator: “It’s shock value to knock Victorian pretentions on their asses and make us ask really hard questions about why things are right beyond the cultural momentum that endures from ages past.”
Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence Diocese, USA had the temerity to point out that despite the fact that the Sacred Heart of Jesus is observed in June by the Catholic Church, numerous dioceses have openly participated in gay parades – which promote sexual behavior diametrically opposed to that taught by the Savior they purport to worship and obey. Tobin rightly warns that such marches are not “fun-filled, family-friendly” celebrations of respect. Instead, they promote an agenda ’that, in the extreme, is morally offensive.’”
And this immoral agenda appears unstoppable. “WorldPride” has already begun to rival traditional observances of Christian holidays such as Easter, Thanksgiving, and even Christmas. Pity the poor town or city that does not in some fashion show due deference to the honoring of the homosexual lifestyle during the month considered “sacred” by the gay community.
Likewise, woe be to the company that fails to publicly support the LGBTQ cause, as testified by the 379 corporations that in 2015 petitioned the Supreme Court to support same-sex “marriage.” Many of these companies proudly march in gay pride parades.
The Washington Post reported on corporate America’s “stunning” embrace of the gay agenda regarding transgenders: “The news releases rolled in last week, one after another, the numbers swelling with each one. More than 80 companies were demanding that North Carolina repeal a law that limits bathroom options for transgender people and blocks local anti-discrimination rules. A day later, it was more than 90. Then more than 100. Then more than 120.”
And that was over two years ago. Truly, as the Post reports, the nation has reached a “tipping point” regarding the fundamental moral understanding of sexuality. How long can it be before all employees are required to affirm homosexuality as a “valid” moral lifestyle?
It’s already happening. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was publicly slammed across the news media for his tweet about eating Chick-fil-A during Pride Month. The chicken sandwich company committed the unpardonable sin back in 2012 when CEO Dan Cathy infuriated gay-rights supporters by admitting that the company was “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of the family unit.” At least – for the moment – he still has his job, unlike CrossFit exec Russell Berger who was fired outright after criticizing “tactics” of the LGBTQ movement as “an existential threat to freedom of expression” and said “celebrating ‘pride’ is a sin.”
We are witnessing a very troubling trend that is rapidly expanding its insidious tentacles. In Peterson v. Hewlett-Packard Co., the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the firing of an employee who was discharged “because he violated the company’s harassment policy by attempting to generate a hostile and intolerant work environment and because he was insubordinate.” His crime? Posting Bible verses related to homosexuality in his personal work cubicle.
Conservatives should take scant comfort in the latest U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Colorado bakers who declined on religious grounds to bake a cake for a homosexual wedding. The narrow decision was based on specific aspects of the treatment of the bakers and unfortunately did not address the underlying Colorado anti-discrimination law.
Regrettably, the response of Christians has been decidedly mixed, with many reluctant to oppose what could become a societal-transforming flood of biblical proportions.