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June 20, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – It is Pride Month again in North America, and this means many of our mainstream publications turn into relentless promoters of public nudity and sanctimonious bigots nursing a grudge against previous generations. These individuals head onto TV to demand that our political leaders show the appropriate amount of support for the festivals of twerking that encompass large swathes of our biggest cities. Along with the rainbow partying and the fawning media coverage, of course, come some of the stupidest debates that you can imagine. One recurrent argument – and yes, this is now an argument – is whether children should be exposed to the lewd proceedings.

It would seem fairly obvious that events featuring sexually-charged displays would be inappropriate for children. It would also seem obvious, to any fair-minded observer, that the public displays of scantily-clad men in leather bondage gear, floats featuring revellers engaging in simulated sex acts, nude men displaying their genitals, and a wide array of other obviously explicit behaviors should be classified as “sexually-charged.” But in today’s upside-down world where the only blasphemy left is expressing doubts about some jot or tittle of the LGBTQ2S agenda, even pointing out the obvious is considered to be offensive.

The Huffington Post decided to tackle this subject a few days ago, and their conclusions were pathetically predictable. One “educator,” S. Bear Bergman, insisted that there “is absolutely no reason not to take our kids to Pride,” while also noting affectionately that attendance is “their right as queer spawn. And as a parent, I might want to take my kids to Pride, because they might be lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, or two-spirit.” Bergman then went on to say that it was no big deal if children were exposed to adult nudity, because “First of all, nobody likes nakedness more than children.”

Say what.

As it turns out, Bergman is not the only one who takes this repulsive view. One woke grandmother also “emphasized that Pride, from kink to nakedness, is an excellent opportunity for parents to do unbiased sex education.” You read that right: Not only are many Pride attendees not agreeing that children should be shielded from sexual displays, they go as far as to say that seeing nude men could be a positive thing. My mind immediately springs to one awful photograph of a beautiful little girl in a yellow dress, staring with confusion at a naked middle-aged man standing nearby. Presumably, that little girl had been taken to the Pride Parade by a parent. What a shameful disregard for and destruction of innocence.

It gets worse, believe it or not. One video that went viral earlier this year showed a little boy, covered in makeup, twerking as scantily-clad adults encouraged him. Canada’s state broadcaster the CBC has actually explained that children seeing adult genitalia at a Pride Parade might just provide a nice family discussion opportunity:

Your kids will probably see boobs and penises. There will bodies of all shapes, sizes and in all states of undress. For parents like Ian Duncan, dad to 3-year-old Carson, this is all part of the appeal. “We’re not body shamers,” he says. “It all feeds into my son’s emotional intelligence and sexual development. And it’s never too early to think about that.” Consider the experience as a great opportunity for some interesting discussion. Explain what you’re seeing, and be ready for questions.

Using the penises of Pride revelers as a way to start a conversation with children about sexual topics after intentionally taking them to an event where this behavior is prevalent isn’t parenting, it is grooming. Politicians shouldn’t be apologizing or dodging questions when asked why they don’t attend these events. They should simply be pointing out that they oppose events where children are exposed to adult nudity and sex acts. In no other context would this be deemed acceptable, and this should not be controversial. This behavior is beyond disgusting, and nobody should apologize for saying so.

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.