(LifeSiteNews) — The National Conservatism Conference (NatCon) finished up earlier this month in London, and amongst the scribblers and historians and pundits, a few Tory parliamentarians showed up. That was always bound to cause trouble – although there are certainly some excellent Tory MPs, the party as a whole has adopted social liberalism with a vengeance. It was Tory Prime Minister David Cameron, after all, who championed the redefinition of marriage in the United Kingdom. It is quite possibly easier to list Boris Johnson’s children than the Tory party’s principles.
One of the Tories speaking at NatCon was MP Danny Kruger, who told the audience that “that the normative family – held together by marriage, by mother and father sticking together for the sake of the children and the sake of their own parents and for the sake of themselves – this is the only possible basis for a safe and successful society.” He went on: “Marriage is not all about you. It’s not just a private arrangement. It’s a public act, by which you undertake to live for someone else, and for wider society; and wider society should recognize and reward this undertaking.”
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These have been boilerplate political talking points for decades, if not centuries. Who could argue that children are better off with a mother and a father who remain married and care for their biological children? Well, one of them is Andrew Boff, an LGBT activist and (ironically) the Conservative chair of the London assembly, who told the BBC that the parliamentarian’s praise of the natural family was “reminiscent of some of the diatribes that Putin comes out with” and insisted that Kruger “does not speak for the average Conservative,” which may well be correct now that the term is functionally meaningless.
Boff was joined in his outrage by Liberal Democrat “equalities spokesperson” Christine Jardine, who presumably holds that title for moments of crisis just like this one. Kruger’s praise of families with mothers and fathers, she huffed, “show just how utterly out of touch the Conservative Party is with modern-day Britain.” Labour Party deputy leader Angela Rayner, not to be outdone, described the gathering of “a carnival of conspiracy theory and self-pity” and that this also reflected on the Tory Party somehow, despite the fact that there is virtually no daylight between the parties on social issues.
UPDATE (05/30/23): Major victory as York Catholic District School Board votes against raising LGBT flag
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(LifeSiteNews) - During a May 29 York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) meeting, trustees voted 6-4 against flying the pro-LGBT flag atop of its schools and other buildings in celebration of so-called “Pride Month”, in a move that has been met with pleasant surprise by pro-family advocates.
While the decision brought cheers from the crowd, some angrily shouted in protest and had to be escorted out by YCDSB security.
“The Cross represents all!” Myles Vosylius, a former student at Cardinal Carter Catholic High School in Aurora, Ontario, tweeted, celebrating the decision.
“The cross represents all!” - Faithful Catholic attending the @YCDSB meeting tonight, where the victorious decision was made NOT to fly the ‘pride’ flag! #YCDSB #CdnPoli #OnPoli pic.twitter.com/CSNCEQbS0c— Myles Vosylius (@TheMylesV) May 30, 2023
While the YCDSB represents a victory for faithful Catholics in York region, many Catholic school boards have caved to pressure by LGBT activists and will fly “pride flags” during the month of June. However, increasingly, Ontario parents are fighting back as hundreds of students, reportedly predominantly Muslim, stayed home earlier this month when their schools flew the flag.
Parents have also begun to speak out against LGBT agenda being promoted to their children in schools. Pro-LGBT trustee for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) Wendy Ashby recently resigned after over 3,000 parents petitioned for her ousting.
Similarly, last month, a group of young Canadians protested a school-sponsored drag queen event in front of York Mills Collegiate Institute in Toronto.
Furthermore, Campaign Life Coalition is calling for parents to keep their children home from school on June 1 to protest schools flying the “pride flag.”
“Parents need to keep up the pressure, just like this, right across the country!” Fonseca encouraged.
As Catholics, we are taught that we must love our neighbour and treat every individual as a child of God, accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity.
Parents make a clear choice when they decide that their children will attend a Catholic school. They rightly expect that trustees, principals, teachers all partners in education will ensure that Catholic teaching is presented, lived and infused in all that we do. In that regard, the appropriate symbol that represents our faith, and the inclusion and acceptance of others, is the cross, which is visible at the entrance of every Catholic school. It is the primary symbol of our Christian faith.
We have created this petition to express opposition of flying the pride flag at schools for the month of June. Our kids should not be forced to celebrate anyones sexuality, and a flag will do nothing to keep anyone more safe. Its nothing more than a symbol of sexual celebration, completely inappropriate.
Catholicism and parental rights are being threatened, and we will not allow teachers who are LGBTQ to influence our children.
We are not homophobes. We are trying to shield our children from any sexual ideologies, both gay and straight. Children are minors who have a right to a normal and innocent childhood. We are not STAKEHOLDERS. We are parents. EQUITY is not and will never be the same as EQUALITY. Inclusion means EVERYONE and the York Region Catholic District School Board & its Union members are infringing upon our religious beliefs by suffocating our children with woke political agendas & indoctrinations when they should be focusing on educating our kids!
We love all humans equally. Hate is the wrong word to describe parents feelings about the climate in schools today. Parents protesting the pride flag at school do not harbour any negative feelings towards the LGBTQ+ community. We do however feel that their rights seem to supersede everyone elses. We also believe that kids should never learn about sex at school and we condemn any classroom discussion or public display that encourages or promotes gender confusion and same sex lifestyles in a classroom setting. We also strongly condemn the nature of several library books that contain sensitive material on homosexuality and transgender issues in elementary school libraries. Similarly, we harbour no contempt for transgenders as individuals but their insistence on using female-only spaces is invasive.
The promotion of a pride sticker and the likelihood that a flag will go up in June at all schools suggests a particular political agenda, which warrants examination. Concern about alleged incidents of bullying directed at the LGBTQ community within schools has been raised. However when requesting specific information on the actual number of such reports, it was communicated that the data is currently confidential and not publicly available. Despite clarifying that only the number of incidents was desired, the same response was given.
The lack of transparency and information provided by the York Region Catholic District School Board concerning alleged incidents combined with these extreme campaigns using safe space stickers to promote political agendas, raises necessary questions about their motives. Despite facing opposition from relevant individuals, including the Archbishop of Toronto and Cardinal Collins, who have both explicitly expressed their disapproval of such displays, the union and its members have vehemently insisted the stickers remain.
We must stand up against this before the Board caves to the pressure of political correctness and decide to raise the pride flag too.
Please share this. We must get as many signatures as possible before May 20th so that we may present a united front at this months meeting with this petition in hand that will speak for itself and will represent all of us.
The UK’s Tory Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, of course, was immediately pressed for comment – and the BBC was pleased to announce that “Rishi Sunak does not agree with a Conservative MP’s claim about the role of conventional family values in society, his spokesman has said.”
What Sunak and his spokesperson do not clarify is what he thinks the ideal should be. How can it be controversial to say that children have a right to care by their biological father and mother? It is true that families break up; that tragedies happen; that adoption can be a beautiful response to those tragedies. But how can we pretend that it would not be best, for the child, to have the care of their parents?
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Whenever sad cowards like Rishi Sunak rush to assure LGBT activists like Andrew Boff (he was the first man in the UK to enter a same-sex civil union), they always avoid actually stating, out loud, what they are disagreeing with. Are they saying that gay men renting the womb of a woman to gestate children created in petri dishes is ideal – or that there are no consequences for a child who grows up without a mother’s love?
In a long feature at Out Magazine this month, which begins with a picture of two men cradling a little girl, the writer explains how men wanting to purchase children will need to find “the uterus-bearing person who will carry your baby.” (That would be a “woman,” for those born after 9/11.) That is what Andrew Boff – with his ridiculous comparisons to Vladimir Putin – and Angela Rayner and Christine Jardine and, yes, Rishi Sunak are advocating for.