SASKATOON, Saskatchewan (LifeSiteNews) — A Saskatoon bishop voiced support for Catholic schools to boycott an LGBT “Rainbow Tent” at a children’s festival.
On May 30, Saskatoon Bishop Mark Hagemoen publicly backed the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Board (GSCS) for calling on staff to boycott pro-LGBT events at the Nutrien Children’s Festival of Saskatchewan, resulting in vandalism at the school due to outrage from LGBT activists, as reported by CTV News.
“I support Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, administration, teachers and staff as they navigate difficult moral and social issues — especially as they affect the lives and well-being of children, young people and their families – as they strive to be faithful to the mission and identity of a Catholic school,” Bishop Hagemoen said.
On Monday, the GSCS office was vandalized after the release of a leaked email from Superintendent of Education Tom Hickey instructing school staff to stay away from the ‘Rainbow Tent’ at the upcoming children’s festival.
The outside of the office was sprayed with fluorescent paint and covered in butterfly, unicorn and flower stickers as well as paper hearts. The sidewalk in front of the office was covered in pro-LGBT chalk messages and rainbows.
“Please be assured that GSCS schools are still welcome to attend the Children’s Festival,” Hickey’s email read. “However, we ask that you speak with the teachers who may be taking students and inform them that the Rainbow Tent shouldn’t be part of their visit.”
The “Rainbow Tent” features drag queens reading stories to children and “dress-up performances.”
Following outrage on social media, the school released a statement apologizing for any harm the message caused and promising that the division welcomes members of the LGBT community.
However, the division noted that Catholic parents have a “a reasonable expectation” that students will be taught “age-appropriate” material that is “consistent with Catholic teachings” in Catholic schools.
In conclusion, the GSCS declared that “Parents and caregivers are best positioned to decide on their children’s participation in this programming within the festival.”
Recently, many Canadians have begun to speak out against the promotion of LGBT agenda to children in schools. Pro-LGBT Ontario school trustee Wendy Ashby recently resigned after more than 3,000 parents petitioned for her ousting.
Similarly, in April, a group of young Canadians protested a school-sponsored drag queen event in front of York Mills Collegiate Institute in Toronto.
Earlier this week, the York Catholic District School Board voted against flying the “pride” flag in June amid growing pressure from concerned parents and residents.