In 2011, I attended Toronto Pride, but I couldn’t stomach showing you what I saw, until now
WARNING: Some of the descriptions and photos included in this story, though censored, are nevertheless graphic. Viewer discretion strongly advised.
TORONTO, March 17, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In 2011, I attended the Toronto Gay Pride Parade with the intention of taking photos on behalf of LifeSiteNews.
For many years I had resisted performing this particularly nauseating journalistic task, lest it spoil my annual wedding anniversary weekend. Still, in 2011, the parade date did not fall on the weekend of our July 1 anniversary date, and I realized that the deed finally had to be done.
Even so, since then I have avoided the disturbing task of going through and organizing all those photos and censoring the exposed genitals in many of the photos.
But our recent reports on Toronto, Canada’s hosting of the upcoming 2014 Homosexual “World Pride” Event and the province’s Catholic teachers’ announcement that they will march in the Pride parade, have prompted me to finally do something with the 116 usable photos I took of the 2011 Toronto parade.
Given the growing influence of the gay activist movement and the increasing number of these parades, we are all obliged to learn what goes on in them. The public needs better to understand the danger these events present to children and youths lured to participate in them. They also need to know how extensively many of our government-funded institutions are actively involved in this radical social change movement, without your permission and without you having voted to approve any of this.
Last September, LifeSiteNews published Patrick Craine’s slideshow and column about his attendance at the smaller Ottawa, Canada Pride parade. That woke up a lot of our readers. The Toronto parade that you will see in today’s slideshow is touted as supposedly the largest such parades in the world, although organizers and supportive mainstream media estimates of the size of the crowd are always impossibly inflated to way beyond the number of people that could possibly fit in the space available along the short parade route.
I caution that the photos are rather explicit, even though they have been edited to block out the more objectionable aspects. This slideshow reveals only some of what takes place during these so-called Pride weeks in various cities across North America. There is a lot more that happens, such as the Dyke March the day before, that would not be appropriate for LifeSiteNews to publish.
Upon arriving at the parade in 2011 I went to the end-point of the route and joined the crowd there anticipating the arrival of the first marchers. I could not help but notice that a shocking number of families had brought their children along to watch this debauchery.
Looking around, I strongly sensed that most Pride Parade watchers are not there to support whatever is being promoted in the parades. They were there for a sensational show - the more outrageous and kinky the better. You've heard of "bread and circuses"? There will always be a percentage of the population with poor moral judgement who will come out to watch any spectacle for sheer personal entertainment.
As the disturbingly dead-eyed transvestites approached throughout the parade, various women spectators became all giddy and dragged their husbands or boyfriends into standing for a photo beside each of the more outrageously attired and made-up transvestites (men dressed and made-up to look and act like women). That, I could not comprehend.
It was also disturbing to see many civil service branches, including all the various police forces and military branches, march in the parade in full uniform. They have now been co-opted into being enthusiastic supporters and protectors of the activities of individuals who for many years they used to treat or even arrest for dangerously unhealthy, public and often anonymous sexual activity that had been illegal.
I missed taking photos of the black-leather-clad, whip-holding, sado-masochist contingent in the parade.
Also missed near the very beginning, because I was so startled, was a photo of a young man in a bathing suit, in the back of a pickup truck leaning against the truck and jerking his hips as though he was engaged in homosexual intercourse with another man. It appeared that he had been doing this the entire length of the parade route. He was clearly exhausted from this at the end of the parade route.
A huge open tractor-trailer platform sponsored by the Toronto District School Board and filled with students and teachers, followed shortly afterwards. There were many teachers and students in the parade, including a large contingent of Catholic school students.
The Catholic students were undoubtedly, from my experience, encouraged or guided in most instances by certain of their teachers to reject the serious moral teachings of their faith. I doubt they had any idea that marching in the parade was a grave moral wrong and violation of the precepts of their faith. But then, in Ontario, very, very few teachers or even clergy have explained or preached Catholic teaching on homosexuality. It has been a seemingly forbidden subject, except for those who disagree with the Church on the issue.
For decades, there has been almost no effort by Catholic leaders to explain the love and charity of authentic Christian teaching on all sexual matters. So is it any wonder that some youth, missing strong parental guidance, would march in the Gay Pride parade?
Almost every float had strangely dressed and mostly undressed people making sexually provocative poses and movements.
The sado-masochist group was followed by a large contingent of totally nude men and women wearing only the legally required shoes and perhaps a little bit of leather here and there. One had to wonder what the lasting impression of all of this would be for the many children watching along the parade route. A bigger question perhaps, was what kind of parent would bring their children to this?
Immediately following the nude marchers was a contingent of VIPs, some openly declared homosexuals, and others who were not, all waving to the crowd and smiling as though this was just a nice country fair parade. They seemed to be having a grand time. One of them was the ever-so-tolerant, openly homosexual Ontario Liberal MPP and Cabinet Minister, Glen Murray. He stated in 2012 that Ontario Catholic schools will no longer be allowed to teach the Catechism’s doctrine that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered.”
These crass political opportunists who join the parade could care less that their participation might be a shame to their families and their parents and/or grandparents. For them it’s all about gaining new political allies and more power. And homosexual activists have proven to be very skillful political tacticians-for-hire, often having the talents and personal circumstances to work more intensely and for longer hours than most others with families. But no politicians who march in these parades, in my view, can be trusted to genuinely act on behalf of their constituents’ families, their community and their nation.
In 2011 - as in the years since then - much of the focus of the parade was the non-participation of the now-(in)famous Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford.
Most LSN readers have probably heard a lot about Ford’s recent crazy antics. But in 2011, in his first year as mayor, Ford did his best to try to stop the city from spending several hundred thousand dollars of taxpayers’ money to fund the parade. Ford also proved to be the first Toronto mayor in a long time to refuse the mandatory mayoral participation, with squirt gun in hand, in the parade. He has gone to the cottage with his family for their usual holiday every year on that July 1st Canada Day long holiday weekend.
I knew what would happen to Ford for snubbing the annual gay extravaganza. He became the most hated mayor ever in Toronto’s history for not going along with the homosexual program. Nobody, no matter who they are, is allowed to get away with that, and so began a never-ending relentless and very personal persecution of the first mayor with the guts to stand up to what has proven to be a vicious gay mob. One has to wonder if this concerted backlash against Ford hasn't in some way contributed to his recent problems.
As you will see from the photos, there clearly was an unofficial theme for the parade that year. That theme was, “we hate Rob Ford”. The message also appeared to be, “Don’t mess with us, you politicians, or we will do everything that we can to destroy you.”
When the parade was finally over, thousands of people choked the carnival-like Church St, Toronto gay village. There were lots of food vendors, while the totally nude marchers from the parade sauntered or stood around eating an ice cream cone or whatever as though it was the most normal thing in the world. To me, they were sad and pitiful.
So now World Pride is coming to Toronto. A trip away that weekend is looking like a really good idea for my family.
Pope’s exhortation is a ‘breach’ with Catholic Tradition: leading German philosopher
April 28, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A prominent Catholic philosopher and close friend of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said Thursday that Pope Francis’s exhortation Amoris Laetitia is a “breach” with Catholic tradition and directly contradicts the teachings of Pope St. John Paul II in his exhortation Familiaris Consortio.
"If the pope is not willing to make a correction, it is up to another pontificate to officially put things back into order."
Professor Robert Spaemann told the Catholic News Agency’s German branch that changing the Church’s sacramental practice would be “a breach with its essential anthropological and theological teaching on human marriage and sexuality.”
“It is clear to every thinking person who knows the texts that are important in this context that [with Amoris Laetitia] there is a breach” with the Church’s Tradition, Spaemann said.
The professor’s remarks were translated by Dr. Maike Hickson in an article at OnePeterFive.
In Familiaris Consortio, Pope St. John Paul II upheld the Church’s longstanding approach to the question of admitting to the Sacraments remarried divorcees, by writing:
…the Church reaffirms her practice, which is based upon Sacred Scripture, of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried. They are unable to be admitted thereto from the fact that their state and condition of life objectively contradict that union of love between Christ and the Church which is signified and effected by the Eucharist. Besides this, there is another special pastoral reason: if these people were admitted to the Eucharist, the faithful would be led into error and confusion regarding the Church's teaching about the indissolubility of marriage.
Footnote 351 of Amoris Laetitia seemingly contradicts the above passage by asserting that in certain cases, integrating back into the Church the divorced and remarried and others in “irregular” situations “can include the help of the sacraments.” The footnote then mentions both Confession and the Eucharist.
Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Maria Santissima in Astana, Kazakhstan criticized Amoris Laetitia for its lack of clarity on the subject. “Analyzing some of the affirmations of AL with an honest understanding, as they are in their own context, one finds that there is a difficulty in interpreting them according to the traditional doctrine of the Church,” wrote Schneider.
Spaemann also condemned the exhortation’s seeming embrace of “situation ethics” as opposed to universal norms and its call to not judge people’s actions that directly contradict the Church’s sexual ethics.
“When it comes to sexual relations which are in objective contradiction to the Christian order of life, I would like to know from the pope after which time period and under which conditions such an objectively sinful behavior becomes a conduct which is pleasing to God,” said Spaemann.
By turning “chaos into principle” with “one stroke of a pen,” Pope Francis is leading the Church “into the direction of schism,” Spaemann said—and he warned that such a schism would not be “at the periphery, but in the middle of the Church.”
Spaemann also warned that Amoris Laetitia may be used to bully faithful priests. He wrote:
Each individual cardinal, as well as each bishop and each priest is now called to preserve in his field of authority the Catholic Sacramental Order and to confess it publicly. If the pope is not willing to make a correction, it is up to another pontificate to officially put things back into order.
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Federally funded community health center may have illegally performed abortions: Report
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 28, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A federally qualified health center (FQHC) apparently performed abortions, although nearly all federal funds are forbidden from being used for that purpose, sources tell LifeSiteNews. Now, pro-life congressmen are demanding further investigations into the use of U.S. taxpayer funds to promote abortion-on-demand.
The issue came to light when a federal inspector general's report found that six Americorps volunteers had been acting as "abortion doulas," giving emotional support to women who chose to have abortions.
The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) allowed the volunteers – who received tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars – to support abortions that took place inside a New York abortion facility run by the Institute for Family Health (IFH).
Americorps “volunteers” illegally supporting abortion at taxpayer expense is an ongoing problem. But there's more to the story.
The IFH proudly advertises itself as a federally qualified health center (FQHC). Federal dollars are restricted from underwriting most abortion at FQHCs, in line with the Hyde Amendment. This does not hold true for the Affordable Care Act, conventionally known as ObamaCare.
To ease qualms raised by pro-life Democrat Bart Stupak and others, on March 24, 2010, Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13535. It states that “the Hyde [Amendment] language shall apply to the authorization and appropriations of funds for Community Health Centers...I hereby direct the Secretary of HHS to ensure that program administrators and recipients of federal funds are aware of and comply with the limitations on abortion services imposed on CHCs by existing law.”
Pro-life groups warned at the time that an executive order was insufficient to prevent taxpayer funding of abortion, and the law itself had to be amended – or defeated.
Pro-life experts today say Congress must investigate whether the law is being violated and, if so, if the offense is isolated to IFH.
"For years the Obama administration has claimed that the Affordable Care Act and federally-funded health centers do not subsidize abortion, and the president finally signed additional provisions, passed last year by Congress, to ensure that community health centers do not use federal funds to support abortion,” said Arina Grossu, the director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council. “Now we learn that CNCS is violating the law by helping women obtain abortions.”
“This blatant violation of federal law by CNCS and AmeriCorps demands that Congress investigate government-funded community health centers,” Grossu said. “It's time for this administration to stop foisting its radical abortion agenda on the American people and using their tax dollars to do so.”
Pro-life advocates have long said that there is no need to fund Planned Parenthood, because federal women's health dollars could be reappropriated to FQHCs, which do not perform abortion.
There are 9,170 federally qualified health centers compared to about 700 Planned Parenthood facilities, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute. FQHCs see 21.1 million patients a year, while Planned Parenthood saw 2.8 million people, the institute reported.
The latest example of federal dollars being channeled to support abortion, the law notwithstanding, has undermined some confidence in the FQHCs.
Rep. Diane Black, a pro-life Republican from Tennessee, said, “NACHC didn’t just break the rules; they broke trust with the American people. My constituents expect that federal funding given to our community health centers will be used to protect and enhance people’s lives, not to be a willing partner in their destruction.”
At least two Congressional leaders – the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the chair of the House Health Subcommittee – have promised they will take action immediately.
“Federal law demands that taxpayer dollars are never to be spent on abortion activities. Not one penny. Period. But a disturbing report from an independent watchdog reveals that was not the case with brazen pursuits by the National Association of Community Health Centers,” said Congressmen Fred Upton and Joseph Pitts of Pennsylvania, both Republicans. “The law was violated and this shameful failure of trust will not be tolerated.”
Abortion lobbyists demand Ted Cruz renounce pro-life leader Troy Newman
WICHITA, Kansas, April 28, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The nation's largest abortion providers, an abortion lobbying group, and an ultra-liberal political organization are demanding that Senator Ted Cruz cut ties with Operation Rescue President Troy Newman – something that only proves how effective he has been, Newman's organization says.
Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and People for the American Way are asking Cruz to fire Newman as national co-chair of the “Pro-Lifers for Cruz” coalition, claiming that Newman supports violence.
“Troy Newman’s history of violent rhetoric and harassment toward women’s health providers is truly beyond the pale,” the three say in a letter to Sen. Cruz, linking to quotations from his 2000 book, Their Blood Cries Out.
“What Planned Parenthood and their cohorts call 'violent rhetoric' is really a discussion of Old Testament Bible verses taken out of context,” said Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue and co-author of the book Their Blood Cries Out. The work establishes the sinful guilt of abortion before highlighting the mercy available in the New Testament for those who accept Jesus Christ, Sullenger said.
The letter also cites a report from the National Abortion Federation stating that abortionists have experienced an increase in “hate speech and internet harassment” since the release of CMP's undercover videos of Planned Parenthood, “which Newman was a driving force behind.”
“What they call 'harassment' is peaceful activism that is completely protected by the First Amendment,” Sullenger responded.
Newman has consistently denounced criminal action and violence of any kind during his decades in the pro-life movement, Operation Rescue said of the allegations – many of which were circulated to prevent Newman from entering Australia last year.
“Newman’s position on abortion-related violence is clear. He denounces violence against abortion providers as well as the violence perpetrated by the abortion cartel against innocent babies in the womb and their mothers,” Sullenger said.
“Attacking the messenger is the only way they have to try to discredit the hefty volume of evidence against them. This most recent attack is all about manipulating the public’s perception against those who exposed Planned Parenthood in order to deflect attention from their own crimes.”
But the three groups poured vitriolic scorn on Newman. Michael Keegan, president of People for the American Way, called Newman's role “completely unacceptable...No politician should be allowed to pander to violent anti-choice extremists without being called out.”
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said, "Troy Newman is an anti-choice extremist and misogynist ideologue.”
A Planned Parenthood executive said the choice proved Sen. Cruz and his vice presidential choice, Carly Fiorina, are unfit for office.
“It is not surprising to see Ted Cruz embrace this type of violent extremism -- after all this is the same man who has told malicious lies about Planned Parenthood, would criminalize abortion, and tried to shut down the government” to defund Planned Parenthood, said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. “This is what the Cruz-Fiorina ticket stands for."
Sullenger dismissed their rhetoric as “a feeble attempt to hurt the presidential candidacy of Sen. Ted Cruz, who they know will seek to enforce the laws against them.”
Cruz has repeatedly stated that, if he is elected president, he will defund Planned Parenthood – before prosecuting them.
Their letter has led to a number of articles in the mainstream media, including Politico, the Huffington Post, and Glamour. The last publication, a feminist magazine aimed at young women, slammed Ted Cruz's choice of Carly Fiorina for vice president, telling its readers to “hold on to your uterus.”
“Not one of these publications bothered to reach out to Newman or Operation Rescue’s staff for their response,” Sullenger said.
This morning and afternoon, both sides of the abortion debate have used the Twitter hashtag #FireTroy to get their message across.
Sen. Cruz has not responded to the call, but the letter implies that purging Newman from the campaign would not satisfy the pro-abortion coalition. “There are a number of coalition members whose records raise serious concerns,” they say.