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In 2011, I attended Toronto Pride, but I couldn’t stomach showing you what I saw, until now

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By Steve Jalsevac

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.

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Kermit Gosnell considers himself a ‘martyr’: Gosnell filmmakers

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By Ben Johnson

HUNGTINGDON, PA, May 21, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Spending life in prison without parole for murdering several newborn babies, Kermit Gosnell spends his days listening to music and thinking of himself as a “martyr,” according to the makers of the forthcoming Kermit Gosnell film.

Producers Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney, and Magdalena Segeida interviewed Gosnell for hours at the State Correctional Institution at Huntingdon, Pennsylvania – and they came away saying the doctor is remorseless, self-pitying, and enjoying far more liberty than they thought would be granted to a mass murderer.

The producers visited the central Pennsylvania penitentiary and spoke to the the late-term abortionist up-close – a little too close, they say. McElhinney said Gosnell sat uncomfortably close to her throughout the multihour session.

“We have just come back from Pennsylvania where we were the first journalists to sit down in prison to interview Gosnell,” the producers said in a mass email to their supporters. “The two hours we spent interviewing the former abortion doctor were two of the most disturbing hours of our journalistic careers.”

“The interview was one of the creepiest we have ever conducted,” the mass email continued.

Gosnell, they recounted, “is thought to have murdered hundreds if not thousands of babies in a 30 year killing spree.” Yet he has access to music, a subject he discussed at length. At one point, McElhinney said, Gosnell burst out into song.

Ann McElhinney told The Daily Signal, “I’m amazed at how pleasant his life is, the freedoms he has.”

Far from having repented of his crimes, Gosnell continues to justify his actions, they said.

“In his own version of the story, he’s a martyr – he’s part of a hounded class,” McElhinney said.

That assessment corroborates the views of others who interviewed the onetime proprietor of the “house of horrors,” where newborn babies had their spines severed, untrained staff administered fatal doses of drugs to poor women, and aborted fetal remains were found stuffed into every available crevice.

In September 2013, Steve Volk interviewed Gosnell for Philadelphia Magazine. Gosnell, he wrote, “sees himself as having performed a noble function in society.”

"It's not as if he feels guilty about what he did,” Volk said. "He believes he was a soldier at war with poverty.”

By plying his trade in poverty-stricken West Philadelphia, in a majority minority neighborhood, Gosnell believed he helped reduce the city's low income population.

“In this larger spiritual sense, he believes he was performing a service for people,” Volk said.

After his conviction, Gosnell sought to work with Hillary Clinton's embattled charity, the Clinton Global Initiative or the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on issues of "prison and justice reform.”

"He believes that he gained insight into what it's like to be pushed into the system, without the capacity to explain himself," Volk said.

Gosnell's self-confidence has seldom been questioned, from the dismissive way he treated police who searched his home – playing Chopin on the piano as they searched his flea-ridden basement – to the way he carried himself in court. Defense attorney Jack McMahon had also told reporters after the guilty verdict that the mass murderer “truly believes in himself.”

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The filmmakers, who have produced several right-of-center documentaries, plan to make a big budget, big screen film about Gosnell's life. They continue to raise funds for their efforts at GosnellMovie.com.

But they may need a breather after encountering Gosnell himself.

“I’m still recovering, actually,” McElhinney told the Signal.

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Josh Duggar apologizes, admits ‘wrongdoing’ as young teen amid molestation accusations; resigns from FRC

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Editor's Note: This is a developing story.

Update (May 22 9:54 a.m.): The Family Research Council's statement has been added below.

May 21, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In response to allegations in the media that he molested minor girls when he was in his early teens, Josh Duggar has admitted in a public statement that he acted "inexcusably" at the time, and has resigned from his position at the Family Research Council.

A 2006 police report leaked to the media states that Josh was investigated for sex offenses, including "forcible fondling" against five minors.

According to the report, the first allegations surfaced in March 2002, the same month he turned 14. At the time the family dealt with the allegations internally. A year later, however, when further allegations were made, the family sent Josh to work with a family friend for three months, after which his father took Josh to see a state trooper.

According to the report, the trooper gave Josh a "stern talk" about what would happen if he "continued such behavior," but no formal action was taken at the time.

The issue emerged again in 2006, after a family friend had written details about the allegations in letter and placed it in a book, which was subsequently loaned out. This resulted in a call being placed to a child abuse hotline, which in turn led to a formal investigation being opened. By this point, however, the statute of limitations had expired, and as there had been no new allegations or evidence that the abuse was ongoing, the case was dropped.

Although Josh was never charged, his now-wife, Anna, says that he confessed his actions to her and her parents two years before he asked her to marry him.

"I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions," he said in a statement today. "In my life today, I am so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption."

Anna said she was "surprised" when Josh had voluntarily admitted what he had done to her and her parents two years before proposing to her. "I was surprised at his openness and humility and at the same time didn't know why he was sharing it," she wrote today. "For Josh he wanted not just me but my parents to know who he really was -- even every difficult past mistakes."

"I want to say thank you to those who took time over a decade ago to help Josh in a time of crisis," she added. "If it weren't for your help I would not be here as his wife — celebrating 6 1/2 years of marriage to a man who knows how to be a gentleman and treat a girl right."

LifeSiteNews is continuing to investigate this developing story. Following are the Duggar family’s statements responding to media reports about the incidents.

From Jim Bob and Michelle:

Back 12 years ago our family went through one of the most difficult times of our lives. When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes and we were shocked. We had tried to teach him right from wrong. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before.

Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God. We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family. We have challenges and struggles everyday.

It is one of the reasons we treasure our faith so much because God’s kindness and goodness and forgiveness are extended to us — even though we are so undeserving. We hope somehow the story of our journey — the good times and the difficult times — cause you to see the kindness of God and learn that He can bring you through anything.

From Josh:

Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. 

We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life.

I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption.

From Anna:

I can imagine the shock many of you are going through reading this. I remember feeling that same shock. It was not at the point of engagement, or after we were married - it was two years before Josh asked me to marry him.

When my family and I first visited the Duggar Home, Josh shared his past teenage mistakes. I was surprised at his openness and humility and at the same time didn't know why he was sharing it. For Josh he wanted not just me but my parents to know who he really was -- even every difficult past mistakes.

At that point and over the next two years, Josh shared how the counseling he received changed his life as he continued to do what he was taught. And when you, our sweet fans, first met me when Josh asked me to marry him... I was able to say, "Yes" knowing who Josh really is - someone who had gone down a wrong path and had humbled himself before God and those whom he had offended. Someone who had received the help needed to change the direction of his life and do what is right.

I want to say thank you to those who took time over a decade ago to help Josh in a time of crisis. Your investment changed his life from going down the wrong path to doing what is right. If it weren't for your help I would not be here as his wife — celebrating 6 1/2 years of marriage to a man who knows how to be a gentleman and treat a girl right. Thank you to all of you who tirelessly work with children in crisis, you are changing lives and I am forever grateful for all of you.

Family Research Council statement:

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement regarding the resignation of Josh Duggar:

"Today Josh Duggar made the decision to resign his position as a result of previously unknown information becoming public concerning events that occurred during his teenage years.

"Josh believes that the situation will make it difficult for him to be effective in his current work.  We believe this is the best decision for Josh and his family at this time.  We will be praying for everyone involved," concluded Perkins.

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Albert Heringa's sense of duty ‘justly’ carried more weight than the legal prohibition of the act, the Dutch appeals court said. VARA video screenshot
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Dutch court acquits man who euthanized his mother after doctor refused

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By Jeanne Smits

May 21, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- A Dutch appeals court acquitted a 74-year-old man earlier this month of the murder of his mother in 2008, because he acted in an “emergency situation”: the woman wanted euthanasia and had not obtained it from her family doctor.

The decision is a surprising one, even in the Netherlands, and will probably be followed by an appeal from the public prosecutor, who has already published a communiqué reminding the public that euthanasia and assisted suicide “are and remain, in the eyes of the prosecutor, exclusively to be performed by a doctor.”

As it stands, the decision marks a new step down the slippery slope of euthanasia. The decision justifies an act of euthanasia contrary to the letter of the law on the grounds that the accused, Albert Heringa, was careful to act in compliance with the law’s provisions.

Albert Heringa acted in accordance with his conscience of his own duty and he was right to do so, ruled the Arnhem-Leeuwarden appeals court, because his sense of duty “justly” carried more weight than the legal prohibition of the act, which in theory can only be decriminalized when performed by a medical doctor under strict conditions.

The accused said he was “very happy” about the decision. The Netherlands Right to Die Society (NVVE) hailed it as “a step in the direction we want to follow.” “Many people who consider their life complete wish to be helped by loved ones,” said its spokeswoman, Fiona Zonneveld.

The judges did not take into account the fact that Albert Heringa’s mother, “Moek,” was deemed ineligible for euthanasia by her doctor.

In 2008, Moek was 99. She had no grave illness; she was just old and blind and did not feel like living any longer, calling her suffering “unbearable” and “without hope of improvement.” When her doctor refused euthanasia on those grounds, she turned to her son who decided to help his mother die.

He was later to explain that his mother started hoarding her medication in order to kill herself through an overdose. The pills she was taking would not have been able to bring about her death, he argued, but would have made her health much worse. This was confirmed during the subsequent judicial enquiry.

Heringa decided to go to work “transparently,” filming his every gesture in view of the killing of his mother. He used an overdose of his own malaria pills together with sleeping pills and anti-emetics to poison her. The films were later used to illustrate a documentary on “Moek’s last wish,” which was aired in 2010 on Dutch TV. The appeals court judges took this “transparency” into account in their decision to acquit him.

The public prosecution was not so lax. Despite the “rectitude” of Heringa’s intention, it accused the man of not having acted in compliance with the law. In 2013, he was judged guilty but exempted from punishment. The prosecution appealed that decision, demanding a three months suspended prison sentence in order to underscore the illegality of his actions. But the Arnhem-Leeuwarden appeals court went even further than the first judges in exonerating him completely.

They invoked the euthanasia law, which decriminalizes euthanasia when no other “reasonable solution” is available to alleviate a patient’s suffering and thus avoid euthanasia, but in this case they equated the potential “reasonable solution” with the ability to find a doctor who would be willing to perform the act, as if euthanasia were a patient right. Heringa could not find one, therefore he was justified in taking the law in his own hands, the judgment says in substance.

This marks a double revolution. Firstly, the court overlooked the legal requirement that a doctor should perform euthanasia, and no one else. Secondly, it justified euthanasia on a woman who was simply “tired of living,” a situation for which the euthanasia law definitely does not provide.

But this is just another element of the Pandora’s box that was opened when the Netherlands legalized euthanasia in 2002. Increasingly, regional control commissions, which verify all declared acts of euthanasia retrospectively, have cleared “mercy-killings” of elderly people who had multiple complaints but no single life-threatening disease. “Intolerable suffering” is being interpreted more and more widely. In Heringa’s case, it is simply his mother’s plea for euthanasia that justified the act in the eyes of the court.

The court even went so far as to say that Heringa would have had to live with a “sense of guilt until the end of his life” had he not taken measures to end his mother’s life.

In 2011, the Dutch medical association KNMG changed its position on “intolerable suffering,” declaring that “unbearable and hopeless” suffering can result from other causes than physical illness. Also, the End of Life Clinic founded in 2012 caters to euthanasia requests that have been refused by patients’ family doctors on conscientious or medical grounds. Would Heringa have found a doctor willing to perform euthanasia on his mother in this new situation?

Whatever the answer to that question – and no one will ever know – the fact of his acquittal is a definite sign that euthanasia is being treated more and more as a right and an acceptable option in the Netherlands. It is also good news for unscrupulous family members who might find it expedient to push their relatives towards the grave.

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