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Gerry McGeough (center right) was assaulted while praying a rosary as an act of reparation for a “pride parade” in Cookstown.YouTube/Irish Society for Christian Civilisation

COOKSTOWN, Ireland (LifeSiteNews) – Irish Catholic man Gerry McGeough was punched in the face while praying the Rosary as an act of reparation for a “pride parade” on September 18 in Cookstown, Ireland, and suffered a heart attack the next morning. He is now awaiting surgery.

“I was personally assaulted,” said Gerry McGeough, 63, after he was punched in the face while praying the Rosary on a street corner as a homosexual “pride” parade went down the street. 

“An individual filed with loathing and hatred came up and punched me in the face,” he continued, “And as a consequence [I] will find myself in hospital for several days [due to a heart attack].” 

The video shows roughly a dozen Catholics on the corner of the street praying and holding up a large statue of Our Lady of Fatima, at which point a woman approaches the group and stands in front of them. 

“Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord-” McGeough begins praying, when he is interrupted by the middle-aged woman punching him directly in the face. 

Immediately after the surprise assault, policemen can be seen lunging and grabbing the lady, apprehending her against the side of a building as onlookers call her behavior “ridiculous.” 

“For me getting punched like that, I offered [it] up to Our Lady, I offered up for the offense itself that has been given,” McGeough stated. 

“And please God there will be a turnaround in the mentality of people, because people have been very cowed down by the whole homosexual agenda and everything that hands it, the abortion issue and contraception, and you name it, everything that’s essentially anti-Catholic,” he added. 

McGeough organized the rally through a pro-life registered charity called the Irish Society for Christian Civilisation (ISFCC), who stated in the video description of the incident, “Please pray for Gerry who is recovering from a heart attack that he suffered on the morning following the incident.” 

The ISFCC was created with the intent “to resist, in the realm of ideas, the atheistic, liberal, and socialist trends of our times and proudly affirm the positive values of Christian Civilization, through the dissemination of religious articles and Catholic literature, especially of the message of Fatima.” 

McGeough said the prayer gathering was not a protest, but instead was “to pray a peaceful rosary of reparation for the offense given to God by a so-called ‘pride parade’ going through the town of Cookstown.” 

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Hungary recently took a major step to protect children from having their innocence destroyed and being sexualized by LGBT propaganda in schools and by pornography in the mass media.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which expresses agreement and respect for the wishes of the sovereign nation of Hungary to protect its children against the onslaught of LGBT indoctrination propaganda and pornography.

Since passage of the bill the fake news outlets from Europe to America have predictably begun to fabricate outrage and, or, simply lie about the contents of the bill. And, the corrupt European Union has also now started to attack Hungary's efforts to protect children.

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The bill, which was passed last week, specifically prohibits showing pornographic material or content portraying homosexuality or transgenderism to minors under the age of 18. Other measures include a registry of sex offenders, regulations on sexual education, and stronger policies against child pornography.

This policy is to be welcomed as a pro-active measure against the liberal and LGBT propaganda machine which is steadily encroaching on Hungary's borders, and which threatens to tear down Christian civilization altogether.

Indeed, the same week that this law was passed in Hungary, Vienna's (Austria) deputy mayor distributed "Rainbow Family" information boxes to 350 kindergartens in the Austrian capital. And, Vienna is only about 50 miles from the Hungarian border! 

But, never satisfied with corrupting the children of their own countries, LGBT activists and their accomplices in the EU have been quick to castigate Hungary, claiming that the Budapest government has "discriminated" against homosexuals with their law to protect children, and in doing so, has violated EU law.

However, Hungary's Justice Minister, Judit Varga, set the record straight in an interview with Hungarian journalists, stating:

"This is one of a number of declarations declaring certain Hungarian measures to be contrary to EU law without a thorough examination. The fake news that has taken wing in these statements is completely unfounded.

In Hungary's view, the legislation has nothing to do with EU law. The issue of subsidiarity and constitutional, national identity is a matter for the Member States. Furthermore, the European Charter of Human Rights also says that a parent has the right to determine the direction of their children's development in a culturally traditional background."

And, more broadly, Viktor Orbán, Hungary's Prime Minister, had this to say about Hungary's new law:

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Parents also rightly expect that on platforms used by our children, pornography, sexuality for its own sake, homosexuality and gender reassignment programs should not be available. These restrictions must also be defined with surgical precision. In Hungary, no one has a say in how adults live their lives. In our view, a free adult should not have to give an account of his life in front of any secular authority — only before God when the time comes."

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A spokesman for the ISFCC told LifeSite, “We consider public prayer to be of great importance. St Louis de Montfort said that public prayer was far more powerful than private prayer to appease the anger of God, and that Holy Church guided by the Holy Ghost has always recommended public prayer in times of calamity.” 

“In the case of the Rosary in Cookstown, the event was organized in reparation for a public affront to God, that of celebrating the sin of sodomy, so the reparation also had to be public,” he continued. 

According to The Irish News, McGeough’s solicitor Aiden Carlin is requesting the police to treat the incident as an anti-Catholic hate crime, as McGeough was intentionally targeted for a peaceful expression of his faith. 

In a call-to-action, McGeough implores Catholics to “get out there and pray,” reminding them of the intense persecution, even unto death, that Catholics have historically endured to uphold the faith and keep it alive. 

“You might get punched in the face from time to time but that’s nothing compared to being thrown on a bonfire, shall we say ‘hang, drawn, and quartered,’ and who knows, it may well come to that in the future and if it does, we’re ready for it, simple as,” he concluded.  

McGeough is no stranger to standing up for the faith. He was recruited into the Irish Republican Army and the Sinn Féin party in the 1970s at the age of 16, but eventually renounced the left-wing nationalist party over their anti-Catholic views on abortion and homosexual “marriage.” 

Since his departure from the Sinn Féin party twenty years ago, McGeough has stood in staunch opposition to the group he once supported, preferring to peacefully spread the Catholic faith through his homeland of Ireland.  

“I, as an Irish nationalist and Catholic, never want to see the day when there are abortion clinics in every market town in Ireland,” he stated when he left Sinn Féin in 2001. 

“I believe that we have a God-given duty to ensure that the faith is kept alive and passed on to future generations,” he continued. 

In 2019, the first year abortion was legal in Ireland, an eerie 6,666 abortions were performed, something Liam Gibson, Political Officer of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), characterized as “truly shocking.”  

The ISFCC told LifeSite that McGeough is currently in hospital awaiting the insertion of a stent in response to his heart attack, and they are asking for everyone to “Pray for a full recovery for Gerry so that he can continue his courageous defense of the Catholic Faith.”