THUNDER BAY, Ontario, June 16, 2021 (Parents as First Educators) – On June 14, dozens of cars took part in a peaceful car rally, organized by Parents as First Educators (PAFE), to protest the flying of Pride flags at Thunder Bay Catholic schools and Board Office.
Monday’s car rally took place at 1 pm in front of the Catholic School Board’s head office in Thunder Bay. “This rally sends a direct message to Catholic trustees and educators that Pride flags and Pride month education are not in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church and do not belong in these schools,” said PAFE President Teresa Pierre PhD. “Parents are furious with this blatant disregard for children.”
This is the second rally held in Thunder Bay this month, representing parents, clergy, Thunder Bay Catholic District School board (TBCDSB) staff and retirees. PAFE-sponsored car rallies also took place June 1st in Thunder Bay as well as the Durham, Halton, Niagara, Toronto, Waterloo and Wellington Catholic boards.
TBCDSB has partnered with Thunder Pride, which organized a counter-protest for the June 1st event. One PAFE car rally participant, a retiree from TBCDSB remarked, “As we drove by, some of the counter-protesters, who stood in front of the TBCDSB office, shouted rude remarks, swore at us, and held signs that insulted Jesus and the Catholic faith. All of the PAFE signs were positive, focusing on the month of June being dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the importance of the Cross of Christ, which for Christians are signs of love that cannot be surpassed by any other.”
“Catholic schools must adhere to the teaching of the church, otherwise they are giving them a false illusion of the Catholic faith,” said Pierre. “Despite guidance from the Cardinal of Toronto that the acceptable symbol of inclusion for a Catholic board is the Cross, many schools have decided to ignore this guidance and fly the flag, ignoring the impact it will have on Catholic students in these schools.”
Parents As First Educators (PAFE) is Ontario’s largest parental rights group representing over 80,000 supporters.
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