The LGBT Doctrine of Intolerance
Normalizing LGBT Ideology
A depressingly true image has been making the rounds on social media. I can’t seem to find the original right now. But if I recall correctly, the text on the image goes something like this: “2009: How will legalizing gay marriage personally affect you? 2019: Celebrate this 11-year-old drag queen, or you’re a bigot!”
That just about sums up the current insanity in our culture.
A decade ago, homosexualist activists were arguing that legalizing same-sex “marriage” was all about “acceptance” and “love,” and that it would have absolutely no impact on the daily life of most ordinary citizens. Opponents of same-sex “marriage” were routinely mocked with statements like: “How is it any of your business what two consenting adults do in the privacy of their own bedrooms?”, or, “If you don’t support gay marriage, don’t get one.” In other words: why get yourself worked up about something that has nothing to do with you?
However, just as pro-family advocates warned at the time, things haven’t turned out that way.
Ever Greater Extremism
There are just too many examples of how same-sex “marriage”, and LGBT ideology in general, have impacted the daily lives of every citizen to cite in a single column. We saw this in a dramatic way throughout June – so-called “pride month.” One could scarcely open a website, or walk down the street, without being confronted by rainbow flags or other overt celebrations of licentious sexual practices. Many schools, libraries, and city and state legislatures flew the flag and held “pride” celebrations, while any effort to question the wisdom of using public buildings in this way was immediately shouted down as “homophobia” and bigotry.
However, this total saturation of the public space with pro-LGBT propaganda is merely one of the milder ways that LGBT extremism has inserted itself into everybody’s lives. Far more troubling is the way that the LGBT movement is propagandizing and recruiting children, often right under the noses of their parents. As a result, many well-meaning parents who decided not to speak out against same-sex “marriage” out of a desire to be more tolerant, are finding that they are losing their very children to belief-systems that they do not, in fact, support.
Entertainment companies like Disney are quietly, but more and more insistently, inserting homosexual characters or themes into their shows and movies. Many schools are quietly inserting LGBT teaching into their curriculum, including indoctrinating students in the anti-scientific and profoundly dangerous “transgender” ideology. Predictably, the result has been a dismaying and stratospheric increase in gender dysphoria among school-age children. And then there’s the truly, truly bizarre obsession of the LGBT movement and their “allies” in the media with drag queens – most disturbingly of all, pre-teen drag queens. It’s not just the so-called “drag queen story hours” being held at libraries across the country – an event that, unsurprisingly, convicted sex abusers have been quick to take advantage of. It’s the conscientious recruitment and grooming of children as drag queen performers, and the celebration of these abused children on some of the most-watched television shows in the country.
Meanwhile, drag queen performances – a phenomenon that was once confined to seedy gay bars – is now being mainstreamed as just another form of entertainment for the general masses. Like the explosion of talk shows about transgenderism, this obsession with drag queens seemed to come out of nowhere. Nobody that I know of was clamoring for more drag queens in their lives, or for more “all ages” drag queen shows to which they might take their children. So, who was it who decided that drag queens would be the next big thing, and for what purpose? I don’t know the answer to the first part of that question, but I can hazard a guess as to the second part: it seems to me that exposure to drag queens serves the LGBT ideology as a handy way to further desensitize the public to the sexually bizarre and perverse, including the highly problematic notion of “gender fluidity.”
In many ways, 2019 has also been the year in which the naked intolerance of the LGBT movement has been exposed. In many cases, however, it has been the LGBT organizations themselves who have exposed their extremism, for the simple reason that they no longer see any reason to hide it. In the past decade they have achieved more than they ever dreamed possible, and they are determined to ride this momentum as far as they possibly can.
Tech giants, well-heeled LGBT organizations, politicians, “philanthropists” and entertainers have openly committed themselves to curtailing, expunging, and vilifying even the mildest expressions of dissent from the LGBT ideology. Among countless recent examples: Facebook just banned a Facebook group for moms opposed to Drag Queen Story Hour. (Amazingly, something that would have been literally unthinkable to most people even just a couple years ago, is now something you cannot speak out against without risking being made a social pariah!). Amazon – where (as one article recently pointed out) you can easily buy Hitler’s Mein Kampf and books celebrating pedophilia – has just removed a number of books designed to help people leave the homosexual lifestyle.
We saw the intolerant spirit of the modern LGBT movement on display after the victory of the U.S. women’s team won the World Cup. The captain of the team, and some other players, are personally homosexual, as well as committed LGBT activists. However, instead of using their victory to unite Americans, we were treated to videos and interviews filled with politically divisive, profanity-laced tirades.
Ironically, some of the soccer players displayed a breathtaking intolerance towards anyone who disagreed with them, while insistently proclaiming the need for a more “tolerant” country. In the midst of the celebrations, for example, an old interview with a former member of the U.S. women’s team – a Christian – was unearthed. In the interview, Jaelene Hinkle explained her decision to refuse to don a rainbow-themed jersey a couple of years back. “I just felt so convicted in my spirit that it wasn’t my job to wear this jersey,” she said. Even though Hinkle is no longer on the team, current team member Ashlyn Harris immediately shot back with this tweet:
“Hinkle, our team is about inclusion. Your religion was never the problem. The problem is your intolerance and you are homophobic. You don’t belong in a sport that aims to unite and bring people together. You would never fit into our pack or what this team stands for.”
Harris, apparently, was blissfully ignorant of how ironic her tweet was, “i.e. we’re so tolerant and inclusive that you don’t belong here.” The majority of the team want us to believe they are in full support of inclusivity; however, they reject and publicly shame and vilify a teammate who gently disagrees with their position. They define the terms, the language, and application of what is or is not inclusive. If you don’t fit their definition you are banned, ostracized, persecuted, and ridiculed for your views.
Sadly, even within the Church we are seeing signs that LGBT ideologues have grown in brazenness in recent months and years. During “Pride Month” last month, we saw photos of priests openly celebrating so-called “pride masses,” replete with rainbow flags, and homilies full of nudges and winks to the sexual libertinism that the Pride movement so openly celebrates. One priest even celebrated such a Mass on an altar covered with a rainbow altar cloth in the Stonewall Inn, a former gay bar where riots took place in 1969 – an event that many people view as the beginning of the modern day “gay rights” movement. These sacrilegious events typically happen without any repercussions from the Church hierarchy, while bishops and priests who dare to issue even mildly worded warnings about the spiritual dangers of Pride are publicly shamed or even corrected by their superiors.
The Threat of the Equality Act
Of course, this hardly comes as a surprise to the many pro-family advocates who had paid close attention to the LGBT movement. While I don’t doubt that there are some homosexual individuals who simply want to live their lives in peace, the kinds of professional activists who work for LGBT organizations have always had far, far grander, and more pernicious aims. Their basic goal can be summarized like this: to push for total (and, if necessary, enforced) affirmation of the LGBT sexual identity, and a radical, society-wide sexual revolution.
As Franklin Graham recently warned, the next and greatest threat from LGBT extremists is embedded in the deceptively named “Equality Act.” As an article on LifeSite summarizes, the bill, “would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include ‘sex,’ “sexual orientation,” and “gender identity” among expressly recognized “non-discrimination” categories in “public accommodations” (the definition of which would be dramatically expanded); and force employers of 15 or more people to recognize their claimed “gender identity,” forbid them from “discriminating” based on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity,” and mandate transgender “access” to sex-specific facilities.”
This is a radical piece of legislation. As Graham warned, under this law, Christians “would lose all protections to hire people who adhere to their biblical statements of faith. Christians will be persecuted for their sincerely held beliefs as never before. The clear teachings of the Bible on the sins of homosexuality and abortion will no doubt be considered ‘hate speech.’ It will be a nightmare from which this nation may never recover.”
During the battle over same-sex “marriage,” many Christians stayed silent out of a fear of being branded a “hater,” and out of the hope that what LGBT activists promised was true – that same-sex “marriage” wouldn’t affect their lives or those of their children, family, and friends. We no longer have the luxury of believing this to be true. It is time for Christians to wake up and realize the magnitude of the threats against our culture, freedoms, marriage and the family. It is time to see through the cleverly designed rhetoric of the LGBT movement, and to see that beneath the kindly words of “love” and “tolerance” is a ferocious intolerance that will be satisfied with nothing less than enthusiastic endorsement of their worldview. We were fooled once. Let’s not allow ourselves to be fooled twice.
Father Shenan J. Boquet was ordained in 1993 and is a priest of the Houma-Thibodaux Roman Catholic Diocese in Louisiana, his home state, where he served before joining HLI as its President in August 2011. Father Boquet earned a BA from Saint Joseph Seminary College, a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Notre Dame Seminary Graduate School of Theology, a Certification Program in Health Care Ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center, and a Master of Science in Bioethics (MSBe) from the University of Mary in Bismarck. In 2018, Father Boquet was awarded an honorary visiting professorship by the Benedict XVI Catholic University in Trujillo, Peru. He is available for interviews and bookings on behalf of HLI by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so very much for telling the truth about these people who, it seems clear, are “liars from the beginning”. We desperately need to hear much, much more of our priests and bishops following your lead. The Catholic Church has always been the “Light of the World”. Without the knowledge that God’s Will cannot be thwarted, the Church’s response in these times would be cause to despair. I pray that Catholic Christians will have awakened in them the great courage and willingness for martyrdom that has made us the Light of the world, and continue doing what is good, true, and beautiful regardless of what it may cost us. May we surrender to God’s Will and let Him win the battle.
These are all very bad and sad news. I cannot believe that a priest, a man that offered his life to Our Lord, celebrates a sacrilegious mass. to please whom? not our Heavenly Father; nor Our Lord Jesus. To please Satan and his followers.
Bishops are supposed to be the shepherds that guide us; where are they? what do they say? what are they afraid of? we do not need bad shepherds. We need good shepherds.
It is about time that we, Catholics, as we pray to the Archangel Saint Michael, join forces with him, to fight Satan and his devils to defend Jesus’ Church, our Church, the One and only Catholic and Apostolic Church.
How sad that anyone should feel they are fit to judge another.
Currently the “homosexual current” as Bishop Carlo Maria Vigano refers to them controls the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. They are fully supportive of the homosexual agenda in secular society which is why you never hear them speak out when faithful Catholics and other Christians are being persecuted by the homosexual cabal. We must rid The Church of the wolves in sheep’s clothing who refuse to repent and are sending themselves and many sheep of the flock to Hell.
It frightens me that I can’t wake up my children to the horror of the gay agenda. They are against it but think it won’t affect their children.
A long time ago, a dear friend was kidnapped, drugged and raped into lesbianism. Nothing was done for her because of there was “no probable cause”. To this day I cry for my friend.
In my archdiocese, when I was in night school, I visited the local Newman center where the chaplain was openly teaching against the Catholic Faith in regard to homosexuality as promulgated by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (at that time under the prefecture of Cardinal Ratzinger who became Pope Benedict XVI). I also gave them prior to this honey from my apiary which was used to make bread for communion, which invalidated the consecration according to Canon Law. With complete knowledge of the local ordinary, the priest not only was not corrected but put in charge of all the campus ministries of the archdiocese. I would give sworn testimony to this to any valid tribunal.
At the university where I worked, The “Dominicans” who once supplied the chaplaincy of the Newman center were openly gay. They had a “Mass” one All Saints day con celebrated with an Episcopalian priest. Figure that one out.
Sadly, I have experienced abuse from both polar opinions claiming validity in the Church.
How are poor sinners like myself to find their way to heaven with such deep scandals?
Fr. Boquet blames same-sex marriage for pre-teen drag queens. That is ridiculous. It is like blaming decent, loving, clergy for predator priests and the hierarchy who covered up their crimes. It is like blaming all loving heterosexual couples with parents who murder their children.
As one who knows several same-sex couples who have been together for many years, I am deeply offended by Fr. Boquet’s article. The same-sex couples I know would be as abhorred as I am by the pre-teen drag queens. But don’t forget that Jon-Benet Ramsey was the child of a heterosexual couple, and sadly, she also was sexualized at a young age. Same sex marriage has nothing to do with drag queens.
Fr. Boquet’s time would be better spent writing about how the Church needs to heal itself than to attack same-sex marriage.
Let us remember that we are all made in the image and likeness of God. No person chooses his or her sexuality. We are born with it. And if Fr. Boquet is so disgusted by homosexuals, he should not attend the theatre, visit art museums, eat at fine restaurants, read literature, appreciate architecture, enjoy public parks, etc. Basically, he should give up much of the creative arts to which homosexuals have contributed.
Are the LGBT activists sometimes overzealous? Yes, but if you had been in the closet and treated like a pariah for so long, you might be overzealous too.
Usually when the oppressed are no longer oppressed, they become the oppressors.
Thank you for your kind words, Candace. We all need to keep praying for one another!
Gerry, we understand your distress. So terribly sorry about your friend, will add her to our prayers.
Regarding the abuses you mentioned? First, find yourself a good priest and parish. Avoid such places as you mention. Second, when in doubt turn to the Catechism. It’s an excellent source for when you need to discern if what you are hearing is truth. Continue to read and listen to orthodox Catholic sources – HLI, EWTN, etc. – as we should always be learning more about our beliefs. Third, do not be afraid to write to your bishop and point out that these offenses against Our Lord are taking place. All things in charity… It does no one good to distort the Faith.
Thanks for your response, Carol. You mix a couple of issues here, respectfully. There is the issue of same-sex unions, then there is the issue of gender dysphoria. As I’m sure you know, children should never be encouraged in the latter as scientific studies show that almost all will grow out of this phase. Children are now being given hormonal treatments as young as 8 in cases, and girls mastectomies at age 13! This is child abuse, and is not sanctioned by a single study as no one yet knows how much harm this causes; it is abetting an illness instead of healing the patient. Those children who imitate drag queens are being enabled to seek out a new gender and lifestyle and also are an easy target for sexual abuse/pedophilia. Gender issues are largely associated now with the same-sex ideology.
With regard to same-sex marriages, the Catholic Church stands firm on the issue that these cannot be sanctioned according to Christ’s teaching and Biblical tradition. We love all our brothers and sisters, but just as I, a single person, write this, I practice abstinence. So should those with homosexual inclinations, and seek the treatment that is available to them. So it’s a case of loving the persons but not always validating their choices. And you are correct in that we must definitely, without question, pray for healing in the Church. The disintegration we see is largely to lay at the feet of those who have thrown teaching aside, and such abuses should not be sanctioned in any way. In all things, look to Christ.
I’m going to start this off by saying; How dare you call the LGTB community a perverse group of liars. You have no idea what it is like to be someone in the community so don’t act like you do. These people just want equality and acceptance in this world. You are right about one thing and that is; they are not stopping any time soon because they deserve to exist just as much as you have entitled yourself to exist. Your words are disgusting and full of hate for a group that you know NOTHING about. Educate yourself on being a decent human being before trying to tear down a group that’s sole purpose is to allow everyone to feel that they are seen and heard. Shame on you.