Protect Our Children from Exploitation and Pride Month

For Catholics, June is the month of the Sacred Heart, in which we recall and celebrate Christ’s redeeming, self-sacrificial love for us. For the world, however, June is now Pride Month – a month-long hedonistic carnival in celebration of a debased concept of “love”: one that in many cases reduces love to nothing more than sexual exhibitionism and the exchange of genital pleasure.

Every year, I think to myself that we must have reached the peak of Pride mania. Practically everywhere you look there are rainbow flags. Advertisement after advertisement on television or the radio emphasizes the advertising company’s complete commitment to every dot and tittle of the LGBT agenda. Enormous Pride parades take over the main thoroughfares of most of our cities, sometimes for days on end, and are attended by most of our politicians and entertainers, as well as millions of ordinary citizens.

“How,” I wonder every year, “can Pride become more in-your-face than it is?”

Target the Children

Well, now I know the answer: by making “Pride” symbols and messaging ubiquitous in the one space that was, until recently, at least somewhat protected, i.e., the lives of children.

In recent years, an increasing number of children’s TV shows and networks are openly celebrating “Pride” and pushing a radical LGBT agenda. However, this year, things seem be ramping up, in a big way. A recent article in Breitbart notes that after years of intense lobbying by LGBT activists, “nearly every TV series, animated or live-action, has added gay characters.” This includes shows such as Arthur, SpongeBob SquarePants, Scooby-Doo, DuckTales, and My Little Pony.

One recent video put out on the YouTube channel of the children’s show “Blue’s Clues & You” features an animated drag queen singing to kids. As The Blaze reports, the character “leads young viewers in a song about a ‘Pride Parade’ — to the tune of ‘The Ants Go Marching’ — and shows different groups of animals in a parade waving rainbow flags. The lyrics also include other LGBTQ buzzwords such as ‘ace’ — which stands for ‘asexual’ — as well as ‘queer,’ ‘bi,’ ‘pan,’ ‘allies,’ and ‘kings and queens.’”

There was a time, not so very long ago, when everybody more or less agreed that the question of when and how to introduce children to sexual topics should be left up to parents. Even more “progressive” people understood that the most explicit or complex sexual topics should be introduced to children only when they were approaching puberty. Before that, the general approach was to give kids the basics of the birds and the bees, and the minimum amount of information they needed to stay safe. Otherwise, just let kids be kids!

At the very least, people generally agreed that exposing children to sexualized displays of public nudity, or information about weird sexual fetishes, was a clear and egregious violation of their innocence – and, in many cases, a crime. An adult’s desire to expose kids to these sorts of things was generally taken as a sign that the adult was a pervert, may be grooming the kids, and should be forbidden any kind of unsupervised access to children.

Well, those days are certainly gone. A couple of years ago, The Huffington Post ran an article enthusiastically encouraging parents to take their kids to Pride parades, assuring them that – as the headline blared – “Children Can Handle The Kink.”

The author, Brianna Sharpe, was quite forthright about what children were bound to be exposed to. “Anyone who has been to a parade has likely seen the procession of leather animal costumes, kinky costumes in every hue, and more skin than is normally exposed in public,” she wrote.

She went on to quote sex educator S. Bear Berman saying, “There is absolutely no reason not to take our kids to Pride.” He explained that he takes his own children to the event every year. “It’s their right as queer spawn. And as a parent, I might want to take my kids to Pride, because they might be lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer or two-spirit.” He also added, bizarrely, that “nobody likes nakedness more than children.”

One grandma of two kids told Sharpe “that Pride, from kink to nakedness, is an excellent opportunity for parents to do unbiased sex education.” (“Unbiased,” indeed!)

Sex Education. Male and female sex symbol on black chalkboard. Woman draws gender symbols

The Attack on Catholic Schools

Meanwhile, LGBT activists have set their sights on schools, making sure that children are surrounded with imagery and ideas related to Pride. In some states and countries, the activists have already conquered the public schools, ensuring that they fly the Pride flag throughout the month of June (and, increasingly, all year) and hold a variety of Pride-related events. Many school libraries now stock, and prominently display, the growing list of children’s books pushing the LGBT ideology.

However, even more disheartening is the way the activists are also (successfully) targeting religious schools, including Catholic schools. North of the border, in the Canadian province of Ontario, many of the Catholic school boards (Catholic schools are publicly funded in Ontario) have voted to fly the Pride flag outside their schools. Exhortations from some bishops to school trustees to protect the schools’ Catholic identity have gone largely unheeded.

One Catholic board that refused to kowtow is catching extreme heat from LGBT activists. Even more troublingly, the province’s “human rights commission” is threatening another school board with legal consequences if it continues to refuse to fly the flag. While the school board decided not to raise the flag, they did “vot[e] instead that all school staff must undergo ‘mandatory training’ about LGBT students, schools must ‘raise awareness around Pride month,’ and schools must post pro-LGBT signage ‘to ensure that students in the 2SLGBT community are supported throughout the entire school year.’” In a letter to the board, the commission wrote: “the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has recognized that an organization’s failure to symbolically acknowledge Pride events can in some cases amount to a violation of the rights of people who are LGBTQ2+ to equal treatment in services under the Code.”

Such threatening language coming from a government agency, ordering a Catholic school board to proactively support a specific social movement and political cause, is truly chilling. It is staggeringly anti-democratic, and one of the clearest and most egregious violations of religious freedom that I have seen in recent times.

“This Is Why We Lose”

To me, this deliberate targeting of children by sexual revolutionaries is one of the most disheartening aspects of the culture of death. Outright perverts are being given unrestricted access to children, to fill their heads with as much obscenity as they want, and all in the name of “inclusion” and “progress.” Children are being robbed of normal, happy, healthy childhoods.

A few days ago, prominent conservative commentator Matt Walsh made what I think is an absolutely crucial point. “Do you want to know why conservatives are losing the culture?” he wrote on Twitter. “Nickelodeon put out two videos in a week of a drag queen pushing gay pride on children and still most conservative parents will allow their children to watch shows on the network. That’s it. That’s why we lose.”

He added: “Nickelodeon should be bankrupted. They’ve made their agenda clear. They’ve made it plain that they hate us. And if we all stopped giving them their money, they’d collapse. That’s what should happen but it won’t.”

He’s absolutely right. Hollywood studios have learned that they can keep pushing the envelope on what they put into their shows, and most parents will simply shrug their shoulders and carry on. If they’re conservative, they might sign a petition or two. But that’s about as far as protest efforts go.

Seceding from mainstream entertainment takes work, commitment, and sacrifice. It means being intentional with how you and your children spend your spare time. It means explaining to your kids why they’re not watching the same shows and movies as their peers. It might mean that parents have to change their own media consumption habits, realizing they are setting a bad example for their kids by consuming entertainment that is bad for their own souls.

It amazes me how many parents seem to care so little about what their children are watching, or how they are spending their time online. A staggering number of parents put TVs in their children’s rooms, or hand them Internet-connected smartphones or other devices, often without any filtering in place.

What I want to ask such parents is: Would you invite a drag queen into your house, to speak privately with your child about sexual topics? Would you invite a Planned Parenthood sex educator to give your children all sorts of information about specific sexual practices, or the latest, craziest progressive theories about gender? If the answer is no, then why would you let your children watch mainstream entertainment without first vetting the content, or at least ensuring that they are within earshot or eyesight of a parent?

The fact is that the extremist LGBT activists are banking upon the laziness of parents. They are assuming that parents will act like the proverbial frog in boiling water, allowing the studios and the activists to get away with more and more.

Pray Together as a Family

Finally, parents need to be far more intentional in how they pass their faith on to their children. Long, long gone are the days when Western culture was broadly “Christian.” Not only can you not expect the schools or the broader culture to impart basically decent, Judeo-Christian morals in your children, in many cases you must assume the exact opposite: they are proactively seeking to steal your children’s innocence, and to fill their heads with the latest, craziest progressive insanity.

One way of fighting back is to make sure that you are praying with your children on a daily basis. The old saying – “A family that prays together stays together” – remains true. If you don’t already, try praying the rosary together with your children every night before bed. Quiet prayer time together as a family is a great way to wind your children down. It also provides the kind of “together” time that is far too rare these days, and an opportunity to talk about spiritual matters with your kids.

In the month of June, why not obtain an image of the Sacred Heart, and find some spiritual reading about the Sacred Heart devotion? The world is peddling a destructive concept of “love” to our children. It is not enough merely to oppose their propaganda. We must show our children what true love is – and the self-sacrificial love of Christ is the greatest example we have. Pray with your children. Pray for conversion for our lost culture.

As president of Human Life International, Fr. Boquet is a leading expert on the international pro-life and family movement, having journeyed to nearly 90 countries on pro-life missions over the last decade. Father Boquet works with pro-life and family leaders in 116 counties that partner with HLI to proclaim and advance the Gospel of Life. Read his full bio here.

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  1. Annie on November 16, 2022 at 8:17 PM

    I’m lesbian. Do you accept me?

    • HLI Staff on November 18, 2022 at 11:25 AM

      Dear Annie,

      The Catholic Church does not condemn homosexuals, for neither does Christ. The Catholic Church condemns the acts of homosexuality, for these are grave sins against purity and contrary to natural law.

      Early in the morning he came again to the temple; all the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such. What do you say about her?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus looked up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again.”

  2. Kellie on June 29, 2022 at 2:23 PM

    I am rooted deeply in faith

    I don’t leave Christ because I know what I have

    The word is constantly testing my faith
    I see the war with LGBT and the pressures to the community.

    Thankfully because of our rights to freedom of choice I can opt out of information that is inappropriate to my faith

  3. David Baldwin on June 16, 2021 at 11:35 AM

    pride comes before the fall

  4. Martha Kremer on June 15, 2021 at 2:57 PM

    I don’t know what to say. I am very disheartened,

  5. An Ally on June 15, 2021 at 4:11 AM

    The fact that the church hates the LGBTQIA+ community isn’t hidden or anything, while they preach of love. I suggest you do deeper research on the topic firstly and then publish articles. The point of introducing pride factors into cartoon is to make them realize love is love and it’s not necessary that a family is made by a man and a woman, as you have force fed for years, just like the church has force fed that women serves men, and other instances. No one is forcing to explain the anatomy of how it works, in fact if thry do, it’s vetter knowing right information from parents than hearing all sorts of wrong information and being confused and “sinning” because their parents told babies fall from the sky that a magic bird drops after marriage. Its time to open your mind up and view facts logically instead of blind hate

  6. Robert Hurley, M.D. on June 14, 2021 at 10:30 PM

    Reading stories with moral themes on a regular basis, preferably by their father or masculine father figure and with positive commentary by him, is important for normal psychological development in children. In our current cultural environment, suitable material may have to be searched out, but can be found in classical literature, saints stories, etc.

  7. Rosanne Zuppe on June 14, 2021 at 5:43 PM

    I pray that Jesus will come soon to straighten out this mess we are living in. Why are they allowed to do what they want and Catholic Christians can’t object.

    • Annie on November 16, 2022 at 8:15 PM

      Because catholic christians can do what they want and lgbtqia+ people cant object

      • HLI Staff on November 18, 2022 at 11:37 AM

        Dear Annie,

        On the contrary. “Freedom of speech” does not protect Catholics or Christians, who are persecuted for speaking up for truth and anything that is against the agenda of the corruption that pervades modernity.

  8. Eric on June 14, 2021 at 3:44 PM

    The gay agenda indoctrinating children and corrupting their minds makes me weep. Listed below are some of the most disturbing aspects of just one video:

    Here are some of the disturbing images seen in the video:

    Animal families made up of two mommies and two daddies as well as transgender, pansexual, and nonbinary family members.
    A trans beaver is shown with mastectomy scars.

    And here are some of the disturbing lyrics of the song:

    “This family has two mommies; they love each other so proudly, and they all go marching in the big parade!”
    “Ace, bi, pan grown-ups, you see, can love each other so proudly.”
    “Allies to the queer community can love their queer friends so proudly.”
    “All families are made differently; they love each other so proudly.”
    “Love is love is love you see, and everyone should love proudly.”
    “Thanks Blue! Happy Pride Month.”

  9. Sally Sullivan on June 14, 2021 at 3:35 PM

    Excellent Father. Thank you for once again stating the core problem. Recently I was introduced to the Holy Face of Jesus Confraternity and I find these prayers to be both deeply moving and efficacious. Would you like me to send a booklet to HLI and perhaps you could replicate and even encourage others? In the Rockford, IL diocese, Bishop Malloy approved these in 2017.

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