By Jonathon Van Maren
These days, the mainstream media spends an abnormal amount of time attempting to gin up controversy where none exists. Much of that controversy is designed to make those who still hold to traditional Christian values look like hopeless bigots and to warn those who disagree with elements of the LGBT agenda that they should keep their mouths shut if they know what’s good for them. Consider this recent story from the CBC, which is obviously intended to convey the fact that there are still people in Canada who have not yet been sufficiently re-educated:
Town council in Alberton, P.E.I., has unanimously rejected a request that it raise a Pride flag at the town hall to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Mayor David Gordon said there were complaints when the flag was raised last year, and it was taken down.
“That’s the only reason why that decision was made…and it was made by council and I’m just here to defend them…. And you know there is some issues here we’re working on but there’s no intent to this not flying the flag whatsoever none. And every councillor said the same thing at the meeting on Monday night,” Gordon said. “The town of Alberton has nothing against the gay pride people. That’s not, no that’s not the issue here.”
Gordon said he and the town councillors suggested the flag be raised somewhere else in the town. He also said council is trying to avoid more requests to raise flags from other groups.
“These people are welcome in our community any time, and just by not flying their flag, I don’t think we should be held accountable for not flying their flag,” Gordon said. “I’m sorry if they feel that way.”
Rory Starkman of the P.E.I. Transgender Network, one of the groups that asked for the flag raising, said the refusal shows LGBT groups have work to do.
“We’re starting to see that we really need to move outward, especially for the youth in those communities who may be feeling really underserved and really underrepresented,” said Starkman. “I know that a flag raising seems really inconsequential, but sometimes it’s that one little beacon of hope for someone.”
Remember the good old days, when Old Man Trudeau (a paragon of tolerance in comparison to his witless son) said that “the state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation”? Now, apparently, the state is required to hoist a celebratory flag or face the wrath of the social justice warriors. The fact that the city council did not want to offend the deeply-held beliefs of some of their residents, however, was actually called “appalling” by trans activist Rory Starkman.
For myself, I don’t think that the opinion of a movement championing sex changes for kids and Drag Queen Storytime for children should be taken very seriously, as they have long lost the ability to discern what is, in fact, “appalling.”
For anyone interested, my book on The Culture War, which analyzes the journey our culture has taken from the way it was to the way it is and examines the Sexual Revolution, hook-up culture, the rise of the porn plague, abortion, commodity culture, euthanasia, and the gay rights movement, is available for sale here.