The following report was emailed August 8 to Cal Catholic from a reader.
San Diego’s 39th annual “pride” parade and festival was held the weekend of July 12–14.
With the theme Freedom to Love and Marry, this year’s parade celebrated the recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings that overturned a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, the initiative that amended the state constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
The weekend kicked off Friday evening with a Spirit of Stonewall rally and the raising of a giant rainbow flag at the intersection of Normal Street and University Avenue in Hillcrest.
While the rally was happening, Catholic prayer warriors including me attended a Mass and Eucharistic benediction at nearby St. John the Evangelist Church. Afterward, we set out on a prayer walk for purity and chastity in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Displaying a picture of Our Mother of Perpetual Help and a crucifix, our group prayed aloud all the mysteries of the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet and sang Ave Marias as we traversed the parade route along University and Sixth Avenues.
In response, pride festival-goers yelled “F*** Jesus” at our prayer group and screamed loudly or laughed in mockery and derision to try to drown out our prayers. One man became angry at our presence, following us in an attempt to intimidate, and accusing us of being a “cult.” But, thanks be to God, our group was able to complete its walk safely and glorify our Lord Jesus through peaceful, prayerful witness.
The next day, Saturday July 13, we attended the parade. We parked at St. Joseph Cathedral and then walked up to Balboa Park. On our way, we passed a booth manned by members of the Rock Church’s Agape Road Ministry, an outreach to people with same-sex attraction, who were giving out free bottles of water. It was good to see these Christian brothers and sisters; we spoke with them for several minutes before moving on.
We stationed ourselves near the end of the parade route at the corner of Upas Street and Sixth Avenue. In past years, a group of Christian men holding signs stating the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality have stood there, with police officers nearby. However, this year there was only one man, who later told us that his name was Paul and that he was from a church in Norwalk. We stood a few feet away from him as the parade got underway but kept an eye on him in case the crowds started to hassle him.
Motorcycle-riding lesbians kicked off the parade, followed by grand marshals La Toya Jackson and former Star Trek actor George Takei.
Uniformed contingents from the major military branches marched.
Local law enforcement was well represented by San Diego police officers marching with Chief William Lansdowne, and San Diego County sheriffs led by Bill Gore, accompanied by a SWAT truck.
As usual, politicians—mostly Democrat, but including at least one Republican—participated:
Openly lesbian Republican San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis rode with her sex partner, Denise Nielsen.
Congresswoman Susan Davis waved a rainbow flag.
Openly homosexual San Diego City Council president and USD graduate Todd Gloria rode in a truck festooned with lavender and white wedding decorations.
Democrat District 39 state senator Marty Block bullhorned “Happy pride!” to the crowds.
Lesbian state assembly member and former abortion clinic director Toni Atkins, who authored AB 154 to expand the list of healthcare professionals allowed to perform early abortions, participated in the parade, as she usually does.
One liberal Democrat politician who did not participate in this year’s parade was San Diego mayor Bob Filner, apparently too ashamed to show up due to accusations of heterosexual harassment.
Many major corporations participated in or sponsored the parade and festival:
– Wells Fargo stagecoach festooned with rainbow balloons
– Vons LGBT Alliance
– U.S. Bank and the Greater San Diego Business Association, San Diego’s homosexual chamber of commerce
– Wells Fargo banner showing its partnership with GLSEN in “helping to make it better for LGBT youth.”
– Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air
– Alaska Airlines
– Cox Communications
– SDG&E/Sempra Energy
– Chipotle restaurants
– Top Flooring, which also threw condoms to the crowd.
Other corporate sponsors and participants included:
– Anheuser-Busch, makers of Budweiser beer
– Radio stations 91X, Jammin’ Z90, Magic 92.5, Clear Channel stations Channel 933 and Kiss 95.7, Star 94.1, Energy 103.7, 100.7 Jack FM, Radio Latina 104.5, Walrus 105.7, and KPRI
– CityBeat Magazine
– Manchester Grand Hyatt
– Astroglide and ID Lube sexual lubricants
– Barefoot Wine
– Motrin (pain reliever)
– Pacific San Diego Magazine
– Daphne’s (Greek food) and Burger Lounge eateries
– Kaplan College
– San Diego County Credit Union
– Sycuan and Valley View Casinos
– Geek Squad
– ESET Internet Security
Especially troubling was the fact that many healthcare organizations took part in celebrating behaviors that pose grave personal and public health risks:
– Veterans Administration
– Walgreens drugstores
– UC San Diego Medical Center ambulance, decorated with a rainbow flag
– American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Why are they marching in a parade that celebrates a “lifestyle” that leads to higher rates of suicide?
– San Diego Psychological Association
– Red Cross, which has supported a more lenient policy regarding gay male blood donations
– American Cancer Society
– Johnson & Johnson
– UCSD Health Systems UCSD Antiviral Research Center
– CareFusion, a medical device maker
Traditional Christianity, of course, was also mocked and attacked . . . except for churches that have already capitulated to the gay agenda:
– Pilgrim United Church of Christ
– Carlton Hills Lutheran
– St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral
– United Church of Christ
– First Lutheran Church
– University Christian Church
– United Church of Christ
And what pride parade would be complete without the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, men who dress as bizarre caricatures of Catholic nuns, insulting Catholicism? Here, members of the San Diego Sisters, aka The Asylum of the Tortured Heart, were cheered by the crowd.
Extreme sex deviants, including sadomasochists and other fetishists, paraded proudly in front of the children:
Number one baby butcher Planned Parenthood gave out–what else?–condoms as they passed by.
Gender-bending drag queens and scantily-clad dancers rounded out the perverse spectacle.
Toward the end of the parade, we noticed that the crowd was starting to hassle Paul, the Christian man with the sign, so we stood by him to protect him. Someone had placed a Human Rights Campaign sticker on Paul’s back, which I removed. The group bills itself as “the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization.”
A young man who disagreed with Paul’s message stood next to him with a hastily-created hand-lettered sign that said, “He’s Gay,” with an arrow pointing toward him.
The young man asked me, “Do you accept this?”–meaning, did I approve of the parade and accept homosexuality? When I replied, “No,” he told me he didn’t give a f*** what I think and began hurtling a stream of additional F-bombs at me.
After the parade, we walked over to the festival area. On our way, we encountered more street preachers. I recognized one of them as a young man who had also preached at the Earth Fair in April.
Inside the festival area, we were sadly shocked to see Ralphs grocery stores hosting the Children’s Garden, an area for face painting, carnival games, and arts and crafts for small kids.
The festival also included a Youth Zone, described as a “hub for LGBT, ally, and questioning youth, hosted by the Pride Youth Committee, the Hillcrest Youth Center, and GLSEN San Diego. The area features a place to hang out with friends, dance, play games, and enjoy Pride.”
Elsewhere inside the festival, children and youth were able to pass by blatant sex-themed booths offering “Bisexual Kissing,” the ability to “Meet Nude Men,” Astroglide sexual lubricant, Hustler products, and polyamory.
We also saw the Log Cabin Republicans of San Diego booth, manned by Ralph Denney and featuring multiple Carl DeMaio campaign posters.
As disturbing as these booths were, they paled in comparison to the Leather Realm, a festival area that celebrates sadomasochism, bondage, and other forms of deviant sex, such as “red hankies” (fisting) and “yellow hankies” (urine).
I’d visited the Leather Realm in prior years, when it was confined to a smaller area within the festival grounds. All entrants were required to be age 18 or older and to show ID before being admitted. In previous years, photography was strictly prohibited.
However, I was unpleasantly surprised to find that this year the Leather Realm occupied a much larger area inside the festival grounds. Although we were still carded, we were freely able to take photos.
In one section, a lecture was being given on the joys of master-slave sex bondage. In another, sex dungeon apparatuses such as whips, a St. Andrew’s cross, and spanking benches were displayed, and audience participants were invited to try them out.
The Catholic bishops are so weak that they are really fading out of every social function other than supervising the flow of money to one spurious program after another. Who will be taking the lead when the bishops cave in completely to the rising sodomite powers? Consider that the only other fervent and numerically significant social group is run by … no, not ministers, because notice I said significant numerically … imams. As western Catholicism flounders for lack of holy leaders, who are the faithful Catholics going to find to marshal social forces in protection of fundamentally basic human rights? Islam, as brutal as it is reputed to be, is today the only universal social group that is capable of thwarting the intrinsically evil and wicked gay materialism of the West.
So work to convert the imams!
Viva Cristo Rey!
God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher
Kenneth, all Catholics should work to convert others, including imams. The Popes have called the bishops to holiness, and so far I have yet to read of any of the bishops responding. Here is my view: Regardless of one’s religion, people tend to carry on their daily lives pretty much in accord, ie the same as one another, not counting the movers and shakers. Non holy bishops are salt with no flavor, and present no difference in leadership from an imam or protestant minister or rabbi or buddhist monk, animist or whatever. The point here is that Islam is on the march and intent in gaining the rule. It is a spiritual war, and when the leadership fails to lead, then any leader who happens along will rise to the occasion. In today’s world it is the Muslim imams who are taking over the minds, hearts and souls of most of the population on the face of the earth.
I did manage to visit a mosque last December located in Smyrna, which today is called Izmir located in Turkey. It is the responsibility of the bishops to rise from out of the depths of their pusilanimous fears, fright, paranoia, and abject slothfulness and take on the challenge given them by the Popes, which is to become holy. Until they do so, en masse, the Church will continue being ravaged by Her enemies. If the Church in the USA is half liberal ie pagan, and the bishops become holy, it may be that the only Cathoics who respond to them will be the half that is not liberal ie pagan. The numbers on the account sheets that the bishops use to tantalize the politicians would suddenly drop to half the previous number. It is an inflation kind of thing that has come about … the numbers of Catholics have been inflated like yeast fills dough with hot air. Most bishops and politicians thrive on hot air, which is their primary food and their primary byproduct.
Islam and Puritism is often an overeaction to some of the decadence going on in the West. The Puritans outlawed Christmas because some were not celebrating it very Christian like. We need to find some middle ground.
Sorry for the misspelling of Puritanism and over reaction. I clicked “submit” too soon.
Of Course one can expect such evil filth coming from these types of parades…the homosexuals who promote these rights should be ashamed and should be shunned for coming on here saying they are Catholic and for defending these UN-virtueious behavior in their fellow men. Gay is all about these filthy behaviors, they are not ever approved by our Lord, they are unholy evil and wicked pagan men and women. Any decent person would not be there to celebrate such unholy and evil behavior! God have mercy!
I found this whole article especially disturbing, didn’t you Abeca? I don’t want to know the inner workings of the sick and depraved activities these satanic creatures practice. I also don’t want to hear anymore diatribes and doublespeak pouring from the practicing homosexuals that contribute here. I’m going to impose some censorship on myself as I find that this sort of hideousness intrudes on the serenity I generally feel and no longer am going to subject myself to such evil . I’m only going to read about other Catholic issues here and scroll past the orcs that think this sort of thing is approved by the Church and is normal. Life is too short and you don’t have to rub your nose in manure to know it stinks. These people are beyond disgusting. The businesses that support them are just as sick. Can you imagine buying health supplies at Walgreens? Talk about contaminated! CVS, where I buy my medicine, wouldn’t carry the Rollingstone mag. with that terrorist on the cover. Support businesses that still have a conscience. I would name others but they would be persecuted by the homosexual fascists that imagine themselves to be victims. I can’t take any more of their whining and general cruddy creepy ideologies either. Let the dead bury their dead.
I know how you feel, but you cannot run away from it, you must face up to it as Our Lord and His Mother want you to.
Viva Cristo Rey!
God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher
Dana I understand your sentiments, I felt this way at first but when I read the whole article, this was just a report of few good groups who are willing to put them selves out there to reach out to the homosexuals. I remember, its been like over 10 years ago or so….groups of women lined up to warn families that they had gay pride day at the San Diego Zoo. That took courage. You should have seen what they were doing in the bathrooms. Praise God some where brave to warn tourist who may not have known that it was gay day there…..The Zoo does not warn people. There were reports of men doing inappropriate things in the bathrooms. That is disgusting. Well the list goes on.
It’s OK to feel how you feel, especially since you are probably not affected by these immoral parades in our area. Be thankful. I don’t blame you sweet sister, we do feel helpless at the face of evil because evil is so intimating, because we strive to be holy and chaste and these things are not at all, so to feel how you feel, it just means that you are a decent human being who does fear the Lord and this stuff bothers you. I would be concerned with folks who don’t see any harm in these functions and they even impose these on innocent children just so they can desensitize these sinful behaviors…it is definitely what our Lord warned people about….to not scandalize the little ones.
as our holy father pope francis as stated who am i to judge, thank god for this man. you are not to judge only god is the final judge this is the united states of america church and state are separate this is not some russia or iran like putin reigns if you do not like the laws in the us go live in russia or iran i am 75 i know what the catholic church was like if you had meat on friday you will go to hell, to drink water after midnight was a mortal sin do you think that a loving god would send a soul to hell for that
Since sodomy is an abomination to God, I would not be delighted with the prospect of being judged by God if I was guilty of being involved in a political and social movement that uses pressure, force and lies to spread sodomy. But that’s just me.
ski ven it’s not just you….its all who love God and wish to please Him. He is the Alpha and the Omega, it doesn’t matter what others think, only what our Lord says. So we need to nurture our soul and avoid unholy functions.
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, saith the Lord God, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
The Pope was asking us to tell him who to judge: “Who am I to judge?”, he asked. The gays, obviously, who else?
Pope Frances was saying that he could not judge the sincerity of a REPENTANT sinner, especially in the confessional, not that we cannot judge some things sinful, or certain behavior sinful. People need to read that interview in its full context.
And yes, if one back then or now did or does deliberately, not accidentally or out of need such as for medical reasons, defiantly eats or drinks anything else besides water during the fasting period, it can be a serious sin because it show a disrespect for the Blessed Sacrament and Church teaching about fasting.
My last two messages were meant in reply to Thomas Nawn. And believe me, there will be a time in your life, Thomas Nawn, if you live so long, you will have to fast over night for medical reasons — tests and other procedures. Fasting is good practice for that and to discipline our bodies, so we can learn to control our appetites and behavior. The Lord Jesus said that some demons could only be overcome by fasting. People of most all religions, including Islam and Buddhism, practice fasting.
FYI – the so called “Stone – Wall’ really was a wall, out back of a trannie bar in NYC, where the ‘girls’ serviced their ‘Eltons’ (kind of like a john, but even more bent).
The Booze, Drug & Hormone fueled Riot that year was particularly hysterical because if followed upon the Funeral of their very own tragic cinematic hyroine ‘Dorothy’ (Judy Garland) – who apparently still holds a very special place in the world of Drag Queens.
Kind of like Der Arnold (Blackmailed CA Governot -the ‘secret’ Extra Son) is an icon to Steroid Abusers, and Abusers of office too.
Anywyyy… When the Cops arrived to quell a riot in progress, the ‘girls’ started throwing Bricks at them – which led to the tradition in Sodom by the Sea of the “Pink Brick” toss at whoever the target-de-hour of the Gaystapo may be:
SEE Pink Brick Dis-Honorees = https://sfpride.org/pink-brick/
They attack, dehumanize, and abuse anyone who is sickened by sodomy. All they do is attack, attack, attack. These hateful people are pure evil. They can’t wait to be in charge of the FEMA camps.
Ski .. Tell me about the FEMA camps.
They are internment camps that are supposedly to be operated by FEMA in times of a national emergency.
To the best of our ability – we should not patronize those businesses that support sodomy (same sex marriage, or homosexual acts),
or other immoral sexual acts such as fornication, adultery, or contraception.
Follow the money, businesses will.
The devil is alive and well.
LILA i advice that before one does this..that they send a letter of intent. It helps businesses realize that most people do not support this and it helps them feel support just in case they may want support to do the right thing. I say this because you also have employees who do not agree with their companies to participate but for fear of losing their jobs, they feel alone to speak up so if consumers speak up…this will surely help turn things around, little by little but it will. There are laws that pretty much force companies to almost in compliance. They are not direct ones but they are pressures and so if more good people put the pressure on those companies, it can help encourage them to stay away from supporting these things. We all have known how the lavender mafia works, so if the good people work more together in union, then these minority gay mafia will not be in power and we won’t continue to be outgunned.
The problem, Abeca Christian, is that there are so many of these businesses that cave in that it is nearly impossible to write to all of them. Some support the parades for awhile and then stop, then go back to doing it again. It all depends on the management. Therefore, I have to admit, that many times I just boycott and do not even bother to write a letter.
Anne T I was speaking about the ones you wish to boycott…if you boycott certain ones, it’s best to follow up with a letter of intent….I use to boycott Proctor and Gamble…so before i started my boycott, I sent them a letter and emails too. I know with some companies it may encourage them to remain neutral in culture of death…
But despite the few ups and downs, this attentive attendee forgot to write that he/she had a great time and that the event was enjoyed by all!
Spoken like a true perverted sodomite
From JONAH – Jews Offering New Alternatives to Healing
The video linked to below is about 15 minutes long and well worth watching. It contains excellent video footage of the vast differences between Selma and Stonewall and why it is so disingenuous to compare the two events.
Please watch the video and send it out to your lists so more people can be aware that comparing the Civil Rights movement to the attempt to normalize homosexuality is not an accurate comparison.
Thank you, Michael McDermott for that link. The late great white Republican actor, Charlton Heston, who first played Moses in the Ten commandments and who marched at Selma was totally against Stonewall. In the end many even called him a bigot for his stand. The evil of it all.
Would it be possible for some one to publish the email addresses of the most prominent of the retail sponsors of this event? I for one would like to send them all an email letting them know that we would no longer be patronizing their establishments. The “Catholic League” does this and they have been getting some encouraging results because of those that have registered their objections to them. We need to stand up and be heard! Look what has happened when most of us have just remained silent. It looks like we are now getting what we deserve!
DO you have a google machine, mrpkguy?
You can look them up on the web, look for company head quarters, if you are unsure, then look for multiple emails that they may have on their websites. I wish I can time to look them up for you, this would be helpful but I’m sure with the easy access of the web…it does help to hopefully find the direct contact info. Go high up in who is in charge, you don’t want someone throwing away your letters or emails but reach those higher in charge to get directly to the source of command.
Taken from Catholic Culture
“In an age of sensuality and materialism the Assumption points out the dignity and destiny of our human body, extols the dignity of womanhood, and turns our eyes to the true life beyond the grave. At Mass today ask Mary for the grace to keep your mind fixed on things above and to aspire continually to be united with her and to be brought to the glory of the Resurrection.”
Thank you for this helpful story. No more Ralph’s for us.
Where was the San Diego Catholic bishop? Silent?
Ed Write to Ralphs and send in your complaint as well…..I encourage anyone who decides to boycott a company to contact them first as well and then cut of your support for them. I know that there are good Christian managers that have been working with these companies for over 20 years and this is your main source of income that support their families and they are also bothered by Ralph’s choice to do this…..sometimes it’s happening because of some of these companies promote culture groups within their company and if they refused to allow their gay groups to support this, then their fear that current laws will protect them to the point that they may have law suits…remember we must change laws and withdraw laws that protect special interest groups like “gay” groups. It’s the way these laws that are in place that pretty much tie their hands….a lot of these companies are also run by shareholders who may be very gay friendly too. So write your letters….then boycott…that can help even speak up for those who feel powerless from within those companies….
Our priests and bishops have been promoting this type of behavior for decades. Why weren’t they out there openly marching with their partners? After all, there is no longer anyone in authority with the capability to judge them.
Perhaps what we need to do is focus on what’s causing SSA and healing it rather then spending our energy trying to marginalize homosexuals.
Yes, the Church is trying with Courage. Courage has largely failed—in that very small numbers flip their sexual orientation. If you believe that homosexuality is inherently disordered, you have not healed them if they still have SSA and live celibate lives.
The pre-1960 social mores used social pressure applied by ridicule, rejection, and shame to make sure that people never spoke of such things and that many people with SSA never acted on their attractions. While that is certainly helps the majority pretend gays do not exist—that does nothing to help heal them. Perhaps these blatant public displays are a sign that pretending gays don’t exist and ignoring them isn’t enough. It provides incentive for people of faith to focus their energies on solving their problem rather shrinking from them in disgust.
I was just reading St.Theresa of Avila’s “The Interior Castle” Jon and Kenneth, and one little snippet really spoke to my heart, that a soul can be in a room filled with light, but “he cannot enjoy the light because he is prevented from doing so by these wild beasts and animals (in the room with him) which force him to close his eyes to everything but themselves…indeed, even though it has entered the castle, is the soul free from great peril in the Mansion which it actually inhabits,; for being among such poisonous things, it cannot…escape being bitten by them.” I’m sorry I was condemning the people involved…what I meant to say was the behavior I objected to, and want to avoid. All of those people deserve our love and concern. I most assuredly do not hate them, but I am greatly saddened that these ‘parades’ are leading to the destruction of our society. Homosexuals were made in God’s image and we’re called to love them but hate the sin, but what they’re calling for is to love their sin too! It’s just so frustrating to see such bad behavior rewarded and pandered to. God bless all, and keep praying for all our brothers and sisters, especially those suffering in Egypt, Nigeria, Syria and especially China, where thousands are persecuted for being authentic Christians.
Dana, God is aware of all things, and yet He is love. Deal with it … oops, sorry, rather you could … hmn, work on becoming holy … help set an example of what the Popes have asked the bishops to do. “Who am I to judge?”, asked the Pope; well, he’s already judged the bishops and found them wanting, which is why he told them to shape up, and now he may be after the gays to get off their perversion bandwagon and seek to become holy.
The problem is that people with SSA who do not want to be that way and are making sincere efforts to be chaste, are not the ones participating in and celebrating these repugnant spectacles. No, those are the ones who have welcomed and accepted evil, bought the Devil’s bill of goods, and, short of a miraculous turnaround and concversion, march giddily to the eternal hell that awaits them.
Ironic though, that Mr. Putin and the Russian parliment have the clarity of vision to outlaw these disgusting displays, actions which the pathetic and perverse American media portray as “persecution.”
With the Russian example, couldn’t the American Bishops rev up their courage enough to denounce and condemn publicly Catholic participation in these sick and pestilential so-called “pride” parades?
The irony is we have a fascist dictator in this country , Bea, and it’s name is secularism. It’s ruthless and lacks any human compassion, spirituality or joy for it is not made in God’s image, but in man’s. It only seeks to suppress, villify and conform and leaves no room for dissent or individuality. Secularism demands everyone march to the same drum and will never cease to silence dissent and only the working of the Holy Spirit in human hearts will have the power to reign it in.
I remember when one bishop spoke out against politicians going to these parades, a priest spoke against his descision in his sermon. I had to give him information on the difference between the tendencies and the acts and what was going on at those parades. Some priest are innocently naive, others are not so innocent. We must charitably try to decern the diffence and do what we can about it.
Oops! I meant “difference” in my last sentence.