The August 2019 issue of the e-newsletter of Salesian College Preparatory High School in Richmond, CA, under the heading “Welcome to the Family” included the following: “KJ Dahlaw. KJ joins us from ODC, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, and the Berkeley YMCA to teach Dance I and Dance II.”

From “their” bio page on the ARC (Arts/Religion/Culture) website: “KJ Dahlaw is a queer and non-binary identified dance artist. They are interested in the body; the ‘other’ body, the corporeal body, the bio-regional body, the transgressive body, the queer body. The body pulses with the stories of our ancestors, the imprinting of culture, the instincts of our creaturely ways. KJ researches both the white, Christian hegemony that lives in their own body and practices of counter hegemony in the body. KJ graduated with their MFA in dance from Saint Mary’s College of CA in the summer of 2018 and has been busy starting a dance company, Unruly Body Tanztheater, raising two children, tending to the fires of queer love and teaching dance.”

The mission statement of ‘their’ dance company, Unruly Body Tanztheater, says, in part: “Unruly Body Tanztheater is a project of Artistic Director KJ Dahlaw, designed to disrupt the logic of hegemony in the Body, oriented towards a queer futurity. UBT is an inter-disciplinary, eco-somatic dance theater project of embodiment.” The photos at ‘their’ website are more informative than the text.

Pope Francis has been absolutely consistent on this issue:

 Meeting with young people, Naples, 2015: “There are also ideological colonializations of the family, different paths and proposals in Europe and also coming from overseas. Then, there is the mistake of the human mind — gender theory — creating so much confusion.”

 Meeting with Families, Manila, 2015: “Let us be on guard against colonization by new ideologies. There are forms of ideological colonization which are out to destroy the family. They are not born of dreams, of prayers, of closeness to God or the mission which God gave us; they come from without, and for that reason I am saying that they are forms of colonization.”

 World Youth Day, Poland, 2016: “In Europe, America, Latin America, Africa, and in some countries of Asia, there are genuine forms of ideological colonization taking place. And one of these – I will call it clearly by its name – is [the ideology of] ‘gender’. Today children – children! – are taught in school that everyone can choose his or her sex. …In a conversation with Pope Benedict, who is in good health and very perceptive, he said to me: ‘Holiness, this is the age of sin against God the Creator’. He is very perceptive. God created man and woman; God created the world in a certain way… and we are doing the exact opposite.”

To make your concerns known:

Kathleen Radecke, Superintendent of Schools
Diocese of Oakland, 510-628-2154,

Most Reverend Michael Barber
Bishop of the Dioceses of Oakland, 510-893-4711,

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