Remembering Pride’s Victims

While LGBTQ+ activists do considerable damage to our culture, the Pride movement most harms the very people it claims to help.

As Pride Month kicks off, the pressing concern of faithful Catholics is the political aspects of LGBTQ+ activism, and understandably so. After all, the Alphabet Mafia is explicitly advocating the corruption and even mutilation of children, as well as the crushing of freedom in our land—you MUST wear the Rainbow! The honoring of the blasphemous anti-Catholic Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is just a symptom of the diabolical disease that has infected our culture.

Yet the political goals of the Pride movement are not the most destructive part of the movement. While the activists do considerable damage to our culture, the Pride movement most harms individuals who struggle with same-sex attraction or are confused about their God-given sex, the very people it claims to help.

As the Catholic resistance to the Pride movement has increased, I’ve seen well-intentioned Catholics bristle at the strong language often used in the debates, such as “demonic,” “diabolical,” and even “disordered.” They say that such language doesn’t follow the Catechism’s command that “[men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies] must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided” (CCC 2358). Isn’t it, at the very least, insensitive to categorize the LGBTQ+ crowd as “demonic?”

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The problem with this argument is that it fails to recognize the many layers of the Pride movement—from the hard-core activists to those who suffer silently with same-sex attraction. And because there are multiple layers to the Pride movement, this demands different types of responses from Catholics.

First, there are the activists, the “Alphabet Mafia.” These are the die-hard political warriors who want nothing less than a complete overthrow of traditional morality and even the destruction of the major religions that teach against homosexuality. This group, which has grown dramatically in strength over the past decade, is the enemy of Catholics—and free people—everywhere. They do not want “toleration” for homosexual activity—they want public endorsement, and they actively seek converts to their Pride religion. This is the Alphabet Mafia properly speaking, a totalitarian group that seeks radical upheaval of society.

A subset of the Alphabet Mafia are the religious figures such as Fr. James Martin and Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, who act as chaplains for the Pride religion. They willingly give cover for the abuses of the Alphabet Mafia, and they seek to reshape Catholicism into the image of the Pride religion. A subset of the Alphabet Mafia are the religious figures such as Fr. James Martin and Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, who act as chaplains for the Pride religion. They seek to reshape Catholicism into the image of the Pride religion.Tweet This

There is no language too strong for the evil these activists and their chaplains seek to accomplish and the destruction they would wrought if not resisted. Remember, these are people who think 4-year-olds should be able to have their genitals cut off. Demonic is a perfectly descriptive word.

The second group within the Pride movement are the corporate sponsors. These are the companies like Target, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Anheuser Busch, which may have a few true-believer activists among their ranks but are mostly are driven by fear. They fear harming their ESG scores or they fear bad press among an LGBTQ+-friendly media. They are not activists themselves, but instead slaves to the Alphabet Mafia. 

Then there are the cheerleaders for the Pride movement. Of course the media, when not actively part of the Alphabet Mafia, are cheerleaders. But cheerleaders also include people like your neighbor or your aunt, who convince themselves that supporting LGBTQ+ activism is actually about toleration and inclusion, and so they give power to the hard-core activists by their support for it. The cheerleaders also include the priests who proudly share photos of Rainbow flags being raised, and Catholic universities that proclaim they “celebrate all LGBTQ+ identities.” 

It is this group that makes it so difficult to stand up to the Alphabet Mafia, for many who want to resist it hesitate to speak up in social situations for fear of being called intolerant or hateful by their peers. While this group consists mostly of sincere but woefully ignorant people, they lend the strength of numbers to the Pride movement.

A fourth group are the pretenders—young people who embrace homosexual behavior or claim to be the opposite sex, not because of some deep-seated psychological issue, but because it’s trendy and seen as rebellious. While not as tragic as the next group, these are confused souls who are victims of the Pride movement and the Alphabet Mafia. If not for the Alphabet Mafia pushing depravity, they would likely be living more normal lives. As it is, many of them are engaging in sins that cry to heaven for vengeance, and the toll these sins will take on their souls is incalculable. 

Finally, there are the silent sufferers—those who struggle with SSA and those who have real psychological issues that lead them to be confused about their sex. They do not necessarily promote the Pride agenda, but simply are unsure of their own desires and inclinations. This is the unseen group that is often forgotten in most discussions about the LGBTQ+ issue, and sadly, over time many of these people eventually move up to the first group, the activists. They are targeted recruits of the Alphabet Mafia.

Anyone who has worked with those who truly struggle with same-sex attraction knows the cross it can be. Through no fault of their own (and many times due to abuse in their past), those with SSA suffer with disordered desires yet are told that these desires are “natural.” Many of them know that succumbing to these desires will only bring pain and sorrow, but everywhere they turn—particularly during Pride Month—the message is driven in that they can only find fulfillment and happiness by giving in to those desires. These are the most tragic victims of the Pride movement.

When parishes proclaim they “welcome” everyone and especially LGBTQ+ people, they are directly harming this silent group. Instead of giving them a path to healing and happiness—which can only be found in Jesus Christ and following his teachings—these Catholics push the silent sufferers into the hands of the Pride activists. This, of course, only brings them more pain and suffering. By explicitly endorsing sinful behavior or at least giving it a wink and a nudge, Catholic cheerleaders fail in their duty to bring the Gospel to all. 

Thus, the man who is involved in a homosexual relationship is never challenged to leave it. The young girl who is confused about her sexual identity feels her only choice is to “transition.” The Pride movement captures these souls, made in the image and likeness of God. Not only do the activists, the corporate sponsors, and the cheerleaders not help the silent sufferers resist temptation, they tell the lie that it’s not even a temptation to be resisted. As I said, demonic.

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Overcoming Pride Month

So we have the activists, the corporate sponsors, the cheerleaders, the pretenders, and the silent sufferers. In our resistance against the Pride movement, we must distinguish how we respond to each of these groups: we fight against the first two, seek to persuade the third, and try to rescue members of the last two groups. 

As we see the arguments rage about Pride Month and the role of Catholics when it comes to the LGBTQ+ movement, we can never forget the silent sufferers. The ministry of a Fr. James Martin is not just frustrating for political reasons—although it is that—it is destructive to souls. It literally leads people to hell, just as the devil wants.

Faithful Catholics must realize this, and come to see that the Pride movement must be vigorously resisted not just because it threatens to undermine our culture, but because it has eternal consequences for millions of souls. By directly engaging in the fight against the activists and their corporate sponsors, we actually show the “respect, compassion, and sensitivity” to the pretenders and the silent sufferers that the Catechism demands.


  • Eric Sammons

    Eric Sammons is the editor-in-chief of Crisis Magazine.

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