June’s Pride Month has another week to go. And for the rest of this month and beyond, the American Family Association (AFA) — a pro-family group based in Tupelo, Mississippi, that advocates for biblical teaching on morality and values — is taking steps to alert parents about concerted efforts to “normalize” homosexuality, same-sex marriage and the transgender lifestyle among our nation’s youngest citizens.
“Parents, beware,” declared Tim Wildmon, AFA’s president, in remarks shared with LifeZette this week. “The LGBT social-political agenda is out there. We all see it every day, but it is targeting our children and teenagers, and the agenda is being promoted in the mainstream popular culture. These recruiting efforts are aimed at children and teens because they are impressionable.”
He added that “many adults may not change their minds on the issue, so the agenda is being pushed through previously unconventional means, such as kids’ television programming, clothing, shoes, teen magazines, blockbuster movies and even public libraries.”
“Leaders and advocates of this agenda have been thinking ahead for many years,” he also said, “ultimately working toward the end game of having young people eventually vote for pro-LGBT policies at the ballot box.”
The American Family Association, begun in 1977, is one of the largest pro-family organizations in the country. It publishes the AFA Journal, the ministry’s monthly magazine, and owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations in the U.S. under the American Family Radio banner.
The group is calling out the following five examples of an agenda-driven assault on young Americans in today’s popular culture:
1.) The tax-funded PBS Kids aired a gay marriage on the “Arthur” cartoon this spring. For its season premiere, the animated series revealed that one of its longtime main characters and Arthur’s teacher, Mr. Ratburn, was gay and getting married.
2.) Target department stores are not only offering clothing and accessories for both adults and children to celebrate the gay lifestyle; the company has also pledged to donate $100,000 to the Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN), an organization whose primary focus is instructing school-aged students on how to create “gay” clubs in public schools across the nation. (For over two years, AFA has led the #BoycottTarget initiative due to the retailer’s ill-advised restroom and fitting room policy that opens the door to voyeurs in the name of political correctness.)
A SWAT team was apparently necessary to protect Drag Queen Story Hour from protesting mothers.
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3.) Converse exploited an 11-year-old boy, Desmond, who calls himself a “drag kid,” to show that the company is “connected to the LGBTQ+ community” and to promote its “Pride Collection.” Child Protective Services investigated the boy’s family after a video surfaced showing him performing in drag at a gay club in Brooklyn. The AFA’s blog, The Stand, reports that this has occurred at a time when children are being bombarded with the idea they have the right to control their “sexuality.” Teen Vogue, for example, recently published an op-ed on “Why Sex is Real Work” in an effort to glamorize prostitution.
4.) The blockbuster Marvel film “Avengers: Endgame” appeared to have a gay character shoe-horned into a scene to satisfy the LGBT agenda and reach a younger audience.
5.) Drag Queen Story Hours have been taking place at local public and school libraries nationwide over the past year. The disturbing events involve men dressed up as garishly adorned women; they read LGBTQ-themed books to young children under the guise of performing a public service. Some drag queens have admitted their goal is to “groom” the next generation.
Millions will gather in New York City later this month, as Fortune has pointed out, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. That clash between police officers and gay patrons at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village on June 28, 1969, “launched the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement. Since that night, the LGBTQ community and their allies have made strides toward achieving equitable freedom — but the fight is far from over,” notes that publication.
Former President Bill Clinton, back in June 2000, issued a proclamation officially recognizing June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.
Wildmon also said on this issue, “Christian parents and grandparents, we must remain vigilant. If you have young children or teenagers, be aware that these kinds of attacks are coming from mainstream media products like magazines, movies, music and more, often in a subtle and underhanded way.”
Wildmon added, “We must pray for our young people — that they will stay close to the Word of God and its never-changing truth.”