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Why has Tesco thrown its enormous weight behind a gay pride event?

If thousands of Christians and others protest then it is likely Tesco executives will think again

By on Monday, 7 November 2011

Tesco has ended its 10-year partnership with Cancer Research and is now sponsoring London's gay pride parade (Photo: PA)

Tesco has ended its 10-year partnership with Cancer Research and is now sponsoring London's gay pride parade (Photo: PA)

David Skinner of Anglican Mainstream, a group of Christian denominations dedicated to supporting traditional marriage and family life, has forwarded to me the following information from Marketing Week:

Tesco has signed a deal to become a major sponsor of London Pride, the UK’s largest gay festival, as it outlines plans to host its biggest ever event in the capital.

Tesco will also host a family area designed to provide families attending the event with a ‘safe, relaxed and chilled out’ place with family-friendly entertainment and activities aimed at younger children.

The supermarket will also contribute to funding the free-to-attend event, which is organised by volunteers.

Tesco joins Smirnoff as headline sponsor for the annual event and builds on Tesco’s presence at the 2011 festival.

The news comes shortly after Tesco ended its 10-year partnership with Cancer Research’s Race for Life fundraising event.

Pride London is already the largest Gay Pride event in the UK and it is extending its carnival route and adding a second day to the festival for 2012, when it will host the global festival WorldPride 2012.

Andrew Higginson, CEO of retailing services at Tesco, says, “Tesco is the UK’s largest private employer, and a very diverse international organisation where everybody is welcome. Our Out at Tesco team will be working closely with Pride London to ensure next year’s event is even more fun.”

Why on earth is Tesco promoting an event like this? Tesco is a supermarket; its remit has been to sell good-quality food and other items at very reasonable prices, and in this it has been hugely successful. Why has it now aligned itself with an aggressive political organisation such as Pride London? Why has it given up its sponsorship of Cancer Research? Or at least, if it has given up this sponsorship, why hasn’t it taken up with another mainstream charity such as the British Legion or Age UK? There are thousands of ex-servicemen and wounded soldiers needing help in this country, and millions of elderly people in danger of neglect. They are a fundamental part of the fabric of our society – the kind of fabric that Tesco should be reflecting.
Why, why, why?

I understand that one in four of the British public shops at Tesco. It is certainly “diverse and international” and a place where “everyone is welcome” – whatever their orientation. Who cares about other people’s orientation when they are shopping? It’s about making ends meet, balancing the family’s food budget, getting value for money and picking up bargains (including Bogofs). I shop there and have done so for years. At its doors there are often charity workers asking for money – notably Children in Need and other worthwhile causes.

Inside the store you can see why it is so successful: organic food, Fairtrade, low-fat, corn-fed chickens, free-range eggs, a range of healthy options, vegetarian foods – any possible new demand has Tesco instantly on its heels with a shelf load of new items. For my taste there is too much Halloween junk, too much piped muzak, too much “Christmas cheer” too soon and too many Easter eggs on display by New Year’s Day – but these are small quibbles; that’s how a retail business works.

But to throw its enormous weight behind a marginal group (but which also has a determined and sinister political agenda) that does not in the least reflect the huge majority of its customers – why?

David Skinner also sent me the letter he had sent to Andrew Higginson and Philip Clarke, the CEO, in protest. I reproduce some of it here in order to encourage as many readers as possible to do likewise.

“I understand… that Tesco is sponsoring London Pride and setting aside ‘family areas as safe places where children can go’. For Tesco to sponsor a tiny homosexual minority (according to the Office for National Statistics) that amounts to little more than one per cent of the population…[it] will be showing the utmost contempt for a large proportion of British society that still adheres, more or less, to the morality and values of the Ten Commandments.”

Apparently he received a stock response to this, merely saying that Tesco’s is “inclusive” and that “everyone is welcome”. He now urges as many people as possible to write direct to:

Sir Richard Broadbent, Chairman, Tesco PLC,
New Tesco House,
Delamere Road,
Cheshunt, Herts EN8 9SL

Skinner has told Tesco that he will not be shopping at their shops any more. I am going to send a similar letter with the same message. If only a few people do this, it will appear pathetic. Tesco thinks in terms of balance sheets and profit margins like any capitalist organisation. If thousands of Christians and others were to join a campaign of protest it is likely Tesco would think again. It has happened before: some years ago Tesco announced it would sell the “morning-after” pill at the chemist outlets in its shops. There was a huge outcry and a storm of letters from Christian denominations. The result? Sir Terry Leahy, the then chief executive (and a Catholic, as it happens), sent out a mollifying letter saying he had listened to the protest and that the company had re-thought its decision.

Let’s send Tesco a similar message: stick to groceries and stop dabbling in dubious fringe political movements.

  • Bob Hayes

    Typo: born – not borne!

  • Honeybadger

    You are a TROLL!

  • Honeybadger

    Ah, the newspapers you site are typically noted for their liberal attitudes.

    They are no impartial contribution to any argument.

    These papers are also into Catholic-bashing and The Guardian, in particular, spared no vitriol in their abusing The Holy Father, and The Roman Catholic Church, prior to his visit to England and Scotland last year.

    If the same vitriol and abuse was used against LGBT, there would be hell to pay.

    So spare me the Gay-bashing angle, why don’t you???

    Christians of all denominations are being bashed, tortured, murdered, martyred and maimed every day of the week around the world - and the secular media don’t bother to make time in their schedules to report these incidences!

  • Emma

    God gave us free will, he does not force anyone to love him, but rather he invites us to love and be with him.
    Think of it this way, if as a parent you don’t allow your children to leave home but lock them up for fear that they get led astray, is that love? Of course not, since you respect your child’s freedom, it’s the same with God who is our father. He gives us a choice to love him or reject him, otherwise it wouldn’t be love if he forced us to love him.

    The devil can tempt us but temptations are not sinful, it’s when you give into sin that you separate yourself from God. But the great thing is that Jesus gave us the sacrament of confession where we can not only confess our sins and be forgiven, we can get help. The other thing is the power of prayer, the saints pray for us unceassingly and they want to help us in our trials. All saints were sinners before they got to heaven.

    God does allow people to convert back again, but they have to be willing. If they reject God then they still live in their sins. The problem with the world’s view is they don’t understand the beauty and value of celibacy. Our society is obssesed with everything being so sexualised  that it cannot understand how one can live without sex.Of course there is nothing wrong with sex, it’s a beautiful thing but God designed it for marriage that is open to children, not for outside of marriage.

    The people of gay pride have closed their hearts to God and are influenced by secular society that tells them there is nothing wrong with them, but they need to face up to their sins. There are people who are attracted to people of the same sex but are able to resist having a sexual relationship with them. I’m sure there are saints in heaven who once struggled with sexuality too (when I mean saints, not just the canonised ones as everyone who gets to heaven is a saint). Afterall some of the great saints were great sinners, but they repented and chose to follow Christ, which is what got them there.

     

  • Honeybadger

    That just about sums it up…

  • Honeybadger

    The very question.

  • Anonymous

    Emma – we don’t get tempted to find men sexually attractive. That’s not going to happen if one is heterosexual. Therefore those who are gay must be made to be that way, so being gay is not a question of free will.
    If being gay has been inflicted on these people, surely God would correct the situation?

  • Oconnordamien

    Not sure how gay men being better dressers and dancers than me makes much of a point. Let alone a summation. I would say to anyone curious about these events, go have a look they are a hoot and a half. I had a great day, night and well into the following morning too.

  • sproyt

    i wonder now:  would a ‘straight pride’ march be allowed?  If not, why not?

  • tb88

    I don’t think they’re the same thing, but I do think one follows from the other. Im not sure how you get from ‘we’re all equal’ to ‘we don’t all have equal rights’. From my point of view, if you don’t believe in the same human rights for everyone, you don’t really believe in ‘human’ rights at all – just rights for people you agree with. Maybe I’ve misunderstood your position.

  • Anonymous

    So then, by your logic, if Tesco really wanted to promote “diversity” and “inclusiveness” and eliminate “prejudice” (e.g. your type of viewpoint), it should sponsor World Youth Day. But as we all know, no one really cares about actual diversity, what is really promoted is sexual license and destruction of traditional family structures.

  • Anonymous

    You are aware that Catholicism considers sodomy a sin, right?

  • Anonymous

    It’s a big sex/drugs party, everyone knows that, how naive do you think we are…

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t hostility to traditional sexual morality also a form of prejudice?

  • Anonymous

    In what sense do LGBT people not have equal rights in the UK?

  • Anonymous

    Could you explain how maintaining traditional marriage laws amounts to gay-bashing? 

  • Kkwi5298

    To support gay rights isn’t to say sodomising is or isn’t a sin: it is to say that people with homosexual preferances are children of God just like the rest of us. Love the sinner, hate the sin. This is very much taking the log out of your own eye situation – we are all sinners, commiting sins in different domains, yet God loves us all. It is a sin, however, to judge a person - only The Lord can judge us, and that’s after we’re dead too. I love my homosexual brothers and sisters if anything more than my Christian brothers and sisters who chose to prejudice and condemn. So stop casting stones unless you can genuinely say you’re totally sin-free

  • Oconnordamien

    You are aware sodomy isn’t only a gay thing, many homosexuals don’t practice it and many hetero’s do. So it’s not relevant in this thread. Or if it is I’d love to see that letter to Tesco!

  • Oconnordamien

    I was offered neither….. Who do I write to complain to?? 

  • tb88

    Depends what you mean by that. You could equally say that hostility to white supremacy was a form of prejudice against racism. It might technically be true, but it’s not an argument that would hold much weight.  There are some things that it’s good to be hostile or prejudice towards – racism and homophobia being two good examples.

  • tb88

    In most areas today they do have equal rights and the UK should be proud of that. A couple of areas where they don’t are marriage (although same sex marriage is being introduced in 2015 I think), and adoption in Northern Ireland. Many of the rights they do have, have only been gained in recent years after campaigns by them and other groups. I should have added earlier that as well as campaigning for equal rights, they campaign against prejudice, which sadly still exists.

  • maryp

    Good for you Francis, for daring to take on the Glad to be Gay lobby.

  • Moonwolf

    In the Old Testament Lot offered his daughters to the townspeople rather than handing over the male visitors in his home. So the church approves of rape and gang banging females but shakes its head at.homosexuality? Go figure!

  • karlf

    That’s a metaphor. Brush up on your theology Moonwolf!

  • Mal

    Whether or not sodomy is only a gay thing the point is that it is a sinful thing

  • karlf

    Yes. Francis is full of Christian charity for the afflicted! What a fine representative she is for a follower of Jesus Christ.

  • SpunkyJax

    Probably would be.  Why? Because everyday is “Straight Pride Day” – in the hetero-normative world we live in it is assumed that everyone is straight.  You do not have to come out to say “I’m straight”.  Everything is aimed at “straight” people. Yet, we ask for one day to have the freedom to be ourselves, whatever that may mean, in public without as much condemnation, and we get “political” “unnatural” etc plastered about the place. We aren’t asking for SPECIAL rights, we are asking for EQUAL rights….the same ones you have.  There isn’t anything special about them aside from the fact we don’t actually have them yet….and funnily enough most of them are human rights as well.
    Let us have our parade, for one day, and then we’ll get back to Straight Days….

  • Anonymous

    You’ve perhaps inadvertently expressed the concern we have – the event isn’t exactly emphasising ‘we’re just like everyone else except we’re men who love men and women who love women [and variants]‘ it’s more ‘we’re special because we’re men who have sex with men and women who have sex with women’[etc]

    Sure from the inside ordinary people of good will may be nonchalantly oblivious to its overtly displayed character; and see the whole thing as an effort towards integration and inclusivity – but the accentuation of the ‘sex’ aspect and the ‘exclusivity’ and ‘specialness’ is undeniably present – especially in its promotion of the body cult, erotica, pornography, prostitution and indiscriminate anonymous sexual activity – which I won’t deny helps fund the vast array of Charities for necessary worthy causes; but come on please – irrespective of all the ways and means the pink pound is being utilised in exclusive gyms/spas/guesthouses/mundane groups as varied as gay ramblers/bridge players/trainspotters you can’t deny that a significant amount of the good work is funded via groups that have made a fortune from sexual exploitation and the sating of men’s sexual desires.

    Nobody is going to deny that the majority of homosexual men and women are just ordinary folk living from day to day in the mundane drudge of work, with the relationship ups-and-downs we all endure, socialising with family and friends, child-rearing [yes a significant amount 'come out' after marriage and kids] , struggling to pay the bills just like the rest of us; but let’s not be blinkered by failing to recognise that when it comes to gay culture [no matter how many hundreds of thousands are non-scene and just want to get on with life] – it’s overwhelmingly sex-oriented.

    …or do I need to open a copy of a non pornographic Gay magazine in front of you and show you the page after page of adverts for prostitutes [escorts/masseurs] or saunas or porn-mongers or secondary links to recommended gay cruising grounds, sex parties etc.

    It’s not an offensive claim to suggest that the homosexual community IS being exploited in many ways – especially in the de-emotionalising of sexual activity and the objectification of other people’s bodies.

    Sure Terence – it might be vastly non-representative of the reality for most ordinary gay men and women – but this sex-promotion remains solidly in the gay mainstream media – and London Pride – no matter how much it wishes to normalise and integrate – won’t get away with appealing to moral high-grounds claiming normativity while conspiring with that which is counter-productive to that integration.

    1 in 8 homosexual men in London are hiv+ ; the rate’s even higher in Brighton – now are you going to sincerely – hand on heart – tell me that irrespective of all the outreach initiatives and gay mens health organisations and the millions spent on warning leaflets and nationwide privately-funded AIDS-awareness campaigns, condom distribution and hiv testing and funding free emergency retroviral treatment – that it is not absolutely counter-productive for gay big-business to incessantly exploit indiscriminate sex at every turn?

    70% of those London men with hiv swear they contracted the virus while engaging in safer sex practices – even if we adjust for the regular ‘deceit/self-delusion factor’ that statisticians use of 60% – it still leaves 28% of gay men with hiv+ contracting the disease by doing what the representatives of the homosexual community tell them – ‘it’s fine to keep on doing it – but always use a condom’

    Maybe it’s about time the Gay community took on the exploiters and carpet-baggers in their own community? Maybe the LGBT community should refuse to buy certain magazines while they still have prostitution in their classifieds? Maybe the Pride organisers could say to those parasitic succubus-groups which have made their money from sex-exploitation ‘we don’t want your blood money’?

    I don’t know – and I don’t know how much London Pride has deliberately gone out of its way to promote a more normative ‘respectable’ worthy-cause campaign-oriented persona…but the sex-exploitation underbelly is still there; even if the majority neither participate in it or fund it – and if Official representatives of the LGBT community wish to be given any credence – they need to clean up their own house ; and maybe if big business funders like Tesco, Smirnoff & Coke wish to place conditional contractual clauses to help them along the way [e.g. no hard-core porn sales; no distribution of any literature which also advertises prostitutes in its classifieds etc] – all the better – but at present that isn’t really the case.

  • Gerard Swan

    I’m confused that this man associates the word Christian with his personal beliefs.  I too am Christian.  I take a different stance on human rights and in particular the rights of the LGBT community and the right of Tesco’s to serve the whole community. 

    However i disagree with him about Tesco’s “remit … to sell good-quality food and other items at very reasonable prices, and in this it has been hugely successful”.  I think there are significant and more fundemental issues about such large conglomerates selling cheaply to the West to satisfy our greed.  I believe that this issue is way more significant and raises some fairly significant questions for ‘Christians’ arguing that they are following a Christ like example – there is no such thing as cheap.  Somebody pays.  And if it isn’t us then its the person producing it.  To deal with these more fundemental issues of morality is what I want to hear about as they affect a significant proportion of our planet.  Family values – whose family?  We are all one family.  Start focussing all the energy on something worthwhile.

    ps I’m gay and Christian.

  • Gerard

    I’m confused that this man associates the word Christian with his personal beliefs.  I too am Christian.  I take a different stance on human rights and in particular the rights of the LGBT community and the right of Tesco’s to serve the whole community. 

    However i disagree with him about Tesco’s “remit … to sell good-quality food and other items at very reasonable prices, and in this it has been hugely successful”.  I think there are significant and more fundemental issues about such large conglomerates selling cheaply to the West to satisfy our greed.  I believe that this issue is way more significant and raises some fairly significant questions for ‘Christians’ arguing that they are following a Christ like example – there is no such thing as cheap.  Somebody pays.  And if it isn’t us then its the person producing it.  To deal with these more fundemental issues of morality is what I want to hear about as they affect a significant proportion of our planet.  Family values – whose family?  We are all one family.  Start focussing all the energy on something worthwhile.

    ps I’m gay and Christian.

  • Gerard Swan

    I’m confused that this man associates the word Christian with his personal beliefs.  I too am Christian.  I take a different stance on human rights and in particular the rights of the LGBT community and the right of Tesco’s to serve the whole community. 

    However i disagree with him about Tesco’s “remit … to sell good-quality food and other items at very reasonable prices, and in this it has been hugely successful”.  I think there are significant and more fundemental issues about such large conglomerates selling cheaply to the West to satisfy our greed.  I believe that this issue is way more significant and raises some fairly significant questions for ‘Christians’ arguing that they are following a Christ like example – there is no such thing as cheap.  Somebody pays.  And if it isn’t us then its the person producing it.  To deal with these more fundemental issues of morality is what I want to hear about as they affect a significant proportion of our planet.  Family values – whose family?  We are all one family.  Start focussing all the energy on something worthwhile.

    ps I’m gay and Christian.

  • Anonymous

    Are you suggesting that gay people create traditional family structures – that would be a terrible idea!

  • Anonymous

    Gerard as the world turns we are all being exploited – certainly we a not as abused or oppressed as those in the developing world; nor are we more prone to become victim to the consequences of those actions – be they economic, social or environmental. But we’re all being screwed-over – and where there’s injustice it’s the Church’s job to speak out – not accomodate or conspire with it through silence [Ye gods - you should hear all the recent Papal pleas to the world to act more justly in its trade and treatment of the nations workers and peoples - which invariably falls on deaf ears]

    I’ll concede that a lot of the time we fight the wrong battles – Myself and Francis have been engaged in heated discussions regarding the ideology-driven systemic dismantlement of the Church, the parish community and Catholic schools with their inherent community-building, socio-cultural influence etc.

    Elsewhere on the Telegraph blogs you will see me attacking indiscriminate economic libertarianism which is destroying our country [and world] around us – how since the time of Thatcher greed has systemically destroyed the family, the neighbourhood, the local community, local trade etc [one example - look at work hours - a lot of women now work in retail which demands weekend shifts - or in factories with unsocial continental hour shifts - and the family falls victim; we could also look at a government ideologically determined not to fund the public sector and rather the workforce became an underclass working for agencies or consigned to the unemployment scrap-heap by falsely going on incapacity to keep the unemployment figures artificiallly low] the list is endless – the injustice endemic.

    I’m a shelf-stacker so know exactly what you mean in regard to so many issues – just like everywhere else there’s the profit obsession, the exploitation of suppliers – the blind-eye to the oppression overseas and the destructive economic consequences of intensive farming and priice-bullying/fixing etc.

    But when Tescos moves from one type of charity like cancer research to another like London Pride?
    It’s not joining an effort against global homophobia or expressing its concern for gay teen suicides – it’s atavistically abusing its ‘charity work’ to glean a fast buck by declaring itself ultra gay-friendly and gaining more of the Pink pound through its checkouts.

    Certainly Tescos is a profit-oriented organisation and can do whatever it wants to gain more of it – but we also have a responsibility towards our neighbour [wherever they live] in recognising that this merely compounds and aggravates everything else they’re up to in the exploitation of a workforce and producers to gain more of the market.

    Being gay – would you have preferred it if the organisers of London Pride had told Tescos to ‘get stuffed’ until it stopped parasitically feeding off the developing world’s poor farmers and clothing sweatshops?

    Being Christian – would you prefer it if London Pride – and the mainstream gay businesses – stopped having any association with anything which exploits and degrades the dignity which should be afforded to any homosexual?

    Being a Citizen who just happens to be Gay and Christian – wouldn’t you just prefer it that you lived in a society which didn’t exploit you as a means to an end just so they can gain a fast buck?

    Just as I am invariably suspicious of anyone who claims they want to be accepted as the same as everyone else while they deliberately go out of their way to exaggerate their difference – I am HIGHLY suspicious of those expressing ‘concerned sensitivity and supportive promotion’ of that exclusivising , compartmentalising difference – for usually you’ll find a power hungry money-grabbing scoundrel.

    Most gay men and women want a world where homophobia has vanished and their sexuality is glibly dismissed with a ‘so what?!’ – so they should be VERY wary of any group which shakes their hand vigorously and introduces them to a new exclusive range of LGBT organic yoghurts and gay-friendly luxury cooked meats and isotonic health-drinks…where if they buy a 50p dearer pound of sprouts 10p will go to the Terence Higgins trust.

  • maryp

    Moonwolf, this episode from the Old Testament shows that homosexual sodomy is the greater sin. The Catholic church teaches that though all sex outside marriage is a sin, homosexual sex is also intrinsically disordered.

  • Moogthedog

    Have you ever actually *been* to a pride event?  If you have then I think you might have missed the point rather.  Yes, I admit that there is a bit of a carnival atmosphere – people are dressed up, and in some cases dressed down – but while the parade is a fun, the actual point of the day is wrapped up in the name.  Pride.  It’s a festival to encourage Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered people to stand up and have pride in themselves – to negate the oppression and inequalities that happen to this day, here and abroad.  To show those that are stuggling with their sexuality that you don’t have to stay in the dark.  And it gives a place where the friends and family of LGBT people can also show that we can all live together, and that we’re all equal.

    If God’s adoration is key, why not use this enormous power that the Catholic church has to do some *real* good – Why don’t the thousands of you write your letter to Tesco, but instead ask them that their spare food and end-of-line clothing, or medicines be donated to homeless or childrens charities.  Why isn’t this a rallying cry to help others in need, rather than removing the charitable donations that are going to result?

    On a personal note, I find your automatic assumption that homosexual sex is not lovemaking quite offensive.  In the past two weeks, I have been working through the culmination of several months of planning.  I have left my job and moved house over 400 miles so I can live with the man I love.  The moments of tenderness we share together should NOT be seen as inferior simply because we are both men.  I don’t consider my sexuality a ‘cross to bear’, but rather take joy in the fact that I have found a kindred soul to spend the rest of my life with.  I’m not a believer, but should I find myself being judged, I’ll be able to hold my head up and say that I loved, was loved, and tried my hardest in life to make others happy, regardless of creed or colour.  I’m not sure that this is something Ms Phillips or Mr Skinner will be able to do with a clear conscience.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Hammett/1579818654 Steve Hammett

    ‘…a marginal group (but which also has a determined and sinister political agenda) that does not in the least reflect the huge majority of its customers.’

    Ah that old Christian Right myth about the so-called “gay agenda”. A minority seeking the same human rights that British minority Roman Catholics take for granted, is NOT sinister. Some of us still remember signs outside privately owned, presumably Protestant b&b’s, saying ‘No blacks, No Irish, No dogs’. Trying to deny them equal rights is what is sinister! What is really sinister is someone claiming to be Christian trying to stir up hatred of a much demonised minority, contrary to the current Pope’s repeated reminder of the Christian duty to show love and compassion towards homosexuals and desist from making false accusations. Describing gays as having ‘a determined and sinister political agenda’ is a false accusation and is in my experience with other demonised minorities such as British Muslims, likely to stir up hatred, a point affirmed in a recent report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, below.

    http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2010/winter/under-attack-gays-remain-minority-mos

    When the minority Roman Catholic population of Northern Ireland were denied their civil rights by the Protestant majority many of us rightly condemned it (& continue to condemn bigotry prohibiting Catholics marrying the Monarch of this country, because of earlier Protestant myths of a sinister popish plot to undermine British society). It is always sad when people masqurading as Christians seek to demonise minorities by propergating malicious falsehoods. Many of the antigay arguments presented by the Religious Right strikingly mirror those made by earlier generations of “Christians” against Jews, racial minorities, etc.

    Shame on you.

  • whithornlass

    I can only think how appalled the Pope would be to hear of this hatred that you are attempting to spread.  The Catholic Church is not opposed to homosexuals or any sexual orientation.  It simply does not approve of gratuitous sex – by heterosexuals or homosexuals!

  • Becks

    Everyone know that huh? Well it news to me. Why don’t you try opening your mind enough to actually attend and see what it is really about? Or is that too sinful for your narrow minded Catholicism? 

  • Inquisator

    In the same way without all the hype and condemnation as it does adultry or heterosexual fornication and abuse of the wonderful gift of our sexuality.  Let’s start demonising the majority hetero community; if not, then stop targetting others!

  • A serene human being

    Christians..Homophobes…surely not. This is disgraceful,how can you call yourself Christian yet still discriminate others..!!

  • whithornlass

    Such generalisations about Gay Pride show how ignorant you are.  If you joined in at Gay Pride you might learn something, including how foolish it is to make such judgmental statements without the facts. 

  • Dell616

    Christians…homophobes…surely not!!
    How can you call yourself christian yet still discriminate others!!

  • Honeybadger

    Our minds are open…

    You people tolerate NOTHING!

  • Honeybadger

    We’ve learned enough about Gay Pride, thank you very much.

    And it ain’t pleasant.

  • Honeybadger

    That’s a brilliant idea!

    How about a ‘single-and-not-in-a-hetrosexual-relationship-because-I-like-it-that-way-and-I’m-not-fricking-gay’ pride march?

    I’m sick to death when people who are not in a relationship are automatically regarded as not normal or gay. It’s downright offensive!

  • Honeybadger

    Everyday is Straight Pride Day – horsefeathers!

  • Honeybadger

    The Roman Catholic Church believes marriage is between a man and a woman. Gay marriage is OUT OF THE QUESTION.

    Thanks to these ‘gay rights’, Catholic adoption agencies have had their right to religious freedom trampled on.

    What about our hard-fought freedoms purchased by the blood of martyrs?

    To imply that what we say is different to you is hatred is not inviting discussion. It is twisting things to suit yourselves.

  • Anonymous

    I think the best approach is to imagine what we would think Jesus would say.

  • Honeybadger

    I was being sarky when I said ‘that just about sums it up.’

    And…no thanks. There’s enough ‘pinkness’ and rainbow flags in Manchester that would knock Dublin into a cocked hat!

    So, I do not need invitations to Gay this or Pink that from anyone.

  • Honeybadger

    Self-control, moral discipline and prayer would correct the ‘situation’, as you call it.

    That goes for ‘straight’ people, too.