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Ridgewood Pride Month Flag Raising

photo by Boyd Loving

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Ridgewood NJ, on Saturday Ridgewood hosted dignitaries from all over the state of New Jersey of every political persuasion for the Ridgewood Pride Month Flag Raising.

Among those in attendance were NJ District 40 representatives Kristin Corrado (R), Kevin J. Rooney (R), Christopher DePhillips (R).

Congressional District 5 Rep Josh Gottheimer (D) spoke and who would later say on twitter, ‘Honored to be a part of the Ridgewood Pride Ceremony and flag raising today as we kick off #PrideMonth! We celebrate all the champions who have helped raise this rainbow flag here and across the nation. 🏳️‍🌈
It’s a vital symbol for us all that hate and intolerance have no place in our communities. As our #LGBTQ community continues to face discrimination and inequality, our work to combat this is far from over.Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco said on Facebook ;'” I am proud that we can all celebrate our diverse communities in Bergen County!”.

Ridgewood Mayor Ramon Hache , Councilmen Mike Sedon and Deputy Mayor Susan Knudsen, NJ Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal  and many others sorry if we missed you. Ridgewood Police were out in force and Boyd Loving took the photos .

27 thoughts on “Ridgewood Pride Month Flag Raising

  1. This is all well and good, very nice. As a taxpayer may I ask what did this New flagpole Run in dollars to the village. Or was The Funds donated. And who’s going to pay to have this flag pole Maintained.
    1——- new flags every year.
    2——— pay for the electricity for the spotlight.
    3——-light bulbs
    4——-Landscaping
    Who is going to want to flag next. The illegal people walking through the border, people wake up. Some of you people have you head right up your ass.
    Please.

  2. A Rhode Island bishop is advising Catholics not to attend LGBTQ Pride Month events, claiming they don’t align with Catholic values and can be harmful to children. 

    “A reminder that Catholics should not support or attend LGBTQ ‘Pride Month’ events held in June,” Providence, R.I., Bishop Thomas Tobin tweeted on Saturday. “They promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals. They are especially harmful for children.” 

    Bishop Thomas Tobin @ThomasJTobin1 
    A reminder that Catholics should not support or attend LGBTQ “Pride Month” events held in June. They promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals. They are especially harmful for children. 

    4:31 AM – 1 Jun 2019

  3. This flag symbolizes nothing if it doesn’t symbolize sodomy. Some don’t appreciate the message.
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    Last year the flag was displayed at ground level. Are we to understand that it will now fly over the park?
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    And next year, what then? Will the park be wrapped in rainbow bunting all month, with a skittles waterfall in the middle?

  4. Small children are now openly being groomed to tolerate, then accept, then appreciate, then support/defend, then promote/cheerlead, then finally, actually physically participate in, the demonstrably unhealthy and morally defunct homosexual lifestyle. How is this not child abuse?

  5. Hope the above posters aren’t in any positions of power. They sound like disgruntled individuals who would probably say something nasty about the Easter Bunny.

  6. My god! You people are sick.

  7. I heard that the flagpole and flag have been donated very nice.Thank you for the information.


  8. WHEN IS STRAIGHT PRIDE MONTH ?
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    WHEN DO STRAIGHT PEOPLE GET CELEBRATED?
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    WHEN WILL STRAIGHT PEOPLE BE HELD UP AS POSITIVE ROLE MODELS?
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  9. June 2, 2019

    Statement of Bishop Tobin of Rhode Island:

    I regret that my comments yesterday about Pride Month have turned out to be so controversial in our community, and offensive to some, especially the gay community. That certainly was not my intention, but I understand why a good number of individuals have taken offense. I also acknowledge and appreciate the widespread support I have received on this matter. 

    The Catholic Church has respect and love for members of the gay community, as do I. Individuals with same-sex attraction are beloved children of God and our brothers and sisters.  

    As a Catholic Bishop, however, my obligation before God is to lead the faithful entrusted to my care and to teach the faith, clearly and compassionately, even on very difficult and sensitive issues.  That is what I have always tried to do – on a variety of issues – and I will continue doing so as contemporary issues arise. 

    As the gay community gathers for a rally this evening, I hope that the event will be a safe, positive and productive experience for all. As they gather I will be praying for a rebirth of mutual understanding and respect in our very diverse community. 

  10. Non-bishop, and therefore not directly responsible for helping anyone achieve the Beatific Vision, Catholic priest James Martin, SJ uncharitably identifies members of the faithful with their intrinsically disordered sexual attraction (by saying “LGBTQ friends”), strongly implies that they are “born this way” contrary to settled Catholic doctrine and despite all reputable science to the contrary, and is characteristically heedless of the issue of public scandal:
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    @JamesMartinSJ
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    Jun 1
    To all my many #LGBTQ friends, Catholic and otherwise: Happy #PrideMonth
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    Be proud of your God-given dignity, of the gifts God has given you, of your place in the world, and of your many contributions to the church. For you are “wonderfully made” by God (Ps 139). #PrideMonth2019

  11. James Martin, SJ is an NYC magazine editor, not a diocesan priest, pastor or bishop, so his doctrinally-misleading utterances carry almost no authoritative weight. He uses them to puff himself up at the expense of faithful prelates like Bishop Tobin of Rhode Island who are trying to do their jobs.

    Meanwhile, back in the real world of reliable Catholic doctrine, this is what Pope St. John Paul II had to say to the assembled faithful in St. Peter’s square 19 years ago on the occasion of the first time a similar “pride” event happened in Rome:

    “In the name of the Church of Rome, I cannot refrain from expressing bitterness for the affront to the Grand Jubilee of the year 2000 and for the offense to the Christian values of a city that is so dear to the hearts of Catholics across the world.”

    “Homosexual acts go against natural law. The Church cannot silence the truth because it would not live up to its faith in God the creator and would not help discern what is good from what is evil.”

  12. Gay pride was not born of a need to celebrate being gay, but rather our right to exist without persecution. So instead of wondering why there isn’t a straight pride movement, be thankful you don’t need one.

  13. “Gay pride was not born of a need to celebrate being gay, but rather our right to exist without persecution. So instead of wondering why there isn’t a straight pride movement, be thankful you don’t need one.”

    Be honest. In modern America, the average homosexual man is not being oppressed by straight people, many of whom will befriend him. To the extent he experiences mistreatment, he typically does so at the hands of other homosexual men. The “straight” world should not be roundly blamed for what homosexual men are cruelly doing to each other. That’s classic projection. Nor should straight people be imposed upon to adjust their moral framework if the real problem is large numbers of men seeking true love and fulfillment in the wrong places and unsurprisingly failing to find it.

  14. But pope John paul II enabled numerous pedophile priests via coverups and even spirited disgraced cardinal law out of the country to a comfy retirement in the Vatican when he should have been filmed doing a perp walk . Meaningless empty words by JP II. So I guess the logic is you’re safe behind your vestments if you’re a pedophile priest but if you are a lay person oriented towards a consensual adult same sex relationship that is a heinous crime in your god’s eyes. Good luck with that.

  15. Here fixed that fer ya:
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    Gay pride was not born of a need to celebrate being gay, but rather our right to exist without persecution force our minority views upon the majority and to normailze homosexuality and most importantly to indoctrinate and desensitize your children.
    So instead of wondering why there isn’t a straight pride movement, be thankful you don’t need one that we let you have a few supporting roles in movies and educational literature.
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  16. Angry bitter comment above. It’s so sad.

  17. The above comments are interesting. Gay Pride is “Politically correct” and that is all it is. Being “politically correct” means that you have to accept all the variations of Gay Pride. One doesn’t have to give up your own values and what most of the Churches teach. You are just supposed to let these people live without being harmed. There is much controversy about the facts that they are either born, or made that way by society. They even existed in the time of the Bible and before. That tends to show they are mostly born that way, but some become gay and then later change to straight depending on their circumstances. (like one of my acquaintances who became a lesbian while our gym teacher paid her way through college but abandoned to become straight shortly after.) Years ago I worked for a social service organization that was involved in the efforts to make men change. Most of their clients were older boys and young men who were miserable and seeking some way to feel better. They certainly did not “Choose” to be gay! (as mentioned above by the commentator who said that straights should just know they are fortunate to be straight and don’t need to fight to be allowed to just live peaceably.) No one is forcing you to associate with them (Unless you are in a business that serves the Public). Unless they are flagrantly obvious, you would never know by looking or talking to them.

  18. A few thoughts:
    The “LBGTQ’s can do what they want in the bedroom. Don’t force your lifestyle on the rest of society.

    What I find disturbing is that Mr. Murphy is mandating that public schools teach children about the homosexual contributions to society. Now that is child abuse!

    The Ridgewood Mayor and Co. allowed privileged RHS SJW’s to place a privately funded flag pole and gay flag in the public square. Enough already!

  19. “But pope John paul II enabled numerous pedophile priests via coverups and even spirited disgraced cardinal law out of the country to a comfy retirement in the Vatican when he should have been filmed doing a perp walk . Meaningless empty words by JP II. So I guess the logic is you’re safe behind your vestments if you’re a pedophile priest but if you are a lay person oriented towards a consensual adult same sex relationship that is a heinous crime in your god’s eyes. Good luck with that.”

    PeSmith, you are blatantly employing the tactics of Critical Theory, a loathsome product of the Frankfort School, and should therefore be ignored by right-thinking Americans. You gratuitously attack the moral authority of the Catholic church, not for any constructive purpose, such as to encourage positive change in the Church, but to discourage fully justified societal scrutiny on the immoral and destructive behavior of a small cohort of our population. The people in that cohort are in no personal danger. They stand in no particular need of protection or “cover” from you. True charity therefore consists in urging them as a group and as individuals to accept the truth about the negative consequences of their behavior, not only on themselves, but on the rest of us as well.

  20. “Angry bitter comment above. It’s so sad.”
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    Not angry, bitter or sad…
    sadly, it’s the bitter truth that is making you angry.
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  21. ” Gay Pride is “Politically correct” and that is all it is.
    Being “politically correct” means that you have to accept all the variations of Gay Pride. “

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    “Have to Accept”
    …Sounds like Fascism to me.

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  22. Fr. James Martin, SJ is failing to act in true charity toward those of us bearing the burden of same sex attraction and failing effectively to resist it. He is using WAY too light a touch, almost no touch at all in his public ministry for long stretches of time (seemingly weeks, months), when it comes to conveying the “Whole Counsel of God” on the scourge of SSA and associated sexual acts.
    __________________
    Posted on June 4, 2019

    by Msgr. Charles Pope

    The Whole Counsel of God

    The first reading from Tuesday’s Mass is Paul’s farewell speech to the presbyters (priests) of the early Church. Here is a skilled bishop and pastor exhorting others who have pastoral roles within the Church. Let’s examine this text and apply its wisdom to bishops and priests as well as to parents and other leaders in the Church.

    The scene is Miletus, a coastal town in Asia Minor not far from Ephesus. Paul, who is about to depart for Jerusalem, summons the presbyters of the early Church at Ephesus. He has ministered there for three years and now summons the priests for this final exhortation. In the sermon, St. Paul cites his own example of having been a zealous teacher of the faith who did not fail to preach the “whole counsel of God.” He did not merely preach what suited him or made him popular; he preached it all. To these early priests, Paul leaves this legacy and would have them follow in his footsteps. Let’s look at some excerpts from this final exhortation.

    From Miletus Paul had the presbyters of the Church at Ephesus summoned. When they came to him, he addressed them, “You know how I lived among you the whole time from the day I first came to the province of Asia. I served the Lord with all humility and with the tears and trials that came to me … and I did not at all shrink from telling you what was for your benefit, or from teaching you in public or in your homes. I earnestly bore witness for both Jews and Greeks to repentance before God and to faith in our Lord Jesus … But now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem … But now I know that none of you to whom I preached the kingdom during my travels will ever see my face again. And so I solemnly declare to you this day that I am not responsible for the blood of any of you, for I did not shrink from proclaiming to you the entire plan of God … ” (Acts 20:1-38, selected).

    Here, then, is the prescription for every Catholic, whether bishop, priest, deacon, catechist, or parent: we should preach the whole counsel, the entire plan of God. It is too easy for us to emphasize only that which pleases us, or makes sense to us, or fits in with our world view. There are some who treasure the Lord’s sermons on love but cannot abide His teachings on death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Some love to discuss liturgy and ceremony but the care of the poor is far from them. Others point God’s compassion but neglect His call to repentance. Some love the way He dispatches the Pharisees and other leaders of the day but suddenly become deaf when the Lord warns against fornication or insists that we love our spouse, neighbor, and enemy. Some focus inward on Church politics but neglect the outward focus of true evangelization the Lord commands (cf Mat 28:19).

    In the Church today, we too easily divide out rather predictably along certain lines and emphases: life issues here and social justice over there, strong moral preaching here and compassionate inclusiveness over there. When one side speaks, the other side says, “There they go again!”

    We must be able to say, like St. Paul, that we did not shrink from proclaiming the whole counsel of God. While this is especially incumbent on the clergy, it is also the responsibility of parents and all who attain any leadership position in the Church. It is also the call of Catholic politicians, many of whom have lamentably chosen party over faith, what is expedient over what is eternal. All of us must remember that we will appear before the judgment seat of Christ one day and will have to render an account for what we have done and what we have failed to do.

    All the issues above are important, and each must have its proper place in the preaching and witness of every Catholic, whether clergy or lay. While we may have particular gifts to work in certain areas, we should learn to appreciate the whole counsel and the fact that others in the Church may be needed to balance and complete our work. While we must exclude notions that stray from revealed doctrine, within doctrine’s protective walls we must not shrink from appreciating and proclaiming the whole counsel of God.

    If we do this, we will suffer. Paul speaks of tears and trials. In preaching the whole counsel of God (not just your favorite passages or politically correct, “safe” themes), expect to suffer. Expect to not quite fit in with people’s expectations. Jesus got into trouble with nearly everyone. He didn’t offend just the elite and powerful. For example, even His own disciples puzzled over His teachings on divorce, saying, “If that is the case of a man not being able to divorce his wife it is better never to marry” (Matt 19). As a result of Jesus’ teaching on the Eucharist, many left Him and would no longer walk in His company (John 6). When Jesus spoke of His divine origins, many took up stones with which to stone Him, but He passed through their midst unharmed (Jn 8). In addition, Jesus spoke of taking up crosses, forgiving one’s enemies, and preferring nothing to Him. He forbade even lustful thoughts, let alone fornication, and insisted we learn to curb our unrighteous anger. Yes, preaching the whole counsel of God is guaranteed to bring the wrath of many upon us.

    Have you proclaimed the whole counsel of God? If you are a clergyman, before you move on to another assignment; if you are a parent, before your child leaves for college; if you are a youth catechist, before the children are ready to be confirmed; if you teach in RCIA, before the time comes for Easter sacraments—can you say you preached it all? God warned Ezekiel that if he failed to warn the sinner, that sinner would surely die for his sins but that Ezekiel himself would be responsible for his death (Ez 3:17 ff). Paul can truthfully say that he is not responsible for the death (the blood) of any of them because he did not shrink from proclaiming the whole counsel of God. What about us?

  23. Well preacher, you did not say I was incorrect. What I stated is irrefutable fact. The church should clean their own house and atone for the misery they have wrought to numerous innocent victims. Maybe practice what they preach?

  24. PeSmith, if you are saying that the Catholic voice in the public square on this issue ought to go silent until the SSA-afflicted prelates and priests, and those who sympathize with same or cover up their misdeeds are purged or punished, then you are incorrect. As things stand now, no other religious denomination can step in to fight this fight if the Catholic bishops and priests go wobbly as a whole or bow out. If that’s not what you’re saying, fair enough, you have a valid point.

  25. Target Celebrates Gay Pride Month By Grooming Your Kids

    ace of spades blog
    6/6/2019
    Warden

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/381711.php

    Check out the new Target display at select stores.

    Yep. That’s the kid’s section. But what someone does in their own bedroom is none of my business, am I right? I mean, it’s not like anyone wants to turn your kid gay, you goofball bible beater.

    No. They just want to, you know, present it as an option–a really cool, socially acceptable one that’ll earn you group praise and maybe a bit of friendly life coaching from a totally-not-trying-to-have-sex-with-you adult homosexual.

    It’s about sharing and acceptance. Also, it’s about being part of a community that accounts for more than 80% of U.S. syphilis cases, but shhhhh! That’s bigot talk. Love is love.

    And you’ll be happy to know that proceeds from the sales of these goods will go toward converting more kids to love rigorously, passionately and often.

    Target is offering to donate 50 percent of the purchase price of any LGBT item to GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network).”

    “We’re making our message loud and clear: Target proudly stands with the LGBT community through all that we do,” said Laysha Ward, an executive with Target.

    Target also eliminated all gender references in toys and bedding departments and removed “boys” and “girls” signs to promote gender neutrality in its stores.

    GLSEN? What’s that? I’m glad you asked! GLSEN is a group of weirdos, perverts and communists (but I repeat myself) who want to push homosexuality on kindergartners in school. Fine people! Normal and well-adjusted folks, just like you and me!

    Johnson and Johnson also supports this twisted group. Remember that the next time you’re shopping. Here’s a screen shot of some of GLSEN’s work.

    I admit that I used to take a very libertarian attitude towards homosexuality. I was even neutral on gay marriage up until about 10 years ago. But this acceleration-ism has hardened my position.

    At the very least, if homosexuality is going to be presented as a not only normal, but something to be celebrated by children, then we should talk about what comes with it.

    Let’s start with this. According to a survey, 28% of homosexual men have had more than 1000 partners, 43% estimated they had sex with 500 or more partners, while 83% of the homosexual men surveyed estimated they had had sex with 50 or more partners in their lifetime.

    Is this something to be proud of? Is this what you’d want for your kids?

    Here’s another. Remember how gay marriage was pitched to the squares as no different than heterosexual marriage. It was a lie. Homosexual men do not practice monogamy, even in marriage.

    “David McWhirter and Andrew Mattison conducted a non-random study of 156 stable committed male homosexual couples. They found that none of the over 100 couples that had been together for more than 5 years had been sexually monogamous or exclusive. The authors, themselves a gay couple, argued that for male couples, sexual monogamy is a passing stage of homophobia and that many homosexuals separate emotional fidelity and sexual exclusivity.”

    A non-monogamous marriage is no marriage at all. It’s an arrangement to receive legal and workplace benefits, no more. Which, of course, is what many conservatives argued for as a compromise until we were big-footed by gay activists and totalitarian judges.

    Homosexual men are 20x more likely to sexually abuse children. They are 17x more likely to get anal cancer and 7x more likely to raise a homosexual kid when they adopt.

    They are also 7x more likely to use drugs.

    Finally, gay men account for 66% of HIV cases.

    Homosexuality is presented to our kids as nothing but cutesy rainbows and “love.” This is a lie, a deliberate one at that.

    If we’re going to do all gay, all the time now, then I’m happy to talk about EVERYTHING homosexuality entails. The truth doesn’t go away just because you don’t acknowledge it.

  26. When grown-ups who are in a position to prevent predatory behavior fail to do so, the message to the victims is, “This must be okay with them.” That further betrayal adds to bodily assault, the rape of the spirit.

    Yet we have turned a blind eye to the same betrayal happening every day to thousands of children in our schools and communities. We should be outraged at the routine “grooming” of children in our schools to become victims of homosexual pedophilia. How are our kids being blithely set-up to accept victimization when it happens?

    By calling it something other than what it is. By tying it up in a bow and putting a happy, RAINBOW face on it. The “nice” name for this horrifying manipulation is “tolerance.” Now, even grade school children are learning that only hateful people object when any elementary schooler, middle schooler or high school student adopts a “gay” identity.

    And–here’s the seldom-examined corollary: the activists pushing this give many unchallenged messages to these kids, both in schools and outside, that they not only may, but they have a right to “choose” a same sex partner OF ANY AGE. With no fear of pregnancy, this faux “consent” offer can be extended to younger and younger kids.

    So, the engraved invitation has been sent to untold numbers of pedophiles and pederasts. School “non-discrimination” policies on “sexual orientation” keep that door open and all protectors of children at arm’s length. The National Education Association has numerous policies supporting the “safe” (read: unchallenged) expression of homosexual behavior by children in schools. These are often pushed by its “LGBT” Teachers’ Caucus.

    Schools feel the increasing presence, whether they like it or not, of advocacy groups like GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network and the Human Rights Campaign. The newest campaigns of both these groups is to reach elementary students. If we cooperate, it’s easy for some children to become targets.

    Adults may approach them, and they won’t realize it’s not only outrageous, but illegal. It may be a coach, or assistant coach. It may be the college student who was the invited speaker at your school’s “gay-straight alliance” meeting. It may be a 24-year old you met as a 12-year old when your school’s homosexual club marched in the town’s pride parade, carrying the school banner to support “LGBT” youth.

    No one will draw boundaries that used to be clear. Why? New regulatory permission has been accepted by those who have bought the lie that people are BORN THIS WAY. There’s also fear, the real possibility of being labeled a “homophobe” or much worse: receiving death threats, losing one’s job, and put on an official enemies’ list. The straight male dads, granddads and protectors of our youth have been lulled into submission by a vicious and unaccountable “gay” lobby with a track record of tearing the personal lives of opponents apart.

    The aggressors have leftist judges on their side, a complicit media, Hollywood, the teachers’ unions, even the federal Department of Education, under its misleading “anti-bullying” programs. Those who point to the pro-homosexual nature of these recommendations are falsely impugned as being “pro-bullying.”

  27. Popular children’s television show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic will introduce their young viewers to a lesbian couple in an upcoming episode titled, The Last Crusade.

    Aunty Holiday and Auntie Lofty first made an appearance in the book Ponyville Mysteries: Riddle of the Rusty Horseshoe back in 2017.

    At the time, Michael Vogel, one of the writers, shared an image of the “cute couple” on Twitter. When asked if the two female ponies were lesbians, Vogel replied: “Well they aren’t sisters so…”

    When asked again if he was saying they were actually lesbians, Vogel went on to clarify: “When I say ‘cute couple’ I’m saying that Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty are a cute couple. Yes.”

    On Monday Vogel celebrated the inclusion of the lesbian characters in the upcoming episode by saying, he and the two other writers are “doin’ what we can to bring EQuality to EQuestria! #PrideMonth”

    The decision to write a lesbian couple into the story comes a month after PBS aired an episode of Arthur featuring the same-sex wedding of one of the show’s popular characters.

    These writers have an agenda. They’re entirely open about that fact. They want our kids to think as they do and we give them that platform and influence every time we allow them to entertain our children.

    The days of innocent children’s cartoons are officially over. Sadly, it has been for a while now. More than ever, parents need to be aware of what their children are watching and the messages that are being communicated through seemingly innocent, children’s programs.

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