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Jessica's Story: Indoctrination at school

Dear supporter,

Last month, we launched a new petition to push back against a trend wherein a growing number of school boards across Canada are ordering every school in their district to fly the homosexual "pride" flag for the month of June.

That includes elementary schools in some districts.

Campaign Life Coalition was subsequently contacted by the mother of a Christian student who described how her daughter was negatively affected by her school’s homosexual flag activism last summer.

Her daughter, who we'll call Jessica, was in Grade 8 at the time at a public elementary school in the Greater Toronto Area that was required by the school board to fly the gay flag for the entire month of June.

Jessica felt frightened and stressed at being forced to participate in a mandatory gay pride flag-raising ceremony which contradicted her Christian beliefs.

Over 1,000 students and teachers were forced to participate.

The mother sent Campaign Life Coalition a testimony written by Jessica, describing how the homosexual flag raising ceremony was conducted as an indoctrination session, and how it traumatized her.

From Jessica, the Grade 8 student:

“I was surprised when I heard there was going to be a school-wide ceremony for the raising of the (gay) pride flag. I thought for sure that they’d at least be a bit flexible with attendance for those who didn’t want to go because of religious concerns or other concerns. I was wrong.”

“I asked the teacher who was supervising my class at the time if we HAD to go and she said it was ‘mandatory.’ She didn’t even allow me to explain my reasoning about why I didn’t want to go.”

“We were brought down to the assembly at the front of the school as a class. I was feeling uneasy as I wasn’t sure what the assembly would involve or what I might be asked to do."

"I also didn’t like that being there made me feel like I was supporting something that violates my faith.”

“There were a couple of speakers before the raising of the flag. When the time came for the (gay) pride flag to be raised, we were told to stand for this.”

“I panicked a little bit. I knew that standing meant that I was supporting this, or at least, hiding from what I really believe.”

“But sitting meant that I would be singled out. I was afraid that people would think I was a homophobe."

"Although I don’t celebrate homosexuality, I wouldn’t by any means treat someone who is a homosexual differently. People can live their lives however they want."

"But I couldn’t explain this to everyone at my school, so there were bound to be people who would think negatively about me for not standing.”

“As well as this, one of my close friends was the main speaker at this part of the assembly and a main member of the LGBTQ+ club at our school. I was afraid that her opinion of me would be changed and that she may feel personally insulted that I wouldn’t stand during her part of the assembly.”

“I decided that it wasn’t worth violating my faith for people’s opinions of me. I didn’t stand. But everyone else did. Some of my friends were like, ‘What are you doing?’ It was hard.”

“At the end of the assembly, the school played a song that had openly disrespectful lyrics insulting the Bible and Christianity. It was scary.”

“I hope I am never in another situation like that again. But I am doubtful.”

Just imagine this student's courage.

Would you have been able to stand by your convictions and remain seated like Jessica did, if you were in her shoes?

At just 14 years of age, she has inspired me. I commend her and her parents for Jessica's willingness to suffer ridicule, bullying and persecution for her faith.

But, can you believe that this young girl was made to be a spectacle by her school in the first place?

By the way, the anti-Christian, Bible-hating song that the school played was Same Love by Mackelmore, which is a controversial ode to homosexual "marriage".

Read the lyrics here to learn what the school thought was appropriate to force every child and teacher in the school to listen to.

How can anyone deny that this was ideological indoctrination by the state, behind parents’ backs?

We have to stop this brainwashing in its tracks.

Our petition which has now reached almost 6,000 signatures, calls for public school trustees to ban flying the gay pride flag, and to institute a policy wherein only the Canadian flag can be flown on school property.

If you haven’t already done so, please sign our petition now. And then share it. Help us make it go viral.

As parents brace for the coming homosexual flag battles that will happen across Canada in June, let’s start pushing back now, while we still have time to affect policy, by asking Trustees to respect the diversity of beliefs in their community.

Let’s ensure no more students are placed in frightening and humiliating situations like Jessica had to suffer.


Thanks and God bless, 

Jeff Gunnarson
National President
Campaign Life Coalition