Rev Michael Bresciani's Christian Voice column (h/t: Barry Duke at The Freethinker) decries the "social engineering" of Obama's proclamation that June is LGBT Pride Month. Brescsiani claims that there is a conflict between LGBT Pride and celebrations of Father's Day, Flag Day, and the anniversary of D-Day--and that "choosing the month of June is almost a slap in the face to millions of Americans who choose to remember the fathers' [sic] warriors and patriots who have given so much to make the country what it is."
He appears to be ignorant of the LGBT civil right movement that began at the Stonewall Rebellion (28 June 1969), which is the reason that Pride parades have been held on the last weekend in June for the last 40 years--not just in the US, but around the world. Brescsiani could have picked up some of that information from the very first paragraph of Obama's proclamation, but one wonders if he read past the title:
"Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police harassment that had become all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Out of this resistance, the LGBT rights movement in America was born. During LGBT Pride Month, we commemorate the events of June 1969 and commit to achieving equal justice under law for LGBT Americans."
Celebrating the month of June as Pride Month is not a "slap in the face" to fathers, WWII veterans, or our flag--after all, members of the LGBT community are also parents, patriots, and warriors, as the debates over adoption and military service demonstrate. (Besides, we can celebrate more than one thing at a time--Black History Month doesn't conflict with Presidents Day, does it?)
I mentioned in the comment thread that 70% of gay adults are Christians; do you think Reverend will respond with the "No true Scotsman" fallacy? (Someone else has already used Pascal's Wager, so I'm not optimistic about the level of argumentation...)
[See the follow-up post here.]