bowd·ler·ize  ˈbōdləˌrīz,ˈboud-/  verb

  1. remove material that is considered improper or offensive from (a text or account), especially with the result that it becomes weaker or less effective.
    “a bowdlerized version of the story”
    Synonyms: expurgatecensorblue-pencilcutedit

Raymond Covenant, in the quote below, seems to be cautioning the Abbotsford gay ‘pride’ people to hold back on what ‘Pride’ parades look like in big cities.  Last week I finally posted the Toronto parade, replete with the beaming faces of Justin Trudeau, Kathleen Wynne, Anglican church, Toronto police — just about the whole of the city represented.  The person who took those pictures questions why it is legal for grown men to cavort on major public streets nude, why all sorts of things people do in private are on parade in open public spaces.  This provokes the obvious question: Why if this is so public does the media avoid showing the lewd exhibitionism? And if it is too risqué to be shown on TV or in newspapers, ……. then why is ‘Pride’ in Abbotsford being sanitized by the soothing words of Mayor Henry Braun and the rest of Council? – Gerda

(Excerpts from Jen Muranetz at Vancity Buzz) “Really what [the flag] represents is diversity and inclusivity in a community,” explains Raymond Covenant, program coordinator for the Fraser Valley Youth Society (FVYS). “It celebrates our differences rather than anything else.” The FVYS is one of the organizations behind the Fraser Valley Pride event. Covenant sat on the Pride planning committee that sent the initial request to Abbotsford Council to raise the Pride flag this July. Although the rainbow flag has been flown in cities around the globe for nearly four decades, Covenant believes now is the right time for it to make its way to Abbotsford. “I don’t honestly believe this was overdue. Change takes time, attitudes change slowly, politics, bureaucracy … and I’m proud to say, from what I’ve seen, it is exactly what has been happening here in the Fraser Valley.” . . . Covenant assures the Pride event will actually be family orientated and focus on the message of diversity and inclusivity. We are not looking to recreate something that major metropolitan pride parades may put on,” Covenant refers to the sexual aspect of the LGBTQ community. “It’s not to take anything away from them, we are a different community. We’re not looking to be sexual overt or force any beliefs on other people, but rather just to be inclusive.”

The link below takes you to a disturbing set of pictures taken by someone at the Pride parade in Toronto.  Why would our council pretend this is something sweet, loving and innocent?  Please Abbotsford, get informed and discuss this with our city leadership.

In the December 3, 2015 National Post – Brian Hutchinson gives us a tawdry picture of how LGBTQ demands ultimately degrades human beings:

When Mayor Braun and our Council exalt the ‘Pride’ flag, they extoll the virtues of giving in to sex, anywhere, anyway, anytime and with anyone.  No need to ponder what God, the creator of us all has told us about His laws regarding human sexuality.  The description below is awful.  There is no way on earth that this leads to quality lives, not here on earth, and not for all eternity.

Hutchinson:  “The private investigators claimed they “observed smoking, drug use, a variety of sexual acts and alcoholic drinks being over-served,” according to the newspaper, which agreed not to identify the person who hired the investigators.

Ahmadian acknowledges it was him, and he shared the investigation results with the press.

In an email exchange this week with the National Post, he wrote the “private investigation was commissioned and paid for by the Odyssey … I am solely responsible and in control of all of the company’s decisions.

“My intent was to illustrate how liquor regulations are inconsistently enforced and therefore discriminatory against businesses that play by the rules,” he continued.

“I hoped that exposing the over-crowding in the warehouse could bring attention to BC’s archaic capacity laws, which need to be reviewed and overhauled … I apologize for any negative impact to my staff, our artists, and the LGBTQ+ community.”

Troy declined to be interviewed. But VAL published a lengthy riposte in the gay news website Xtra, claiming “the current media firestorm” ignited by Ahmadian “is an attack on alternative, artist-run event spaces (and) on the morality of gay men, gay culture and queer events.”

“That’s B.S.,” says one veteran of Vancouver’s gay nightclub scene, who, fearing reprisal, asked to remain anonymous. The issue is not about attacks on gays or artists. It’s about rivalries and competition between club owners and people using loopholes to hold giant parties, where booze is sold and sex is encouraged. It’s a fight “that was festering way before that (newspaper) story,” he adds.

He paid $40 to attend VAL’s Oct. 30 party, and says the account published by The Province is accurate. The place was packed with about 300 people, well above the stated capacity. Booze flowed, drugs were consumed and people had sex in designated areas.

Lineups for washrooms were so long and slow he was forced to urinate in a cup, which he left near the dance floor. As for art, he says, there wasn’t any, unless the giant papier-mâché penises mounted on walls were considered art.

None of it really surprised him. These days, he says, almost anything goes, with city officials looking the other way unless things really get out of hand.

“Everyone is trying to ride the edge, to see what they can get away with,” he says. “And that edge is getting sharper.”

National Post

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