Pete Riehm
Pride goes before a great fall
By Pete Riehm
June 28, 2023

Thankfully, the annual exhibition of depravity euphemistically known as Pride Month is coming to a close. Every June the madness peaks, but Americans are relentlessly inundated all year long with the militant LGBTQ+ agenda in advertising, entertainment, news, and even religion. Americans are aggravated and exhausted with this constant unhealthy obsession with sexuality. We don’t want to discuss, hear, see, or even know about anyone else’s fetishes. Americans are fed up and finally pushing back. Anything “Pride” regarding LGBTQ+ has become tedious and tiresome – it’s past time this nonsense ended.

Publicly discussing or flaunting one’s sexuality is rude and vulgar. We have privacy for a reason, and Americans really wish the LGBTQ+ community would acknowledge that right. Sexuality can certainly be controversial, but mostly it should be private. Sexuality is not a subject for public exploitation, and once it goes beyond simple procreation, sex can quickly become a debilitating addiction and grotesque perversion. It’s inappropriate for children, but more important it should not be used to indoctrinate – or worse, tempt children.

Americans have had enough, signaling their rejection of the militant LGBTQ+ agenda with spontaneous boycotts of products and vendors promoting perversion. Unfortunately, corporate America is still not listening. Disney has been for years steadily weaving LGBTQ+ themes into their entertainment for children. Families are fleeing Disney's prurient propaganda, yet the company persists despite steadily losing viewers.

Target donates to groups promoting gender modification for children and sells clothing with LGBTQ+ slogans including girls swim wear with a flap for boys to tuck in their penises. Parents were incensed and Target lost billions in market share, but Target only moved their LGBTQ+ line to the back of their stores. Bud Light was shocked at the consumer backlash to their silly corroboration with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney, and they also lost billions, but have yet to apologize for insulting their customer base.

Corporations are either afraid of the howling wrath of the militant LGBTQ+ movement, or they have accepted inevitable societal decay and merely intend to profit from it. Americans, however, have finally recognized the fatal flaws of so-called tolerance. It’s not about tolerating alternate lifestyles, but it’s about promoting perversion and eradicating common decency and morality. After decades of sanctimonious sermons about tolerance, the rapid rise of transgenderism has exposed that the real objective has always been grooming children with perversion to make them ripe for molestation. Pedophilia is the ultimate goal!

Americans are shocked but should not be surprised. Perversion, like any other addiction, is on a spectrum that always arcs to greater extremes. Further, LGBTQ+ activists have been telling us they are "after the kids." Two years ago, the San Francisco Gay Chorus had to pull a song about converting children, and this year at the New York City Gay Pride Parade, some chanted: “We’re here, we’re queer, and we’re coming for your children.”

The swindle of tolerance is not that we should tolerate people with different ideas, but that we must accept and even enable people to indulge their perversions. The LGBTQ+ movement is not about a right to exist, but a desire to exhibit their fetishes. Pretty much any gay pride event is obscene. Participants are scantily dressed or even naked, but worse they act out sex acts in public. They are reveling in obscenity and seem to be aroused by making others watch, especially children.

Pride events in Seattle and Minneapolis included naked cycling and bathing in public with many children present. Creepy old men were running amok waving their privates and twerking in front of kids, and some appeared to be performing for the kids. This is sick! It’s madness! Grown men exposing themselves to children should be promptly arrested – but not anymore! These perverts have license to expose themselves to children, and if common decent folks object, we will be demonized as bigots, and they will be celebrated by immoral leftists.

Those that wallow in their sexuality and base their identity in whatever perversion are unstable and quite likely mentally disturbed. So exercising tolerance to enable their sickness doesn’t really help them, and it degrades society. These poor lost souls need therapy, not endorsement of their illness. The left will shriek that to call out perversion and not support it is hate; it is not. Leftists want to label it hate, but it’s holiness. It’s the simple concept of morality, and there is an absolute right and wrong. The wicked will have none of that because darkness can only survive in the absence of light, so they will resist any morality at all costs.

Until the past half century, all these perversions were socially unacceptable and even illegal, but leftists complained that such restrictions were too stringent. Society let down its guard and relaxed prohibitions on perversion, but now we understand the need for a more wise approach, because perversion knows no bounds. Transgenderism is pursuing tyranny where morality is banished and perversion is protected, so coexistence is impossible.

Quite simply, we are relearning a hard lesson – sin is a cancer. Perversion poisons society, and this particular sin is an abomination. Abomination signals something very disgusting and wicked, and biblically an abomination taints everything. It poisons the people and even the land. That’s what we are witnessing as our culture and society devolve into confusion and disorder. America must be healed.

LGBTQ+ folks aren’t going anywhere, but their perversion has gone too far. It must be cleansed from the public square before America is destroyed. With love, pray for repentance.

“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).

Pete Riehm is a conservative activist and columnist in south Alabama. Email him at or read all his columns at

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Born to German immigrants, Pete Riehm grew up in Texas as a first generation American. Working his way through college, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve. After graduating from the University of Houston, Pete was commissioned into the United States Navy through Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He also earned a Master's Degree in National Security from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas... (more)


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