VARIOUS reports in the UK claim that the Archdiocese of Liverpool was compelled this week to issue an apology after thousands of school children across across the city – and many more across the country – were ‘accidentally’ handed transphobic booklets.
Because none of the reports reveal who was responsible for the publication – Gender Theory: Diversity or 21st Century Totalitarianism? – I did some digging, and discovered it was distributed by a Glasgow-based Catholic outfit that calls itself the Tradition, Family, Property Association.
Headed by Philip Moran, it has a fairly long reach.
Last summer, it staged a “European Crusade for the Family” in Germany and the Netherlands, where things did not go well for the red-sashed loons. Their rally in Nijmegen coincided with the city’s annual Pride celebration – and LGBT rights activists ripped up their leaflets and allegedly “physically attacked” members of the association.
The outfit also has a presence in Australia. Its website says:
We are justly proud of our many public campaigns. These are carried out by volunteers who dedicate their free time to promoting the ideals of Tradition, Family and Property. We do this through an on-going outreach that includes lectures, publishing in both traditional and electronic media, direct mailing, petitions, seminars and conferences.
Australian TFP also takes its message directly to the public on the streets where our young volunteers distribute leaflets and speak to passers-by about the burning issues of the day.
The red capes worn by our volunteers and the ruby and gold standards they raise in public places, are a hallmark of our street campaigns. Passers-by are made aware of our campaign and become interested in taking our leaflets.
According to the Liverpool Echo, pupils at Catholic schools in Liverpool received the booklets which warn that ‘Gender Theory’ is:
A delirious ideology claiming everyone can fancy themselves as a man, woman, neither or both at the same time according to mere whims.
The booklets also claim that:
Sophisticated activists are already at work to impose their anti-Christian and anti-God views on children at your school.
The publication arrived at schools and churches across the city as inserts in the latest copy of the Catholic Pic – the regular magazine of the Archdiocese of Liverpool – but they weren’t supposed to.
They also appeared in a number of other Catholic publications across the country.
The Archdiocese of Liverpool said that it is normal procedure for the publisher of its magazine – Mersey Mirror – to see the inserts in the magazine before it is sent out to hundreds of schools and churches across the city, but on this occasion they weren’t spotted.
A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Liverpool said:
An insert was inadvertently placed in the June edition of the ‘Catholic Pic’, the magazine of the Archdiocese of Liverpool, and in a number of Catholic publications across the country.
It is normal procedure for such inserts to be sent to the publishers in advance for review, in this instance that did not happen.
The content of the leaflet is not endorsed by the Archdiocese of Liverpool and it should not have appeared. In light of this incident procedures have been reviewed ensuring that all future inserts are checked prior to publication.
The Archdiocese said an apology from the publishers will appear in the next edition of the Catholic Pic and Mersey Mirror will also be contacting individual schools directly to apologise.
The Archdiocese of Liverpool covers a total of 228 city schools – although not all of them receive the magazine.
The Echo was first alerted to the situation by a parent at Bellerive FCJ Catholic College in Aigburth, whose year seven daughter had received a copy of the booklet.
The school, like the Archdiocese, has now made clear that it does not endorse the contents of the publication.
If you would like a copy of the 64-page Gender Theory: Diversity or 21st Century Totalitarianism? send £5.00 to the Tradition, Family, Property Association at PO Box 2713, Milngavie, Glasgow G62 6YJ.
£5.00 seems a bit steep for toilet paper.