On Friday, over one thousand concerned parents, children, and allies gathered in Ottawa to take part in the Education over Indoctrination protest against the promotion of LGBTQ content in schools.
Organizers Josh Alexander and Chris Elston, better known as "Billboard Chris," managed to draw in a diverse group of supporters, including many Muslims who joined their Christian neighbors.
The interfaith coalition was celebrated by Elston, who said he was pleased with the turnout considering he hadn't reached out to the Muslim community beforehand.
"Any comment on the turnout today?" The Post Millennial's Beth Baisch asked. "Was it as expected?"
"I think this is incredible," Elston replied. "I did expect at least a thousand people to be here; I think we achieved that."
He noted that for the first time, there were almost as many counter-protesters supporting him as there were opposition.
"It's always a party for these counter-protestors to come out, it's like their Superbowl for social justice," he said. "Everyone on our side of this has been too afraid to speak up, but those days are over. People are learning about this, they're learning how to speak about this, and we're never gonna be quiet again."
When asked about the large presence of Muslim families, Elston said he was "extremely pleased to see that they came out."
"I made some good connections with them today, and we're gonna work together in the future, because the Muslim community is not having this."
In the same interview, Elston explained the types of irreversible processes that children who are victimized by gender ideology are subjected to and stressed that he will not be silenced regardless of what any detractors have to say about it.
"I came here a year and a half ago to talk to some parents ... I got mobbed by 200 counter-protestors... anytime someone tells me I can't go somewhere to have conversations it's always a guarantee I'm going to come right back to that same spot."
During Friday's protest, many Muslims were on the front lines chanting "Leave the children alone!" At one point, a group of their children stomped on Pride flags, an act that garnered cheers from the audience.
Members of the faith have joined their Christian counterparts in the fight against modern gender ideology as of late, a fact that has confused many progressives.
Comments on the topic by a high school teacher in Edmonton recently went viral. In the leaked audio, she can be heard berating Muslim students for not going along with Pride.
"If you believe that kind of thing, you don't belong here," the teacher stated, referencing Uganda's harsh new legislation.
"That is not what Canada believes; we believe in freedom; we believe people can marry whoever they want. That is in law, and if you don't think that should be the law, then you can't be Canadian. You don't belong here, and I mean it."
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