Catholic farmer critical of Pride Month feels financial pinch after taking a stand

A Catholic Louisiana farm owner has reportedly lost two-thirds of his business for daring to take a stand against the LGBT community.

As most people are already aware, June is so-called “Pride” month. But June is also something else — it’s the month of the Catholic Church’s Sacred Heart of Jesus devotion.

On June 2nd, farm owner Ross McKnight of the Backwater Foie Gras farmstead published an Instagram post essentially urging Catholics to ignore “Pride” month and instead stick to the Sacred Heart devotion.

View the post below:

“Americanization = homogenization = subjugation. The push to have every mainstream value and holiday represented in some way in our Louisiana ought to make no sense at all to any Louisianais or Louisianaise, unless recognized as a forward offensive by an ever-encroaching enemy that has sought for generations to destroy our unique culture which is so intimately tied to our Catholic identity,” McKnight wrote.

“The attempted coup of the month of June is part of that offensive, but I can suggest some antidotes to a false pride,” he added.

He then offered viewers of his post some instructions on how to properly perform the Sacred Heart devotion.

For all this, he was basically cancelled.

“Within a few hours of his Instagram post, several of McKnight’s customers, some of whom he had a personal relationship with, began canceling their orders. This included McKnight’s biggest clients — two high-end New Orleans restaurants that previously committed to buying from him throughout the summer,” according to The Federalist, which broke the story on Friday.

Speaking with the outlet, Harrison Weinhold, a patron of Backwater Foie Gras and friend of McKnight’s, said that his family is losing between $6,000 to $10,000 a month because of the canceled orders.

“He really sells just enough sort of to get by. [The McKnights are] really homesteading out there. They live off of what they make,” according to Weinhold, who also took his complaints to Twitter:

McKnight concurred.

“We’re a tiny artisanal operation,”  he told The Federalist.

The good news is he and his family are taking things in stride.

“[W]e have a great deal of confidence in our faith. We have a great deal of confidence in the triumph of the Sacred Heart and of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. And so we’re not worried in that sense. You know, we know we will be taken care of regardless of what that looks like,” he told Fox News in an interview Saturday.

That said, he was surprised by the reaction to his Instagram post. He explained to Fox News that he’s always been outspoken about his faith without any problems.

“I did know, I suppose in the back of my mind, that eventually there would be a conflict. It’s not out of nowhere, of course, right, because the conflict happens across the country all the time. But, that it would happen now seemed a little bit perhaps like it was a concerted effort,” he said.


McKnight told something similar to The Federalist.

“McKnight [said] that he frequently makes religious posts in commemoration of church solemnities and feast days. However, this time he felt particularly compelled to post about the Sacred Heart because the food and beverage industry, of which he is a part of, has gone all-in on pride month, something McKnight views as antithetical to his faith and cultural heritage as a French Catholic,” the outlet reported.

“One of the farmers’ markets that McKnight is a member of put out a statement ‘celebrating pride month’ and refused to take it down even after McKnight pointed out that statement could be interpreted as an endorsement of pride by all the individual vendors. In response to the farmers’ market’s pride statement, McKnight told The Federalist that he ‘put out a little sign that says, ‘celebrate humility’ with an image of the Sacred Heart.'”

Whatever happens going forward, one thing is for certain: McKnight has no intentions of backing down.

“If we don’t stand here, on the last assault of the family, then there’s no more ground left behind us,” he told The Federalist, explaining that defending his family, their culture, and their faith is more important than anything else.

“It’s a simple and hard truth. If we lose our Faith (as we are now quite effectively doing), we will lose our ability to identify with the ancestors whose very Faith brought them here and whose very Faith inspired them to have many children, and so here you are. Here we are,” he added in a recent blog post.

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Vivek Saxena


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