Saturday, February 6, 2010
A crime has been commited....indoctrinating young minds about sexuality.
We have a suspect...PFOX (The Parents and Friends of Exgays and Gays)
We have the motive...Anti-LGBT bias and self hatred.
And we have the murder weapon....a smoking gun in the form of pamplets supporting reparative therapy being distributed to high school kids.
As reported in queerty... pamplets with messages similar to the one above were handed out to Maryland high school students as a part of a government program that requires high schools to distribute literature from registered non-profit organizations four times a year....no mention was made in the article whether pro-gay organizations were also included in the distributed materials.
Funny...I thought we were the ones supposedly preying on young minds....trying to sway their sexuality. It appears thats not so. This is a palpable example of the fact that every accusation that anti-gay groups level at the gay comunity are usually actions that they themselves engage in. Whether its the restriction of religious expression by insisting that the only belief that counts is their own by insisting that we are a "Christian nation". They have shown that they wish to shape young minds and influence sexuality while at the same time accusing us of doing so. They have been influencing politicians and public policy for decades while crying about the power of "th radical homosexual lobby" and the "gay agenda". Also they don't want to "homosexualize" the army but see no problem with "Christianizing it by Stamping Bible verses on the assault weapons used by our troops. I'm sure I could come up with more if I looked...these are just the examples off the top of my head.
As Queerty carefully points out, the picture used above is not the one handed out in schools...but does that matter? I'm sure the content would be the same. And PFOX is not shy about pushing its agenda to high school kids. On their website thay can be found exhorting other exgay ministries to do the same. I hope that when the next marriage equality ballot initiative comes up...and when NOM starts using the same tired "their gonna teach gay in schools" bit...I hope someone shows PFOX's actions and puts the lie to that argument.
However, please don't blame the schools. Apparently, Marylands educators have been at odds with this policy and attempted to fight it...but to no avail. However....My question is. If they have to distribute pamplets from non-profits, why these guys? Can't they get pamplets from greenpeace or environmental organizations.....ANYTHING but reparative therapy groups ?And where are GLAAD and GLSN in all of this? Don't we donate to them for exactly these purposes? How many LGBT kids are being harmed by reading these pamplets? They may be struggling with their identity already, and here we are pushing them over the edge into reparative therapy because its the only voice they're getting.
I'm furious over this...
I realize that the schools have little say because the law requires them to distribute materials from nonprofits, but by allowing that one arent they opening themselves up to litigation? What if some gay kid goes to PFOX because of a pamplet he recieved at schools...he tries sincerely to change, but fails.... and in his desperation kills himself. This scenario is not a dramatization of the issue...its based off the story of someone I have corrosponded with on the subject of exgay programs who related their first hand account. Would not the school bear some liability for that? How about the state which required passing it out?
As it is we have gay teachers in school who virtually live in the closet because they won't discuss their private lives at all, for fear of being seen as "indoctrinating".... and yet handing out these kinds of materials is o.k.? Where is the parental outcry over this?...I'm guessing there isn't one. But if I was a Maryland parent and my son brought this home, I would be all kinds of angry and I would let the school know...this is not o.k.
PFOX name itself claims to be the "Friends of Exgays and Gays".....With friends like this, who needs enemies...