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Children and Christians: Pawns in the “Gay” Bullying Game

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Parents in Minnesota and Iowa are fighting bills that would usher in sweeping pro-homosexual school programs, all in the name of “bullying prevention,” but it’s a smoke and mirrors game. There’s a time and place for laws that take authentic bullies to task, and they are not always in the schoolhouse.

Arizona and other states are terrified of anti-bullying legislation. That’s essentially what religious freedom bills are: an attempt to rein in the bullying of aggressive leftists and their allies who target Christians with spurious lawsuits, disemployment, hefty fines, and/or character assassination.

The Human Rights Campaign now says RFRA bills are a “license to discriminate.” That’s their take on the Constitutional guarantee of religious freedom for millions of Americans.

It’s essentially a declaration of war.

First Amendment rights shouldn’t be controversial. What’s astounding is the notion that “gay” behavior must be honored by force if necessary, even as marriage.

Or as respectable identities for children. But “anti-bullying” policies are now perceived as essential in public schools nationwide and are often a cover for mandated “LGBT” indoctrination and suppression of any objections.

You’d think children were totally unprotected in schools until the past few years, prior to the passage of some kind of anti-bullying law in forty-nine states. How did children in 1961, 1975 or 1987 manage to survive?

Actually, conduct codes have existed in schools since the first school bell jangled, but today’s approach is a whole different animal. It’s activism, mostly concerned with the latest perceived (not real) “civil rights” movement — homosexuality. Or as God called it, sin.

Activists both inside and outside America’s schools are pushing kids toward homosexuality and gender change while demonizing conservative values that would steer them elsewhere. The teacher’s unions are on board, and the gay-stapo hopes no concerned parent or astute student recognizes that hand grenades are being thrown into the school environment. Critics of current religious freedom bills might want to take a look at the behavior of activists at the schoolhouse before they dismiss those measures as “unnecessary.”

Because in many schools now, mostly in blue states, Christian parents no longer have a voice on homosexuality. There is one viewpoint — “LGBT” affirmation — and it’s been established by determined revolutionaries who keep crying “Intolerance!” while tolerating no other views.

Let’s just be clear: no truly caring person is in favor of bullying. All students deserve protection. But the real push for these measures is coming from “LGBT” activists who see an opportunity to attack worthy moral standards and elevate homosexuality and gender-bending practiced by children to a place of honor. They claim special protections — “enumerated categories” — must be explicitly mandated for “LGBT” students under bullying prevention policies. There are, of course, no such inborn identities for children or anyone else.

Using disruptive, anti-child advocacy, the Human Rights Campaign (promoters of the grade school gender confusion program, “Welcoming Schools”) and GLSEN (sponsor of the victim-posturing “Day of Silence,” held in April in public schools)  are busy corrupting children with misinformation and hyperbole about bullying, all laced with explicit “gay” sexual messages.

The most aggressive bully on the block, the Southern Poverty Law Center, runs interference by labeling respected Christian pro-family organizations as “hate” groups comparable to the Ku Klux Klan. Then, through its deceptively-named education division, “Teaching Tolerance,” SPLC’s approach to Christian freedom of expression in public schools is simple — distort and dismiss:

“Religion can be a hot topic when discussing LGBT issues.  All students are entitled to their religious viewpoints, but those viewpoints may not intrude on the rights of others.  Harassment based on religious beliefs is unacceptable and should be addressed according to your school’s anti-bullying policy.”

The “rights of others” includes, of course, openly expressed homosexuality/gender-bending among children of any age, and “harassment” means there’s no room for your warnings, thank you very much.

The real tragedy is that these groups in reality exploit vulnerable and fragile kids, all the while espousing great compassion and, disingenuously, “tolerance” as a motive. And let’s just be frank: there’s one type of bully in the current climate almost never held accountable: the verbally combative homosexual, lesbian or cross-dresser who taunts and insults others. In the adult world, this is personified by vicious homosexual bloggers who spread lies, distortions, and have called me and others vulgarities I’d never attribute to my worst enemy, but to them, it’s their daily bread.  How these people have gotten any traction is beyond unbelievable. They’d never last two weeks in the corporate environment.

Then there are students who fall into this category. I know of several situations where life was made a living hell for peers by troubled “gay” adolescents whose destructive actions went unpunished.

The “gay” respectability agenda tacked on to anti-bullying efforts is not helping the bullying problem. First, it’s inaccurate. We should not in any way endorse these unhealthy, immoral lifestyles which are not inborn and are changeable. The unnatural practice of anal sex results in around 8,000 new cases each year of HIV among homosexual males age 13 to 24 in the U.S., an epidemic that is totally preventable. The recent rise is probably fueled by advocacy to youth.

But some problems with questionable school anti-bullying programs are finally coming to light. Eagle Forum published an article outlining the disputable efficacy of these programs and the negative impact of the highly publicized 2011 documentary film Bully. Many school districts around the country are including it in their bullying prevention efforts, but the film is highly charged, depressing, and of course, showcases name-calling and harassment of students perceived to be homosexuals. Even more questionable is that the film focuses on the lives of two students who committed suicide.

Why would many schools around the country show middle schoolers such material?  School showings of Bully are under fire for another reason. Two students in the fall of 2013 killed themselves shortly after viewing this documentary with its hopeless elements. One was fifteen; the other, a twelve-year-old, shot two other students and killed a teacher along with himself.

And of course, Bully has a determined pro-homosexual angle, sending the clear message that only approval of these behaviors will end the torment for some adolescents.

Woven throughout all these programs is the message that Christians are the over-arching enemy, responsible for all the violence ever done to any person involved in personal homosexual immorality. The narrative is the same, whether it’s the schoolhouse or the Statehouse.

But if anyone thinks these desperately discontented people will stop their assault at Christians, think again. First, they came for the Christians and the children …

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  • Joe Brummer

    When I see you write the terms “Verbally combative Homosexual” and “vicious homosexual bloggers” all while referring to gays and lesbians as the “gaystapo” I must admit I see you as slamming others for doing exactly what you are doing. Mostly, I see this article geared toward those who already agree with you. Anyone gay supporting person would be so off-put by your slams of gay people, any valid points go unheard. If you want to make change, then write to those who do’t agree with you in ways they can hear. Otherwise, you just aren’t walking your own talk.

    • David Mora

      It’s Linda Harvey, what did you expect?

      It’s the same woman who has repeatedly called for laws criminalizing pro-lgbt speech, has claimed that gays who were the victims of violence in Russia were actually victims of gays attacking them for phony sympathy, and who regularly uses her program to give a platform to people like Brian Camenker, who discussed with her how gays who are beaten for kissing in public had it coming because that sort of repulsion is a natural response and they should have known better then provoke people like that.

      • vorpal

        She also calls for parents of teens who come out to them as gay to disbelieve such claims, which is – as far as I’m concerned – one of the most hurtful and damaging things a parent can do after a child works up the courage to tell you such a difficult secret and seeks your support.

        She calls for people to refuse medical care from LGBT hospital workers as well and to make such refusals public knowledge to demonize people in these roles.

        There are people who oppose homosexuality on religious principle (which I disagree with, but to each his or her own), and then there are people like Linda Harvey: Linda Harvey plans and executes targeted verbal attacks on LGBT people in order to cause the most pain and damage that she can inflict. She is pure, malevolent evil of the worst kind.

        • Boss

          Vorpal- whatever.

          • vorpal

            You seem to have a lot of value of contribute. So far, I’ve seen cries of “Sodomite!”, a “Grow up!” and a “Shut up!” Very compelling discussion points all around.

    • Patrick

      It is pretty sad that none of the Religious Right figures who keep pushing this “we’re being bullied!” rhetoric show absolutely no empathy for the people who have been genuinely bullied. You’d hope that this might be a learning experience for some, but no.
      I guess their version of walking a mile in someone else’s shoes consists of taking two steps, screaming how much their feet hurt, and demanding someone carry them the rest of the mile without a second thought for the person who actually owns the shoes.

  • vorpal

    Oh dear, it’s the Queen of Hatred herself, rearing her disgusting and ugly head in yet another of her attempts to do as much damage to gay people as she can muster up in that black, withered, dead heart of hers that pumps a fetid ichor through her veins.

    Linda Harvey is, quite possibly, the most disgusting woman that the Christian right has in their ranks. Pure human trash.

    • thisoldspouse

      Not one comment or rebuttal to a thing she has written. Typical.

      • vorpal

        I haven’t read it thoroughly yet. If you’d like, I’ll come back and rebut a little later today, although, to be honest, I’ve rebut her hateful bile many times in the past already, and I suspect she’s added nothing new here. Indeed, her hate is so over the top that even the regular right-wing posters on WND criticize her views heavily and think they are absurd.

        Most of what she says, though, is such nonsense that it doesn’t need to be rebutted: it rebuts itself.

      • John

        Not one thing she said is even close to being true…typical

        • Boss

          No sodomite responses are worth reading anyway.

          • vorpal

            Awww, look… it’s human trash. Surprise, surprise.

    • Swizzle

      vorpal – You do not seem to understand anything the article speaks on. Harvey is against the VIEWPOINTS and the OFFENSIVE of the LGBT community who try to steamroll their opinions over others and force people to accept their views, not gay people per se.

      Tolerance? What tolerance? If the LGBT elite claims it endeavors to the ultimate goal of universal tolerance, then how come those with legitimate faith-based convictions are thrown under the bus and vehemently accused of crimes comparable and worse to Nazism? Where’s the fair playing field? Where’s the “equality of all?” Hypocrisy.

      Welcome to America, where Freedom of Speech and Religion are the 1st Amendment for a reason. Welcome to America, where there is no Amendment that protects you from being offended. Don’t like it? Don’t like that there are people with different opinions? Then move.

      The very fact that you would stoop THIS low to belittle differing opinions is beyond shameful.

      I’m not going to sit here trying to out-spew you in a pointless contest of Who-Can-Spew-The-Most-Hateful-Words because as a Christian, that is not my calling. My calling, however, is to be a witness to what is right and wrong, and to try to live for Jesus and what the Bible says is truth.

      I pray that those who read my post will be ransomed from Sin’s dominion by the grace of God and turn from their distorted viewpoints. I pray and hope God will save you, and that your life will be redeemed.

      • vorpal

        Who exactly is accusing you of crimes comparable to Nazism, Swizzle? I’m a fairly connected pro-LGBT activist, and to be honest, the only accusations of Nazism I’ve seen have come from some extremist right-wing Christians (for example, Scott Lively) and been applied to “militant LGBT activists.”

        I’m not sure exactly how I stooped “THIS low” in my post: I have read the most vile anti-gay rhetoric from Harvey time and time again, and honestly, it is so bilious and obviously ridiculous that it doesn’t even need rebuttal. Harvey has spewed the most horrible anti-LGBT things I have ever read, proposing strategies that can be used to maximize damage against LGBT people in their place of employment and to hurt LGBT youth. This article is not representative of her most hateful works, certainly, but I’d be happy to point you towards some that fully capture the brutality of her nature if you are genuinely curious.

        Edit: Also, I should point out that much of what Linda Harvey proposes are not OPINIONS, but things she claims as facts, and these facts contradict the work of actual mental health and medical professionals who have dedicated themselves to research in the fields of human sexuality. Linda Harvey has no credentials but acts as an authority, and simply makes up facts that contradict reality to support her wicked crusade.

        This idea that the LGBT community is trying to steamroll their opinions over others and force people to accept their views is erroneous, Swizzle. I support your right to disapprove of my sexual orientation and to disapprove of my marriage to my husband as loudly and as openly as you wish; however, I will continue to demand my civil rights and point out that your religious freedoms do not trump my civil rights in our secular society.

        My life is truly wonderful. I support your right to be Christian and live your life accordingly, but I have no interest in participating in your religion, in sharing your faith, or in living in accordance with it. I am very blessed to be an ex-Christian now-Taoist-atheist, and have a rich and fulfilling life that I treasure deeply, which includes my civil marriage of nearly 10 years to my wonderful husband.

        I oppose people like Linda Harvey because I have seen the damage that views like hers do – especially to vulnerable LGBT youth – time and time again, and I want a better, gentler, more accepting, and more supportive world for the LGBT youth of today and tomorrow. Note that I am not trying to FORCE individuals into that state of acceptance; I am simply trying to nurture it through example and discussion, and to push for civil rights for LGBT people.

        • Boss

          vorpal- put a sock in it.

          • vorpal

            Make me, cupcake.

  • Progressive Patriot

    The author hardly seems to be an advocate or a ‘safe place’ for LGBT youth. Her position seems to almost be the “Dolores Umbridge” version of sadistic double-talk. It is not difficult in the least to imagine the author working at a school and rather than aiding an LGBT or questioning youth, watching gleefully as that child were “tormented straight” and perfected in her viewpoint back to an “acceptable” orientation.

    Rather than defending a student’s right to not be bullied, the mental image of her polishing and handing out brass knuckles seems the more appropriate. One can imagine that she cries not one single tear for the loss of LGBT youth who eventually succumb and end their lives as a result of such torment. (shaking head) How does this person sleep at night ?

    • Clint Batterton

      Her favorite rant. In an earlier column, she complained that trying to protect gay young people from suicides because of bullying is essentially a waste of time because they will just grow up gay – like death is preferable to being gay. Of course, her essential problem is that she refuses to accept the mental health community’s conclusion, of about 100 years standing, that people are born with their sexual orientation and are not “recruited” into being sexually attracted to one sex or the other (as if that were possible). Since she is not qualified by education, training or experience to even discuss homosexuality, in the real world, we might find this surprising. But not in Llinda’s world, where actual evidence that anyone is being exploited through anti-bullying programs is totally unnecessary. Perhaps this is another triumph of faith over reality.

      • Boss

        It’s preference, NOT orientation.

        • Clint Batterton

          Oh, and you are right and several hundred thousand mental health professionals are wrong. Not even the so-called ‘ex-gays” claim that they just have a “preference,” or claim that anyone “recruited” them to be gay. When Exodus International, the oldest and largest “ex-gay” group folded last year, their President apologized to the gay community and revealed that they had a 99.9% failure rate in changing anyone’s sexual orientation.

          • vorpal

            Not to mention that besides Alan Chambers, there are many other former ex-gay leaders (e.g. John Smid and John Paulk) who confess the exact same thing: they never saw any long-term change in the participants in these Christian ministries.

            Personally, I think that the idea of a god is a silly farce of wishful thinking, but for those who want to believe, I think it’s time to realize that the only conclusion that makes sense it that god intended for these people to be gay, whether that means they should opt for a life of celibacy or pursue relationships being a separate issue altogether.

        • vorpal

          I have yet to find a single source that calls it anything but ORIENTATION. A preference is something that you prefer, but you don’t need and could settle for an alternative. An orientation is quite different. Gay people typically have no (i.e. a complete lack of) sexual and romantic interest in the opposite sex. Thus, calling homosexuality a “preference” is quite inaccurate.

    • vorpal

      I don’t believe in demons, angels, gods, or devils, but if they existed, Linda Harvey would be someone who clawed her way from the deepest pits of hell to spew her demonic venom at LGBT people. This woman is the closest thing to evil that I can imagine.

      • Boss

        vorpal- calm down and grow up.

        • vorpal

          I’m plenty grown, but thanks for your concern. Maybe you should try taking your own advice.

  • Michael McKeon

    So the first problem with the whole Xtian persecution thing is that between 80 and 85% of this country identifies as Xtian. This crazy bovine is just another money grubbing bible banger lookn for a buck. She’ll find it.

    • Boss

      Ignore truth, it’s your prerogative. Being willingly ignorant doesn’t make you a champion.

      • vorpal

        Show us some truth and we’ll consider ignoring it.

  • TheLemonEarth .

    Thank you for your insights, Mrs. Harvey. Spot on. And obviously you have gotten under the skin of some rabid homosexualists that, judging from the comments, have spent the last several days of their lives to try and discredit you with the same tired tactics. Will be sharing your article.

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