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Anti-LGBT Activist Linda Harvey To Children: “Tell Your Friends… That No One Needs To Be ‘Gay'”

The latest addition to GLAAD’s Commentator Accountability Project is Mission: America founder Linda Harvey, who says her group stands against bullying—but also says “it’s not right to tell someone that being homosexual is okay.” To get her message to the youth of America, Harvey has written a Q&A for school-age kids.

Under the header “What’s all this fuss about something called ‘gay’?” she tries to explain homosexuality, even though it’s “kind of a grown-up subject”:

Sometimes, kids will use the word “gay” as an insult. All insults are wrong and hurt people. Friends should never be unkind to each other.

So… does that mean that being “gay” is right?

Well, the simple answer is, no.

…Once in a while, a man wants to date and love another man, or a woman wants to date and love a woman. Most cultures long ago decided this was very wrong. And they made rules against it, for a lot of good reasons (more grown-up stuff). First of all, two men can never create their own child. Neither can two women. And two men kissing—well, it just doesn’t seem right. That’s because it isn’t!

Yes, lets push a socio-political agenda because something doesn’t “seem” right.

Harvey’s flier goes on to deny that anyone is born gay because “strong feelings are not proof of anything.” (Unless it’s the existence of God, right Linda?)

Surprisingly, Harvey encourages young people to dishonor their mothers and fathers if they support the LGBT community:

So if you hear that everyone thinks being “gay” is okay, don’t believe it—even if that person is a grown-up, or even if he leads a church. There are many, many people who still follow God’s teachings, still believe their common sense, and believe that romance, dating and marriage are for a boy and girl, a man and woman.

And when it comes to bullying, well, she’s against the kind of mean bullying that makes people “sad”—she prefers her bullying to be helpful.

If the bully uses bad words or makes up false stories that someone is “gay,” or calls a boy names like “sissy,” or worse, that’s horrible!

BUT… it’s not right to tell someone that being homosexual is okay. The person may be feeling sad because of being bullied, but never try to make him or her feel better by saying “gay” is okay.

Kids who are overweight are sometimes bullied, too. And we might want to make that person feel better. But it would be a mistake to say that overeating is a good thing, right?

So tell your friends, in a nice way, that no one needs to be “gay” or pretend to be the other gender. It’s not the right
thing to do.

Yeah, and tell those fatties they’re gonna burn in hell while you’re at it, sweetie.

Harvey said the brochure is written for Christian children in public school, where they’re inundated with pro-gay messages. (Oh really?)

“Encouraging young people to reject or speak out against a peer because of something they can’t change is bullying at its worst,” said GLAAD president, Herndon Graddick. “Thankfully, millions of Americans including teachers, athletes, and faith leaders disagree with anti-gay activists like Lisa Harvey and are giving young people the support they so critically need by reminding them that it’s okay to be who you are.”

GLAAD provided a rundown of Harvey’s other homophobic musings, which include:

* Calling the anti-bullying Day of Silence is a “God-dishonoring day

* Saying pro-gay allies who disagree with her are equivalent to Nazi Germany and Islamic radicals

* Blames LGBT activism for gay suicides: “Could the stifling political correctness in certain schools be one of the reasons some kids feel utterly hopeless?”

* Equates pro-LGBT books with incest.

* Says LGBT activism “is purposely endangering families, children, our nation’s security, our economy and the religious freedom of all who don’t go along.”

* Calls openly gay soldiers “prancing drill sergeants” who “have truly lost their way, their shame, their innate sense of God’s touch on and design for their lives.”

Here’s the sticky part: Should networks like ABC report on Harvey? On the one hand, her rhetoric is dangerous, and the LGBT community needs to know she’s out there. But on the other, they’re providing a platform for a fringe personality that would wither and die if the networks didn’t give her airtime.Now Harvey gets to turn around and show her minions how influential she is.

Is ignorance bliss or is knowledge power? Sound off in the comments section.

 

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Sep 17, 2012
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  • 38 Comments
    • hf2hvit
      hf2hvit

      Dear Linda,
      Nobody “NEEDS” to be alive. I hope you take that advice, you sick, ugly BITCH

      Sep 17, 2012 at 9:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dumdum
      Dumdum

      Hey calling her a Witchy woman is an insult to witches everywhere.Oh my Goddess!!! She’s Anita Bryant without the Orange Juice.

      Sep 17, 2012 at 9:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ron Jackson
      Ron Jackson

      Ugh! Anita Bryant is right. Someone please put a pie in that face!

      Sep 17, 2012 at 10:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID
      PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID

      Don’t give her the oxygen of publicity…

      “I’m not that happy with her having the oxygen of oxygen, actually,” [linda smith]

      Sep 17, 2012 at 10:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Guillermo3
      Guillermo3

      @Guillermo3: NO:@Queerty}
      GO MODERATE YOURSELVES.

      Sep 17, 2012 at 11:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MikeE
      MikeE

      I wonder how many of these supposed Christians realize that they are fulfilling the revelations of their good ol’ Bible.. except THEY are on the wrong side of the story?

      “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them – bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up.”

      honestly, these twisted anti-everything christo-fascists are everything that the real (if you believe in him) Christ warned his followers about.

      They twist and warp the good things that Jesus said, and invent filler to insert between the lines. Filler and invention that does nothing but bring hatred and bigotry into the world.

      Sep 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Guillermo3
      Guillermo3

      Trying again:(Maybe I won’t be “MODERATED” THIS TIME) LINDA HARVEY IS A TYPICAL FRC,REPUBLICAN FASCIST UNMENTIONABLE.

      Sep 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Little-Kiwi
      Little-Kiwi

      she’s determined to drive more LGBT youth to suicide.

      incidentally, she’s championed by a majority of republicans. congrats, gay conservatives. this is who you rub shoulders with.

      Sep 17, 2012 at 2:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • NormdePlume
      NormdePlume

      And the world doesn’t need kucking funts, either.

      Sep 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Guillermo3
      Guillermo3

      @NormdePlume: CONGRATULATIONS,
      Normde Plume[clever tag]and THANKS!!! You cleverly said what
      I had try to say,a while ago, and got it past Queerty’s moronic
      censors__”awaiting moderation”.

      Sep 17, 2012 at 3:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ogre Magi
      Ogre Magi

      I am sooooooo sick of christians

      Sep 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jwrappaport
      jwrappaport

      People should never be unkind, but it’s okay to strip them of their fundamental rights and their last shreds of dignity. Pretty rich, especially from someone who probably hasn’t seen a cock since her childhood on the farm.

      Sep 17, 2012 at 4:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dvlaries
      dvlaries

      Speaking of bitches you’d like to see a bucket of pig blood drop on….

      Sep 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dez
      Dez

      “First of all, two men can never create their own child. Neither can two women. And two men kissing—well, it just doesn’t seem right. That’s because it isn’t!”

      #1- WE GET IT! You need a penis and a vagina to make a baby! We don’t care! It’s just biology! We’re not trying to make fuvking babies when we have sex! We’re having sex because we’re into the person! Jesus, straight ppl don’t make babies every time they have sex! Life, love, sex and people are about more than just procreating. That biological fact proves absolutely nothing for these people who want to make it seem like homosexuality isn’t right. Sexuality is about how your brain is programmed, not whether you have a penis or a vagina. Open a science book instead of the Bible and maybe you’ll actually learn something valuable.

      #2- Two men/ two women kissing doesn’t seem right? I beg to differ!! It seems more than right to me, because I’m gay! It wouldn’t seem right to Linda Harvey because she’s straight (allegedly). And it doesn’t seem right because society is still extremely ignorant of the fact that not every person is 100% heterosexual.

      What seem’s more natural? People just being gay, or idiots like Harvey trying to make them straight?? If you’re trying to stop a child from exhibiting ‘gay’ behavior, before they even know what being gay is- obviously YOU’RE the one with the problem, not the child. Stop trying to make gay people straight! It never works and it’s a fuvking crime against humanity!

      Sep 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Guillermo3
      Guillermo3

      @Dez: Dez:BRAVO!!!!!!!!

      Sep 17, 2012 at 6:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • pattygale
      pattygale

      And while you’re at it, kids, tell your friends that no one needs to be a homophobic douche, either. THAT is a choice.

      Sep 17, 2012 at 6:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Raquel Santiago
      Raquel Santiago

      @hf2hvit:

      Two wrongs dont make a right. The only way we should be responding to stuff like this is appropriately, otherwise all we do is feed into their propoganda.

      Sep 17, 2012 at 6:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Raquel Santiago
      Raquel Santiago

      Here is a copy and paste of the direct email both I and my organization DSA (Disabled Students Association) @ SFSU sent to them.

      “If you want to promote christianty you cannot exclude or include false information about the LGBTQQYIA community. Being gay is not a choice its how we are born, and we must continue to protect our children, how many actually kill themselves because people like your organization are not accepting of them. Lets be real here, since you are religious than you should know that God created each one of us in his or her own image, and this include the LGBTQQYIA Community. There are a lot of holes that i can punch in the religion but i dont do that because i respect all sides as should you. Being hateful doesnt become your organization nor does being Hippocritical.” Raquel Santiago

      Sep 17, 2012 at 6:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Raquel Santiago
      Raquel Santiago

      On another note are these people really that stupid. Here is another excerpt from their site, i wanted to vomit at this lack of education. Where did these people get their education from a cracker jack box?

      Can ‘Anybody’ Get HIV or AIDS?
      The politically correct mantra about HIV/AIDS is that “anybody can get it

      by Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, Concerned Women for Ameri

      The politically correct mantra about HIV/AIDS is that “anybody can get it.” This half-truth is as bizarre as pointing to the tragic death of professional naturalist Steve Irwin, best known as “The Crocodile Hunter,” and saying “anyone can die from the barb of a stingray.” There is an obvious missing piece in both instances. You’re not going to die from a stingray’s barb unless you dive in waters that are home to stingrays. Likewise, unless you (1) Have intimate sexual contact with someone who is infected with the HIV/AIDS virus, (2) Share contaminated needles to do drugs, or (3) Are a healthcare worker who comes in direct contact with the body fluids of an infected person (or as in the heartrending case of Kimberly Bergalis, who contracted AIDS from her infected dentist), you will not, I repeat, you will NOT contract HIV/AIDS.

      Another phony slogan foisted off on the public is that women are the “new face of HIV/AIDS.” These myths are among the pernicious efforts to disperse the stigma associated with a disease that is almost exclusively a homosexual male and drug addict epidemic. Insidious myths like these leave today’s young people misinformed, misled and, thus, unprotected.

      ARTICLE continues at Can Anybody Get HIV/AIDS?
      Printer Friendly

      Sep 17, 2012 at 6:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Raquel Santiago
      Raquel Santiago

      @Little-Kiwi:

      The people they have allied with them lack education and basic understanding. Very frustrating and the only appropriate way to fight back is with knowledge, and education.

      Sep 17, 2012 at 6:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ruhlmann
      Ruhlmann

      It’s like Nancy Reagan’s “Just say no!” but for homos.

      Sep 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ruhlmann
      Ruhlmann

      “Just say nomo”

      Sep 17, 2012 at 7:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • princedeligne
      princedeligne

      Someone should violate Linda Harvey. Where are the rapists when we need them?
      That would at least make her famous and give her a platform then she can really make her point.

      Sep 17, 2012 at 8:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hf2hvit
      hf2hvit

      @Dez: “You need a penis and a vagina to make a baby”

      No…you need a sperm and an ovum

      Sep 17, 2012 at 9:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hf2hvit
      hf2hvit

      @Raquel Santiago: BULLSHIT. Someone should KILL HER

      Sep 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ruhlmann
      Ruhlmann

      I’m not sure murder is the way to go. I did go to her site and e-mailed her that I thought the outhouse next to the church was quaint and proof that christians are full of shit.

      Sep 17, 2012 at 9:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aidan8
      Aidan8

      Dear Linda,

      Thank you for your website and all the great advice. My 16 year-old brother came out to me last month. I followed your advice and told him he shouldn’t be gay and that it’s not normal or natural and is totally against what God wants. Yesterday, he hung himself in our basement. I’m just wondering how I should console my parents. Do you have any advice on that?

      Thanks,

      An avid follower of your website and advice

      Sep 17, 2012 at 11:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Guillermo3
      Guillermo3

      @Raquel Santiago: I suppose I
      should thank you,Raquel Santiago,and I do,for all of your comments,
      comments,especially for your last 2 posts,but the ignorance
      of Dr.Crouse is so sickening that it overwhelms all my other
      reactions! Has she never heard of Africa,where women’s infection
      with AIDS is so prevalent that many men look for a woman who has
      a little body fat,as a sign that she is not infected?

      Sep 18, 2012 at 12:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Guillermo3
      Guillermo3

      @Aidan8: Dear Aiden,as I commented on
      on another of your comments on another post a few minutes ago:You’re
      bad!Please keep up the good work,though if you get any wittier,or
      more incisive,I shall have to ask you to marry me.

      Sep 18, 2012 at 12:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GayAtheistLH
      GayAtheistLH

      Her Twitter Handle is @HarveyLinda. Send Her a Twat & Let Her Know What You Think of Her, Kids. Tell Her To Fuck Right Off. Or That She’s a Lovely Closeted Dyke.

      Sep 18, 2012 at 2:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Guillermo3
      Guillermo3

      @GayAtheistLH: A little subtlety,
      and a compliment might improve your message to Linda,though.Tell
      her she’s a lovely Christian closeted dyke.
      Love your tag,but for euphony,it might be altered to Gaytheist.
      I guess that might confuse your meaning though,right?

      Sep 18, 2012 at 2:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jace69
      jace69

      I don’t condone violence and choose to avoid it where possible but could someone please smack this bitch please, my arms don’t reach far enough across the ocean.

      Sep 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aidan8
      Aidan8

      @Guillermo3: Guillermo…. would you marry me? (I admit it, I have a HUGE weakness for Hispanic guys) :)

      Sep 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Guillermo3
      Guillermo3

      @Aidan8: Muchas Gracias,Aiden8,
      perro,lo siento, Guillermo3 is really only a William.
      Please keep up with your rapier wit,though!

      Sep 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Raquel Santiago
      Raquel Santiago

      @Guillermo3:

      Ty, but i get it i really do, i was as floored looking over their website as most people are sickened. Then again, i am used to it and have become mostly immune to hateful comments, i let them roll off my shoulder because they just show how ignorant the other people are and total lack of education. That said, when it comes to the people I represent for my Organization who are a part of the community, i dont let it roll off and fight vigorously. This article is actually coming up at our Friday meeting on SFSU Campus to form an official response by the members and executive council of my org.

      That said, we as a community need to rise above this and not be hateful right back as it only fuels their fire and leads credence to what they say. The best possible fight back is facts of which they have none and we have a histories worth. There are always going to be those against us as a community and as a people, because as society as shown, what people dont understand they fear, and what they fear they try to destroy. We as a community have our own internal struggles and conflict and discrimination from within so to allow something like this which will go nowhere to affect us is disheartening. We have come so far in our rights as people and as humans on this planet, with the same right to be heard and live as anyone else but we must respond back appropriately. Not with “kill the bitch” etc, as then it makes us look bad.

      Even one death is to many for anti-hate on either side, and many have been turned, usually there is something in those closets of theirs they dont want known but eventually comes out. At our NO HATE/ERASE HATE Campaign last year, we literally had people from Westboro baptist church on campus sabotaging the event, and email threats to stop the event, yes at the time it damaged the event, but this year only made us stronger and brought more people together for one cause, one goal, not to mention tighter security lol My point being is many fold, but gonna wind this up as im long winded. We are better than their articles and as a people and must always remember that.

      hugs
      raquel

      Sep 18, 2012 at 9:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Raquel Santiago
      Raquel Santiago

      @Dez:

      Actually your posting is partially incorrect. The first artifical womb was created but had flaws. As time goes on and technology advances (whether good or bad). There will come a time when men and women together can “create” their own children. Unless we first destroy ourselves which we come very close to doing but thats another story.

      rs

      Sep 18, 2012 at 9:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Guillermo3
      Guillermo3

      @Ruhlmann: Right,Ruhlmann,
      But shouldn’t it be just say nohomo?

      Sep 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JennyDreadful
      JennyDreadful

      Yoiks. Where to begin?

      By logical (choking a bit on using the word logic) extension I should never ever be allowed to fook again (assuming I am engaging in “the act” with a man) because I no longer have a uterus (or ovaries, so no egg donations either) and cannot get pregnant no matter how much seed is dumped in my loins. Again, using her logic, I suppose that my illness (cancer in my early 20’s) was part of many punishments I deserve for my “lifestyle”.

      I have heard the “queers destroy our families, religion, sanctity of marriage” rant in way too many different flavors over the years, but I am scratching my head a little over how we trash the economy. I guess I could extrapolate some bizarre rationale based on her “gay sex = no kids” thing (not producing new workers and the like) but as pig-ignorant as that is, it is just not floridly vile enough.

      I totally get the Anita Bryant vibe, good call everyone. Smiling, bouffant encrusted uber-housefrau on the outside and shriveled, evil, cypher on the inside. At least she doesn’t pull the “love the sinner, hate the sin” crap. I prefer bigots to just let their hate just hang out where everyone can see it.

      Sep 21, 2012 at 7:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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