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.
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