'Focus on the Family' calls GLSEN 'Orwellian'
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network will be sponsoring an "Ally Week", aimed at discouraging bullying of gays in public schools, and hoping to encourage straight students to become the allies of gays. GLSEN was founded by Kevin Jennings, who is under heated attack by the GOP House of Representatives and throughout conservative members of the blogosphere and in many online family publications.
Focus on the Family and many other conservative groups are outraged, calling the program 'Orwellian' and a Trojan horse for the "homosexual agenda". Some groups are asking parents to speak out against the program, and warning them that the Safe Schools bill HR 2262, which will encourage awareness of gender identity, is something which will allow gays to "push their agenda", and encouraging parents to "take action".
Can this be why there is a movement to have Kevin Jennings removed from his post?
Jennings has been accused - among other things - of promoting "obscene art" for the radical ACT UP group promoted in the 1990s by gay activist Michelangelo Signorile. The poster here depicted sits on the conservative online paper, The Dakota Voice, presumably as an example of such "obscenity".
Some are hard at work defending President Obama's choice of an openly gay man as Safe Schools Director (not 'czar', but director) against Sean Hannity's rantings that Jennings is the most dangerous of all men, a sociopath who has no business filling such a position.
Time will tell if Jennings is slated to go the way of Van Jones and Yosi Sergant.
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is sponsoring Ally Week. The event, launched Monday, is designed to get straight students to be allied with gay students against what GLSEN calls "anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender language, bullying and harassment in America's schools."
Students celebrating the event are being encouraged by GLSEN to download tools to help students participate, including a sign up sheet where kids can write down their e-mail addresses. Students are encouraged to send GLSEN the list.
"This is really dangerous for schools to open their doors to gay activist groups that will then be emailing students' information pushing radical homosexual activism," said Candi Cushman, education analyst for Focus on the Family Action, "all without their parents' knowledge."
GLSEN has suggested student activities to educators for Ally Week. They include a group exercise in which students fill out a survey about their attitudes toward their gay-identified peers. After the surveys are redistrubuted, students are asked to stand if the survey they have accepts homosexuality as normal and healthy.
"The students are supposed to look around and see how many of their peers are standing up," Cushman said. "Then the teacher is told to say, 'Now that you have more accurate information about your peer's attitudes toward LGBT people, how might this affect your behavior?' Answer: 'I will behave as an ally.' I don't think we could get more Orwellian."
Paul Coughlin, founder of The Protectors, a group that offers a faith-based solution to adolescent bullying, said all children should be protected.
"As believers," he said, "we should be involved in a solution to the problem for all children."
Everett Rice, legislative coordinator for the California Family Council, said parental involvement is essential.
"Every parent has a right and a duty to speak up for their child in their schools," he said. "They have a right to stand against these agendas being pushed on their student."
The Ally Week information packet points participants to the Safe Schools Improvement Act (H.R. 2262). The bill calls would require many public schools to include pro-gay categories like "gender identity" or "sexual orientation" which make it easier to push through curriculum promoting homosexuality.
The man who would oversee the law's implementation is Kevin Jennings, President Barack Obama's "safe-schools czar" and founder of GLSEN. Jennings has come under fire for his lifetime commitment to promoting the homosexual agenda in the public school system.
Cushman said events like Ally Week play directly into the activist's plans.
"GLSEN is using this so-called anti-bullying event to transform students into lobbyists for its adult agenda," she said, "for things like pro-gay legislation currently proposed in the U.S. House."
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