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03-16-2011, 09:05 PM
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Dig Deeper: What’s Behind the Scenes at the White House Anti-Bullying Summit

Posted By Candi Cushman On March 11, 2011 @ 4:31 pm In Analysis,Education | No Comments

While it’s easy to support many of the things said publicly at the White House bullying summit yesterday (Thursday, March 10)—like “putting a stop to bullying is a responsibility we all share”— it’s the political maneuvering behind those public statements that has us concerned.

Like the fact that the Obama administration used the occasion to roll out the carpet for some of the largest homosexual and left-wing activists groups in the nation, including GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network), the Human Rights Campaign and transgender lobby groups. Those groups then in turn used that bully pulpit to pressure Congress to pass homosexual-themed legislation.

No less than three bills were promoted that would force local schools nationwide to insert special protections for categories like “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” into their policies. While that might sound nice on the surface, it’s problematic for three main reasons:

1) It puts the emphasis on the wrong place. The emphasis should be on prohibiting the wrong actions of the bully, not on the bully’s excuses or “perceived motivation.” It doesn’t matter why the bully did it; it’s always wrong for any reason.

2) We also have documented [1]a track record of this kind of “enumeration” in school policies being used to undermine parental rights and religious freedoms.

3) And it represents yet another federal overreach. Many states have strong bullying policies in place that offer equal protection to all children against bullying for any reason. Just in the last few weeks, several states have resisted attempts by gay activists to mandate homosexual-themed school requirements. The federal government should not become a tool wielded by activists groups to enforce their will on states when they can’t get it any other way.

Political payback for the gay activist groups showed up in others ways as well during the summit: For instance, the government unveiled its stopbullyingnow.gov [2]site. While that’s a wonderful idea, and there’s lots of great information on there— it’s rather disconcerting to find that Welcoming Schools, a homosexual-themed curriculum for elementary kids, is promoted as a resource. It’s produced by none other than the nation’s largest homosexual activist group, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

That’s especially interesting, considering that during the last federal government anti-bullying summit, the Human Rights Campaign called on the Obama administration to “endorse and provide funds” [3]for its curriculum. Looks like it got exactly what it wanted.

But what the federal government’s website doesn’t tell you is that this Welcoming Schools curriculum has elicited protests among parents where it’s been piloted in local school districts. That’s because–though curriculum was promoted as a way to teach “diversity” and prevent “name calling”–when these parents looked into it, they discovered that it contained exercises like the “Diversity Photo Puzzle.” Designed for kids in the first through third grades, this exercise gives children puzzle pieces depicting photographs of people. Children are told to arrange the photos into seven families. But lo and behold, after they begin the assignment, they find themselves forced to “create some families with adults of the same gender” and to “make decisions about whether to label the adults as two mothers,” explained the lesson plan.

Parents also objected to a curriculum video called That’s a Family! ,which depicts 9- and 10-year-olds lauding the benefits of living with two moms or two dads. The video had an accompanying teachers’ handbook featuring a crossword puzzle for elementary kids using words such as “transgender.” Read parents’ stories here [4].

This is just one example of the kinds of propaganda HRC and other gay activists are using the federal government to endorse under the umbrella of “anti-bullying” programs — using our taxpayer dollars, of course.

Also troubling is the fact that the stopbullyingnow.gov’s home page singles out a rainbow colored “LGBT” box. There is no other special box featuring any other group. We wholeheartedly agree that children should be protected from harm, including those who identify as gay and lesbian. But this approach seems imbalanced—and politically driven—when you consider that there are many groups of children at high risk of being bullied–children struggling with obesity are 65 percent more likely to be bullied; children with disabilities 85 percent more likely. Why aren’t they also featured with a special box on the federal government’s anti-bullying page?

That’s the problem with allowing this issue to become politicized by special interest groups. It sends the wrong message to our children. Do we really want to send the message that they’re only worth protecting based on whether they belong to a particular political category or have a certain sexual identity? No. What we should be teaching them is that they have innate dignity and worth because they are a sacred creation of God no matter how they identify. We should be teaching them what our Founding Fathers’ taught us—that all men are created equal and that they are endowed with unalienable rights.

Furthermore, when you click on the featured LGBT box, homosexual activists groups like GLSEN, PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and HRC are listed as places to go for help and resources. But these are political advocacy groups who supported Obama’s election campaign, not medically-based, counseling resource centers for teens. For instance, GLSEN created a firestorm not too long ago for recommending porn-filled books [5] as appropriate school materials. Are these really the kind of groups we want to model “safe” schools? The bullying issue is too important—and there are too many lives at stake—than to let it become politicized in this way.

As we have said many times before, we strongly support prohibiting bullying against any child for any reason. Every child, including those who identify as gay or lesbian should be protected from harm. But these concerns should be balanced out with respect for parental rights, free speech and religious freedoms. Read more about our stance here [6].

Related posts:

1.Fighting Fire with Fire … or Bullying with Bullying [7]
2.Homosexual-Themed Bill Goes Too Far–Even for the ACLU [8]
3.Montana Parents Sue Over Sex Ed, as House Votes to Empower Parents [9]
4.Library Association Pushes Anti-Family Agenda through ‘Banned Books Week’ [10]
5.Who needs Congress? The Obama Administration Certainly Doesn’t [11]


Article printed from CitizenLink: http://www.citizenlink.com

URL to article: http://www.citizenlink.com/2011/03/dig-deeper-whats-behind-the-scenes-at-the-white-house-bullying-summit/

URLs in this post:

[1] documented : http://truetolerance.org/politicizedbullyingpolicies.pdf

[2] stopbullyingnow.gov : http://www.stopbullying.gov/

[3] “endorse and provide funds” : http://www.citizenlink.com/2010/08/gay-activists-use-federal-summit-to-push-for-homosexuality-teaching-in-elementary-schools/

[4] here: http://truetolerance.org/p9_June_Jul_Citizen_10_antibullying.pdf

[5] porn-filled books: http://www.citizenlink.com/2009/12/glsen-under-fire-for-porn-filled-books-2/

[6] here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/candi-cushman/all-kids-should-be-protec_b_712328.html

[7] Fighting Fire with Fire … or Bullying with Bullying: http://www.citizenlink.com/2010/12/fighting-fire-with-fire-or-bullying-with-bullying/

[8] Homosexual-Themed Bill Goes Too Far–Even for the ACLU: http://www.citizenlink.com/2010/12/homosexual-themed-bill-goes-too-far-even-for-the-aclu/

[9] Montana Parents Sue Over Sex Ed, as House Votes to Empower Parents: http://www.citizenlink.com/2011/02/montana-parents-sue-over-sex-ed-as-house-votes-to-empower-parents/

[10] Library Association Pushes Anti-Family Agenda through ‘Banned Books Week’: http://www.citizenlink.com/2010/09/library-association-pushes-anti-family-agenda-through-banned-books-week/

[11] Who needs Congress? The Obama Administration Certainly Doesn’t: http://www.citizenlink.com/2010/10/who-needs-congress-the-obama-administration-certainly-doesnt/

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03-16-2011, 09:35 PM
I'm not surprised, this is the agenda of the Obama administration's controversial appointee Kevin Jennings. (http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=32472)

A snippet from the 2009 article:
Despite this inequity, some might be tempted to support the “safe schools” agenda as long as it is limited to ending bullying, and does not extend to actively affirming or promoting homosexuality.However, in a 1995 speech, Jennings admitted that the rhetoric about “safety” was a political device, saying that it “threw our opponents on the defensive, and stole their best line of attack. This framing short-circuited their arguments and left them back-pedaling.”

03-17-2011, 04:50 AM
This whole thing is a waste of money, won't accomplish anything.

County Mike
03-17-2011, 11:52 AM
The best way to stop bullying is to not be a sissy.