Religion in Society

Schools Must Stop Bullying without Promoting Homosexuality

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Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (www.aftah.org), warned that a White House "Bullying Prevention Summit" today may promote a pro-homosexuality agenda in schools in the guise of stopping cruelty between students.

"Schools administrators and teachers must ensure a safe and protective learning environment for all students, but they can do so without injecting divisive 'sexual orientation' and radical 'transgender' politics into the classroom," LaBarbera said. "There is a real danger that 'anti-bullying' policies will be used to curtail any speech in schools critical of homosexuality, and create curricula that discriminate against religious students who believe homosexual behavior is morally wrong."

President Obama has invited pro-homosexual activists from GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) and other pro-LGBT groups to the summit.

LaBarbera also opposes a federal bill, the Student Nondiscrimination Act (SNDA) -- supported by Senate Democrats and lone Republican Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) -- as "a Trojan Horse that would advance politically correct agendas on homosexuality and 'transgenderism' in schools in the name of stopping bullying."

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He said a description of the SNDA in the pro-homosexual  Keen News Service shows its potential to create an intrusive federal bureaucracy that will pressure schools to either enact pro-"gay" programs or lose federal funding: 

"SNDA states that elementary and secondary schools must not discriminate against students on the basis of real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in any program or activity receiving federal funds, or they will risk losing those funds. 'Discrimination,' under SNDA, includes harassment, bullying, intimidation, and violence based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

"A federal law could help students even though states have been passing their own anti-bullying laws, said Kara Suffredini, executive director of Mass Equality, the leading LGBT advocacy organization in Massachusetts. The SSIA, she said, goes further than most state laws in providing a specific enforcement mechanism -- the withholding of funds. It also goes further than most states, including Massachusetts, in its reporting requirements and in prohibiting bullying based upon specific, enumerated characteristics, such as sexual orientation and gender identity."

LaBarbera said a key anti-bullying watchdog  -- BullyPolice.org -- specifically recommends AGAINST "defining victims" in bullying legislation: "Defining victims will slow the process of lawmaking, dividing political parties who will argue over which victims get special rights over other victims," states a BullyPolice document suggesting a model anti-bullying law.

"Schools can and must protect EVERY child -- including those confused about their sexual or gender identity," he said. "But they must never use 'bullying prevention' to engage in one-sided advocacy about homosexuality, thereby discriminating against Christian, Jewish and Muslim students who believe homosexual practice is wrong."

AFTAH is joining Mission America April 1-2 in Columbus, OH to co-sponsor an educational  "Truth Academy" on how to respond to the aggressive homosexual-bisexual-transsexual agenda; the theme is: "The Hate Labeling of Christians: Why it's Happening and What We Can Do." Details HERE.