The anti-bullying crusade has been going on for years now, even though the work has only gained steam as the number of teen suicides has increased. So it’s about time, one would guess, that a Christian legal group has stepped forward to defend the rights of ALL kids, not just the gay ones. Because these bullies need to be defended too?
Jeremy Tedesco of Alliance Defending Freedom said this week, “Activist groups that promote homosexual behavior often dupe schools into adopting policies that protect students based on their ‘sexual orientation’ or ‘gender identity’, which can unconstitutionally silence students who want to express their biblically-based views on sexuality.”
There are so many things wrong with this statement, the greatest of course having the phrase “unconstitutionally silence” and “biblically-based” so close together, but I don’t even want to get into that one.
Let’s start though with the phrase “promote homosexuality.” How do they promote homosexuality? Are these “activist groups” stationed in schoolyards during recess as children play kickball, coaxing boys to kiss one another? “C’mon, you know you want to just kiss on the lips right now.” Maybe they’re holding up signs at passing school buses that say, “Admit it. You’re all gay!” Mr. Tedesco doesn’t explain this one.
Next we have the phrase “dupe schools into adopting policies”. Here we can imagine said “activist groups” posing in school lobbies pretending to be parish priests, passing a long, wordy form with small print across a desk and asking the principal to “just sign this quick for us”. Clever activist groups! At it again! Because duping schools into major policy changes is exactly this easy I guess.
And finally, I cannot help but note the quote marks placed around the phrases sexual orientation and gender identity. It’s a coy way to say these people don’t exist without stating so. Instead of just mentioning the phrases in the statement, he puts them in quote marks, which seems to be the sleazeball way of legally getting away with awful prejudice.
It’s important that people realize the kind of rhetoric that’s out there, so I urge you to read about this group and their tactics. Start by reading Mr. Tedesco’s full statement so you understand their intent to disseminate misinformation and protect the same children who are leading their classmates to clinical depression and suicide.
You can read the full text of Mr. Tedesco’s statement on the group’s Website here.