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In battle for hearts and minds of our kids, PTA backs PFLAG
Pro-Family News ^ | July/August 2005 | Dr. Warren Throckmorton

Posted on 08/04/2005 10:19:56 AM PDT by Zender500

For years the National Education Association has taken teacher dues money and pursued left-of-center social advocacy objectives. Now another acronym in the American educational establishment — the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) — has joined the NEA in choosing sides in the cultural debate over homosexuality in the schools.

As detailed by George Archibald in the Washington Times (but ignored by the rest of the national media), last year the PTA invited the group Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) to exhibit at the PTA convention and to make a presentation. This year, the Parent and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) wanted to share its perspective on homosexuality and school safety but was denied exhibit space at the PTA’s June convention in Columbus, Ohio. Specifically, the PTA defended its decision by saying that PFLAG was being invited to present information concerning school safety, while PFOX wanted to talk about homosexuality. This reasoning is disingenuous since PFOX was also going to present information about school issues.

One thing is sure: PFLAG and PFOX differ in their approaches to the issues. In the Washington Times article Ron Schlittler, PFLAG’s assistant executive director, lauded the PTA for excluding PFOX and not surprisingly added, “Our beliefs are superior.” Apparently, the PTA agrees.

What exactly are these “superior” beliefs? A sampling of positions PFLAG has taken this year may cause mainstream folks to question the PTA’s wisdom. For starters, in mid-June PFLAG distributed an alert calling for families with “gay children” from the ages of nine through 15 to be a part of a documentary produced by a company called World of Wonder. Gay children? I am not making this up. I verified the e-mail and found that it was sent by assistant executive director Schlittler. So here are two beliefs: PFLAG believes that children can be gay at age nine, and that they should go on camera to talk about it. Are these beliefs superior? You decide.

PFLAG’s support for this film project demonstrates that ideas have consequences. PFLAG’s policies are driven by the belief that homosexuality derives exclusively from nature, with no room for theories that put any emphasis on environment. Why else would you believe it was ethical to encourage children to view themselves as gay at such a young age? Is this the message we want in the nation’s elementary schools?

Another consequence of PFLAG’s beliefs is that people have no rights to pursue change in sexual identity if they desire. According to the Washington Times article, PFLAG’s Schlittler belittled those who believe in such self-determination by calling it “snake oil.”

Another PFLAG belief reveals an irony of the group’s involvement in the PTA conference. PFLAG does not support anti-bullying legislation unless the terms “sexual orientation” and “transgendered” are in the bill. The PTA conference was held in Ohio, where at the time legislation was under consideration that would require all school districts to implement anti-bullying policies. However, House Bill 276 would provide protection for all students — not just those bullied for reasons relating to their sexual identification. PFLAG is on record as opposing such legislation.

So let’s recap: PFLAG believes children can self identify their gayness by at least age nine; children should go on camera to discuss it; homosexuality is fixed and hardwired; and anti-bullying laws are inadequate without reference to sexual orientation.

Now where does PFOX come down on these matters? Did the PTA choose well? Are the views of PFOX inferior to those of PFLAG?

For one thing, PFOX also planned to exhibit material regarding school safety and homosexuality. The perspective of PFOX is that all students — including those who identify as gay — deserve a safe learning environment. Furthermore, students at an appropriate developmental level deserve to hear all perspectives regarding homosexuality, including the view that sexual orientation is not a fixed trait. Nine-year-olds should not be burdened with such matters.

We have here the starkest contrast of perspectives on an educational matter as I have ever seen. Faced with these different perspectives, the PTA could have invited both groups to the conference and let the parents attending decide what approach best fits their schools.

Dr. Throckmorton is an associate professor of psychology at Grove City College in Pennsylvania.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: education; exgays; homosexualagenda; nea; pedophilia; perversion; pflag; pfox; pta; throckmorton

1 posted on 08/04/2005 10:19:57 AM PDT by Zender500
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To: little jeremiah

Ping


2 posted on 08/04/2005 10:21:55 AM PDT by Zender500
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To: Zender500

Most places the PTA has become the NEA Union Auxillary. All they do is shill for the unions demands for money, power and political correctness.


3 posted on 08/04/2005 10:22:40 AM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: Zender500
PFLAG’s Schlittler belittled those who believe in such self-determination by calling it “snake oil.”

K-Jelly?

The PTA, by accommodating the homosexuals and their filthy, lousy agenda, has joined the ranks of the nation's enemies.

4 posted on 08/04/2005 10:22:53 AM PDT by ElCapusto (For ENGLISH, press one.)
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To: Zender500

Unbelievable. Not the PTA I used to know.


5 posted on 08/04/2005 10:24:35 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Zender500

Can you call a member of PFLAG a FLAGGOT?


6 posted on 08/04/2005 10:26:59 AM PDT by NRA1995 ("People do stupid things...." and I hear the Vonage music playing.....woo-hoo, woo-hoo-hoo....)
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To: Zender500

We have gotten half the grandkids in private, church-sponsored schools, and we're working on the other half.

We need to fight to get the public schools back in the hands of sane people, but we decided we couldn't wait another day to get our kids out. The stuff they pass off as education would shock most people, and most of it you won't know about except by accident.


7 posted on 08/04/2005 10:28:09 AM PDT by marron
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To: Zender500

Apparently, bake sales weren't enough.

Perverts used to hide in alleys and porn shops - now they're out in the open and still looking to corrupt and pervert our children - they don't even attempt to hide it anymore.


8 posted on 08/04/2005 10:28:59 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow ("For the day of the Lord is great and very awesome, who can endure it?" Joel2:11)
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To: Salvation

Heck, it's not the PTA I know now.................


9 posted on 08/04/2005 10:31:59 AM PDT by Gabz (Smoking ban supporters are in favor of the Kelo ruling.)
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To: NRA1995

"Can you call a member of PFLAG a FLAGGOT?"

That would be "PFLAGGOT", no?


10 posted on 08/04/2005 10:39:00 AM PDT by Adder (Can we bring back stoning again? Please?)
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To: Zender500

I gave up on the PTA a few years ago after they: (1) supported an illegal teachers' strike, and (2) withdrew their sponsorship of the local Cub Scout pack on the basis of the BSA being a non-inclusive (i.e., homophobic and theophilic) organization. The degree of snootiness and close-mindedness amongst the diehard PTAers is hard to surpass--a cabal of activist moms who happily sacrifice their children's best interests on the altar of socialism.


11 posted on 08/04/2005 10:51:03 AM PDT by PeoplesRepublicOfWashington (Washington State--Land of Court-approved Voting Fraud.)
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To: Adder

Oh silly me :-)


12 posted on 08/04/2005 10:58:50 AM PDT by NRA1995 ("People do stupid things...." and I hear the Vonage music playing.....woo-hoo, woo-hoo-hoo....)
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To: Zender500

I appreciate the pings. I'll be getting to my list a little later today.


13 posted on 08/04/2005 1:11:25 PM PDT by little jeremiah (A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, are incompatible with freedom. P. Henry)
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To: Zender500

They back P (On the)FLAG but will not hear -nor allow be heard the voices of PFOX (former homosexuals) They will NOT have my support for any educational increase until they
repent and start supporting Christian moral values again.


14 posted on 08/04/2005 1:25:53 PM PDT by StonyBurk
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To: Zender500

What happened to the PTA run by concerned parents that I knew?


15 posted on 08/04/2005 1:30:43 PM PDT by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
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To: EdReform; backhoe; Yehuda; Clint N. Suhks; saradippity; stage left; Yakboy; I_Love_My_Husband; ...

Homosexual Agenda Ping.

Another "gotta ping this one out" ping. People NEED to know the extent of the "gay" agenda's efforts to convert children - your children, your grandchildren, your neighbors' children - into acolytes of "gaydom". If not actual homosexuals, at least "gay is good" tools who will vote the way they're told.

People, this has to be turned around. The truth needs to be spread far and wide. Let others know what you know. And please educate your children about the gay agenda - age appropriately, of course, whether you home school or send them to school.

Freepmail me if you want on/off this pinglist.

Note: There are at least a couple of books for parents and others who deal with children about saving your kids from being recruited/influenced by "gay is good" propaganda. One is called "Seven Steps to Recruit Proof Your Child" by, IIRC, Scott Lively (http://www.abidingtruth.com/index.php?viewmode=resources last I looked) and Scripter sometimes posts info about another one.

(Scripter - hint, hint...)


16 posted on 08/04/2005 2:01:42 PM PDT by little jeremiah (A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, are incompatible with freedom. P. Henry)
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To: little jeremiah; Born Conservative
Recommended Reading for Teenagers? A Closer Look at P-FLAG

The World According to PFLAG: Why PFLAG and Children Don't Mix


See also:

Homosexual Agenda: Categorical Index of Links (Version 1.1)


What We Can Do To Help Defeat the "Gay" Agenda


Myth and Reality about Homosexuality--Sexual Orientation Section, Guide to Family Issues


Deciphering 'Gay' Word-Speak and Language of Confusion

17 posted on 08/04/2005 2:20:38 PM PDT by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: EdReform

bookmarking for resource list


18 posted on 08/05/2005 1:16:50 AM PDT by mother22wife21 (Welcoming Caleb 6lbs 10ozs 19.75 in at 9:20pm on 07/06/05.)
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To: Adder; NRA1995

"Can you call a member of PFLAG a FLAGGOT?"


That would be "PFLAGGOT", no?


HANDS UP! This is the pfolice....you're both under arrest for committing pflagarism!


19 posted on 08/05/2005 2:57:29 AM PDT by Lindykim (Courage is the first of all the virtues...if you haven*t courage, you may not have the opportunity)
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To: Zender500

For later


20 posted on 08/05/2005 2:58:57 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: Lindykim

"This is the pfolice...."

Aww pflug! Ya got me...I'll cop a pflea.


21 posted on 08/05/2005 5:00:06 AM PDT by Adder (Can we bring back stoning again? Please?)
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To: Adder

"This is the pfolice...."


Aww pflug! Ya got me...I'll cop a pflea.


Alright, but don't pflea the area even if it itches.


22 posted on 08/05/2005 5:11:58 AM PDT by Lindykim (Courage is the first of all the virtues...if you haven*t courage, you may not have the opportunity)
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To: Lindykim
HANDS UP! This is the pfolice....you're both under arrest for committing pflagarism!

ROFL!

23 posted on 08/05/2005 5:28:53 PM PDT by DirtyHarryY2K
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To: Zender500

Whatever happened to the P in the PTA?


24 posted on 08/05/2005 5:30:20 PM PDT by The Red Zone (Florida, the sun-shame state, and Illinois the chicken injun.)
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