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Posted on 04/04/2006 5:20:04 AM PDT by ovrtaxt
'Ex-gay' group booted from conference
School counselors objected to materials at exhibit
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
A group that believes people with same-sex attractions can abandon homosexuality was evicted from the Virginia Schools Counselors Association annual convention.
PFOX, Parents and Friends of Ex-gays and Gays, said school counselors at the event in Richmond, Va., last week objected to some of its materials and insisted the group leave.
Blogger Warren Throckmorton said PFOX was registered officially as an exhibitor at the conference, held at the Holiday Inn Select Thursday and Friday.
But the counselors association's current president, Tammy Davis, and past-president, Carol Kaffenberger, requested to meet PFOX Director Regina Griggs and insisted the group and its members had to leave.
Griggs said that after some discussion, the school counselors said two of PFOX's brochures were OK, one on bullying and another on teens. But the group, nevertheless, was told to leave because offering only two brochures would not be worth their time.
At that point, the hotel staff intervened and demanded the PFOX people leave, Throckmorton said.
One of the staff began to dismantle the table and police were called in.
PFOX members said they were willing to remove anything deemed offensive but were ushered out anyway.
One of the books the counselors didn't like was a title by leading reparative-therapy researcher Joseph Nicolosi. Another was a story of a transgendered person who warns against sex-change surgery.
Last year, the National Parent-Teacher Association refused PFOX's request to exhibit at its annual convention while welcoming a pro-homosexual activist organization even inviting it to present a workshop.
PFOX had its application to exhibit rejected because it supports former homosexuals. The National PTA, however, sought the attendance of Parents, Families and Friends of Gays, a pro-homosexual advocacy group that promotes in same-sex marriage.
The National PTA also has allowed "It's Elementary," the homosexual-affirming video for schoolchildren, to exhibit at its conference for the previous three years.
Also last year, PFOX won a decision against the Montgomery County School Board in Maryland, halting the implementation of a sex-education curriculum that would have promoted gay religious organizations over ex-gay ministries and traditional religions.
The judge, in writing his decision, criticized the curriculum for engaging in "viewpoint discrimination" by excluding ex-gay material. The school board also had approved materials published by homosexual advocacy groups that positively portray homosexuality while making negative references to ex-gays.
"The National PTA is discriminating against a class of students and that is just wrong," Griggs said at the time.
I guess some pigs are more equal than others.
The intolerant Tolerant Left...
Sounds like a Christian convert in Afghanistan.
Doesn't surprise me, but I thought the court case that went in PFOX favor was a good sign. This deal is war without end...
That would contradict the lie that people are born gay. Can't have that!
It's all in the agenda.
Email the VA School Counselors Assn and tell them to stop the CENSORSHIP of the truth.
Can anyone doubt that the Teacher's unions are just a bunch of communists hell bent on the destruction of America?
I wonder when the turd burglars will try to legalize stoning Christians to death?
I'm really tolerant, and gee I sure hope your tolerance lines up with my tolerance. Otherwise, get your arse out of my conference.
Waiting for the ACLU to get involved on free speech grounds...
I actually think the relationship between homosexuality and public education has been around for many years. Thinking back to when I was in elementary school (mid 1970's), I now realize that my 3rd and 5th grade teachers were card-carrying lesbos who lived together. Luckily, at that age, I was too young to draw the conclusion and gay themed material hadn't made it into the teaching syllabus yet.
The ACLU will defend PFOX and its right of free speech up to the Supreme Court level if necessary. Sarc
First they have to shut up everyone who disagrees with them, as evidenced in the article, and then shut up all whose disagreement is founded on religion based morality (which includes every religion). Step by step.
Does that mean all ex-drinkers and ex-drug users will be banned from AA and substance abuse treatment groups?
Just from the school counselor conferences.
Rather agenda driven looneys exploiting the fear of the once proud American mainstream to challenge anything, however wrongheaded and self-destructive, if it may get them labelled as "bigoted," or unenlightened.
We will wake up, very, very soon, or you can kiss everything that once made America recognizable as a shining achievement of Western culture, good-bye.
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