Quote of the day:
There is nothing legally suspect in basing a health curriculum on the wisdom of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and American Psychiatric Association, and the American Psychological Association
No. No, there is not.
There is something highly suspect, however, about opposing such a curriculum. That is what PFOX and other anti-gay activist groups are doing in Montgomery County, having filed an appeal Wednesday with the Maryland State Board of Education to prevent Montgomery County Public Schools from implementing its newly approved sexuality education curriculum.
One of their stated objections is that the new curriculum fails to include the viewpoints expressed by the “ex-gay” movement represented by PFOX.
For the record, the new curriculum also fails to include the following viewpoints: That you ‘can’t get pregnant the first time’; that masturbation causes blindness and hairy palms; that ‘no’ really means ‘yes’; and that studying math causes young women to become ‘barren and unmarriageable.’ Also, that standing on one foot and flapping one’s arms while reciting the lyrics to Stairway to Heaven prevents cervical cancer.
According to the president of PFOX, Richard Cohen, homosexuality may be caused by “avenging spirits.” Unsurprisingly, Cohen was expelled from the American Counseling Association for malpractice, or what he terms his “work in trying to help homosexuals become heterosexuals.”
In other news, Pastor Ted has been simultaneously declared “completely heterosexual” after three weeks of “counseling,” and strongly encouraged by his handlers to make himself disappear for a while, presumably until his overseers are confident he isn’t going to up and start living his life with integrity.
The sad fraud that is the “ex-gay movement” is further exposed in an upcoming documentary, Abomination: Homosexuality and the Ex-Gay Movement. It may be easy to laugh at ridiculous pronouncements such as the one from Haggard’s handlers, but the truth is that this stuff isn’t funny at all.
Imagine how different his life could have been if he had not been taught to hate himself. Imagine how many lives could be different if they had not been truncated by the misguided belief that sexual orientation is something other than a naturally variable human characteristic. While parents have the right to teach their children anything they like, education professionals have a moral obligation to teach the facts, and not a smorgasbord of opinion.
The Montgomery PFOX activists have the gall to assert that a sexuality education curriculum that includes medically and factually accurate information about sexual orientation is being implemented “under the guise of keeping [GLBT] students safe,” at the same time that the suicide of two teenagers from their community is being investigated as possibly linked to anti-gay bullying. Their ludicrous suggestion that institutionalized anti-gay bullying should be included in a health curriculum is absolutely sickening.