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Let's Focus On the Family

Monday, 25 September 2006 12:00 AM

See Mom in the kitchen, cooking up dinner, moving back and forth between the stove, refrigerator, and dining room table? See Dad reading the paper, idly glancing at the TV, while the kids divide their attention between homework, iPods, and the Simpsons?

"Okay, everybody, let's eat," she calls. "Ed, put the paper down and turn off the TV. Kids, I don't want to say it again; dinner is no good when it gets cold. Billy, you can say grace tonight."

Seem familiar to anybody?

I suspect most of us, if we're 40 or over, can fondly remember scenes like that from our own growing up days. It's surely more or less typical for a majority of Americans, Mom and Dad and kids in a normal family evening. Add to that other snapshots of Mom showing Sis how to make a beautiful omelet, Dad coaching Billy and his buddies in Little League, the whole happy brood on vacation in the Smoky Mountains—and slipping into their usual seats at church or synagogue.

Pretty much the way it's always been, not just in our country, but in virtually every part of the world since humanity began. Mom, Dad and the kids, with the girls watching Mom and patterning themselves after her, and the boys competing and disagreeing with Dad, but inevitably becoming a little more like him every day. Right?

Well, no more, not if a strident, militant, and very dedicated organization called GLSEN has its way. Those letters stand for "Gay," Lesbian, and Straight Education Network. Note the word "Education," because that's the main theme and purpose for the organization.

For these folks, it's not enough to just be "Gay and proud"; they're seemingly as active in their recruitment as the ROTC, and they use some of the same methods and in the same arena as the military recruiters—they aim to promote the homosexual lifestyle in middle and high schools! Get ‘em while they're young, idealistic, and impressionable.

In today's wavering and increasingly uncertain moral climate, the aims and practices of groups like GLSEN aren't surprising; they're reprehensible, but not surprising. What may surprise you, though, is the willing complicity of many of our teachers and their organizations, like the venerable NEA, the giant teacher group supposedly committed to educating our young and helping to shape their futures. Do you doubt what I'm saying?

I admit, it's almost beyond belief, mine included. But a booklet entitled "The Little Black Book: Queer In The 21st Century" was made available in April to hundreds of middle and high school students at Brookline High School in Massachusetts, according to an Article 8 Alliance report. It was written by the AIDS Action Committee, with help from the Mass. Dept. of Public Health and the Boston Public Health Commission—and made available at an event designed for children and teachers all across the state!

The booklet says, in part: "Hey Queer boys! Queers have never enjoyed more visibility and acceptance than today…Queers are teachers, policemen, UPS drivers, waiters, politicians, doctors, artists, you name it…You have the right to enjoy sex without shame or stigma! You have the right to safer sex materials that speak to your desires!"

One section of the publication, using language not suitable to reprint here or anywhere, details various types of sexual activity, conventional and otherwise, and recommends various approaches. Another section, the "Handy Dandy Condom Guide" says, "Condoms allow you a certain freedom that can be a great selling point if you're cruising the park…" and includes pages of explicit and grotesquely graphic photographs. And pages of names, addresses, and phone numbers of "area bars and clubs for the discerning queerboy."

All this, made available to kids like yours and mine, ages 12 through 18! Made available to students and teachers alike, defended by the ACLU, and with at least the tacit approval of the NEA. The teachers organization seems to support the "homogenization" of our children, forcing them — under the guise of "diversity" — to accept everything and celebrate it.

When the Brookline High School affair hit the papers, GLSEN executive director Sean Haley vehemently denied the existence of such a pamphlet at the student assembly, dismissing the reports as lies perpetrated by conservative extremists. But he later had to admit to the Boston Globe that students

Oh, really? What was it created for, then? Who are the "queerboys" they're wanting to "educate"?

His denial seems especially hollow when you learn that the insidious GSLEN has already established gay-straight alliance (GSA) groups in more than 3000 U.S. schools. And in San Francisco, for example, in June 2003, middle and high school student members marched in the "Gay Pride" parade, mingling with nude men> and topless women and sadomasochistic proponents.

Simulated sex acts were performed along the parade route, and at least one sign said "Sodomize me, it's legal!" And GLSEN delivered many GSA members to this parade in a yellow school bus.

What's all this got to do with that nostalgic family scene at the top of this column? Nothing. And everything. It's not "homophobic" to resent the relentless campaign of these militant groups to popularize and celebrate their habits and practices and cram them into our schools, to brainwash impressionable children with their efforts to draw them from traditional American families into their chosen lifestyles.

If it's wrong for cigarette and alcohol companies to hawk their wares to kids and get them hooked on their products in their early formative years—how much worse to tempt them into ruinous, promiscuous sexual activity? While they're still in their early teens?

Like many other approaches and tactics, all these campaigns sap the life out of the traditional family. And with it, the very cellular health of society, of civilization.

It's time, way past time, for all of us to focus on the family. This weekend, Sept. 22-24, the organization that makes that its name is sponsoring The Washington Briefing: 2006 Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. Focus on the Family chieftain Tom Minnery says the purpose of the conference is to give new voice to the "values voters" movement that shocked the political establishment in 2004 when Americans turned out in large numbers to pass eleven out of eleven state constitutional amendments affirming that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

If you won't just stand by while the very fabric of our culture deteriorates from under our noses, or from under our children and grandchildren, then congratulations, you're probably a values voter.

Among the many prominent speakers, attendees this weekend will hear from William Bennett, Newt Gingrich, Senator Bill Frist, James Dobson, Alberto Gonzales, Representative Marilyn Musgravee, and Governor Mike Huckabee. I wish I could be there myself, to soak up information and strategy, and to be empowered and motivated even further to defend the precious institution of the family—before it gets any more

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