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March 14, 2011 Print

White House Anti-Bullying Summit Provides Platform for Activists

by CitizenLink Team

CitizenLink — and essentially every group of every political stripe — wants to put an end to bullying. The Obama administration, however, apparently wants to use the crisis to promote pro-homosexual curriculum.

The White House Conference of Bullying Prevention, which took place Thursday, provided a platform for gay activists and their allies to promote their agenda — which increasingly is being pushed into the classroom.

Ellen Kahn, director of the Human Rights Campaign’s Family Project, was more than happy to have the president’s ear. At the summit, she was working to get HRC’s “Welcoming Schools” campaign into more elementary schools. The curriculum addresses “family diversity, gender stereotyping and name-calling in K-5 learning environments.”

Included in the curriculum is a video called “That’s a Family!” which depicts 9- and 10-year-olds lauding the benefits of living with two moms or two dads — an has elicited protests from parents across the country. The video has an accompanying teachers’ handbook that features a crossword puzzle for students that uses words such as “transgender.”

The home page of the government’s official website on the issue addresses just two types of bullying: cyberbullying and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) bullying. The site, which links directly to HRC’s “Welcoming Schools” program, barely mentions other children at high risk of being targeted, including those with disabilities and those struggling with obesity.

“That’s the problem with allowing this issue to become politicized by special-interest groups: It sends the wrong message to our children,” said Candi Cushman, education analyst at CitizenLink.

“Do we really want to send the message that they’re only worth protecting based on what political category they belong to or their sexual identity? No. What we should be teaching them is that they have innate dignity and worth because they are a sacred creation of God, no matter how they identify.”

The taxpayer-funded government website also directs students to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

Blog: Go behind the scenes at the White House anti-bullying summit.

Commentary: All kids should be protected from bullying.

Parents are standing up to the activist agenda.

Visit the government’s anti-bullying website.

Learn more about the “Welcoming Schools” curriculum.