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August 29, 2011 Print

One-Sided ‘Diversity,’ Out; True Tolerance, In

by Catherine Snow

Words like “diversity,” “tolerance” and “safe schools” may sound harmless. However, Candi Cushman, education analyst for Focus on the Family, says that these words can often be warning signs of gay activism — especially in schools.

“We’ve witnessed unprecedented levels of federal endorsement of homosexual activist groups that are working in schools,” she said. “This is often done in the name of teaching tolerance lessons or anti-bullying programs.”

Yet, parents need not feel powerless or isolated. Focus on the Family created TrueTolerance.org to empower parents and encourage students to respond in a loving and fact-based manner. The multi-faceted website offers clear, concise resources, talking points and proven action items.

On June 17, for example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Department of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) awarded a five-year renewable grant to the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN).  According to GLSEN, its goal is to reach “14,500 school personnel and 4 million students” by increasing “the percentage of schools that identify and maintain ‘safe spaces’ for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.”

“While we can all agree that every single child — including those who identify as gay and lesbian — should be protected from harm,” Cushman added, “too often these programs cross the line and go way beyond bullying prevention into flat out indoctrination.”

Tammy Schulz turned to TrueTolerance.org when she and other Illinois parents learned that a homosexual lobbying group was behind a “safe schools initiative” in their children’s school.

“We realized, ‘Oh. We really are in a battle here,’ ” she said. “It solidified our concerns and our feelings, and there was a wealth of information (on the website) about our rights.”

One of the documents that disturbed them the most was a list of “perceived obstacles,” including “family values” and “faith systems.”

“To say that my faith and my traditional values are ‘obstacles’ to learning makes me feel that

my family and children are unwelcome and unsafe at school,” Schulz pointed out at the time. “It is interesting how by highlighting one group, you end up discriminating against another.”

Thanks to the resources on TrueTolerance.org, the parents were able to gain parental control and notification rights over when, how and if their children were exposed to homosexual-themed materials.

Cushman said parents have the power to resist the sexualization of children. “They are the ones,” she added, “who have the most at stake in what’s happening in their local, taxpayer funded schools.”

Learn Seven Ways Parents Can Respond to Homosexual Activism in Schools.

Read “Red Flags Parents Can Watch For.”

Read the Citizen article about Tammy Schulz in “Parents Beware.”

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