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12/30/2009

Pink slips for peaceful acceptance, and other Harvey-an wackiness

by Jeremy Hooper

Linda-HarveyThis is but one of anti-gay personality Linda Harvey's ideas for making kids "truly safe in 2010":

2. Get all pro-homosexual and pro-promiscuity programs, literature, teachers, and counselors out of every school now. Remove “gay” clubs, Planned Parenthood at health fairs, and GLSEN- PFLAG- SIECUS activists. Cease all condom demonstrations, abortion referrals, on-site birth control dispensing, sexual orientation affirmation, and messing with children’s hearts, minds and bodies. Demand that schools uphold the traditional value of heterosexual identities, teach abstinence- until- marriage, and celebrate male/ female gender differences.

Tenure, schmenure: If you're an otherwise qualified teacher who seeks the peaceful acceptance of all students and families, and/or encourage responsible sex education that's based in reality, then Principal Harvey would like to show you the door. On an A to F grading scale, her ideas deserves a Z minus (if graded on a generous curve)!

For the other nine points, wherein Linda also singles out pro-LGBT Kevin Jennings for expulsion, encourages kids to wholly reject Islam and convert Muslims into Christians, tells of her plans to fire President Obama by at least 2012, and becomes an even bigger liability to her movement lays out a general plan for theocracy, see the link:

The Top 10 Ways to Make Kids Truly Safe in 2010 [Mission America]

Ignorance is remiss.

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**SEE ALSO: Linda on the "anarchists" and "revolutionaries" who are supposedly "creating chaos" by simply seeking the end of schoolyard smear the queer marches:

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Your thoughts

Wow. This is utterly revolting...

Yes, let's return to a time where it's okay to discriminate against people for their political and religious beliefs, shall we, Linda? That, by necessity, includes Christianity. You can't have a double standard without shining the spotlight on your own religion.

Or, I suppose, you can. That's probably why she's proposing it in the first place. It's just despicable and makes the kind of sense that just plain doesn't.

Posted by: Aya | Dec 30, 2009 3:31:09 PM

It's because of people like her that my school days were a nightmare. She's on my list of graves to piss on.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Dec 30, 2009 3:59:43 PM

Okay, crap like what this Harvey chic is spouting off REALLY pisses me off, because is CLEARLY comes from a Christian religious motivation; many religions actually have no problems with homosexuality--indeed, most ancient cultures actually viewed it as absolutely sacred! It shows an absolute and UTTER lack of respect for any religion other than the Christian religion; but, it goes further, it tries to employ their faithful scare tactic of "Think of the children!!!"

A brilliant documentary has been released which posits as a primary contributing factor to poverty on this planet as being the Christian religion; moreover, a historian by the name of Jonathan Kirsch who, in his book "God Against the Gods: The War between Monotheism and Polytheism", explains why, when compared to Christianity and monotheism in general, the polytheistic religions come out on top because they (for the most part) offer this sense of personal variety and have not instilled within us this culture-war as well as these unrealistic "rules" and dogma that are so often exploited for "our best interests" by Christians and Christianity!

Posted by: Wade MacMorrighan | Dec 30, 2009 4:03:48 PM

So essentially, she wants a teacher or counselor fired for telling a kid they're okay the way they are, or for telling other kids not to use certain hateful words. She wants anything that might tell an L, G, B, or T student (or a religious-minority student) that they're okay and can live a decent life when they grow up banned. She would can a terrific teacher for telling an English class about Shakespeare's sonnets to the fair youth and the dark lady. Wow, just wow.

I wonder how Linda Harvey would react to my story of feeling affirmed by the dictionary as a 14-year-old. I was amazed when I saw the word "bisexual"--it meant I wasn't the only one, because somebody had to go and invent a word for it, and now I knew it! I bet she'd want a "better", more "Christian" dictionary there to replace it. (And now I'm scare-quoting like her.)

I'm not amazed that she wants to get rid of anything that would make sexual or religious minority kids' lives easier and give straight, conservative Christian kids and teachers free reign to just ride roughshod over them, even though religious and sexual minorities also pay taxes for public schools. I'm amazed that she lays it all out on the table so blatantly. Even by her low, low standards, this is *something*. What she wants to make "safe" is herself and people like her. She wants to feel like the world is still hers and that there won't be other points of view. She wants a world that's safe for her bigotry.

Well, Linda honey, we don't always get what we want, and thank the Gods for that.

Posted by: GreenEyedLilo | Dec 30, 2009 4:03:59 PM

OMGs! Just look at this! Harvey's org. also has a responsive piece of dribble directed at Witches and Pagans, such as myself under their Purpose Statements! http://www.missionamerica.com/purpose2.php

Posted by: Wade MacMorrighan | Dec 30, 2009 4:06:43 PM

Nobody asked this woman for her advice. And she's pointing at the wrong target.

GANG MEMBERS and DRUG DEALERS and children's OWN PARENTS are the ones who have failed our nation's children.

She needs to be made privy to the crime information on the neglect, abuse and poverty of children in America.

She needs to get informed on the affect of GANGS in inner city neighborhoods and how many children have been killed by gang bullets just in the last year.

Does she have a clue about the affect of bigotry on children, even in the 1952-1953 study by Benjamin Clark and his wife?
You know, the study that advanced the landmark Brown vs. Brd of Ed. decision?

I think it's more than high time that SCOTUS is brought up to speed on how similar problems for gay children affect them the way Jim Crow affected black children.

Does this woman have to be shown the pictures of Lawrence King's exploded head?
What about the dysfunctional parents of the boy who shot him?!

What about the bullying that made little guys like Carl Walker-Hoover commit suicide?!

She wasn't here when a 19 year old woman was just arrested for the murder of her newborn baby daughter, who was found in a trash dumpster. Even though we have a safe haven law in CA.
Oh yeah...
And what about the children?
Whose children is she talking about?

We can all see exactly what she's talking about. It's not 'the children'...it's only certain ones her panties are in a bunch about.
I would LOVE to tour this woman where I work. But I know she doesn't even have the guts for that.

Posted by: Regan DuCasse | Dec 30, 2009 5:29:16 PM

Every time I read something like this I get so depressed.

Posted by: bob | Dec 30, 2009 5:49:51 PM

As hateful as she is, part of me feels sorry for her. What sort of upbringing did she have that makes her fear and hate anyone who isn't white, Christian and heterosexual?

Side note - I heard no applause or vocal affirmations at all during her speech. Did she set up curtains and a lecturn in her garage to film this?

Posted by: stojef | Dec 30, 2009 6:00:23 PM

Oh mercy! The more Linda Harvey talks, the more GLSEN comes out looking like a rose.

Posted by: a. mcewen | Dec 30, 2009 6:37:17 PM

Linda Harvey is evil incarnate. She doesn't give a damn about any children at all. Her only purpose is that of installing a theocracy whereby anyone other than white fundamentalist christians will have no rights whatsoever.

Posted by: SammySeattle | Dec 30, 2009 7:24:46 PM

My friend "K" went to Baptist church with me. K was shy but was friendly and hard-working. He never dated in high school--his homecoming and prom dates were "just friends." He learned "proper" gender norms from his family and his church. He was abstinent. He never joined a single LGBT organization, or had, to my knowledge, any LGBT friends.

The year K went to college, he came out. Now he's living in California quite proud of who he is. He didn't "get the gay" from GLSEN or some group of guys in high school. In fact, he grew up in Ms. Harvey's ideal situation. He's still gay.

He told me that he remembers being terrified in high school of anyone finding out. He was shy because he was scared that I or a couple of our other straight friends would discover he had crushes on us.

Ms. Harvey doesn't have to agree with my friend's lifestyle, but she's blowing smoke if she thinks that further isolating and berating him would have somehow changed his sexuality. He's just one of many individuals who live in fear, fear wielded like a blade by religious bigots who use it for their advantage.

Posted by: Brian | Dec 31, 2009 12:12:19 AM

Where on earth should I begin? The assumption here is that gay teachers are in the profession to recruit. As an out gay teacher -- and as someone who knows many out gay teachers -- I can't think of one who even asked a kid if s/he were gay. I can also say that my being out had a surprise benefit: more straight kids ended up sharing their stories with me because they saw me as someone who was comfortable with who he was.

Every single sentence in this ridiculous video is based on a false premise or contains a lie. You should also know that this same woman rejects any idea of "respect" for non-Christian religions such as Islam. She wants homes safe from things like carbon monoxide detectors. (Wow.) She also opposes "darwinism."

Case closed.

Posted by: Ken Harvey | Dec 31, 2009 12:26:12 AM

Scary. This woman has the potential to make the lives of queer youth a giant living hell.

Listening to Harvey talk, you'd think these gay clubs are out to turn every kid gay and demand he/she go out and have as much promiscuous sex as possible. She thinks gay activists club want everyone to believe traditional dating between males and females is discrimination, hate and bigotry??? WHAT. THE. F***.

Posted by: KZ | Dec 31, 2009 3:28:00 AM

I can only assume she wants more teenage mothers and fathers, so far as the hetero students go.

I mean, what does she expect with the abysmal track-record of abstinence-only programmes?

(I could be even less gracious in supposing what she wants for gay students, of course.)

Posted by: Baron Scarpia | Dec 31, 2009 11:03:48 AM

This woman is batshit crazy. The same "queers are out to recruit your kids" and "the dirty perverted queers are sex-crazed anti-social degenerates".

The fundamentalist churches seem full of these low I.Q. insane bitches just like her- using their bible to beat others over the head with and using condemnation nd biblical bullshit to justify it. How mean, what a cunt.

Posted by: Jonathan | Dec 31, 2009 12:55:20 PM

This lady is ridiculous and so out of touch.

Personally, while my sex ed class in 10th grade was a bit cringe worthy (my 45 year old monotone teacher with a mustache, Mr. Schalk, talking about dental dams....), the access the class gave me to books and pamphlets and stuff about condoms, stds, and birth control pill, educated me a LOT. And before I had sex when I was 17, I sat down with my mom and told her I wanted to go on the BC pill. She took me down to my doctor for my first gyno appointment, which is also very important for young women. I have been on the pill since I was 17 (almost 24 now), and I have always always always practiced safe sex. I have never (knock on wood) gotten an STD, I've never been pregnant, and I feel confident when I have questions to go to my doctor.

Kids who are taught to fear sex will inevitably be the ones who suffer from sex. A lack of education and a constant "you can't have it!" mentality thrown at them, will only make them want it more, and make them seek it out in secretive, unsafe ways. They won't buy condoms because they will be embarrassed/afraid to be seen. They won't go on the pill because, according to these nut jobs, it will cause cancer and it doesn't even work and will make you unable to get pregnant when you're married. They won't know that you can get STDs from oral sex, and they'll do it as an alternative to sex. They will be too embarrassed or ashamed to go see a doctor if something isn't right down there or they have questions.

I would have had sex regardless of whether I went on the pill because I felt i was ready at 17. Having information and access to it made my experience (and every one since) so much safer and more responsible. I can enjoy sex, and I have never felt guilty about that fact.

You can block sex ed classes, but human instincts will figure out where to put what (depending on your orientation). So you can take the classes away, but kids will figure out how to do it and they WILL do it. Not giving them the tools and information they deserve to help make it as safe as humanl possible, is like putting a teenager in a car without ever having let them even read a booklet on driving. Irresponsible and selfish.

Posted by: Stef | Dec 31, 2009 4:03:04 PM

This woman doesn't deserve to have the same name as the man who paved the way for us. Without the support of my teachers and school I would have never came out.

Posted by: Isobel Connell | Jan 1, 2010 4:15:58 AM

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