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10/06/2010

Clearly the recent suicides have hit Linda Harvey's nerve; but hey, at least she still feels nerves -- dead gay teens do not

by Jeremy Hooper

6A00D8341C503453Ef0133F1C6B000970B-1Professional foe of the 'mos Linda Harvey knows exactly what could've prevented the rash of recent gay teen suicides: Less support systems for easy LGBT adjustment, and more encouragement of scientifically-unsupported "ex-gay" therapy. A snippet:

One wonders if any of these kids ever heard a clearly articulated warning against homosexuality. Or were they faced with a continuous onslaught of pro-homosexual diversity lessons, novels and events like the "Day of Silence"? Were they surrounded with liberal teachers as role models and the bad example of a homosexual school club? What part did any of this play in the sad belief that homosexuality was an inevitable destiny, instead of a wayward yet changeable sexual inclination? Under almost continuous pressure to accept a lie – confusion and then despair may be the predictable result.

On top of all this, then, in some young lives come the bullies. They are a part of life, especially for boys. But for the young person with same-sex attractions, this is the final straw where they feel totally trapped, with internal feelings they have been carefully taught "cannot be changed" on the one hand, and harsh peer rejection on the other. Yes, it looks hopeless indeed.

But there's a solution. First and foremost, kids should be told the truth that no one is born gay. Despite any budding feelings he or she may have, many people who felt similarly at that age went on to change both their feelings and behavior, and to be well-adjusted adult heterosexuals, some married with children. The gay lobbyists actively prevent kids from knowing this option. Why can't they be "pro-choice" regarding homosexuality?
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Could the stifling political correctness in certain schools be one of the reasons some kids feel utterly hopeless? Think about it. Even in the face of relentless taunts about homosexuality, many if not most kids would be able to survive intact if they saw the perpetrators punished and also knew they had a choice.

Let's consider the real goal of homosexual activism: that everyone becomes comfortable with homosexuality, that even personal revulsion is no longer acceptable. This re-imagined "gay" utopia depends upon a widely accepted lie.

But comfort does not equate with goodness. Even if people became much more placid about open homosexuality among 13-year-olds, it still eventually emerges as the brutal violation of childhood innocence, and natural gender and heterosexual identity, that it is. The essence of authentic goodness cannot be suppressed without dire consequences now or later.

FULL PIECE: Is 'gay' agenda to blame for teen suicides? [WND]

Not sure what public school system the social conservatives think we have here in America. But while there have been demonstrable strides in terms of LGBT support in education, it is complete lunacy to suggest that this nation's campuses are now bastions of unquestioned acceptance, where being an openly gay teen has replaced star quarterback and head cheerleader as the one archetypical path to surefire popularity! No, high school, as a generalization, may not be the same hell for LGBTQ teens that it was even a decade ago. But it is still in the same zip code.

And this whole idea that "ex-gays" are just being shut out from public view? Well yes, we do quite unapologetically reject the idea that these scientifically-discredited attempts to justify a faith-based "love the sinner, hate the sin" stance should be put on equal footing with actual sexual orientation research and knowledge, just as we's reject Satan's magnetism being used as an equal counterpart to gravity science. Though beyond just credible info: The reality is that we do not live in a world where "ex-gay" people are simply falling out of the woodwork! Sure, there are people who have experimented or dabbled or gave gayness the old college try before realizing that it wasn't who they were (the same way this gay writer's teen self dated females for both appearances and self-testing). But the kind of "ex-gay" person that Linda Harvey wants placed in schools -- one who identifies as a former member of the sexuality they used to be rather than the current one they now claim to experience; one who works against "the gay agenda"; one who rejects the possibility that maybe they are bisexual; one that puts it all on faith -- is an exceedingly rare breed of American. If "ex-gays" in this mold were all around, then the conversation would organically crop up. But that is not the actuality. Which, true to professional anti-gay form, is why Linda works overtime to craft a new normal.

The undeniable truth is that being LGBT (or even supportive S) in heterosexist America means having to overcome a gagillion and six obstacles to reach the easy silence. But many of us do reach it. And if folks like Linda Harvey would stop dedicating their professional lives to keep "smear the queer" on varsity sport rosters, we could maybe someday reach a time where folks of all sexual orientations could start living rather than struggling. Or in some cases: Living rather than dying.

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