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11/28/2011

Focus on the Indoctrination

by Jeremy Hooper

If Focus on the Family wants to run a youth-focused program that tells kids homosexuality is akin to things like adultery and theft or that gays have no choice but to either "change" or be celibate, then that is their organizational prerogative. But if they are to run such a program, with an application process that demands potentials uncritically sign on to such teachings to even be considered….

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…then I don't want to hear this organization use cherished words like "indoctrination" or "recruitment" against the LGBT community ever again. Because where do they, the supposed truth-bearers among us, get off making such claims against equality activists when they are quite undeniably demanding unquestioning line-towing among their youthful ranks?! Isn't that politically opportunistic hypocrisy the very kind of dishonesty they claim to decry?

Look, I'm not going to deny that we who favor the reality-based acceptance of our natural world want kids to see LGBT people as part of Earth's adjusted spectrum. But our view, followed to its logical extent, saves a place for everyone. The Focus on the Family recruitment plan asks gays to halt their truths, straights to frown on constitutional fairness, and religion to exalt anti-discrimination at the expense of goodwill. And groups like Focus are asking America's children to go with that flow or hurt their minds, their bodies, their values, and their country. That is recruitment. That is indoctrination. That is the far-right "culture war." At the very least, our opposition could start owning their games.

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