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Video: Hey kids, want some Candi? Ooh, not so fast, gay Johnny...

by Jeremy Hooper

Candi Cushman's professional life quite literally consists of ensuring that gay kids, queer-supportive youngsters, and the LGBT family members of all students are hidden, shunned, or worse. Here she is, just another day in the coal mines:

Though if you think the part of Candi's career that we get to see is bad, you should see the way it plays out whenever she's asked to speak at a local school's Career Day:

TEACHER: And now, class, we'll hear from our invited speakers. Betty, why don't you start?

BETTY THE BAKER: Well, I make delicious pastries. Come into my shop and I'll give you the best cookies you've ever tasted.

JOHN THE BUS DRIVER: Hey kids. I'm the one who takes you around town. And yes, I do get to honk the horn.

JOE THE PLUMBER: Oh, heya. I shill for McCain/Palin fix your parents pipes.

SUE THE FLORIST: Want hydrangeas? I'm your pro!

CANDI THE FOCUS ON THE FAMILY EMPLOYEE: Okay, so you know that boy in your class with the witty personality, impeccable style, and lack of interest in? Yea, well: I work to make his existence a struggle rather than just a life. It's a tough job, and nobody's gotta do it. But hey, what can I say? It's a living.

Bringing True Tolerance to Schools [FOF]

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Your thoughts

I can't watch more than 3 minutes of this, quite honestly. My goodness. "They'd be fine if it were just to get along with fellow students, but it goes deeper"... except it doesn't. I'm honestly beginning to dislike the word "family" thanks to groups like this.

Also... am I the only one that thinks that Candi sounds like a stripper name?

Posted by: Yuki | Aug 13, 2009 4:19:12 AM

Day of Silence doesn't celebrate homosexuality, it laments and protests violence against someone because of sexual orientation. Day of Silence is about as celebratory as Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Posted by: Brian | Aug 13, 2009 10:20:12 AM

what a twunt. "nothing more than animals tromping through the jungle"?????? i am freaking speachless.

Posted by: c-freak | Aug 13, 2009 11:28:52 AM

Oh so according to her, lgbts don't have children attending schools.

Posted by: a. mcewen | Aug 13, 2009 11:51:41 AM

And also according to her, Focus On the Family ISN'T an outside interest group with an agenda to promote.

Posted by: Bill S | Aug 13, 2009 1:43:51 PM

that web site of theirs is twisted, even more so than the normal FOF sites.

Posted by: Tim | Aug 13, 2009 3:24:41 PM

My bad. I saw the word "Focus" and asssumed that's who this was from. Oops.
But my point still applies: an outside action group with an agenda is complaining about outside action groups they disagree with.

Posted by: Bill S | Aug 13, 2009 4:52:42 PM

I tried to watch this but was ready to barf my guts after a few minutes.

Posted by: jim casella | Aug 13, 2009 5:48:02 PM

I always thought the opposite of homosexuality was heterosexuality, not Christianity. I teach English and every book I teach involves some sort of male-female relationship. So wouldn't the opposing viewpoint be the positive presentation of same-sex couples?

Posted by: stojef | Aug 13, 2009 5:54:09 PM

Yes, stojef, it WOULD. Somebody should tell THEM that. They don't seem to know it.

Posted by: Bill S | Aug 13, 2009 8:17:31 PM

stojef and Bill S, they know that same-sex relationships should be a perfectly valid use of viewpoint discrimination, since the other relationships that they discuss are overwhelmingly skewed toward opposite marriage. And, none of us have a problem with the fact that opposite marriage comprises almost all of those other relationships - it pretty realistically represents society, but only to the extent that it is diverse enough to include some mention of the reality of same-sex relationships.

But Candi also knows that her use of viewpoint discrimination is a Trojan horse for them to get their twisted, scientifically unsound, APA shunned "ex-gay" reprogramming religiosity interjected into public schools. That is a gross overstepping of viewpoint discrimination. But, if they were ever able to succeed in doing that, then it would become perfectly valid for actual psychologists (with actual accredited degrees) to come in and counter those dangerous lies with sound, rational, reassuring truth.

She also shrieks about "openly gay speakers" coming into classes... WHEN has that ever happened - maybe if the LGBT parent of a child came in for "Show and Tell", or something. Otherwise, I have never heard of it happening. Maybe I'm not as current on the topic as I should be, but I've never heard of it happening.

But, even if they are there, they wouldn't be touting the benefits or "ecstasy" of being LGBT. They would be there discussing the need for tolerance of individuals in a diverse culture. And, that should never be allowed to become an opening for an anti-tolerant "ex-gay" liar to come in and spew their intolerance.

The radical religious fanatics might think that they could use the legal system against the children in public schools, but those laws are in place to protect those very children from "lunacy gone wild". And, I don't think that any of the educators in question are going to feel intimidated by threats from the radicals at Alliance Defense Fund.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Aug 13, 2009 9:28:18 PM

Why don't people start pointing out that 99.98% of all criminals in federal lock up are religionists? only 0.02% of the federal prison population are athiests. So, who really has the moral high ground here? Obviously, not them.

Posted by: Michael | Aug 14, 2009 3:59:48 PM

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