“No, no, no…. Not on my watch…”
That was my response when I saw that Linda Harvey, with her band of flying monkeys known as Mission America, was sweeping down from her broomstick to playgrounds near you, distributing her anti-gay propaganda for children.
Yes. For children.
Her exact words to her minions, “”Have you wished you could find a simple flyer for your older grade school or middle school children about homosexuality? Well, Mission America has developed one. It’s clear, concise and provides a beginning basis for a more in-depth study later on. You can read and download it below. Feel free to print this as needed and give to your children, grandchildren, or your church group.” The propaganda piece has been since removed from Harvey’s site.
What makes this particularly ironic is that Ms. Harvey, she of “don’t take your kids to gay doctors” and “fire gay teachers” fame, has deplored the idea of taking ideology to children directly. She has stated, ““Ever wonder what it would be like to re-create the world in your own image? Homosexual activists aren’t wondering–they’re doing it, and children are the tools”
And ““Kids should not be put in the confusing position of having a teacher they like and respect in many ways who’s also known to be practicing homosexual behavior. Of course that’s where many of our children in public schools today find themselves because the National Education Association not only allows but applauds and defends openly homosexuality and even transvestite teachers …”
“The fact is that no homosexuality should be in our schools, period. When people leave that behavior behind, then they might be qualified for a job involving children. Out and proud homosexuals should not have jobs that involve children. I know that’s not the current policy in many schools but it should be.”
I guess she deplores it unless she is the one doing it.
So. Fine. If she wants to do battle on the playground, let’s rumble.
Here is my counter program information sheet. Please feel free to print this out and hand it to any child you see holding a copy of Ms. Harvey’s version.
What does it mean to be “gay”? And what in the world is homophobia?
Questions and Answers for Christian Kids
You have probably heard the term “gay”. What does it mean?
It isn’t complicated. It means when a man falls in love with another man, or a woman falls in love with another woman. Almost all medical experts will tell you that people are just born that way. Even Lady Gaga says so.
What is “homophobia”? It sounds like a gnarly disease. And it kind of is. It is when someone is SO bent out of shape about gay people that they try to hurt them, or treat them unfairly or badly. Strangely, people who are afraid of gay people will call others “gay” to show how not gay they themselves are. Or are not. Funny thing is, the more they do that, the more everyone thinks that they ARE secretly gay. It’s weird.
So… does that mean that being “gay” is right? Being gay or being “straight” are neither wrong nor right. They just are. Being a nice gay person or a nice straight person is what is important.
So… is being homophobic ok too? Naw, not really. People who are afraid of others or put others down make life miserable. They want to make everyone the same as them and they will claim things like “Long ago people decided this…” or that they personally know what God intended. They don’t. But they will try to make other people unhappy while they try to prove that they do. They claim to know what all cultures have believed, but they ignore ones that believed other things. Did you know that there have been cultures that were mostly same gender couples, and ones where one man had lots of wives? There were. None of the past cultures were perfect. Far from it. So that is why we were given the gift of thought—to think out what is best for our culture today and make it fair for everyone.
Does the Bible say being gay is bad? No. It really doesn’t. Someday, you should read the whole Bible and find out what it said the laws should be at different times in history. The Bible was written by over 900 authors over a thousand some years. Some of its laws are barbaric, and some are inspired…like “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. There are stories in the Bible that people use to try and say gay people are bad. The people in those stories are trying to beat up angels or gorging themselves in a big Roman orgy..they are not anything like gay people you know. That is how people try to work the Bible though. If I wanted to, I could use it to prove the earth was flat, that slavery was OK, that tattoos are sins, that boys can’t have long hair and that girls should never wear jewelry. None of us believe those things. Here is something from the Bible you can believe (Hebrews 8), it tells us that God’s covenant… His law and contract with us… is written on our “hearts and minds”. That means, don’t read from a book as if it is a book of spells, look to your own heart and mind. And that is what you should do about gay people.
Does the Bible say being homophobic is bad? Yes, it does. Many, many times. Even Jesus said that people should not be homophobic. But homophobic people do not want to hear that. You know how they are…
What about bullying? Always wrong. Remember that thing about “do unto others” and looking deep in your heart and your mind? Bullying damages other kids and they might never get over it. Ever. If you stand by and let someone get bullied, look out, you may be next. Being mean is not cool, it is cowardly.
Sometimes you might think that the person being bullied “deserves it”. They may seem unattractive to you for some reason or act goofy, or act as if they don’t like you. It does not matter. You can’t know what has happened to them and the best thing you can do for them or anyone is to reach out… be a friend… and make their lives better.
It is not even OK to bully a homophobic person. Just feel sorry for them. As Jesus said, “They know not what they do.”
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