Friday, November 17, 2006

So this is how it works now? If you get sufficiently lawyered up, you can convince a court to force public schools to send utter nonsense home to parents?

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- A flier from a group called Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays, or PFOX, has started a controversy in Silver Spring.

The flier was handed out during homeroom to students at Montgomery Blair High School.

...The school said it had no choice but to pass it out.

PFOX says it reaches out to gay teens offering unconditional love and support to homosexuals who want to become straight.

Promoting a way out of a gay lifestyle, the nonprofit group offers to expose teenagers to "ex-gay" people.

"What we're saying is that, if you have unwanted same-sex attraction -- and there is a difference -- then there are alternatives, and homosexual feelings can be overcome," said Regina Griggs of PFOX....

This isn't about exposure to ex-gays -- it's about exposure to "therapy" that's supposed to make gay people straight.

An L.A. Times story from May explains how this happened:

...The ex-gay movement's biggest victory came last year, when a federal judge sided with Parents and Friends of ExGays and Gays, or PFOX, in a lawsuit against a Maryland school district.

PFOX, a national advocacy group based in Alexandria, Va., had sued to block the district's new sex-education curriculum, arguing that its treatment of homosexuality was one-sided. The judge agreed that students should hear other perspectives, and PFOX took a seat on the committee charged with drafting new lesson plans....

And I guess the literature drop was part of the settlement.

Oh, you thought we were winning the battle against pseudo-science, superstition, and claptrap because we beat back intelligent design in Dover? Forget it -- these people just keep coming, like movie zombies.

I sure hope the judge in this case will be happy if the Flat Earthers, Holocaust revisionists, and 9/11 "truth"ers see an opening here and pounce.

(The right-wing Christians at Agape Press are happy about the literature drop, the folks at Ex-Gay Watch not so much.)


Well, it's a good month for pseudo-scientific claptrap, what with Bush's appointment of a guy who thinks too much sex causes your brain chemicals to make you unable to fall in love....)

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