The probable new “hate crimes” law may lead to prosecution of pastors, Christian leaders and even “Joe-Christian-on-the-street” for having the wrong opinion about homosexuality or cross-dressing. A lesser-discussed evil twin product of this legislation, however, is federally financed youth and police indoctrination programs.
The House and Senate versions of the bills (H.R. 1913 and S. 909) both say this:
The Office of Justice Programs of the Department of Justice may award grants, in accordance with such regulations as the Attorney General may prescribe, to State, local, or tribal programs designed to combat hate crimes committed by juveniles, including programs to train local law enforcement officers in identifying, investigating, prosecuting, and preventing hate crimes.
This broadly worded funding extravaganza appears in Section 4 of the House version, Section 5 of the Senate version. A preceding section also invites grants relating to local prosecution, which can “… ensure that the concerns and needs of all affected parties, including community groups and schools, colleges, and universities, are addressed. …”
So, this funding stream will generate “prevention” training for schools, police and communities. Local activists must be appeased, too. Such fascist programs exist now, but will go viral with congressional backing. These curricula can now claim more boldly than ever that homosexuality and gender change are inborn, respectable, moral and medically neutral, and anyone who says differently is an accessory to violence.
And with police also getting drilled in such programs, we can all feel much safer, especially from those whose views have just been silenced: those terrifying Christian and conservative families. We are about to see a whole new industry spring up, or rather, be born again: the nonprofit youth “hate crime education” profession.
We can look forward to more programs for youth and their teachers like one developed recently in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Iowa is one of several states that, seeking a bureaucratic solution to all local problems, passed a law on “bullying prevention” with enumerated categories for special focus: sexual orientation and gender identity.
So the Loess Hills Area Education Agency 13 gives a two-day teacher training course called “How to Make My Classroom Safe for LGBT Students” that is not just your typical one-sided “gay” mythology. No, this course consults that ever-accurate disseminator of historical information, Hollywood. Clips from the TV show “Will and Grace” and the movie “Brokeback Mountain” are both part of this training.
If this becomes the law of the land, how will Christian schools respond? By being biblically faithful? Or will they eventually cave, to become less “hateful”? Accreditation and other regulatory caveats may hasten this process. Pressure from the heretical “emergent” network of Democratic Party operatives, aka, celebrity Christian leaders, will arm-twist Christian educators into succumbing to the newly lowered standard.
A version of this lifeless, effeminate Christianity is already “emerging” in public schools. Separation of church and state? Not a chance! A politically-correct overhaul of faith stands ready for an official green light.
Many existing anti-bias programs already depict “fundamentalists” as seething scumbags. Under the Clinton administration, the Department of Justice helped fund “Healing the Hate,” a curriculum for middle schools. One lesson on “hate crime perpetrators” introduces Floyd, who joins a racist Christian identity group. One of its members, students learn, is being prosecuted for violence at a “gay” bar. A discussion question asks if this is “the same Christianity that is taught in most churches.” So there’s a difference between nice Christianity and hateful Christianity, the carefully manipulated student learns. A” nice” faith treats sexual deviance as a trait just like race.
The Southern Poverty Law Center distributes twisted curricula along these lines. “The Shadow of Hate: A History of Tolerance in America” tells about a homosexual man in Maine pushed off a bridge to his death by drunken teenagers. This sad story includes two color photos, one of “God Hates Fags” signage carried by “Reverend” Fred Phelps, another of a strange anti-homosexual sign carried by an orthodox Jew. Neither photo pertains to the Maine incident, but were displayed at unrelated demonstrations.
The narrative describes the town’s Christians: “Fundamentalist preachers used their pulpits to blame gays and lesbians for many of society’s ills” (p. 114). In the opening paragraph of the story is this inaccurate statement: “Today, gays and lesbians are the most frequent targets of hate crimes” ( p. 113). Actually, no – African-Americans are. You’d think SPLC would know this.
Schools may choose to teach units around the growing number of paperbacks that feature “gay” characters who dismantle traditional faith.
Consider “The God Box” by Alex Sanchez, a story about a school Christian Bible club that implodes after an openly homosexual boy joins. The story is a trap of inaccurate theology and situations contrived to manipulate kids’ tender sympathies. Author Sanchez met with members of Murphy Junior High’s homosexual club in Stony Brook, N.Y., a few years ago.
“My Father’s Scar” by Michael Cart is another diatribe against biblical Christianity. This book and “Thinking Straight” by Robin Reardon feature “Christian” teens who irreverently embrace homosexuality and expose carefully caricatured, abusive ministers. This type of faith lesson will be useful in public schools under the new “hate crimes” funding.
Obama already signaled his in-your-face disrespect toward parents by appointing the founder of GLSEN, Kevin Jennings, to lead the Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools. (GLSEN is the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.) This appointment guarantees federally funded bias against Christians as Jennings implements his version of a “safe school” – one free of opposition to sexual perversion.
Such programs will be reinforced by police training about who the real hate groups are: Christian traditional families. These horrifying people are in your town, your community! What can be done to stop them? Congress has just decided.
There’s a perfect storm developing: coordination at all levels of government to officially corrupt children and punish those who would protect them. Question: Where are some real leaders when we need them?
Linda Harvey is a radio talk-show host and president of Mission America, a Christian pro-family organization.