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HICKS: When bullying for the gay agenda is OK

- - Tuesday, May 1, 2012

I hate to say I told you so, but ... well ... I did.

In my book, "Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid," I posited that radicals within the gay lobby are using the important issue of bullying to indoctrinate America's children with leftist dogma about homosexuality.

They have chosen an issue with which no one could possibly disagree — that bullying is a horrible, hurtful epidemic among young people — to implicate religion (specifically, fundamentalist Christianity) as a root cause of homophobic, aggressive behavior.

It's all part and parcel of the movement to secularize our society while at the same time, remove, once and for all, any moral boundaries to human sexuality. Central to this goal is undermining the role of parents and churches to impart moral values.

In my book, I pointed to comments made in 2011 by Diane Schneider, a health teacher from Ramapo High School in Spring Valley, N.Y., who represented the LGBT Caucus of the National Education Association (NEA) as part of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women's 55th session.

In her presentation, titled "Sexuality, Homophobia and Transphobia: The Need to Improve Access to Education and Work," Ms. Schneider said, "Homophobia exists when those stuck in the binary box of 'strictly hetero' find themselves slipping out of that role that religion and family promote."

In case her meaning was a little vague, sex columnist and anti-bullying advocate Dan Savage recently made Ms. Schneider's point more clear while speaking to thousands of high school students gathered for a national journalism convention.

"We can learn to ignore the bull---- in the Bible about gay people," Mr. Savage said. "We ignore bull---- in the Bible about all sorts of things."

Going on to explain that biblical directives about the treatment of slaves prove that the Bible "got slavery wrong," Mr. Savage reasoned, "What are the odds that the Bible got an issue as complicated as human sexuality wrong? One hundred percent."

Keep in mind, Mr. Savage's keynote was ostensibly about bullying. One might assume that since his audience was comprised of high school journalists, he would have focused more directly on the role they could play in communicating about the dangers and ramifications of bullying.

Instead, it appears Mr. Savage was more intent on promoting acceptance of homosexuality in general.

As for the topic at hand — bullying — Mr. Savage demonstrated how to bully by calling the hundred or more students who walked out of his tirade "pansy asses," tacitly implying that by taking offense to his rant, those students would condone bullying homosexuals on religious grounds.

Mr. Savage now claims his profanity-laced, snark-filled diatribe against the Bible was not intended to malign Christianity or the Christian students in his audience, and has apologized for insulting the students who chose to leave his speech.

Yet, in a blog post, along with his apology, Mr. Savage discounted the Christian response to the issue of homosexuality; namely, that it's possible to love the sinner but hate the sin. He says this notion is "insulting to gays."

So let's get this straight. On the one hand, if you read the Bible literally on the subject of homosexuality, you're a hypocrite, because we "ignore bull---- in the Bible" all the time.

But if, as a Christian, you read the nuanced, complex message of Christ about the subject of sin and sinners, Mr. Savage is insulted.

Therefore, get on board the Dan Savage moral imperative train, because apparently he knows better than you or your Bible what is morally correct.

Meanwhile, kids of all stripes — fat, thin, pimply, dull, weird, smart, and yes, gay — are bullied every day, not because their peers hold up Bibles and make excuses for cruel behavior, but because we're too busy allowing the left to hijack the issue of bullying for political purposes and not busy enough teaching our children that bullying is always wrong, no matter who you bully.

Bullying is a moral issue; that much is true. But not an issue of sexual morality. Unfortunately, those in the gay lobby are deftly using it to undermine what parents and pastors may rightly teach the children in their care.

Marybeth Hicks is the author of "Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith and Freedom." Find her on the Web at http://marybethhicks.com.