- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 25, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) — Using a young readers’ novel called “The Misfits” as its centerpiece, middle schools nationwide are participating in a “No Name-Calling Week” initiative.

The program, now in its second year, was developed by the New York-based Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and has drawn complaints that it overemphasizes homosexuality.

GLSEN worked with James Howe, the openly homosexual author of “The Misfits,” who said slurs about homosexuality are “probably the most common insult at schools.”

GLSEN is unsure how many schools will participate in this week’s event, but says 5,100 educators from 36 states have registered, up from 4,000 last year.

“I hope schools will realize it’s less an exercise in tolerance than a platform for liberal groups to promote their pansexual agenda,” said Robert Knight, director of Concerned Women for America’s Culture and Family Institute.

“Schools should be steering kids away from identifying as gay,” Mr. Knight said. “You can teach civility to kids and tell them every child is valued without conveying the message that failure to accept homosexuality as normal is a sign of bigotry.”

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