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'Focus on the Family' Tells Students: Join Our Anti-Gay Conversation


The folks at CitizenLink are getting pumped about the Christian anti-gay response to GLSEN's annual "Day of Silence" in which students take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in their schools.

Come Monday, the anti-gay evangelical group Focus on the Family will be responding by shoving their Biblical worldview in students' faces in the guise of a "conversation" with the reactionary "Day of Dialogue".


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  1. Using loaded phrases like "shoving down our throats" detracts from our credibility as much as it does theirs.

    Posted by: sigh | Apr 13, 2011 2:04:41 PM

  2. That woman needs to take a break from her "Focus on the Family" and focus on a hairbrush.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Apr 13, 2011 2:15:56 PM

  3. @SIGH: How?

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 13, 2011 2:16:00 PM

  4. You would think that Candi would have tried to brush her hair knowing she'd be appearing on camera.

    Posted by: Brian | Apr 13, 2011 2:16:15 PM

  5. I don't mean to be shallow but that anchor on the left with the shirt collar overlaying the jacket is one fugly drag queen

    Posted by: jerry | Apr 13, 2011 2:18:43 PM

  6. This shows they are afraid. They are in the reactionary stance. It's good that Gay Americans have the upper hand. Civil Equality and freedom ARE winning.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Apr 13, 2011 2:20:35 PM

  7. @Sigh: Whatev's man. This IS shoving it down people's throats. This video and campaign is PRECISELY more insidious because they are doing it as if it's the truth. And as if it's "love." What a sham.

    1920: God cares about women, too, and meant them to always be subordinate in the home, the workplace, and beyond. It's unnatural for them not to be. It's a pressure cooker for students of faith for the whorish women's activist groups to present their point of view. Let's enter and talk about our Biblical view. I'm not ashamed of the Bible for it's the word of God. Let's win over the hearts of classmates and keep women as structurally always subordinate as God intended.

    1860: God cares about black people too and meant them to be slaves. It's unnatural for them not to be. It's a pressure cooker for students of faith for the sexually-threatening negro activist groups to present their point of view. Let's enter and talk about our Biblical view. I'm not ashamed of the Bible for it's the word of God. Let's win over the hearts of classmates and keep negroes as slaves as God intended.

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Apr 13, 2011 2:21:02 PM

  8. OMG...do they have no shame? (that as rhetorical question) Here is the point, nobody is running around saying Christians aren't entitled to equal rights; whereas these folks are basically saying that gay people aren't entitled to equal rights and are catching the next express train to hell. If these hate groups were talking about any other minority clearly they would be called out about it. Bottom line, it is STILL socially acceptable to bash gay people, otherwise they wouldn't be doing it.

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 13, 2011 2:25:25 PM

  9. They don't deserve equal time. They just want gay kids to kill themselves or at least to try to kill any hint of gay that might be within them.

    If that's biblical, then so is rape. This campaign is unconscionable MISinformation.

    I mean, if the 90% or so who are ENTIRELY heterosexual hear this...it just gives them rationale to abuse and bully they few percent who really are just gay. WHO WINS? NO ONE....except the BULLIES who made the video above.

    Someone needs to stand up to Bullies, Mr. Sigh. And, good on Andy for being one who does so here...

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Apr 13, 2011 2:29:10 PM

  10. This always comes around. This is the same kinda crap as "White History Month" It luckily always gets knocked down.

    Who knows, Maybe schools will have some form of understanding of things like history and/or society, MAYBE.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Apr 13, 2011 2:36:26 PM

  11. Sad Prediction: This blonde chick who thinks she so sweet and loving is gonna have a gay son...he'll either kill himself, disrespect himself with unprotected permiscuous sex and die of AIDs-related causes, or (if we are LUCKY) overcome her hate and expose her.

    Isn't it nice that she fought so hard to be a hater.

    And someone out there otherwise exactly like the neon-green shirt kid is probably really just "so in love with" some male classmate--and this "God"-"love"-stuff will backfire on him if he attends a Focus-on-the-Family-backed church. I pray these people change their ways. One can hope.

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Apr 13, 2011 2:47:58 PM

  12. Fine, then I want equal time in schools to discuss the evils of religion and the dangers of religious zealots like these nuts...

    Posted by: Robert In WeHo | Apr 13, 2011 2:48:57 PM

  13. What a concept. Heckle silent protestors, as a sign of your love.
    I suppose martyrs are just loved, too. To death.

    Posted by: Go Galt. Please. | Apr 13, 2011 2:53:16 PM

  14. Just SHARE THE HATE. Jesus wants you to hate your gay sister.

    Posted by: Danny | Apr 13, 2011 2:54:18 PM

  15. This could also be an opportunity for gays, lesbians, their parents, supporters, etc. to actually step up and talk about it. I totally support the Day of Silence, but this is almost begging for our participation.

    Posted by: Austin | Apr 13, 2011 3:00:18 PM

  16. This video has been viewed 641 times. That's 0.00002% of the population. These people are non-entities.

    Posted by: Greenpoint Guy | Apr 13, 2011 3:24:41 PM

  17. @Robert in WeHo: you make a perfect parallel. I went to public school. We were taught to learn innocuous facts about religious history, like the being able to date the Protestant Reformation. (We all graduated with no mention of gay history, nor did we ever discuss less innocuous facts on religion like the racism that founded the Southern Baptist movement or the millions of rapes and murders that the Catholic Church justified.
    As far as our own behavior in school we were expected only to treat our Catholic, Muslim, and Mennonite (etc.) peers and teachers with respect, and to understand that respect is not contingent on being the same or agreeing with them about their personal matters.
    Nobody's been demanding to have school lessons to demonize them with the types of attacks they want to see thrown at gay kids.

    Posted by: Gregv | Apr 13, 2011 3:28:03 PM

  18. those two are about as interesting as a glass of room temperature, flat coca cola.

    Posted by: alguien | Apr 13, 2011 3:44:16 PM

  19. Sigh is right. I think Andy could tone down the editorializing of phrases like "shoving down our throats." If they want a conversation, let's give them one. And pay attention people, this happens the day *after* the day of silence. No heckling of silent protesters.

    Posted by: Dominic | Apr 13, 2011 4:11:10 PM

  20. That was a woman? I know this is shallow, and I am going to own that criticism. But seriously, on first glance? I thought it was bad drag.

    Posted by: Verdon Coleman | Apr 13, 2011 4:17:04 PM

  21. Why not try to use this "Day of Dialogue" to tell Christians to show us that love and compassion they speak about. The anti-sodomy laws are still on the books in many states. And recently we've been witness to fundamentalist Christianists opposing their repeal even though the laws are unconstitutional and inoperative. Let's ask them why don't these loving Christians really stand up for the bullied and call on their reps to repeal these laws.

    Posted by: chicagotist | Apr 13, 2011 5:42:57 PM

  22. Why is that woman dressed like a man?

    Posted by: davitydave | Apr 13, 2011 5:46:28 PM

  23. They use to call these people Jesus freaks

    Posted by: jaragom | Apr 13, 2011 5:54:03 PM

  24. @Dominic, Maybe this is your first day? They do not want a conversation and they are not going about it in a civil or correct way. They are bad guys, actual moustache-twirling bad guys.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Apr 13, 2011 6:24:22 PM

  25. The only problem with the whole idea is the delusions of persecution that sit behind it. Christians wield so much cultural and political power, and yet they feel like they are constantly on the verge of being forever marginalized. So no matter how much sugar is sprinkled on an idea like this, it just reeks of paranoid, retaliatory bad humor.

    Posted by: Jason 2 | Apr 13, 2011 8:34:08 PM

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