By Hillary White
US, February 21, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – At the same time that news has come out that the Toronto Catholic School board has refused to participate in pro-homosexual activities, homosexual activists are making significant inroads in US schools, as a booklet titled, “Just the Facts about Sexual Orientation and Youth,” is set to be distributed to all 16,000 school districts in the country.
The 24-page booklet by the National Education Association and American Psychological Association, tells students that homosexuality is a “normal expression of human sexuality”.
“What’s so scary and dogmatic about this report is that it communicates that religious-based viewpoints are harmful, and even dangerous,” said Candi Cushman, education analyst for Focus on the Family Action.
The booklet particularly targets the idea that homosexuality is a condition that can be changed. It instructs educators, “Schools should be careful to avoid discussions of transformational ministry in their curriculum.”
Brian Raum, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, said that the talk of “inclusivity” in schools by homosexual groups is a veiled threat.
“What they’re trying to do is create a fear factor here,” he said. “There’s nothing in the Constitution that would prohibit a teacher from presenting to a student all of the programs that are available, without endorsing or promoting any particular one.”
The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, (NARTH) says that although “the aim of gay-affirmative counselling programs is humanitarian”, the problem is that they do “much more” than discouraging scapegoating.
“In reality, they promote a particular worldview,” present students with a set of “truth-claims that students are expected to adopt,” and insist on conformity to these.
“These programs promote the value systems of a particular social group and denigrate the views of another, while at the same time, distorting science.”