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Sunday, August 16, 2009
WND Anti-Gay Agenda Watch
Topic: WorldNetDaily

It's been a while since we checked in on how WorldNetDaily's anti-gay agenda is doing. Let's have a look, shall we?

An Aug. 14 article asserts that children in a California school district "will be required to undergo a controversial homosexual instruction program," which it calls "indoctrination." And what is in this so-called "mandatory homosexual curriculum for children as young as 5"?

In kindergarten, the schools plan to introduce children to "The New Girl … And Me" by Jacqui Robins. The book is about a young girl who is new at a school and strikes up a friendship with another girl after a popular boy refuses to play with her.

In first grade, students will read "Who is in a Family?" By Robert Skutch. It explores different types of families. One page states, "Robin's family is made up of her dad, Clifford, her dad's partner, Henry, and Robin's cat, Sassy."

Second grade students will read about two homosexual penguins that raise a young chick in the book "And Tango Makes Three" by J. Richardson and P. Parnell.

So WND doesn't want kindergarteners to learn how to make friends with people who aren't popular? We don't get it.

Unlike most previous WND articles on gay issues, this article actually quotes a person defending the program (though not until the 23rd paragraph): "We are not telling anyone what to think. ... We are letting children know that gay people exist and they deserve to be treated with respect, regardless of whether or not you believe that homosexuality is acceptable."

WND does not explain why it's opposed to teaching children that gay people exist and should be treated with the respect given to non-gay people.

Meanwhile, in an Aug. 14 column, Linda Harvey lies about the expansion of federal hate crimes protection to gays, baselessly asserting that it "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."

Harvey also objects to federal funding being used to "train local law enforcement officers in identifying, investigating, prosecuting, and preventing hate crimes," calling them "indoctrination" (there's that word again) and "fascist programs."

This evolves into a rant against "lifeless, effeminate Christianity," "the growing number of paperbacks that feature 'gay' characters who dismantle traditional faith," and Obama administration education official Kevin Jennings, who, according to harvey, thinks "his version of a 'safe school'" in "one free of opposition to sexual perversion."

And in an Aug. 12 column, Peter Sprigg complains about the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded posthumously to Harvey Milk, calling it "the first time in history that the nation's highest civilian award has been granted primarily on the basis of someone's sex life." Sprigg concludes:

Since Harvey Milk died from an assassin's bullet, over a quarter million American men have died of AIDS, which they contracted because they had sex with other men. What's truly "madness" is that someone whose only claim to fame is that they promoted such deadly behavior should be honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Every man who died of AIDS "had sex with other men"? Tell that to Ryan White.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:55 PM EDT

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