Anti-gay groups says school bullying laws are actually pro-gay

Aug 31st, 2010 | By | Category: Around the Commonwealth, Kentucky Guardian News

Focus on the Family has a message for gay rights activists: stay off the playground.  Candi Cushman, an education analyst for the James Dobson-founded group, told The Denver Post this weekend that gay rights advocates have inserted their agenda into anti-bullying efforts at the expense of “Christian values.”

School officials allow these outside groups to introduce policies, curriculum and library books under the guise of diversity, safety or bullying-prevention initiatives, said Focus on the Family education expert Candi Cushman.

“We feel more and more that activists are being deceptive in using anti-bullying rhetoric to introduce their viewpoints, while the viewpoint of Christian students and parents are increasingly belittled,” Cushman said.

Public schools increasingly convey that homosexuality is normal and should be accepted, Cushman said, while opposing viewpoints by conservative Christians are portrayed as bigotry.

Eliza Byard, executive director of the national Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, agrees with a big part of that statement.

“Yes, we want LGBT students afforded full respect,” she said.  GLSEN says its agenda is to ensure safe schools and acceptance for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, race, national origin or ability.

“The word ‘faggot’ is not part of any religious creed,” Byard said.

Focus supports bullying prevention, Cushman said. “But this issue is being hijacked by activists. They shouldn’t be politicizing or sexualizing the issue of bully prevention.”

Cushman founded, which claims to help Christian parents “confront the gay agenda,” which she said includes homosexual-themed curricula, books with sexually graphic content and anti-religion stereotypes, assemblies and celebrations.

Changes did come to Kentucky after years of heavy lobbying by Louisville Fairness Campaign, Kentucky Equality Federation, Kentucky Fairness Alliance,  and other gay rights organizations around Kentucky.

The legislation, signed by Governor Steve Beshear in 2008 is known as “The Golden Rule,” that School Bullying Watch, and online website dedicated to school bullying legislation rated an A+.

The legislation was sponsored by senior Representatives such as Mary Lou Marzian (D), Ruth Ann Palumbo (D), Tom Riner (D), and former Speaker of the House Jody Richards (D).

– Click here to view the final legislation signed into law.

Kentucky Senior Representatives Mary Lou Marzian (D) and Ruth Ann Palumbo (D) have always taken a strong stand for minority rights and the safety of children.  Both Marzian and Palumbo serve on powerful Kentucky House Committees as either chair or co-chair and both have a long legislative records with each serving for more than a decade.

Some content © Copyright 2010 by The Denver Post. Other content © Copyright 2010 United We Stand – Kentucky’s LGBTI News.

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  1. It is no surprise that an organization like this supports bullying of LGBT students. I well remember Rev. Harold Pike at the hearing for the Covington human rights ordinance speaking about the bullying and harassment that went on at his Baptist church daycare. He saw nothing wrong with it and even used himself as an example saying that when he was a kid, children made fun of him because he was so much bigger than they were. He said he got over it. What a total jerk for a supposed man of God.

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