Bryan Fischer, the host of the American [Heterosexual Only] Family Association’s [AFA] radio show, Focal Point, recently declared on an AFA blog post that GLSEN was to blame for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender suicides. His theory, it seems, is that you can eliminate the high incidents of suicide in LGBT kids by eliminating LGBT kids. In the posting, Mr. Fischer states:
It must be pointed out that homosexual activists are not wholly innocent in these tragedies either. Homosexuals cannot reproduce so they must recruit. Part of the agenda of groups like GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) is to urge students at younger and younger ages to come out and declare a disordered sexual preference. Sexually confused youth are pressured into locking into a sexual identity far before they are mature enough to do so.
A lot of questions are raised by Mr. Fischer’s argument, the first being: “Who was the first homosexual recruiter?” If homosexuals cannot reproduce and merely recruit, was it a straight person who first convinced someone to be a homosexual? My guess is that it was Adam. He had three sons and only one wife. With such a shortage of women to put their seed into, perhaps Adam felt Eve needed a break from populating the world and suggested to Cain that he start blowing his brother to relieve his sexual frustrations. Cain, then became the first homosexual recruiter and encouraged LGBT kids to come out. Or perhaps it was one of the other male children.
Mr. Fischer further states that:
If criticism is bullying and harassment, then homosexual activists condemn themselves every day by the mean-spirited things they say about Christians and their views of homosexuality.
While I would concur that criticizing those that are Christian for their opinions would not necessarily constitute bullying, I must draw the line at forceful, obstructive, demeaning verbal abuse such as that experienced by LGBT youth.
For myself, I was harassed daily for my perceived (and ultimately actual) sexual orientation. I had the word “fag” scrawled into the side of my car; I was chased home by kids throwing rocks and slurs at me; my friends were approached at their employment and harassed for hanging out with a fag; I was told by a teacher to, “act like a man;” I was spit on, laughed at and was terrified to go to school because the so-called Christian opinion was not that I was a sinner, it was that I was a worthless faggot. All of this happened before my 18th birthday, most before I “came out.” Never, in all the times I was approached with negative commentary about my sexual orientation in school was it to convince me that I was a sinner and needed to repent. Instead, it was to intimidate me into submission, deny me my right of free passage or to just give me a sucker-punch.
In spite of Mr. Fischer’s efforts, it has gotten better. Now, I’m called a fag only about 2 or 3 times per month instead of every day. That’s better, but it’s still not good enough.
So, Mr. Fischer, I’m left with one more question, “How many times have gays knocked on your door to recruit you?” I’ve certainly had a lot of your ilk try to recruit me through the love of Jesus Christ (which in my experience feels a lot more like spit in the face).
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