DAILY CATHOLIC MONDAY November 29, 1999 vol. 10, no. 226
NEWS & VIEWS
STUDENT BOOKLET ON HOMOSEXUALITY PROMOTES LIFESTYLE
WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - A coalition of pro-homosexual and teacher groups unveiled a new booklet aimed at educators which claims homosexuality is not unhealthy and cannot be cured. The booklet, being sent to 15,000 school systems, is designed to combat harassment or confusion of students who may think they are homosexual.
The pro-family Family Research Council dismissed the pamphlet as politics, not education. "We're all for the facts about homosexuality getting out, but you won't find them in this publication," said spokesman Janet Parshall. "This is another attempt by the homosexual lobby to silence any views on homosexuality but its own."
The booklet's authors said it was produced in response to concerns that "school personnel were receiving inaccurate information on the issue of sexual orientation and how to address it best with students." The booklet says "the promotion of 'reparative therapy' and 'transformational ministry' is likely to exacerbate the risk of harassment, harm, and fear."
"The primer does not acknowledge the unhealthy consequences
of homosexuality," Parshall said. "It presents a one-sided
case that promotes homosexuality by advocating censorship
of information in schools about the opportunity for
individuals to experience a healthy change and leave the
homosexual lifestyle. Thousands who have desired to change
have done so." The council also released two of its own
booklets entitled "Top 10 Strategies Used by Homosexual
Activists in Schools" and "How to Protect Your Children
from Pro-Homosexuality Propaganda in Schools."
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