NOM Continues Its Campaign Against Safe Schools For LGBT Youth
August 01, 2011 5:33 pm ET by Carlos Maza
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is still doing a terrible job of pretending it doesn’t dislike gay people. The group posted a blog entry this morning highlighting the backlash to an anti-bullying policy recently adopted by a Toronto Catholic school board:
Controversial Canadian "Equity" Policy May Force 4,000 Families Out of Toronto Schools
Patrick Craine at LifeSiteNews draws attention to the fall-out among Catholic schools in the Toronto area as new government policies begin to be implemented
... The equity policy, passed earlier this year as part of the Ontario government’s sweeping equity and inclusive education strategy, has sparked an unprecedented mobilization of parents who fear that it will give homosexual activists a foothold in order to further subvert already weak Catholic sexual teaching in the schools.
The Equity and Inclusive Education policy referenced in the article advocates that “all people are deserving of dignity and are created equal in the image of God” and encourages schools to embrace diversity, including students with different sexual orientations, by embracing anti-bullying efforts.
Of course, the religious right-wingers at LifeSiteNews view the policy as an attempt by “homosexual activists” to spread anti-Christian propaganda to students. Fighting anti-bullying initiatives by claiming LGBT people are trying to infiltrate and indoctrinate children is nothing new for anti-gay advocates.
Why, though, is the National Organization for Marriage promoting the LifeSiteNews article? Although the post is tagged under the “same sex marriage” label, neither the blog post nor the LifeSiteNews article itself contains the word “marriage.”
Because NOM isn’t just opposed to same-sex marriage; it’s opposed to homosexuality in general, and especially homosexuality being discussed in school. The group has a long, miserable history of opposing and fear-mongering about efforts to reduce anti-LGBT harassment and bullying in school, typically under the guise of protecting parental or religious rights.
NOM is in good company, too. A number of groups that have been labeled hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center -- including the Family Research Council and American Family Association -- similarly oppose efforts to reduce anti-LGBT bullying in school. As we noted in a recent post:
These groups understand that allowing schools to promote LGBT tolerance is bad for business; the more students learn about the lives and experiences of LGBT people, the less likely they are to support anti-LGBT groups and politicians.
For NOM, even the idea that all students, gay or straight, “are deserving of dignity and are created equal” is just a little too “controversial” to stomach.