I’ve been trying to figure out what to say about Focus on the Family’s launch of a new site called, hilariously and awfully, “True Tolerance.” See, the main message of, ahem, True Tolerance, is that homophobic parents’ rights are being violated when kids are taught they shouldn’t bully or beat up other kids for being perceived as gay or trans. And apparently, anti-bullying programs are just a way for gay activists to sneak in gay propaganda into schools.
Obviously this is total fail – and incredibly dangerous, misleading, and callous – on many counts. The blatant lying is pretty amazing. They act as though they don’t know perfectly well that gay children and children taunted for being gay or trans have died – have either been killed or have committed suicide – because of this kind of bullying. I’ve yet to hear a story of anything like that happening to a child because they were perceived to be straight or cisgendered. LGBT and gender non-conforming children aren’t more “worthy” of protection from bullying – they’re more in need of it because of their perceived gender or sexuality. Try to keep it straight, everyone: homophobic bullying is perfectly compatible with childlike “innocence and purity,” but teaching kids that homophobic bullying is wrong is gay propaganda. Someone has to think of the children . . . but only the children being taught at home that it’s ok to hate LGBT people. Not, you know, the children actually being bullied.
More evidence that Focus on the Family only cares about white, straight, narrow-minded Christian families. Leave it to Bryan Safi to find some humor in this nastiness.