Ex-Gay Fliers Sent Home with Report Cards
Stories like this infuriate me more than anything in this world. In the Montgomery County School District, ex-gay fliers were included with other non-profit paraphernalia to go home with students in their report cards. The schools are required to distribute the literature from any non-profit four times per year, so long as it is not deemed to be hate speech.
I honestly do not have the composure at this time to consider if it does or does not fall within the 1st Amendment protections on speech. But I do know this: this is the type of crap that leads kids to depression and suicide. None of these groups will ever own up to that fact, however.
I can’t help but try to imagine how some teenage kid feels, already struggling to accept his or her sexuality, after receiving that flyer. It literally makes me sick trying to imagine that feeling.
And I guarantee you those kids do not have the full information on the dangers of ex-gay therapies and the countless results showing that the programs are immensely unsuccessful.
Perfect example: less than two weeks ago, Truth Wins Out posted the story of two major advocates for ex-gay programs who literally live in 24/7 surveillance to ensure they do not slip. If you are “cured,” shouldn’t those temptations be gone? Apparently not, as they have to lock their computers, check in with their wives regularly, and stay with other pastors when out of town instead of hotels.
The article states emphatically: “Dude, if you are placing a Master Lock on the computer to stop from masturbating to pictures of men – you are not healed.”
And now that type of program, which only leads to more lying, deception, and denial is being thrust onto teenagers. Once again, I get disgusted and angry trying to think about how unfair this is to those kids, many of whom have no support network and deal with these issues on their own.