Posted by | August 30, 2010 18:35 | Filed under: Top Stories

Candi Cushman of the conservative Focus on the Family (pictured) objects to schools giving the message that homosexuality should be accepted, and believes that is what’s behind the anti-bullying message schools give out.

School officials allow these outside groups to introduce policies, curriculum and library books under the guise of diversity, safety or bullying-prevention initiatives, said Focus on the Family education expert Candi Cushman.

“We feel more and more that activists are being deceptive in using anti-bullying rhetoric to introduce their viewpoints, while the viewpoint of Christian students and parents are increasingly belittled,” Cushman said.

Eliza Byard of the national Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network wants respect to be taught for all students.

GLSEN says its agenda is to ensure safe schools and acceptance for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, race, national origin or ability.

“Bullying is a serious public health crisis in this country, according to no less an authority than the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,” Byard said.

Cushman complains about “politicizing or sexualizing” the bullying issue. Of course, much bullying is directed at those who are gay.

It’s three times more common if you’re gay, Byard said. GLSEN’s 2007 National School Climate Survey found that almost nine out of 10 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender students experienced harassment. Almost 61 percent felt unsafe in school. And 22 percent reported being physically assaulted in schools.

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