I can understand how topics like abortion and gay marriage and gun rights are controversial.
But surely, everyone would be on board to support something called No Name-Calling Week for young children, right?
The event is just what it sounds like:
No Name-Calling Week is an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities.
Who would be opposed to that…?
Apparently, Conservative Christians.
Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), says this of the anti-bullying program:
… it is a way of indoctrinating children so that they will support the homosexual agenda after they become adults…
“They’re promoting, all the way down to the first-grade level, children to read and be exposed to books and material that is pro-homosexual — and it’s all under the guise of opposing name-calling,” he contends.
“The alleged homosexual kids are not the only ones being bullied,” the attorney points out. “There’s [sic] kids of faith being called ‘homophobic’ and ‘homophobe,’ and yet those words and that name-calling is not under attack and is not being addressed by this alleged week of tolerance that’s being pushed.”Dacus urges parents to be aware of what happens in their children’s schools and to opt out their children out if necessary.
This guy is actually urging parents to exempt their children from No Name-Calling Week.Does he realize that Christian name-calling falls under the same umbrella as anti-gay slurs — and the event is trying to stop all forms of nasty comments? They’re on his side and he doesn’t even know it.
I’ve been to several educational meetings in my district (which is in a fairly conservative suburb). At no point has the adminstration ever said, “Let us now get to work on the homosexual agenda.” The only thing they (and all other districts I’m aware of) want to create is a comfortable environment for children so they can achieve their full potential.
What sort of Christians would support a man who thinks name-calling should be condoned just so Christians can keep up their anti-gay rhetoric?