Letter to Obama: Stop attack on ministries to ex-gays

Saturday, October 27, 2012
Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

On behalf of the Christian ministry Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX), the United States Justice Foundation submitted a letter [PDF] to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), calling for President Barack Obama's administration to put an end to its promotion of websites attacking Christian ministries that reach out to individuals departing from homosexual lifestyles.

The Christian group challenges the CDC's denigration of those who are not on board with the homosexual agenda, noting how the Obama administration backs organizations and publications with websites bashing biblical worldviews.

"The website also contains links to anti-heterosexual publications and organizations, such as PFLAG [Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays], which openly denigrates former homosexuals, and the infamous ex-gay publication Just the Facts, which advocates against Christian anti-gay ministries and lists only those religious organizations that affirm homosexual behavior," the U.S. Justice Foundation's letter reads before posing a critical question. "Why is the federal government spreading intolerance against the ex-gay community and Christians who support the religious testimony of former homosexuals?"

One of the links provided by the CDC -- titled "Empowering youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools" -- states that the GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) Network helps GSA clubs become activist clubs that can "educate teachers and students to improve the school climate" (according to its own standards and regardless of parental objections). Such sites "warn" against counseling that helps students deal with their unwanted same-sex attractions.

"The promotion of these negative anti-heterosexual comments spreads hate towards the ex-gay community," says USJF senior staff attorney Nathaniel Oleson in his letter to the CDC, calling upon the Obama administration to cease its advocacy of intolerant policies against religious freedom. "Is the federal government singling out a certain class of people to denigrate? We also take issue with your link to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which creates unsafe communities by promoting intolerance against the ex-gay community and actively targeting Christian organizations who disagree with their political beliefs."

In what is also considered an onslaught against Christian values, the CDC used more than $100,000 in taxpayer funding to pay for the GSA Network's five campaigns to "Change Your School." This money given to the "gay" group goes into an intensive training program to raise young students to become homosexual/transsexual youth activists.

PFOX executive director Regina Griggs questions the basis and legitimacy of such government funding.

"How do these links 'meet scientific standards supported by published, evidence-based studies,' as the CDC claims?" Griggs asks. "The CDC's link to 'Trevor Space: News and Networking' describes itself as 'a social networking site for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 13 through 24.'  What is scientific about this?"

According to USJF, the U.S. government should not insert itself in the role of impressing its subjective ideologies upon students in the guise of tolerance and safety policies. It is calling for immediate action to be taken.

"We ask Director Thomas Frieden and the CDC to adopt the standards utilized by the Office of Adolescent Health, Department of Health and Human Services, and provide website links that are factually oriented, relevant to adolescent health, non-partisan, free from bias and prejudice, and do not take or present an advocacy position," Oleson implores in the USJF letter. "The CDC's current list of links results in ex-gay bashing, does not provide complete factual information to youth and their parents, and sends the wrong message that unpopular sexual minorities like former homosexuals are not entitled to protection or respect."

USJF is sending the strong message that it will not stand by and allow a government agency to continue its unfair treatment of a group just because it is not aligned with its pro-homosexual agenda.

"We ask you to stop ignoring our complaint that the CDC is engaging in sexual orientation discrimination," the letter concludes. "Once again, we request that you address our complaint that the CDC is guilty of sexual orientation bias against disfavored groups."

In PFOX's letter [PDF] of appeal for a change in policy, it directly addresses the Commander-in-Chief, calling him to rectify the alleged injustices for which he is perceived to be ultimately responsible, "As concerned parents, we ask President Obama, who appointed Thomas Frieden, and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, to intervene."

The White House's staunch advocacy for the homosexual agenda continues to become more and more pronounced as the current administration nears the end if its term. Obama has refused to defend DOMA (the Federal Defense of Marriage Act), while expressing support for the pro-homosexual Respect for Marriage Act. Besides having a major hand in the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the President has been unabashed in his promotion of "homosexual rights" in his foreign policy (as seen in his recent call for the U.S. Embassy to participate in the Prague "Gay Pride" Parade). Obama's unwavering allegiance to the h-agenda is also witnessed through his commitment to forward the policies of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bixsexual, Transgender) community, GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) and other homosexual activist groups.

Reported to be the most pro-homosexual president in U.S. history, Obama took the final step in his "evolution" to fully endorse same-sex "marriage" in May and addressed this devout conviction at the LGBT Pride Month reception held at the White House in June, but he says that the unleashing of his h-agenda has only just begun.

"So we still have a long way to go, but we will get there," Obama promised his LGBT community supporters. "As long as I have the privilege of being your President, I promise you, you won't just have a friend in the White House, you will have a fellow advocate."

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