Imagine this situation: a young homosexual youth commits suicide. His parents, having learned of the pro-homosexual curriculum in their school, sue the school for encouraging their son in the direction of promiscuity and homosexuality. Fiction? For now, yes, but according to Citizens for Community Values (CCV), this may be the next front in the battle over sexuality in schools.
Probe Ministries, a
Christian world view and social action ministry, mentioned CCV in their recent podcast, and in an onlinle post, Gay Agenda in Schools, discusses how schools may
be at legal risk if they promote homosexuality because of the health
risks associated with homosexuality.
The homosexual health risks which could be a legal liability to the schools that promote the gay identity and lifestyle, include:
- Life expectancy—The International Journal of Epidemiology found that gay and bisexual men involved in homosexual behavior cut off years from their lives.
- Sexually transmitted diseases—The danger of various STDs,
including HIV infection in homosexual relationships, has been well
documented through many studies. The Medical Institute for Sexual
Health says that “Homosexual men are at significantly increased risk of
HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, anal cancer, gonorrhea and gastrointestinal
infections as a result of their sexual practices. Women who have sex
with women are at significantly increased risk of bacterial vaginosis,
breast cancer and ovarian cancer than are heterosexual women.”
- Other health risk behaviors—A study by Harvard University of
over four thousand ninth- to twelfth-grade students found that
gay-lesbian-bisexual “youth report disproportionate risk for a variety
of health risk and problem behaviors” and they found that they “engage
in twice the mean number of risk behaviors as did the overall
- Mental health—A study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry
found those engaging in homosexual behavior have a much higher
incidence of mental health problems. “The findings support the
assumption that people with same-sex sexual behavior are at greater
risk for psychiatric disorders.”
What is interesting is that one of the strategies that groups such as GLSEN use to get INTO the schools is by calling their interest a "safety issue," when in truth, they may be exposing students to much greater risk by encouraging the gay identity. Here’s what GLSEN says about their "safety" strategy.
In Massachusetts, the effective reframing of this issue was the key to
the success of the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth. We
immediately seized upon the opponent’s calling card–safety–and
explained how homophobia represents a threat to students’ safety by
creating a climate where violence, name-calling, health problems, and
suicide are common. Titling our report “Making Schools Safe for Gay and
Lesbian Youth,” we automatically threw our opponents onto the defensive
and stole their best line of attack. This framing short-circuited their
arguments and left them back-pedaling from day one. ("’Governor’s Commission for Gay Youth’ Retreats to ‘Safety’ and ‘Suicide’," The Massachusetts News, December 2000.)
I guess we’ll be spending more time in court over this one.