Friday, June 24, 2005

PFOX Shows Up At PTA Anyway

Sure, I'll comment on this article from the Washington Times: PTA snubs former-gays group for workshop. Here's how it starts:
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The National PTA has angered a support group for former homosexuals by rejecting them as a workshop presenter at its annual meeting that convened yesterday, while allowing a homosexual advocacy group to participate.

A major theme of this year's PTA meeting is anti-bullying and both the homosexual advocacy group Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and the rejected group, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) have programs on the topic.

After being rejected, PFOX rented hotel space adjacent to the convention and announced it will conduct a teach-in to voice its message to an expected 1,700 PTA delegates about anti-bullying and that ex-homosexuals exist and homosexuality is not a genetic inborn trait, said PFOX founder Regina Griggs.

On Wednesday, PTA official Warlene Gary rejected an appeal from PFOX to have equal exhibitor status with PFLAG, which opposes the ex-homosexual message and favors same-sex "marriage," Mrs. Griggs said.

The National PTA invited PFLAG last year as an exhibitor and workshop presenter against bullying in schools at its convention in Anaheim, Calif.

"This year, we received an invitation to apply again," said PFLAG Executive Director Ron Schlitter. "We're doing the entire full-on, everything" to promote tolerance for the homosexual lifestyle.

Let me start with that last sentence. I want to point out that the last phrase is not in quotation marks. The Executive Director of PFLAG did not, I'd be very sure, use the phrase "homosexual lifestyle."

Think about that phrase: homosexual lifestyle. What do you picture? Like, the Village People, maybe? Now think about an actual gay person you know. Dude, you know one. OK, then think about somebody you know who you think might be gay -- not somebody on TV, I mean a real person. How well do they fit that "homosexual lifestyle" picture?

Oh hey, you could be like the CRC's President, and say that the one gay person you know is different from the others.

Of course there are gay bars, and there are things that gay people tend to like that other people don't, certain bands that have a gay following or whatever. But the whole concept of the "homosexual lifestyle" is a caricature, it's a piece of propaganda of the type that we often see in The Times, it's a phrase that serves the sole purpose of making you think that gay people are different from you.

Let's get over that.

Now, the story. The PTA doesn't want PFOX at their meeting, and PFOX is going to go anyway.
Mrs. Griggs accused PTA officials of discrimination.

"PFLAG promotes a pro-gay agenda; they say on their Web site that ex-gays don't exist," she said.

National PTA officials did not respond to numerous inquiries about their decision to reject PFOX, which was successful recently in having Montgomery County, Md., public schools withdraw a disputed sex education program.

Did you notice that in the post right beneath this one there was an "ex-gay" person complaining that he was discriminated against? Mmm, is that like an "ex-gay" talking-point or something? Why, yes, it is. They're always complaining about people discriminating against them. But who would? Who cares? What people "discriminate" against is bigotry. People don't like to invite haters to their party.

Here's what PFOX does. They tell gay people, especially young gay men, that there is something wrong with them, and promise them that they can live happily as hetereosexuals. PFOX promotes reparative therapy, which is an unethical and dangerous technique (see two posts below this one for a good discussion of the topic) that tries to get gay people to change. They are a religious organization, spun off of James Dobson's Family Research Council with the objective of furthering an evangelistic ministry.

The PTA is absolutely right. They should have nothing to do with these creeps.


Blogger Kay2898 said...

Jim K wrote:

"Oh hey, you could be like the CRC's President, and say that the one gay person you know is different from the others."

Now have PFOX and Throckmorton sought to perform "reparative therapy" on the person above?

Doesn't Regina Griggs of PFOX have a openly gay son? What about reparative therapy there? Or does it mean that these two are entirely happy being gay and we should all support that?

Kay R

June 24, 2005 2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the record, James Dobson is the Founder and past President of Focus on the Family, NOT the Family Research Council.

June 25, 2005 10:14 AM  
Blogger JimK said...

Hey, Anon ... for the record, James Dobson founded the Family Research Council to do political lobbying for his malignant viewpoints.

June 25, 2005 6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Washington Times gets it wrong, again. Sigh. They report, "After being rejected, PFOX rented hotel space adjacent to the convention and announced it will conduct a teach-in ... said PFOX founder Regina Griggs."

PFOX was created by the FRC in 1996. Robert Knight announced the formation of PFOX at a press conference on October 9, 1996, and directed all contacts to Anthony Falzarano. In 1999, when Mr. Falzarano accused PFOX of exploiting ex-gays for political purposes, he was replaced by Regina Griggs.

I wonder why the Washington Times put this pro-PFOX piece on the National News page rather than the Editorial Pages where it clearly belongs.

Actually, I don't wonder at all because the Washington Times is anything but impartial.

The Unification Church has spent approximately $1 billion keeping Moon's rag running over the 22 years it has been in circulation. See

People don't like to spend money on fiction like that when they can see it for free on FOX News.

Oh and Anon, you might want to check out: where the FRC proudly asserts "The idea of the Family Research Council originated at the 1980 White House Conference on Families. Among the conferees, James Dobson stood out because of his rare combination of Christian social values and academic and professional credentials. A practicing clinical psychologist and noted author, Dobson had recently transitioned into radio broadcasting and also launched a nonprofit, family service organization. He felt that the time was ripe to establish an organization that would drive the national debate on family issues. In 1983, the Family Research Council incorporated as a nonprofit educational institution in the District of Columbia; its founding board included Dobson..."

Aunt Bea

June 26, 2005 4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not read the Washington Times except when it is cited on-line. I know, for a fact, being closely related to a former employee, that the Times will write certain stories depending on advertising revenue. No doubt, FRC, FOTF and PFOX have taken out ads and the Times editors will slant even farther to support their advertisers- it is not as if it is an economically viable paper anyway- but they do want to keep any advertisers happy.

June 27, 2005 11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More info on PFOX!!

July 26, 2005 7:58 PM  

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