Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Channel Five on Flyers

There is a controversy bubbling along here in Montgomery County, causing a lot of upset but rarely breaking to the surface in the media. The county school system was forced to change its policy regarding flyers that could be sent home in students' backpacks. We go into the decision HERE. The new rule says the schools have to allow any nonprofit organization to send stuff home with kids.

The point is, the schools have no control over it. So any crazy thing can be sent home, and it might look to parents like the schools endorse it, but it's not that -- they have had their authority stripped away.

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX-GAG) just love this new rule. The message from these suers is that gay people can (and should) learn to be straight. It is exactly the opposite message from what the schools should be teaching, but ... they're a nonprofit, and so the schools can't do anything about it.

You might have noticed a comment on this blog yesterday from an MCPS student who said:
Just as a note PFOX sent out letters to my school today as the new semester started and I am happy to report that every body in my homeroom threw theirs away. I also saw many other letters in trash cans and on the floor around the school. Their intended audience, the LBGT students were appalled that PFOX existed and insisted that nothing was wrong with them and that they don't need "treatment". Great job PFOX you just wasted a lot of trees for nothing.

Channel Five had a report last night on this subject. Pretty fair reporting. They interviewed Peter Sprigg and David Fishback. Funny, they list Sprigg as being with PFOX but don't mention that he's Senior Monkey-Monk at the Family Research Council. (Fishback, former chair of the MCPS citizens advisory committee, is described as a "Parent.")

The silver-tongued Sprigg gives it his best shot. I have always said, he's the kind that worries me, because he gives the appearance of being level-headed and talking sense. Then, you go and look up the "research" he cites, you put together his message, and ... it is very insidious.

Take a look at the video HERE. It's a pretty good news story.


Blogger andrea said...

So right about Peter Sprigg- he looks normal and doesn't foam at the mouth or sound nutso like Don Dwyer(or that really scary guy who was at the CRC event- obsessed with gay porn- even the CRC tried to shut him up). However, a good suit and a nice haircut still doesn't cover up hate and bigotry.

January 24, 2007 1:34 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

he is being mean to us again jim make him stop boo hu :(

January 25, 2007 12:46 PM  
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