Three hate groups object to lessons in kindness.

Page scan of I Am Jazz via Google Books

Bob Kellogg and Jody Brown are two propagandists for American Family Association, an anti-LGBT hate group. They have authored: NEA-LGBT alignment out of the closet, recruitment agenda clear.

“Recruitment” is a particularly crass anti-gay antiquity. Bigots claim that gays cannot reproduce so they recruit children to become gay. People actually believe that nonsense along with a cornucopia of myths about LGBT people.

AFA’s employees are incapable of constructing a paragraph without denigrating LGBT people in some way:

The president of the National Education Association and a man who identifies as a woman recently teamed up to teach kindergartners transgender ideology.

Instead of referring to a “man who identifies as a woman” it would be more accurate and more economical to refer to that individual as a transgender woman. People who refer to “transgender ideology“ are claiming that being transgender is a belief system.

People who become transgender do so because they have a condition known as gender dysphoria. If the condition is severe enough, if they are in distress, they will naturally gravitate to some form of gender affirmation in order to obtain relief. With their gender affirmed they can function quite normally except to the extent that they are affected by minority stress. This is a medical reality. It has nothing to do with religion. Oversimplified, minority stress syndrome is a reaction to bigotry.

Oh the horror of it all:

It was “Read Across America Day” on March 4, and NEA president Lily Eskelsen García and transgender Sarah MacBride of the Human Rights Campaign read the kindergartners’ books on being transgender at Ashlawn Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia. The books were I Am Jazz and Julián Is a Mermaid. According to, the teacher in that Ashlawn kindergarten classroom is Jaim Foster – “a gay man who lobbies for LGBTQ causes.”

I have not read Julián Is a Mermaid but I have read “I Am Jazz.” It is well written and age appropriate. And, yes, Jaim Foster is a gay man who has been an activist for equality. I am reasonably certain that his sexual orientation is not contagious. Mr. Foster has been teaching for 19 years, apparently without recruiting any children.

Hate group two:

OneNewsNow spoke with culture commentator Linda Harvey, president of Mission: America. Harvey says the NEA no longer is about promoting pay and benefits for teachers – it’s about pushing a leftist agenda.

“They have been at the forefront of pushing homosexuality and gender confusion in schools for at least 15 years, aggressively,” she explains, “and every year it gets more and more extreme.”

The unhinged and irrational Ms. Harvey should never accuse others of extremism. I do not know how one “pushes” a particular sexual orientation. I have tried to convert some of my straight friends to gay. It never seems to work. “Gender confusion” is an attempt to claim that gender dysphoria can be cured by “unconfusing” people. Ms. Harvey is abundantly confused because her assertion defies medical science.

Hate group three:

The Family Research Council seconds that, saying the NEA has been “a satellite office for the far-Left wing of the Democratic Party for years,” and found it “urgent” to ally itself with the Human Rights Council [sic].

“… This is exactly the kind of outrageous indoctrination that’s caused millions of parents to pull their kids out of school and either move them to Christian campuses – or teach them at home,” says FRC. “With radical sex ed around every corner – including first graders’ – and now this dangerous excuse for ‘story time,’ it’s no wonder that U.S. homeschooling is in the middle of its biggest surge in 20 years.”

Without attribution Family Research Council is independently capable of speech. Take that Siri. More importantly, those many children who have been removed from public schools posed a greater danger to those schools than LGBTQ students and teachers if those children of religious fanatics are conveyors of their parents’ intolerance. Yet we are informed that teaching tolerance poses a danger to children.

They cause us to require what they dislike:

The simple fact is that none of this should be necessary. It becomes necessary because groups like American Family Association, Family Research Council and Mission America promote bigotry. Furthermore, our president — in pandering to the religious right — has been an enabler. As the Washington Post explained:

“We have seen a complete, literal rollback of the protections for students, especially transgender students,” said García, who also read to students. “The Trump administration has been openly hostile, whether or not you’re a transgender soldier or a transgender little boy or little girl. It is more important than ever before that we speak out.”

We are immoral corrupters:

“… There are so many programs like this – these programs called ‘Welcoming Schools’ – and then you find out, No, it’s not welcoming at all to parents and families with high moral standards for their children or who are people of faith,” she laments.

According to Harvey, García has a personal bias by the fact that her son is homosexual. But the Mission: America leader says that doesn’t give her the right to try and corrupt other people’s children.

They are confusing piety with morality. Morality requires us to treat people decently. And by the way, some of those families with “high moral standards” have gay children. Phyllis Schlafly and Beverly LaHaye come to mind. There are many others. John Schlafly, by the way, was educated in Catholic schools.

Gay bunnies!

One of the books promoted on the “Welcoming Schools” website is A Day in the Live of Marlon Bundo – a pro-LGBTQ parody of the children’s book written by Karen Pence (wife of Vice President Mike Pence) titled A Day in the Life of the Vice President. The parody, however, deviates from the wholesome nature of Mrs. Pence’s book …

What could I possibly add to that?

The recruitment agenda:

FRC suggests the NEA is a willing participant and plays a critical role in the LGBT agenda.

“For years, LGBT activists wanted to keep the goal of luring children into sexual confusion under wraps,” says the Washington, DC-based pro-family group. “Now that they’ve hoodwinked a lot of the country on their agenda, these extremists no longer have to hide. In fact, they are increasingly bold – even boastful – about their real intentions of recruiting kids.”

Once again a hate group claims that LGBT people pose a threat to children. The intended inference is that we are relentless predators of children who will turn your kid gay.

The truth is that there is an agenda; for kindness, respect for diversity and understanding. Only a hate group could assert that teaching kindness is sinister.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.