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Tony Perkins of Family Research Council is a hate group leader. Perkins and FRC routinely harass — directly and indirectly — LGBTQ people, their families and supporters. Mr. Perkins is a rabid bigot who often claims, in various ways, that LGBTQ people pose a danger to children. Now he is claiming that a nationwide risk assessment survey puts children at risk and requires parental consent.

A trip to the school clinic is supposed to make kids feel better — not worse. But in Oakdale, Louisiana, parents are finding out just how sick America’s public schools are. Christin Willis says her son went to the health center for a football physical. What he got was a graphic sex survey that’s putting parents on the warpath.

“Have you ever had any type of sex — vaginal, anal or oral sex?” Christin read from the paper her middle schooler got. “Have you ever been attracted to the same sex? Girl-to-girl or guy-to-guy? Or do you feel that you are gay, lesbian, or bisexual?” Visibly angry, she told the local news station that she never consented to her son being asked these questions. “I don’t even allow my son to go to the school-based health center. So, the fact that he was questioned without letting me know is the most upsetting,” she said.

Some conservative Christian parents are wed to the notion that their permission is required for just about anything that even remotely involves human sexuality. Christin Willis is “visibly angry” over nothing. A child is not harmed — in any way whatsoever — by being asked questions about their behavior.

Ms. Willis has a personality disorder; one that prohibits her son from even going to the school-based health center (which he seems to have done anyway).

This woman needs professional help. She is likely creating a very neurotic child. Her reaction to a survey is quite disproportionate to the perceived offense.

I cannot be certain but my guess is that this questionnaire is being used for the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. 46 states (including Louisiana), 39 municipalities, U.S. territories and tribal governments participate.

Middle school and high school kids are asked a range of questions including things like seat belt usage, smoking, dating violence, bullying and sexual behavior. Kids across the entire Bible Belt are asked if they are straight, gay or bisexual and whether or not they have had unprotected sex.

Tony Perkins’ claim that this survey is “sick” and that Willis has been harassed is moronic and crazy (to put it succinctly). Perkins becomes exercised over anything that he feels compromises Christian privilege.

If Mr. Perkins is truly concerned for the welfare of children then he should consider the wellbeing of LGBTQ kids. They are in public schools and their parents pay taxes like everyone else.

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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.