FACT: For the past several years, public schools nationwide have received a manual entitled Just the Facts about Sexual Orientation and Youth. Initiated by one of the largest homosexual advocacy groups in the nation—the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)—the 24-page booklet concludes, among other things, that homosexuality is one of the “normal expressions of human sexuality” and that “experimentation and discovery” are “common” for youth. The main theme:
Schools are only allowed to provide one message about homosexuality—that it is part of normal experimentation and should be embraced. The Just the Facts booklet bases its assertions on several misleading statements and unsubstantiated claims.
Below is an excerpt from a news report originally published on the Family News in Focus radio program in 2008:
Schools are told that messages about leaving homosexuality are harmful
All 16,000 public school superintendents in the U.S. will be receiving a copy of Just the Facts about Sexual Orientation and Youth, a 24-page booklet.
“What’s so scary and dogmatic about this report is that it communicates that religious-based viewpoints are harmful, and even dangerous,” said Candi Cushman, education analyst for Focus on the Family.
The pamphlet is endorsed by more than a dozen mental health and counseling organizations, education associations and one liberal religious group. The theme: Schools are only allowed to provide one message about homosexuality — that it’s a normal form of experimentation and should be embraced.
The publication ends with a warning: “Schools should be careful to avoid discussions of transformational ministry in their curriculum.”
Brian Raum, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, called that a thinly veiled threat. “What they’re trying to do is create a fear factor here,” he said. “There’s nothing in the Constitution that would prohibit a teacher from presenting to a student all of the programs that are available, without endorsing or promoting any particular one.”