The anti-gay right is waging a campaign to make them seem the victims of homosexual militant extremists. Sometimes in their efforts to seem reasonable average folk, they make the most outlandish, bizarre, and self-contradictory statements.
For example Kristy DeGuise, a parent in Vermont, is upset that the local school had a presentation about anti-gay bullying. She had this to say:
“I don’t mind them going to talk to the students about certain things, and I understand them talking about being gay or lesbian and kids finding out about their sexuality, but I don’t think school is the place to do it,” DeGuise said. “I don’t think it should be brought up in a classroom situation. School is a place to learn. I don’t personally believe that learning about not bashing gays is going to get them a better job in life.”
In other words, she’ll all in favor of learning, just not in school. Because school is a place to learn.
And, of course, it never enter’s DeGuise’s head that “they” includes gay kids and that having other children learn not to bash them will most definitely improve their chances in life in ways that include and exceed getting a better job.
DeGuise listed the other things presented that week: the dangers of substance abuse, eating disorders, the risks of using tobacco, suicide prevention and violence against women. DeGuise had no complaints about those things, however. Presumably because she thinks they will help her daughter get a better job in life.
DeGuise and a few other parents thought their kids didn’t need any lessons about anti-gay bullying. However, I think that DeGuise’s 12 year old daughter, Kaitlyn Bruley, may have inadvertently put in words exactly why the school felt that anti-gay bullying needed to be addressed:
Mom, I don’t want to hear about it. It’s disgusting.