Corrected to reflect Jeralee Smith’s exgay identity.
Exgay activist Jeralee Smith formed the NEA Ex-Gay Educators Caucus in early 2004, ostensibly to educate teachers and administrators about exgays.
But just two years later, she is calling upon Christian teachers not to educate fellow NEA members, but rather to think about leaving the NEA because the NEA refuses to immediately sign on to a far-reaching antigay political agenda.
“People who share our values, which is traditional family and a few other things, can have no integrity unless they are either active on the inside to try and change things, or they leave the union and take their money out of the union’s hands,” says Smith.
Smith acknowledges that Christian members of the NEA are faced with a decision. “I just think it’s time for Christians to really pray about their relationship to the union and do some real soul-searching on their loyalty,” she says. And if they find their loyalty is still with the union, Smith suggests they ask themselves “just how much loyalty does the union deserve at this point?”
Smith says she is outraged the NEA is pushing for “gay,” lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues to be required content for teacher credentialing.
Sooo… Smith believes that exgay issues should be required content — but not the sexual-orientation issues that would in fact be necessary in order for students or teachers to understand what the “ex” in “exgay” really stands for.
Here’s another thought: If Smith really cares about exgay issues, then by golly, why does she go off-topic and blast marriage, civil unions, and tolerance for people who aren’t exgay?
(Big huge hat tip: Pam Spaulding)