We have now been able to ascertain exactly what PFOX distributed to the high school students of Montgomery County, Maryland. A public school parent provided Teachthefacts.org with a copy of the PFOX flyer distributed at Quince Orchard High School.
The handout had very little information other than a list of websites that children should visit to get more information. The type of information the children would receive if they visited these sites includes:
I concluded that God’s intention was for one man and one woman to be in a life-long committed relationship, and that any other sexual relationship was wrong.
Homosexuality is a painful and confusing issue for anyone to live with.
Homosexuality, as a genetic inevitability, has probably been gay activism’s most effective argument in the drive for equal rights and special protections. Although it is no longer politically correct or fashionable to say in many circles that homosexuals can change, it is scientifically accurate to say so.
This site is all about how behavior isn’t genetically determined. A kid wouldn’t notice what is not being said: that sexual orientation is not limited to behavior. The site is extremely deceptive and clearly intentionally so.
That’s why we’re here. To talk about same-sex attraction openly, honestly and with a Christian perspective, in a way that will be helpful to you in your journey.
This interactive website from the Portland Fellowship does not appear to be functioning at present.
Exodus Youth provides resources where you can find biblical answers to your questions, links to support groups, youth pastors and online encouragement.
It is very difficult for me to see how allowing this handout differs from religious proselytizing. All of the resources for youth are links to religious organizations with a particular Christian bent. This is blatantly offensive to those parents of different faith.
There is no question as to what would happen if a tract was distributed to all high school students about depression that offered an alternative to medication… and then linked to the Church of Scientology. Or perhaps a handout about marriage… that linked to the Unification Church (the Moonies). Even a handout that directed school children to visit a Buddhist website would have evangelical Christians bombarding the school board demanding a rebuttal.
Sadly, some anti-gay evangelical Christians are so arrogant that they see no problem with flouting other parents’ religious beliefs just so they can push their views. In their zeal to “evangelize” to those who don’t want to hear them, they are willing to establish a most dangerous precedent.