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June 29, 2005

Homosexual, recruiting clubs in government schools

From AgapePress:

[David] Williams, a mid-Oklahoma representative of the Christian Educators Association International (CEAI), decided to fight the establishment of a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at Eisenhower High School in Lawton, Oklahoma. Last December, Williams discovered that the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network was attempting to form a GSA at his son's school. When told that the school could not legally stop the formation of a GSA, Williams decided to use whatever avenues were open to him.

After much prayer, he began publicizing the GSA via the local newspaper, local television station, and the local American Family Radio station in Lawton, KVRS Radio. Williams also summoned into the battle as many people as possible: school officials, school board members and church people.

But there was a sticking point. No matter how many people disagreed with the establishment of a GSA at Lawton, the law was on the side of homosexual students. The courts have established an "equal access" requirement, meaning that schools must allow equal access for all student groups. This requirement is why an increasing number of schools have felt pressured to allow GSAs on campus.

Williams, however, used that policy to his advantage. He argued that, if homosexual students were free to establish a club that normalizes their lifestyle, then students who believe that homosexuals can change their sexual orientation must also be allowed to start a club.

"I approached it from an equal access [perspective]," Williams said. "If they were going to promote one view of the gay agenda and not include the ex-gay agenda -- which means that people can change their perspective -- then that would be unfair."

The strategy succeeded. After the equal access push, the student government itself voted not to have a GSA. "To make a long story short, after hundreds of e-mails, phone calls, prayers, [and] actually getting some ex-gay literature through churches into the hands of students at the school ... it was voted down by the students," he said. "We have to praise the Lord for that."

Williams has an outline of his approach at the CEAI website. Since Christians have used Equal Access to force schools to obey the law and not discriminate against them, it is obviously within the rights of students to also form GSA clubs. However, monitoring the adult presence in such clubs to prevent active recruitment of pedophiles is very important. Williams approach of education as a tool against ignorance is the best way to go.

One of the strategies suggested is to require parental consent to join any club. Even the leader of one GSA club admitted her mother would remove her from the school is she knew she was involved. 

Posted by Danny Carlton at June 29, 2005 07:48 AM

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