14 Dec 2010

Fundamentalist "Truth Academy" indoctrinating teens to fear and fight homosexuals as a threat to religious freedom



Secular News Daily - July 21, 2010

Anti-Gay “Truth Academy” curriculum released
by Mike Daniels


Peter LaBarbera’s Americans for Truth about Homosexuality is preparing to teach teens how gays are trying to destroy America. The schedule is now available.

Recently, we told you about AFTAH’s planned “Truth Academy” near Chicago. This event is only open to attendees who come with references proving that they support AFTAH’s anti-gay agenda.

We wrote to Peter LaBarbera and expressed our understanding that he likely did not have the resources to provide security and did not want disruptive people in attendance. We asked if one of us or a representative could attend, and participate only at the level LaBarbera deemed appropriate.

He responded, explaining that he would have to run the idea past his advisory board. The only further reply received was from one of his board members to Peter, recommending that Peter “blow them off” this year and let the event grow, perhaps including the press in the future.

LaBarbera’s closed door to the press and to anyone not able to prove that they, as required, “share AFTAH’s belief that homosexuality is immoral and that the GLBT movement is destructive to America and a direct threat to our religious freedom” has brought criticism and the assumption that this “Truth Academy” will more likely be a three-day gay-bashing session which LaBarbera does not want public.

The recently released curriculum suggests that this may well be the case.

Truth Academy Instructors:

* Matt Barber, Liberty Counsel ; Board Member, AFTAH
* Cliff Kincaid, America’s Survival; Accuracy in Media
* Prof. Robert Gagnon, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, author, The Bible and Homosexual Practice
* Arthur Goldberg, Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality (JONAH), author, Light in the Closet: Torah, Homosexuality, and the Power to Change
* Laurie Higgins, Illinois Family Institute
* Robert Knight, Coral Ridge Ministries; author, Radical Rulers: The White House Elites Who Are Pushing America Towards Socialism, keynote presenter
* Peter LaBarbera, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality
* Prof. Rena Lindevaldsen, Liberty University School of Law
* Greg Quinlan, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX); Pro-Family Network
* Ryan Sorba, Young Conservatives of California

THURSDAY

Welcoming Remarks, Peter LaBarbera, President, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality: “From gay pride to gay tyranny”

10:10 – 11:10 – Prof. Rena Lindevaldsen, Liberty University School of Law: “History of modern ‘gay’ activism and the courts”

11:20-12:20 – Matt Barber, Liberty Counsel; Board Member, AFTAH: “Masculine Christianity: a non-defensive approach to the Culture War over homosexuality”

1:20-2:20 – Ryan Sorba, Young Conservatives of California: “The ‘born gay hoax”

2:30 – 3:30 – Laurie Higgins, Illinois Family Institute: “Using reason and logic in answering pro-homosexuality arguments”

3:40-4:40 – Arthur Goldberg, JONAH (Jews Offering Healthy Alternatives to Homosexuality), author, Light in the Closet: Torah, Homosexuality, and the Power to Change: “Can gays change? Is gay parenting good for kids? Presenting the research on homosexuality”

4:50-6:00 – PANEL DISCUSSION and Q & A:

Theme: “Can the effort to ‘mainstream’ homosexuality in American culture be stopped?”

Panelists: Rena Lindevaldsen, Matt Barber, Laurie Higgins, Ryan Sorba, Arthur Goldberg, and Greg Quinlan, Cliff Kincaid; Moderator: Peter LaBarbera

7:45 – 9:15 – Greg Quinlan, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX); Pro-Family Network: “An Ex-Gay Christian Discusses Love, Truth and Homosexuality”

FRIDAY

9:00 – 10:00 – Prof. Robert Gagnon, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary: “From abomination to ‘gay’: answering ‘queer theology’ — Old Testament”

10:10 – 11:10 – Prof. Rena Lindevaldsen, Liberty University School of Law: “The zero-sum game: homosexuality-based ‘rights’ vs. religious and First Amendment freedoms”

11:20-12:20 – Laurie Higgins, Illinois Family Institute: “Corrupting children, politicizing schools: the homosexual youth agenda”

1:20-2:20 – Arthur Goldberg, JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality: “The gender confusion agenda: ‘transgender rights’”

2:30 – 3:30 – Cliff Kincaid, America’s Survival, Accuracy in Media: “The battle over blood: ‘gay’ health risks and public policy”

3:40-4:40 – Prof. Rena Lindevaldsen, Liberty U. School of Law: “The legal strategy to stop homosexual ‘marriage’: triumphs and pitfalls”

5:00-6:00 – PANEL DISCUSSION and Q & A:

Theme: “Returning the debate to behavior – getting off the ‘GLBT’ playing field”

Panelists: Rena Lindevaldsen, Matt Barber, Laurie Higgins, Ryan Sorba, Arthur Goldberg, Cliff Kincaid, Robert Knight, Robert Gagnon, Gregg Quinlan; Moderator: Peter LaBarbera

7:45 – 9:15 – Robert Knight, Coral Ridge Ministries; author, Radical Rulers: The White House Elites Who Are Pushing America Towards Socialism: “From destroying DOMA to homosexualizing the military: Obama’s radical homosexual/transsexual agenda for America”

SATURDAY

9:00 – 10:00 – Prof. Robert Gagnon, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary: “’Jesus Never Said Anything about Homosexuality’”; Answering ‘Queer Theology’ — New Testament”

10:10 – 11:10 – Robert Knight, Coral Ridge Ministries: “Destructive legacy: Alfred Kinsey and the (Homo)Sexual Revolution”

11:20-12:20 – Greg Quinlan, PFOX, Pro-Family Network: “The big, pink plan for a lavender culture”/”How to lobby effectively”

1:20-2:20 – Cliff Kincaid, America’s Survival; Accuracy in Media: “Combating pro-homosexual media bias, confronting pro-gay ‘conservatives’”

2:30-3:40 – Prof. Robert Gagnon, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary: “Agreeing with God: a truly biblical approach toward ‘out and proud’ homosexuality”

3:50-4:50 – Ryan Sorba, Young Conservatives of California: “Confronting the zeitgeist: new strategies to turn around younger Americans on ‘gay rights’”

5:00-6:00 – Matt Barber, Liberty Counsel, AFTAH Board Member: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Bleed: stopping Obama’s campaign to homosexualize the U.S. military”

6:00-6:20 – Closing remarks, Peter LaBarbera, Americans For Truth

These session titles do not indicate a focus on “helping” homosexuals. Instead, nearly every session is geared toward teaching teens that homosexuals are trying to destroy their Christian way of life, or training teens to lead a cultural war against homosexuals. The Truth Academy’s apparent goal is to push gays out of all segments of society and ensure their continued second-class-citizen status.

Please be aware that some Internet filters categorize AFTAH’s site as a hate site; you may not be able to access it from some computers.

Mike Daniels is co-editor of Secular News Daily.


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http://www.secularnewsdaily.com/2010/07/21/anti-gay-truth-academy-curriculum-released/


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