Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tea Party Nation Blogger Says LGBT Bullying Is A Good Thing

This past week, Tea Party Nation published an editorial on their site by Dr. Rich Swier, who claimed that LGBT bullying is actually a good thing and that it teaches LGBT children to be stronger. He also stated that LGBT bullying is a form of positive peer pressure, because homosexuality is just as bad a drugs and alcohol. Here are his exact words

"The problem is the entire bullying campaign is a sham created by radical gay activist Kevin Jennings. Jennings is the founder of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN). As reports, "The homosexual movement in the public schools has always been based on lies and deception. But until the mid-1990s, they were still having difficulty getting into the schools. Then they found the key to their huge success -- what they call 're-framing the issue'".
So what does "re-framing the issue" mean? It means changing the dialogue from homosexuality is bad behavior to bullying homosexuals is even worse behavior. How do you and I know this is the plan?
This is not bullying. It is peer pressure and is healthy. There are many bad behaviors such as smoking, under age drinking and drug abuse that are behaviors that cannot be condoned. Homosexuality falls into this category. Homosexuality is simply bad behavior that youth see as such and rightly pressure their peers to stop it. In Sarasota County over 70% of all HIV/AIDS cases are due to male sex with males. I agree with Gulf Coast Gives that "LGBT youth are up to five times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight counterparts". Homosexuality, like drugs, harms young people if they experiment with it. That is the greatest tragedy."
        Sadly, this type of thinking - that LGBT students are the cause of their own depression and suicides - is something that permeates the mentality of the Religious Right. As I pointed out a few days ago, my own father used this bit of "you are more depressed and suicidal because you "chose" the sin of homosexuality" rhetoric.

      Additionally we can see that Dr. Swier still believes that homosexuality is a choice...that it is something that can be "experimented with" and that it is something that can be "changed". This idea that you must be changed because you are abnormal is actually what leads LGBT youths to commit suicide, to have greater risk of reckless behavior, and to be mentally unstable. LGBT youths exist and will be in our schools no matter what Dr. Swier claims, because it is a normal biological variance in the human species; thus we must not tell these children that they need to "change", and we most certainly do not need to assert that LGBT bullying is beneficial.


  1. s reports, "The homosexual movement in the public schools has always been based on lies and deception.

    Oh the bittersweet irony. MassResistance is accusing gay activists of lying. MassResistance, one of the hate groups that are notorious for misrepresenting situations in order to falsely allege "religious persecution." One of the groups that continues to peddle the discredited junk science about the "harms of homosexuality."

    I wish I could say I'm surprised to see Tea Party leadership get in bed with such people. Or make such a sick attempt to respin bullying as "positive peer pressure."

    And really, that doesn't make sense. No, I don't want my (very hypothetical) kids to do drugs. But I think there are better ways to deter that than having other kids mock them, beat them up, or otherwise bully them.

  2. I am aware that this guy is simply a blogger for the Tea Party, but seriously, even though I tend to be staunchly against the Tea Party a lot of the time, I give them the benefit of the doubt all the time. Every time I hear some whacked out comment I always say something to the degree of "well that's just one person, the Tea Party doesn't think that," and more or less defend the Tea Party.

    But seriously, how many times do I have to do that? The argument he presents is asinine. I could write a ton more to back that up, but for now I'll just leave it there. Thanks for sharing, Kyle!


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