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Linda Harvey compares wearing pro-gay rights t-shirts to bullying

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch
Saturday, November 24, 2012

Mission America’s Linda Harvey has consistently claimed that anti-bullying efforts that include preventing bullying against LGBT and LGBT-perceived students will lead to discrimination against straight, Christian students at the hands of “destructive” and “criminal” activists in the “gaystapo.”

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Of course, she and her other Religious Right anti-anti-bullying activists have never produced any actual evidence that this was occurring, but since she claims to be an ardent defender of students’ First Amendment rights, we wondered how she would react to a dispute in Celina, Ohio, regarding the rights of students to wear t-shirts supportive of gay rights:

The debate at Celina High School started after two female high school students celebrated the high school’s “Twin Day” last week by wearing shirts to school that read “Lesbian 1″ and “Lesbian 2″ on the back. They were promptly asked to remove the T-shirts, according to students there.

On Tuesday, some 20 students decided to show their support of the girls by wearing their own T-shirts to school. The shirts read: “I support…” with a photo of a rainbow. “Express yourself.”

Jimmy Walter, a sophomore at the public high school, says he organized the T-shirts in defense of his older sister, one of the female students who wore the Twin Day shirts. “My sister got yelled at and screamed at [by administrators], and she was basically told she was unwanted at the school because she was gay,” he says.

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“[Our high] school promotes their pro-life club called the ‘Students for Life”. They have their own shirts, which have a fetus and promotes pro-life,” Warner wrote on Reddit, in a post about the incident that has now gone viral on the social news site. “How is that not considered “political”?

While Harvey has previously argued that students who oppose gay equality should not be “intimidated into self-censoring their First Amendment rights,” naturally, she believes that schools should prohibit pro-gay rights t-shirts…just like they prohibit bullying.

She went on to argue that “if schools allow views on homosexuality to be aired at all, then it always shall be to discourage this behavior and these false identities,” and that schools should make gay students “get the counseling they need.”

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We teach our children not to be bystanders if they see someone bullied, likewise responsible grownups should not be bystanders as children are presented harmful, misleading and increasingly corrupting ideas. For instance, should a school allow explicit pro-abortion t-shirts? Absolutely not, because even most liberals know in their heart that abortion is a horrible practice, in fact they do everything they can to keep blinders on about its reality so their consciences don’t have to wrestle with the violence involved.

There is objective truth, right and wrong, and sometimes our schools seem to have forgotten that. The same is true about homosexuality, if schools allow views on homosexuality to be aired at all, then it always shall be to discourage this behavior and these false identities. If the truth was being told about this behavior, it would be obvious why it should be discouraged and any teen struggling with these feelings would get the counseling they need.

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35 more reader comments:

  1. That’s her opinion,,

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:01pm
  2. Yeah because non gay kids get bullied all the time for being straight ..this woman is insane! !!

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:01pm
  3. spoken like a truly stupid bitch.

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:02pm
  4. this woman is horrifically ugly through and through…you can see it in her eyes…a born psychopath

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:04pm
  5. One day, when I’m not bullied for being a lesbian and straight kids are scared to tell their parents they are heterosexual, then that’s when we will say that our rights are given to us. Thats a day I want.

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:05pm
  6. Yet, More Ignorance.

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:10pm
  7. What an idiot! <_<

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:16pm
  8. Because you hear all the time about a bunch of gay guys ganging up on straight guys, and then beating, stabbing, and mutilating them, and then dragging them behind a truck for an hour. That happens ALL the time.

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:16pm
  9. She is soooo ugly, in every sense of the word!

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:17pm
  10. idiot

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:18pm
  11. She and the many bigoted people out there in the public eye started to lose traction on this hateful speech about gay people some 6 years ago. Then, they started to slip and lose greater traction about 2 years ago. Today, it’s like a clutch in a car that can find it’s gear. This is desperation at it’s finest. Case and point in the video below…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJvAsCMATg0

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:18pm
  12. So, being stupid descriminates against those that think?(!)

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:24pm
  13. Krafta S., of course, the lgbtq community should have rights. I’m a very strong supporter of this, and this should definitely not count as bullying. But wishing pain and having hatred towards the other side of the spectrum will not solve anything. You make it sound like you don’t appreciate the support of the straight allies who are there for the lgbtq community. I would not want to fighting for the cause and for the rights of the lgbtq community if this is the kind of attitude it is filled with. I’m sorry, but i support happiness and respect for ALL.

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:29pm
  14. I need a pro gay tshirt

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:31pm
  15. I’m straight but I will be proud to wear a t-shirt in the public which would have “I support gay marriage” written on it.

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:33pm
  16. My flesh says bash the bigots, my heart and soul say turn the other cheek. I hope for her sake my craziness chooses soul& heart on the day i meet her.

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:34pm
  17. We will never be excepted unless we prove scientifically we are human

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:35pm
  18. Defending 1st Amendment Rights unless it’s supporting something she doesn’t like.

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:38pm
  19. No respect for this poor, pathetic bitch.

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:48pm
  20. what a ridiculous idiot she is she needs to get out of the public eye

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:51pm
  21. Then I guess people wearing God shirts is bullying too and, to some, violating freedom of religion. Doesn’t that sound stupid? Yes!!! Just like everything that comes out of her mouth…STUPID!!!

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:57pm
  22. Seems like she’s grasping at straws to me.

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 2:11pm
  23. wow -_-

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 2:18pm
  24. I live ten minutes from Celina Ohio, where this is taking place; I think I might go egg her house. =/ No, but in all seriousness, the fact that she has to fabricate such a terribly executed lie just to ban a t-shirt with a rainbow on it is just… inconceivable. Excuse my French, but what a bitch. =/

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 2:20pm
  25. not sure of what mission she or the organization to which she belongs is attempting to complete. neither am is sure as to what mental calculus she needs to perform to make the equations of bigotry and malice in her head reconcile. she is a pathetic human being bent on castrating the lives of as many people as she can. in this little crucible in celina, ohio, students are practicing political discourse, which is apparently lost from any scene in this country. we have forgotten how to debate, which, for the uninformed, is the presentation of facts to distill a truth of an issue. we simply cannot do it, or if we can, we simply are not doing it. and this is sad.

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 2:38pm
  26. She cracks me up…..I just love CRAZY STUPID !

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 3:18pm
  27. I consider this bitch using oxygen as bullying.

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 3:30pm
  28. Fu*k this bit*h! She is a sick, twisted as*hole.

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 5:23pm
  29. What a twisted sister. Wise up.

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 6:16pm
  30. Her face on a t shirt would advocate pro bullying. She is so closeted.

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 8:49pm
  31. don’t even know what to say to this.

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 8:59pm
  32. dumb bitch

    Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 9:59pm
  33. This angry cunt needs to STFU.

    Posted on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 9:44am
  34. EW.

    Posted on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 10:30am
  35. Now, now, we must be tolerant of those who do not share the same opinion.

    Posted on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 1:14pm