The indoctrination of our children

By Tom Quiner


“Hi, f*gg*t!”

Quiner’s Diner is repulsed by anti gay slurs, anti-Christian slurs, anti-black, anti … well, you get the idea.

The two words I bleeped in the sentence above are the two words that advice columnist, Dan Savage, uses to begin his column, “Savage Love.” He uses the words to reclaim them from those who wish to use them hatefully against those with same-sex attractions.

Mr. Savage is gay.

Mr. Savage is profane.

Mr. Savage is virulently anti-Christian.

And of course, this is a man invited to a White House reception, along with his husband.

They honor his viewpoint.

So do the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA). Despite Mr. Savage’s well-publicized views on human sexuality and religion, they invited him to speak at their anti-bullying conference targeting high schoolers.

Mr. Savage unleashed a hostile attack on our kids who embrace Christianity.

A teenage girl in attendance said:

“The first thing he told the audience was, ‘I hope you’re all using birth control,’” he said there are people using the Bible as an excuse for gay bullying, because it says in Leviticus and Romans that being gay is wrong. Right after that, he said we can ignore all the (expletive deleted) in the Bible.”

To their credit, a hundred or so students got up and walked out.

Mr. Savage called then “pansy-asses.”

“You can tell the Bible guys in the hall they can come back now because I’m done beating up the Bible. It’s funny as someone who is on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the Bible how pansy-assed people react when you push back.”

In other words, this wasn’t an anti-bullying conference. It was a bullying conference. Mr. Savage was there to bully Christians.

That is okay to the secular humanists who dominate the power structure of our educational institutions.

He continued his assault on students of faith:

“But I have a right to defend myself and to point out the hypocrisy of people who justify anti-gay bigotry by pointing to the Bible and insisting we must live by the code of Leviticus on this one issue and no other.”

His diatribe elicited cheers from the remaining students.

You can watch Mr. Savage’s bullying in the video clip above.

How did the power structure react to Mr. Savages bullying rhetoric toward Christians?

“We appreciate the level of thoughtfulness and deliberation regarding Dan Savage’s keynote address. Some audience members who felt hurt by his words and tone decided to leave in the middle of his speech, and to this, we want to make our point very clear: While as a journalist it’s important to be able to listen to speech that offends you, these students and advisers had simply reached their tolerance level for what they were willing to hear.”

Thoughtfulness. Deliberation. It is important to listen to speech that offends.

Somehow the students who walked out are perceived as weak for not hearing out Mr. Savage.

Note that the NSPA official who made this comment did not apologize.

Would they say the same if it were a speaker of a Christian orientation promoting chastity and a traditional view of sexuality, such as this:

“Each of the two sexes is an image of the power and tenderness of God, with equal dignity though in a different way. The union of man and woman in marriage is a way of imitating in the flesh the Creator’s generosity and fecundity: “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.”121 All human generations proceed from this union.”

This excerpt from the Catholic Catechism pretty much states the Christian viewpoint of sexuality, until recent years when some denominations thought the Dan Savages of the world were right and the Bible was wrong.

Fine. But now the educational elite in this country will only allow in one viewpoint, and that is Dan Savage’s.

I saw this in action right here in Des Moines at my alma mater, Roosevelt High School. A few years ago, Alveda King, Martin Luther King’s niece, was invited to speak at Roosevelt. A few parents complained about her pro-life views. Ms. King was promptly disinvited.

Secular humanists embrace a different religion, called Moral Relativism, which embraces abortion and the gay agenda. They use anti-bullying rhetoric as leverage to promote their agenda to our children.

Now you know why home schooling is growing. Parents are getting sick of the indoctrination to which their children are being subjected by this power structure.




  1. Lisa Bourne on April 30, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I remember the Roosevelt disinvite to Alveda King. It was ridiculous. Beyond rude. The reasoning was that the topic was too controversial for young ears. Communicating the truth to kids that having respect for themselves as a child of God is the best way for them to contend with the battle for their bodies and souls in the world today, shared by someone who could lovingly explain the negative effects of the wrong choices from first-hand experience, was something bad from which Roosevelt students needed to shielded. Meanwhile, around that time across town at Valley students were inflicted with the homosexual apologetics vehicle The Laramie Project. When there was objection to that, the response was par for the course liberal invented arrogance brandished when pushing the objectionable, “Oh you prudes.” It was repeatedly asserted that the students at Valley weren’t innocent, they were big kids who could handle the issues of today. Gosh how strange that students at two local schools could be at so very different places in terms of their development and maturity. Bunk. Clearly it was political correctness run amok, conveniently used to squelch one voice and push the agenda of another. Parents send their children to school for education, not indoctrination. And with respect and prayers for the Matthew Shepherd family and prayers for Matthew’s soul, The Laramie Project has no business being presented in a high school. Dr. Alveda King’s message endeavored only to save children the pain of physically giving themselves away too soon and in the wrong circumstance. Those who silenced her message at Roosevelt corroborated in what is ignored in our culture far too often; which is that when you do give your physical self away in intimacy, that you also do so spiritually, and when it is not in a genuine marital relationship, there is a toll taken on your soul. God’s cues are the ones we should be taking on this: All souls are his children deserving of love and respect, who should be reaching out to each other in love for their respective salvation. This does not include the enabling or otherwise promoting of sin. No child should be bullied for any reason, ever. However the massive anti-bullying campaign specific to homosexuals is a not even thinly veiled push to normalize the behavior for our children and create a special protected class. If school administrators are doing their job, bullying for any reason is not tolerated, and no mention of a special flavor is necessary. Homosexuality is not something to celebrate or indoctrinate. Dan Savage and every single person in a position of authority who had a hand in bringing him in front of these young people, promoting his talk, or offering lame explanations and counterfeit expressions of regret for it, should absolutely be ashamed of themselves.

  2. Bob on April 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    One more reason to be thankful my kid doesn’t go to school.