The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) claims that it only wants to protect religious freedom in schools. But they’re actually targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children who are far more likely to face bullying and harassment in schools.
- Alliance Defending Freedom has launched a nationwide campaign to ban transgender students from using restrooms that align with who they are.
ADF claims that transgender students are simply “delusional,” saying that they are a danger to their classmates: “Permitting students to use opposite-sex bathrooms would seriously endanger student safety.” –ADF letter to Tucson Unified School District, May 1, 2014
ADF fought for and provided support for state legislators to pass bills using the same language as their model “privacy” policy. The policy has been described as placing a bounty on transgender students, allowing their classmates to “recover” $2,000 – $2,500 from a school each time they “encounter” a transgender student in the “wrong” facility.
- Alliance Defending Freedom opposes anti-bullying policies that have been shown to decrease the name-calling, harassment, and violence that LGBT students experience.
“A bad [anti-bullying] policy promotes a particular political agenda, typically that of homosexual activist groups. These groups have orchestrated a nationwide campaign to promote homosexual behavior to impressionable, school-age children. Anti-bullying policies that single out ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ for special protection stand at the forefront of this effort. The adoption of such policies has resulted in public schools subjecting young students to books, lessons, and programs designed to advance the homosexual agenda and undermine traditional notions of sexuality and the family. Policies that require instruction on bullying are problematic, as they often result in the inclusion of materials promoting homosexual behavior. ” —ADF Anti-Bullying Policy Yardstick, 2012
- Alliance Defending Freedom believes that LGBT advocates are trying to take “control of the educational system” and recruit children.
In 2012, ADF critiqued a United Nations proposal “to counter discriminatory attitudes based on sexual orientation and gender identity”:
“Control of the educational system is central to those who want to advance the homosexual agenda. By its very nature, homosexual acts are incapable of bearing fruit – indeed, strictly speaking, they are not sexual, as they are incapable of being generative or procreative. Thus, there is the need to desensitize and corrupt young minds, both to undermine resistance to the agenda and for recruitment among those that are at an emotionally vulnerable stage of development.” —ADF legal counsel (Global) Piero Tozzi, World Congress of Families in Madrid, Spain, 2012
- Alliance Defending Freedom launched the “Day of Truth,” intended to empower anti-LGBT Christian students and counteract the anti-bullying effort “Day of Silence.”
The Day of Silence is a student-led effort that brings awareness to the silencing effects of anti-LGBT bullying, name-calling, and harassment. In response to this national effort, ADF created its own event, the “Day of Truth,” specifically to permit Christian students to promote anti-LGBT views and materials. The event occurred for three years.
“Christian students at high schools nationwide will have the opportunity to participate April 19 in the ‘Day of Truth,’ designed to provide students a platform to counter the promotion of the homosexual agenda and peacefully express an opposing viewpoint from a Christian perspective.” —ADF press release, March 26, 2007
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