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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 06:54 PM
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Paula Zahn tonight: "Gay teens given the OPPORTUNITY to become straight"
Paula is taking us into a Christian camp where they convert teens. Here promo says it shows that gay teens have the OPPORTUNITY to become straight.

My, she is really hanging her colors these days isn't she?
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 06:55 PM
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1. Always the gay issue
Edited on Thu Jul-28-05 06:56 PM by FreedomAngel82
That's the issue that Bush (well Rove) always brings out when things are going bad for them. :eyes: So things must be getting bad for Bush if the networks are talking about gay kids. They did it to Ann Richards, John McCain, Al Gore, John Kerry.
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DURHAM D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 06:56 PM
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2. I hope she is lucky enough to have a gay child - maybe that will
help her grow up.
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Fridays Child Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 06:57 PM
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4. I wouldn't wish her on any child...
...much less one struggling with a gay orientation in a hostile straight world.
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Bouncy Ball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 06:57 PM
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6. Jinx! Same time!
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Fridays Child Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 07:02 PM
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12. You know what they say about great minds.
:hi:
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Bouncy Ball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 07:03 PM
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14. Hey!
Thanks, what a compliment!

:hi:

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Bouncy Ball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 06:57 PM
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5. I wouldn't wish her as a mother on a gay child.
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cubschicago Donating Member (123 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 07:35 PM
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22. Wait wait, I thought it was the gays who had the agenda
I must have heard wrong.
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henslee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 06:58 PM
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7. I saw a piece on that christian retreat. First thing that came to mind is
gee, I bet those gay kids are thrilled to finally hook up with a bunch of other gays. Actually, the minister they interviewed was creepy and terrifying, like his face was made of wax. And the thing we thought was hysterical were the rules, no music unless its Christian and no wearing Ralph Lauren or Abacrombie & Finch. Honest. We were laughing so hard.

Paula's werfless.
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 06:58 PM
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8. More insight from the fundie brainwashing camps!
Oh goody! What time is it on?
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 07:01 PM
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11. Show just started.
I don't know where the piece is, probably between Aruba and some zany piece about swimsuits for dogs.
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ChiciB1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 06:58 PM
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9. A TOTAL Sell-Out!!
I haven't watched CNN for ages, so don't know what is going on over there. I'm SURE it's nothing I'm missing!!!
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jane_pippin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 07:01 PM
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10. Paula Zahn given the OPPORTUNITY to become decent human being
Well what do you know...that didn't take either. :crazy:
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gollygee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 07:03 PM
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13. How about having the opportunity to be unconditionally loved
by their parents? That might be nice.
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Bouncy Ball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 07:04 PM
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16. What a RADICAL idea!!!
WOW! No. Fundies aren't much down with that, especially when it comes to gay kids.

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walldude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 09:25 PM
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28. Hiya Bouncy, I'm still here! Take my word for it,
Fundies think the parents of gay kids "allow" them to become gay. My son is 11, I'm pretty sure he's gay. Might be the Barbies, might be the fact that he stays up late making his bed sheets into dresses, might be the fact that all his friends are girls, who knows. But I have been told on more than one occasion, by people who eavesdrop, that I should make him stop, I should "knock some sense into him". My response? "As a parent it's my job to give the kid one place on earth where he can come and be himself, a home where he is loved for who he is, where he doesn't have to fear ignorant, compassionless, stupid people like yourself." That usually shuts them up.
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Bouncy Ball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 10:37 PM
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31. I love this part of what you said:
"As a parent it's my job to give the kid one place on earth where he can come and be himself, a home where he is loved for who he is..."

Amen and amen some more. I have a daughter and I want our home to be the one place in the world, even if there's only ONE place, where she feels safe and loved and free to be herself. You sound like a fantastic dad.



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dzika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 07:04 PM
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15. CNN: Straighten your gay kids at a "conversion camp" - (VIDEO)
It may be the same story that was aired on CNN this morning...



July 28, 2005

Video - CNN: Straighten your gay kids at a "conversion camp"

"There's no touching and no flashy clothes."




Video in Windows Media format (7 minutes)

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Idioteque Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 07:08 PM
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17. This wouldn't happen to be the Love in Action camp would it?
The one where they are keeping Zach.

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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 07:11 PM
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19. Yes it is "Love" in action from the promo
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Callalily Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 07:11 PM
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18. Unfortunately it's pieces like these
that continue to un-educate the populace, those that truly watch and believe faux news. Exceedingly sad.
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HockeyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 07:32 PM
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20. As the mother of a gay daughter,
WHY????? This is sick and CRUEL.



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karlrschneider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 07:32 PM
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21. You piqued my curiosity, guess I'll try to watch. Coming up in a couple
minutes...
:eyes:
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Spider Jerusalem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 07:38 PM
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23. The opportunity to become straight? How do they provide that?
:wtf:

Do they encourage (strictly heterosexual) orgies? Lock a male and female in a room and not let them come out until they've had sex?
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karlrschneider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 07:42 PM
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24. Well, I watched & was somewhat pleasantly surprised at her skepticism.
But I don't think it accomplished anything, really...
:eyes:
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NAO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 08:55 PM
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25. How about a atheist camp, where Christian teens become rational
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kliljedahl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 09:10 PM
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26. Those damn gays
Destroyed my first marriage. Wait a minute, maybe that was me, never mind.


Keiths Barbeque Central
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complain jane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 09:15 PM
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27. And I could provide her with the OPPORTUNITY to become a lesbian,
but I won't. :evilgrin:
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AuntPatsy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 09:28 PM
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29. My God, think of all those poor youth that might happen on such an opening
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zinndependence Donating Member (177 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 09:39 PM
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30. Are you serious?!?! I'm going to have to check this out...
This reminds me of something my former principal did earlier this year. During the morning announcements he included one that read something to the effect of, "for anyone opposing alternative lifestyles, an "informational packet is available in the office." Since I tend to ignore the morning announcements, I only caught part of it...but what I heard shocked me. I asked my kids if they heard the announcement. Only one student did so I sent out an email to all staff. I asked if I heard the announcement correctly and if I did, I questioned the legality and morality of distributing homophobic literature from our school's office. Indeed, I had heard the announcement correctly. I learned that the high school secretary and/or principal distributed the literature to any student who requested it. I got a copy. The title was "The Unhappy Truth About Being Gay." The packet contained an article denouncing AIDS research (waste of taxpayer dollars,) a series of anecdotes by supposed "ex-gays" and a "fact-sheet" which compared homosexuality to such evils as pedophilia, bestiality and criminality. I was appalled. In Wisconsin (where I teach) gay youth are protected by stature against discrimination/harassment in public schools. I didn't see how this was not a violation of the rights of our gay students' rights. In addition, since the literature was brought to our school by a church group, I saw possible church/state violations. I also considered possible 14th Amendment violations (would the school allow similar literature with a racist, sexist, etc. slant?) Needless to say, my concerns were ignored by the principal for a couple days, the district administrator never did address my concerns and the Director of Pupil Services was outwardly hostile. She sent me three very hostile emails, one of which she sent to the entire staff. In the end, the ACLU helped with a "strongly worded" letter to the district. You would think administration would know better!
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