Linda Harvey of Mission America really, really, really hates LGBT people. So much so that, as I wrote in July, she and Gary Glenn of the American Family Association warned corporations on her radio program that gay people make bad employees and probably shouldn’t be hired. So much so that she wants to close all gay bars in an attempt to prevent HIV/AIDS (which makes perfect sense: close gay bars -> ??? -> no HIV/AIDS).
This is a hate that almost reaches Bryan Fischer status.
Now she’s not so sure LGBT people even exist. Like with climate change, there is apparently a raging debate going on somewhere far, far away. And the verdict isn’t in yet. But Harvey is pretty sure we LGBT people are just figments of the collective imagination.
What has Harvey so perturbed? (“Perturbed” might not be the right word – when Harvey gets “perturbed,” she eats kittens.) What could have possibly launched this woman into such a hateful rant? Marriage equality? Rapidly approaching DADT repeal?
No and no. Harvey is pissed off by the idea that LGBT youth might get equal access to a safe sports environment. Specifically, the GLSEN Sports Project. Here is part of the project’s mission statement:
Changing the Game: The GLSEN Sports Project is an education and advocacy initiative focused on addressing LGBT issues in K-12 school-based athletic and physical education programs. The Sport Project’s mission is to assist K-12 schools in creating and maintaining an athletic and physical education climate that is based on the core principles of respect, safety and equal access for all students, teachers and coaches regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression and integrating these efforts into overall school plans to ensure a safe, respectful school climate and culture.
How sinister! Imagine, a sports environment in which LGBT youth can be respected and participate in sports without being harassed! Who do these people think they are?
Linda Harvey can tell them who they are – nobody. Because they don’t exist. Here’s what Harvey had to say on her radio program:
There’s one big fact that’s not backed up. There is no proof that there’s ever anything like a gay, lesbian or bisexual or transgendered child, or teen or human. One of the other things you’re gonna see as I mentioned is a big campaign GLSEN’s gonna roll out this year calling for 'respect,' respect! Not just for people, but for homosexual lifestyle. The PR campaign to hold up gay as a good thing: the lifestyle, not the person, because there are no such humans.
There’s just no proof, cries Harvey!
Apparently, she hasn’t met Alan Chambers of “ex-gay” group Exodus International.
It’s really sad that LGBT youth constitute one of Linda Harvey’s biggest targets. Back in 2010, in the midst of a horrifying rash of LGBT teen suicides (undoubtedly caused, in part, by people just like Harvey), she claimed the suicides were happening because of the “Day of Silence” and wider acceptance of LGBT people. Because that makes a lot of sense.
One wonders if any of these kids ever heard a clearly articulated warning against homosexuality. Or were they faced with a continuous onslaught of pro-homosexual diversity lessons, novels and events like the "Day of Silence"? Were they surrounded with liberal teachers as role models and the bad example of a homosexual school club? What part did any of this play in the sad belief that homosexuality was an inevitable destiny, instead of a wayward yet changeable sexual inclination? Under almost continuous pressure to accept a lie – confusion and then despair may be the predictable result.
On top of all this, then, in some young lives come the bullies. They are a part of life, especially for boys. But for the young person with same-sex attractions, this is the final straw where they feel totally trapped, with internal feelings they have been carefully taught "cannot be changed" on the one hand, and harsh peer rejection on the other. Yes, it looks hopeless indeed.
Linda Harvey is one sick puppy. What’s her answer for LGBT youth? First: You don’t exist. Second: Seek help for your sickness. See the man pictured above for more information.
Yes, evil does exist. Her name is Linda Harvey.