( UK Prime Minister David Cameron sharing that It Gets Better. I look forward to the day American conservatives join him.)
I like Eric Ingemunson's blog. I also find him to be a decent person. He mostly has a predictable conservative Republican opinion but sometimes he really surprises me. It is important that we learn from people we agree with and from those that challenge our views.
I was disappointed in Eric Ingemunson's recent blog post. It started with this offensive and misleading headline:
The headline would make you think Planned Parenthood was promoting the instruction of how to perform sexual acts. Instead they meant an inclusive discussion, as mandated by state law, of human sexuality.
Eric then has this quote from the article:
Furthermore, Planned Parenthood noted that "only six districts completely cover healthy image, which includes sexual orientation, gender roles, self-esteem, and positive body image."
Which he then adds this line of analysis:
It sounds like our schools aren't pandering to homosexuals enough.
Eric if you think high schools are too inclusive of young gay people I am not sure what to tell you.
High school can be a horrible time for many kids, especially gay kids. Young people can feel like they aren't accepted by their friends, family, and community. A common insult that is acceptable to many people is to call someone or something gay.
I know you were focusing your attention on the groups the Republican Party has been opposed to like Planned Parenthood. I know there are many extreme gay rights groups and I don't expect you to accept their agenda as I don't either. Most gay people don't attend gay pride parades just as most straight people don't go to Mardi Gras.
But how about we agree to post a few videos from the It Gets Better campaign?
The It Gets Better campaign is a grassroots idea to remind young people that life can get much better. The messages are especially poignant to young gay people but the message is true for young people trying to get through tough times because of other reasons too.