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If someone asked me to make a case for the most discriminated against group in America, it would be a no-brainer. And, as is always the case with successful discrimination tactics, the prejudice and mistreatment of this group flies under the radar, getting absolutely zero attention from the press.
Immediately some of the obvious ones fly out the window. The idea that black Americans are the most discriminated against group is silly. Not that racial discrimination doesn't still exist. It does. But it is rightly vilified and those who practice it are shamed and exposed the moment word gets out. The same goes for women.
The gay rights crusaders will tell you that those who practice homosexuality are the most discriminated against group. But any fair analysis of the per capita income, job placement, educational background, and media support of those who practice homosexuality makes any such claim utterly ridiculous.
One of the reasons true unfair, hateful discrimination is so vile and so wretched is that when it is seen, many people hesitate or refuse to point it out or call it out for fear of themselves being ostracized or berated. Look at any of those groups I just listed and you see that is not the case for them. In fact, many people are so excited about crying discrimination and being a whistleblower on behalf of those groups that it has become almost a fad to do so. You see liberal commentators injecting race into every discussion and complaining about hate speech every time you turn around.
So what group is it then? What group is targeted, vilified, hated and ostracized with a very few coming to their aid? No, I'm not going to say Christians. Being a majority allows for a bit of a defense against the left's best efforts to discriminate against Christian believers - though the day is inevitably coming where it will be commonplace.
I feel totally convinced in saying that the community of ex-homosexuals or "ex-gays" in the country are the most discriminated against. The mere presence of this group offends one of media's protected classes: those practicing homosexuality with pride. Practicing homosexuals state the case for their political agenda on the basis of a genetic, inborn and immutable characteristic of homosexuality. And the media touts it as gospel without any scientific evidence to support it. So when a group of people come forward suggesting that they once practiced homosexuality and dealt with same-sex attraction, but walked away from the lifestyle, that upends the gay apple cart.
As a consequence, these individuals are called all sorts of names, and hurled to the back of society's bus, ironically by the same folks who claim they just want everybody's sexual preferences to be "respected." Apparently the sexual preference of those who used to practice homosexuality but no longer do doesn't count?
A perfect depiction of the type of hatred and demonization directed towards this group came recently out in Montgomery County, MD. A group of ex-gays known as P-FOX (Parents and Friends of Gays and Ex-Gays) had utilized a school district's open door policy to outside groups handing out flyers to students at various times of the year. P-FOX distributed information to students that told those with unwanted same-sex attraction that they could help them, and the information also discouraged bullying, name-calling and labeling. It was a flyer that called for tolerance of ex-gays.
Sound familiar? These are all the same themes that homosexual advocacy groups claim to care so much about. Yet, guess what happened when P-FOX showed up? The tolerance for different people's sexual preferences went out the window. The school's superintendent, Joshua Starr, flipped out:
Starr's response was that the flyers are "reprehensible and deplorable," according to a report in the Washington Post. The Washington Examiner quoted Starr blasting PFOX.
"We can't really do much about it unless we wanted to cut off all flyer distribution, which is an option," he said. "This group has figured out how to use that law to spread what I find to be a really, really disgusting message, frankly."
How very open minded, isn't it? Imagine if a Superintendent looked at information from GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network - a homosexual advocacy outfit that seeks to pull young children into the gay movement) and called it "really, really disgusting." Do you think that would hit the news? Do you think that Super would still have a job?
But ex-gays are apparently a lower class of citizen than gays. The school board has refused to censure or punish Starr, not even calling for him to apologize. P-FOX is none-too-pleased:
PFOX officials suggested that the board of education should reprimand Starr for violating the district's nondiscrimination policy.
"We call on the Montgomery County Board of Education to enforce its nondiscrimination policy and censure Starr immediately," said Regina Griggs, executive director of PFOX. "The policy mandates that schools provide ?an atmosphere where differences are understood and appreciated, and where all persons are treated fairly and with respect in an environment free of discrimination and . abuse.' Clearly Superintendent Starr has violated the board's policy."
She continued, "Starr's verbal abuse, disrespectful behavior, and slurs against the ex-gay community amount to hate and illegal sexual orientation discrimination, which are all forbidden by the policy."
"Starr does not respect diversity and is creating an unsafe school environment," warned Griggs.
"Starr's flagrant violation of the policy demonstrates that all tolerance training and diversity education must include ex-gays, which is the only sexual orientation discriminated against in Montgomery County Public Schools. Its ?Respect for Differences in Human Sexuality' lessons promote tolerance of gays, bisexuals, transgenders, cross-dressers and the intersexed, yet fail to include ex-gays, which explains the appalling lack of respect for former homosexuals. The board must act immediately to remedy this blatant discrimination and include ex-gays," Griggs said.
The gay lobby is in a Catch-22. If they abide by the so-called values of tolerance and acceptance they have been espousing and demanding for years, they would join P-FOX in condemning this kind of discrimination. But if they don't discriminate against ex-gays, their entire crusade of immutable and unchangeable homosexuality falls apart.
As a result, they've chosen to ramp up the bullying, ramp up the discrimination, and ramp up the hateful rhetoric against former gays who have walked away and defeated their temptations and unwanted same-sex attractions. And since the mainstream media has made a blood covenant with the gay lobby never to portray them on the negative side of the story, they sit in silence as the ex-gays are mistreated and vilified.
This is the face of real discrimination. It's how it's always happened. And how fitting that the ones who have cried it for decades to advance their cause, now use it to keep that cause going.