Thursday, August 16, 2007

Freud would have a field day with this

A book that tells children that interracial couples gay people are normal, loving couples that should be treated like other people are horrible, filthy items that ought to be banned, or better yet, burned. "We must protect the children from Heather Has Two Mommies!" scream the religious right. Because we all know that "gay" = "buttsex", and children can't be subjected to that.

What, then, should we subject them to instead? Well, back in 1997, there was this one choice:
Attempting to negate positive effects of gay-inclusive children's books such as Daddy's Home and Heather Has Two Mommies, the anti-gay radical religious group International Healing Foundation (IHF) is renewing a national scheme to place an anti-gay children's book, Alfie's Home, in schools and libraries. IHF director and Alfie's Home author Richard Cohen suggests in the book that (male) homosexuality is caused by distant fathers and sexual molestation, theories widely discredited. John Spear, Director of Field Services for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Teachers Network (GLSTN), says education should provide a safe and affirmative environment for all students. "Alfie's Home promotes hatred, bigotry and stereotypes which wreak havoc on schools and the educational process."

What is Alfie's Home, you ask? Well, here are some pictures of its pages.

...yeah. So apparently, showing a gay couple as happy and well-adjusted and perfectly normal is disgusting and warping for children.

Showing a young boy being raped by his uncle? Perfectly all right. Children need to know that this sort of thing happens, after all.

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