The Obama Administration is holding a youth camp---a "summit," underwritten and supported by the federal government; for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender youth (LGBT).
Pam Hyde, HHS administrator for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services and a lesbian said, "Your federal government has finally come out of the closet in support of LGBT youth."
All kids need to be loved, supported and helped.
Are other behavioral groups of kids being elevated and given similar emphasis?
Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary, told the first ever Federal LGBT Youth Summit, "I want to tell you, you have a friend in this administration."
And kids involved in homosexual behavior need a friend, because they are more likely to experience depression, have thoughts of suicide, have emotional problems or abuse drugs or alcohol, than those kids not involved in that behavior.
Ms. Sebeilus confirmed their heightened difficulties, but told the kids the problems they were encountering was a result of "what is happening to you" in the culture.
Is this the proper path to helping these kids? Can the blind lead the blind without falling into a ditch? Jesus said they could not.
Participants of the "Summit" included; The American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, Human Rights Campaign, and other similar organizations.
Perhaps the most defining image of the conference and the confusion it advanced and is enabling was captured in a photograph and message of "MAX" by Rachelle Lee Smith, invited to the "Summit" by Kevin Jennings, the President's Safe School czar, who is leaving his post this month.
Here's the story of "MAX". It breaks my heart.
Rachelle's portrait of "MAX" is featured in the story linked above.
"MAX" says, "In high school I dated boys--I was a straight girl. After starting college I identified as a card carrying dyke. Soon I realized that what I was feeling wasn't sexual orientation, it was about gender. I came out as a guy the summer of '99. Now I live as a gay man---a punk rock queer boy who happens to also be in love with a girl. Who knows? Maybe next year I'll grow a tail."
Kids need love and acceptance and guidance. We all do. We all face challenges, but if someone has a proclivity toward alcohol, should we celebrate alcoholism?
Personally, I think our government should go back into the closet and spend some serious time in prayer. These kids need help, not people who merely enable them.
God help us.
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