If a college student wants to attend Focus on the Family’s (FOTF) Focus Leadership Institute, that student must agree by signature to the organization’s “Core Statement.” As Jeremy Hooper points out, the statement’s various student-targeted claims about the nature of homosexuality shine new light on what it really means to be indoctrinated. Here are a few excerpts:
- “Heterosexuality is fundamental to the vitality and even the existence of any society. Scripture is very clear in its condemnation of homosexual conduct, for such sin is a deviation from God’s creation and design.”
- “There is no evidence that homosexuals, as a class, are discriminated against in the present society. They are not like African-Americans, Hispanics or other historically disadvantaged groups, for they have a far higher average income than most Americans, a higher level of education than most Americans and significant political influence.”
- “Focus on the Family also opposes the efforts of radical homosexual ‘social reformers’ who wish to redefine the family, permit homosexual ‘marriages,’ be able to adopt children and recruit the young.
- “Focus on the Family has seen that, by God’s grace and through compassionate counseling, it is sometimes possible, although always difficult, for a person to move from a homosexual to a heterosexual orientation. When that change appears impossible in an individual case, such a person is in the same position as the heterosexual single who has no prospects of marriage. They are both called by Scripture to a life of sexual abstinence.”
In reality, the gay community is in no way going to contribute to the destruction of society, because marrying same-sex couples can do nothing to prevent opposite-sex couples from continuing to marry and have children at the same rates as before. Countless studies demonstrate the way gays are discriminated against throughout society, including in employment, housing, and hate crimes. More importantly, data betrays stereotype and shows that the gay community actually faces many socioeconomic inequities and are not as wealthy as FOTF would like to believe. And, need it be said again, efforts to change or repress an individual’s sexual orientation are ineffective and harmful.
If there is an effort to “recruit the young,” Focus on the Family is surely leading it as it promotes dangerous lies to college students about the gay community.