FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, Dec. 5, 2005
CONTACT: Gary Glenn 989-835-7978
Professor David Halperin 734-647-5884
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, brings back “How to be Gay: Male Homosexuality & Initiation”
family group renews criticism of tax-funded college class “How to be Gay”
U-M catalogue calls class “an experiment in the very process of initiation it hopes to understand.”
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A statewide family values group Monday renewed its criticism of a controversial University of Michigan class — offered this fall for the first time since 2003 — again calling on state lawmakers to pressure university officials to drop the course altogether.
The American Family Association of Michigan, in a letter to supporters statewide, condemned U-M for again offering the class, titled “How to be Gay: Male Homosexuality & Initiation.”
“Every time U-M offers this ludicrous class, you and I cannot fail to speak out against it,” Glenn wrote. “And we must take full advantage every time of the invaluable opportunity to point to (the class) as proof of homosexual activistsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ ‘political militancy,’ to expose their use of our public education system to indoctrinate young people, and to hold accountable those politically correct or timid politicians who stand silently by and do nothing to stop it.”
The mailing included pre-addressed postcards to Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mi., the office of U-M President Mary Sue Coleman, and Rep. Jack Hoogendyk, R-Kalamazoo, who in response to the class in 2003, introduced a proposed constitutional amendment that would give legislators more oversight and control of university class offerings in Michigan. It also urged taxpayers to contact the Legislature.
“Just because you happen to be a gay man doesn’t mean that you don’t have to learn how to become one,” according to the U-M Fall 2005 course catalogue’s description of the class. The course “will examine the general topic of the role that initiation plays in the formation of gay male identity. …(The) course itself will constitute an experiment in the very process of initiation that it hopes to understand.”
See full course description here:
Openly homosexual U-M Professor David Halperin, the course instructor, frankly discussed the purpose of such classes in Australian Humanities Review:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Let there be no mistake about it: lesbian and gay studies, as currently practiced in the U.S., expresses an uncompromising political militancy. Indeed, nothing short of political militancy suffices to establish such courses of study in the first place. …Lesbian and gay studies scholars have…lobbiedÃ¢â‚¬Â¦to adopt and enforce anti-discrimination policies, to recognize same-sex couples, to oppose the U.S. military’s anti-gay policy, to suspend professional activities in states that criminalize gay sex or limit access to abortion, and to intervene on behalf of human rights for lesbians, bisexuals, and gay men. …The fact is that lesbian and gay studies simply is the academic wing of the lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender movement.Ã¢â‚¬?
In 2003, Halperin refused Glenn’s offer to meet for a face-to-face public debate on the merits of the class. When U-M offered it in 2000 and 2003, the state House of Representatives fell a handful of votes short of cutting the university’s funding in response, and AFA-Michigan’s protests generated national news coverage, including:
As Glenn said on CNN Primetime, “Michigan taxpayers don’t think they ought to be forced to pay to advance homosexual activists’ militant political agenda. Those are the words of the professor, not ours.”
See full text of AFA-Michigan November 2005 letter below.
AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION OF MICHIGAN
Dear AFA-Michigan supporter,
This fall, our taxpayer-financed University of Michigan is once again serving as a propaganda forum for homosexual activistsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ political agendaÃ¢â‚¬Â¦once again offering the outrageous class: Ã¢â‚¬Å“How to be Gay: Male Homosexuality and Initiation.”
And once again, infuriating as it is, you and your family are forced to pay for it.
Every time U-M offers this ludicrous class, you and I cannot fail to speak out against it.
And we must take full advantage every time of the invaluable opportunity to point to Ã¢â‚¬Å“How to be GayÃ¢â‚¬? as proof of homosexual activistsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬Å“political militancy,Ã¢â‚¬? to expose their use of our public education system to indoctrinate young people, and to hold accountable those politically correct or timid politicians who stand silently by and do nothing to stop it!
YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be outraged when you read exactly what your tax dollars are paying for. Enclosed is a copy of the course description from U-MÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Fall 2005 catalogue, which explains the course:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“How to be Gay: Male Homosexuality and Initiation…will examine the general topic of the role that initiation plays in the formation of gay identity.Ã¢â‚¬?
Worse, the U-M catalogue openly states: “(The) course itself will constitute an experiment in the very process of initiation that it hopes to understand.”
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s right. U-M officials are forcing your family and other taxpayers to pay for a class whose stated purpose is to Ã¢â‚¬Å“experiment” in the Ã¢â‚¬Å“initiation” of teenage young men into a self-destructive lifestyle of homosexual behavior.
For centuries, homosexual behavior has been a violation of manÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s law, and more important, we know as Christians that homosexual behavior violates GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s law as well.
And with good cause, given the severe threat homosexual behavior poses to the health of college-age young men. Oxford UniversityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s International Journal of Epidemiology reports:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“(L)ife expectancy at age 20 years for gay and bisexual men is 8 to 20 years less than for all men. If the same pattern of mortality were to continue, we estimate that nearly half of gay and bisexual men currently aged 20 years will not reach their 65th birthday.Ã¢â‚¬?
Even as this homosexual Ã¢â‚¬Å“initiationÃ¢â‚¬? class puts the lives of teenage young men at risk, homosexual activists openly admit that the real motive behind this class is political.
According to U-MÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s catalogue, the Ã¢â‚¬Å“How to be GayÃ¢â‚¬? class Ã¢â‚¬Å“seek(s) ultimately to create the basis for a wider acceptance of the plurality of ways in which people determine how to be gay.Ã¢â‚¬?
David Halperin, the openly homosexual U-M professor who teaches Ã¢â‚¬Å“How to be Gay,Ã¢â‚¬? was even more brazen in an article published by Australian Humanities Review.
Halperin wrote: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Let there be no mistake about it: lesbian and gay studies, as currently practiced in the U.S., expresses an uncompromising political militancy. Indeed, nothing short of political militancy suffices to establish such courses of study in the first place.Ã¢â‚¬?
Halperin explained how such courses advance homosexual activistsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ political agenda: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Lesbian and gay studies scholars have…lobbiedÃ¢â‚¬Â¦to adopt and enforce anti-discrimination policies, to recognize same-sex couples, to oppose the U.S. military’s anti-gay policy, to suspend professional activities in states that criminalize gay sex or limit access to abortion, and to intervene on behalf of human rights for lesbians, bisexuals, and gay men.Ã¢â‚¬?
Halperin boasted: Ã¢â‚¬Å“The fact is that lesbian and gay studies simply is the academic wing of the lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender movement.Ã¢â‚¬? Then, mocking our concerns, he concluded, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Queer theory is in the process of becoming a game the whole family can play.”
Professor Halperin also boasted in the Chronicle of Higher Education:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“If I had the magical power to make people gay, I wouldn’t be wasting my time at a university. I’d engage in world domination.”
(Chronicle weblink available to subscribers only)
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the radical homosexual activist whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s using your tax dollars right now to teach young men at Ann Arbor Ã¢â‚¬Å“How to be Gay.” And heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll keep right on doing it, unless you and I stop him.
When U-M first offered Ã¢â‚¬Å“How to be Gay,Ã¢â‚¬? we hand-delivered a foot-high stack of petitions to the U-M Board of Regents with 15,000 signatures demanding the class be cancelled. U-M regents refused to act. Later, the university presidentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s office told us the class would not be offered again. But under U-MÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new president, no doubt hoping that you and I are no longer paying attention, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re again putting studentsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ lives at risk by teaching teens Ã¢â‚¬Å“How to be Gay.Ã¢â‚¬?
We believe that every time U-M officials use your tax dollars to pay for this travesty, and the politicians allow it, they must hear from thousands of taxpayers who believe itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wrong!
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what you need to do immediately to help — today if possible:
* Please mail the enclosed post cards. Please call or write your legislators today, and please circulate the enclosed petition and return it to AFA-Michigan ASAP.
Contact your state representative: http://house.michigan.gov/find_a_rep.asp
Contact your state senator: http://www.senate.michigan.gov/SenatorInfo/find-your-senator.htm
* Please mail the largest check you can today to AFA-Michigan. AFA-Michigan is the only group in our state speaking out against this outrageous abuse of your tax dollars. Please help make sure we have the funds needed to turn up the heat.
Thank you for standing with us as we take a firm uncompromising stand to protect college-age young men from being taught a lifestyle of behavior that threatens to cut up to 20 years from their livesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦and to stop the outrageous abuse of your tax dollars for such reckless propaganda.
P.S. Unless we act today, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be forced to keep paying for U-MÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s outrageous class: Ã¢â‚¬Å“How to be Gay.Ã¢â‚¬? Please mail the enclosed postcards, please call your legislators, and please circulate the enclosed petition. And please make sure AFA-Michigan has the resources we need to defend your values, by mailing the largest tax-deductible check you can today!
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Midland, Michigan 48641