'No Name-Calling Week' at Nation's Middle Schools

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:05 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - This is 'No Name-Calling Week" at some of the nation's middle schools, an event sponsored by a homosexual advocacy group.

The New York-based Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, which organized the event, says this is a time to "draw national attention to the problem of name-calling in schools and to provide students and educators with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate name-calling in their communities."

According to GLSEN's website, last year's "No Name-Calling Week" -- the first event of its kind -- was a big success, with educators at more than 600 schools around the country participating in some way. This year, GLSEN says, more than 5,000 educators from 36 states have registered.

GLSEN said the list of sponsors for this year's "No Name-Calling Week" includes groups such as the National Education Association and Educators for Social Justice.

Participating schools receive a resource guide, including lesson plans, a video for classroom use and other promotional materials, GLSEN said.

GLSEN also sponsors a "No Name-Calling Week Creative Expression" essay contest. This year's winner, a middle school student from Sugar Land, Tex., will receive a visit from James Howe, author of The Misfits, the book that inspired "No Name Calling Week."

The book tells the story of four students "trying to survive the seventh grade in the face of all-too-frequent taunts based on their weight, height, intelligence, and sexual orientation/gender expression," GLSEN said. The students, one of them homosexual, run for student council on a platform aimed at wiping out name-calling of all kinds.

But some conservatives see No Name Calling Week as more of an effort to promote the homosexual agenda than to curb bullying.

"It appears that No Name Calling Week may be another effort on the part of GLSEN and other event organizers to tell those who object to homosexuality on religious or philosophical grounds to 'drop dead,'" said Warren Throckmorton, a professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania.

Throckmorton, considered an authority on sexual orientation research, has released his own documentary, "I Do Exist," which chronicles the lives of ex-homosexuals.

Robert Knight, director of Concerned Women for America's Culture and Family Institute, is quoted as saying that schools "can teach civility to kids and tell them every child is valued without conveying the message that failure to accept homosexuality as normal is a sign of bigotry."

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