Conservatives, Christians, Fox News Bashed at Annual Taxpayer-Sponsored LGBT Youth Event

Kristine Marsh
By Kristine Marsh | March 29, 2013 | 2:07 PM EDT

An Iowa anti-bullying conference is planning to teach students and adults how "to fight back against propaganda from the extreme right wing, from Fox News and Rush Limbaugh to Bob Vander Plaats and Jan Mickelson."

The event is being put on by Iowa Safe Schools, a gay advocacy group affiliated with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. This is its eighth annual Iowa Governor's Conference on LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) Youth, and taxpayers and students are sponsoring it, at least in part.

The conference, that takes place April 3, will feature anti-conservative and anti-Christian workshops.

A documentary entitled "For the Bible Tells Me So" will be shown, along with a discussion afterwards. The event description asks, "Is the Bible an excuse to hate?" Another event describes how religion is a "form of oppression" alongside racism, sexism, and homophobia.

Liberal advocacy group "Progress Iowa" will be giving a workshop entitled, "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Right Wing?" This workshop will teach students how to "fight back against propaganda from the extreme right wing, from Fox News and Rush Limbaugh to Bob Vander Plaats and Jan Mickelson."

It's no surprise that the event has a pro-gay agenda, but the focus on indoctrinating children is one facet that doesn't get any attention from the liberal media. Some workshops were described as being "for high school students." The event boasts of half of its attendees being high school student groups. One workshop will feature a literacy group called "aMaze" which says it provides the "only curricula widely used in schools that includes gay and lesbian family members." Because high school students aren't young enough to indoctrinate-they're going after the preschoolers now too.

What's amazing is that a local community college used student's tuition and taxpayer money to sponsor it.

According to the local ABC News station, the DMACC (Des Moines Area Community College) Diversity Commission spent about $1,500 sponsoring and buying tickets for students to attend the event. At $10 a ticket, that's 150 tickets the college bought to give out to students.

Marlena Schnell, a member of the DMACC Diversity Commission board admitted that the school used $1,000 to promote the event.  When the Young Americans for Freedom's Jake Dagel remarked to Schnell that using tuition and taxpayer funds to buy tickets for the event directly sponsors those offending workshops, Schnell conceded, "I understand that, and we stand behind our decision to support it."

DMACC President Robert J. Denson gave this statement to the Culture and Media Institute: "We are providing support to some of our students who want to attend. Over 60% of our operating budget comes from student funds and our college has a commitment to diversity and against bullying, we believe to be one of the issues at the conference. We, along with some significant corporations, are supporting the organization [Iowa Safe Schools] putting this on."

This isn't the first time that the Des Moines Area Community College has sponsored LGBT events with tax payer money. In 2010 a discussion called, "That's So Gay" was hosted by, you guessed it, the same gay activist group, Iowa Safe Schools. The only difference in the past three years is that now Iowa Safe Schools is more aggressively trying to normalize gay behavior. 3 years ago, their event was just for "LGBT" but in 2013, they've added a "Q" to the end. Next year, maybe, they'll add another letter.

Progress Iowa also recently pressured Iowa lawmakers to "opt-out of using taxpayer funds to join ALEC," the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative think-tank who Progress Iowa says has "a hidden agenda." Ironic, considering Progress Iowa has no problem using taxpayer funds to promote their own LGBT agenda.

The Young Americans for Freedom were the first group to protest the use of tuition and taxpayer funds to promote an anti-Christian, anti-conservative event. Looking into the financial aspect, the DMACC YAF chapter found "the DMACC Diversity Commission is funded by the DMACC general fund that is funded 63% by student tuition money along with tax payer money. The FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] also showed a sponsorship of the conference on behalf of DMACC at $1,000 making DMACC the only school in the state of Iowa to sponsor the conference."

Past sponsors of the conference include a host of government organizations, such as the "Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Association of School Boards, School Administrators of Iowa, Iowa State Education Association, and Iowa Civil Rights Commission."

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