does this sound familiar? below is the conclusion of a may, 2000 report by cindy beal about brian camenker’s tactics and activities in massachusetts public schools. “cindy beal is founder of justice and peace consulting (jpc) which educates people about political movements opposing justice and peace for all citizens, and about creative and peaceful conflict avoidance and resolution.” the email address given for beal no longer exists.
by Cindy Beal
An earlier email version of the article was widely circulated on the Internet among conservative Christians. It was titled: “Massachusetts Gov. Cellucci’s destructive deception of parents Funded by Legislature and covered up by local school officials. The gay community ‘having its way’ with schoolchildren”
In Conclusion: Toward Reasoned Dialogue
Mr. Whiteman and Mr. Camenker oppose Gay Awareness Days, Gay Straight Alliances, and sexuality education in our public schools. Such opposition is their right in a free society. Mr. Whiteman and Mr. Camenker actively work, in our democratic society, to stop those activities and curriculums they believe are harmful, as is their right and responsibility. However, it is also their responsibility to oppose these programs on a political playing field bounded by accuracy and truth. [my emphasis–clearly it is to camenker’s interest not to engage in reasoned, informed debate. he knows it. why don’t you and i acknowledge it?–rk]
Mr. Whiteman and Mr. Camenker taped a confidential workshop without permission, they improperly assigned sponsorship for this workshop to those government programs they personally oppose, they took quotations out of context in order to inflame the passions of those who might be considered on their political “side,” and they utilized a level of persuasive rhetoric that appealed to the basest fears of their audience. [my emphasis–rk]
Sexuality education, HIV/AIDS education, our culture’s sexualization of younger and younger children — these are real issues that all adults grapple with. However, we need to address these issues slowly, carefully, and with great attention to accuracy and truth. This article portrayed a conspiracy between government and GLSEN to pave the way for the “gay community [to have] its way with children.” No such conspiracy exists.
What exists is that people of good will and concern for the physical well being of our youth work tirelessly to ensure that they have safety in their schools, and in their sexual lives.
What exists is that people of good will both in and out of government have worked for years to study and determine what kinds of sexuality education actually lead youths to change their behavior — either postponing sexual involvement, or choosing sexual behaviors that hold less risk for pregnancy, STD’s, and HIV/AIDS.
What exists — for all of us — on all sides of the issues involved — is a concern that our youth deserve to live long and fruitful lives. Where we differ is in how to help them achieve that long life, and how we engage in discussion about it.
I challenge Mr. Whiteman and Mr. Camenker to let go of the rhetoric and misrepresentations in their article and to speak directly to the concerns they have. They are opposed to sex education. They are opposed to Gay Straight Alliances. When they resort to this kind of factual misrepresentation it appears that they are not seeking truth about those subjects, or the lives of those affected; but they are seeking to outrage in order to gain political allies in their fight. [my emphasis–rk] If they are opposed to sex education, if they are opposed to Gay Straight Alliances, then they would be better served to address those subjects directly. We could then have a reasoned dialogue.
beal writes: “I challenge Mr. Whiteman and Mr. Camenker to let go of the rhetoric and misrepresentations in their article and to speak directly to the concerns they have. “ wake up. it ain’t ever gonna happen. this statement is a confession of defeat and an abdication of responsibility in the face camenker’s tactics. as long as liberals & others hold this attitude, they’re gonna have mud and defeat on their pusses.
repeated behavior brings the same results repeatedly.
what other responses can we come up with?
macy’s celebrates gay pride in boston by mounting, then removing “most offensive part” of “boston pride” display window (two “gay” mannequins with pecs and nipples showing thru shirts, one wearing a rainbow flag-like beach towel) after an effective pressure campaign is quickly & successfully grandstanded by anti-gay group massResistance, formerly article 8. all sides are pissed at macy’s/federated.
please click on this sentence to view cindy beal’s entire report.
322.1 suite sheet
322.2 overview: two news items from boston
322.4 brian camenker—wikipedia entry & link
322.5 brian camenker—towleroad entry & link
322.6 boston herald columnist/radio talkshow host margery eagan blasts camenker & link
322.7 brian camenker in response & link (massResistenceWatch)
322.8 brian camenker’s successful campaign: seven things to learn
322.9 cindy beal on brian camenker’s tactics in 2000 & rk’s text comments & link