The neutrality policy was introduced to the school board by the Minnesota Family Council, a Christian fundamentalist group, spearheaded by their Hate-Monger-In-Chief Barb Anderson.
While at the high school Barb saw a poster for an LGBT helpline (you know those horrible places that help kids in need), she called the school officials ranting about the “homosexual agenda” taking over the school and began her devious plan to abolish all sensitivity and understanding within the Anoka-Hennepin district—making Anoka, MN ground zero for yet another culture war.
The administrator of the school is calling the phenomenon of 8 students taking their own lives a “suicide contagion”. But it sounds more to me like the Hate Contagion! And we have Michelle Bachmann, Anoka’s Congressional Representative and current Presidential candidate, to thank the most for this, since her nasty, hateful campaign rhetoric against gay people has helped to create a hostile climate for LGBT youth in her district and thanks to the 24 hour news cycle, she can now spread her hate mongering across the country!
The Hate Contagion really kicked into high gear with the passage (and then subsequent stalling) of the California marriage-equality law in 2008. Since then, there has been a rise in anti-gay sentiments coming from religious zealots and “Tea-Darlings” across the country. They have become so emboldened by their hate they use their vitriol towards gays as a campaign fundraising tool to rally their base.
For so-called parity, when media outlets begin to tell the story of marriage equality they also profile the anti-gay, discriminatory “alternative opinion”, which is essentially the conservative plan to undermine justice in America and relegate gay people to second-class citizenship (or worse).