Below is an email received today from the Massachusetts Family Institute Director, Andrew Beckwith.
Earlier this year, a distraught mother reached out to me after learning that her 15-year-old daughter had been forced to watch this video at school.
“Love Is All You Need” is a nearly 20 minute-long piece of pure LGBT propaganda. It depicts an alternative reality (or perhaps a dystopian future?) where homosexual relationships are the norm and heterosexual acts are forbidden. In it, a young girl realizes she has feelings for a male classmate, is bullied for being a “breeder,” and commits suicide by cutting her wrists in the bathtub. The film is well-produced and it’s emotive impact is undeniable. But that’s part of the problem – how much emotional manipulation can our children withstand in this culture?
The mom who called me only found out about this movie AFTER her daughter’s teacher had shown it to the class. It turns out at least one other student left the classroom in tears because the suicide scene was so graphic she could no longer watch it.
The video was also highly offensive to the mother’s faith. In one of the scenes, a woman robed in clerical garb declares, “In light of recent events in the Netherlands, where heterosexual marriage is now allowed, Pope Joan VII wants to remind Catholics all over the world that the church has not changed its stance on this issue…It is a sin for a man to lust after a woman. It is an abomination for a woman to lie with a man outside of the breeding season.…Any such person harboring lust in their heart for the opposite sex will burn in hell.”
There is no explanation for what exactly “breeding season” is or how a world consisting almost entirely of homosexual relationships has any children in the first place, but this bizarre and angry portrayal of Christianity was as offensive as it was unnecessary. And that really sums up the problem with the movie. When the concerned mom and I met with the teacher who showed the film, she told us it was part of the “wellness” curriculum to prevent bullying. As we explained to her, we were in full agreement with the goal of fighting actual bullying, but there has to be a better way to do it than a video which is highly offensive to people of faith and traumatic for those who have struggled with suicide. Students should be encouraged to turn to their parents or teachers for help if they are facing bullying at school, and yet EVERY adult in the movie either ignores the “hetero” girl or attacks her, which leads to her taking her own life. What message is that supposed to send?
I asked the teacher what curriculum or program the video was a part of, and she replied that it was just a YouTube video that she had heard about and liked. She also told us that because the video had been shown as part of the “wellness” class and did not “primarily involve human sexual education or human sexuality,” parents did not have the right to opt their child out. Tragically, this is in line with the infamous MA case “Parker v. Hurley,” where a federal judge ruled that once parents have chosen to send their children to the public schools, the “Constitution does not permit them to prescribe what those children will be taught.”
However, I have GOOD news. That same engaged mom recruited three more moms and scheduled a meeting with the principal. They expressed their objections to the video and, I’m happy to report, the school promised to stop showing it.
This may seem like a small victory, and in the grand scheme of things it is, but when it’s multiplied through thousands of parents in hundreds of schools across the Commonwealth, it can make a difference in the lives of countless children. And this is precisely the sort of local parental influence that will be virtually eliminated by the Sex Ed Mandate. At MFI, we’re fighting on Beacon Hill to preserve your right to be heard in your local school. This is a good reminder to us all – never underestimate the power and influence of a handful of concerned moms.