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Anti-Gay Suburban "Academy" Releases Curriculum

By Joseph Erbentraut in News on Jul 23, 2010 6:40PM

2010_07_23_truthacademy.jpg Remember that suburban Chicago-based Americans for Truth About Homosexuality setting about a youth-oriented "Truth Academy" to "train 'pro-family' advocates how to counter so-called 'homosexual misinformation?'" Well, it appears plans are still moving forward for the Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group's event, to be held Aug. 5-7 at the Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights.

Wednesday, the group announced the weekend's tentative schedule of speakers and presentations, offering up a venerable who's who of anti-gay talking heads, including AFTAH's own president Peter LaBarbera, ex-gay activist and female, breathing wife-seeker Greg Quinlan and Ugandan "kill the gays" bill supporter Cliff Kincaid. The schedule is chock full with anti-gay goodness. For a preview of what's to come, here are a selected few of the many sessions scheduled for the weekend:

“From gay pride to gay tyranny” ... “The ‘born gay hoax” ... “The battle over blood: ‘gay’ health risks and public policy” ... “Corrupting children, politicizing schools: the homosexual youth agenda” ... “Combating pro-homosexual media bias, confronting pro-gay ‘conservatives’” ... “From destroying DOMA to homosexualizing the military: Obama’s radical homosexual/transsexual agenda for America”

Again, if you want to attend the three-day academy, you'll need $149 (adults) or $99 (youth), in addition to references to prove you're not a "pro-homosexual activist." However, if you are of the pro-homosexual variety, the Gay Liberation Network (GLN), in concert with a number of suburban community groups, will be protesting the academy's opening banquet scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 5:30 p.m. at their headquarters, 25W560 Geneva Road in Carol Stream.

GLN member Bob Schwartz criticized the event in a press release Friday.

"Using typical far-right scare rhetoric about gays, AFTAH’s literature about their forthcoming ‘academy’ calls the LGBT rights movement ‘destructive to America’ and invites people to donate money to fund scholarships for people as young as 14-years-old to attend their event. What they are really trying to do is inculcate the next generation with a religious, sectarian-based hatred of gays."