Truth Wins Out applauds Montgomery County Superintendent Joshua Starr for telling the truth about the message of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX). He was moved to comment after TWO criticized his school system for allowing PFOX to distribute 8,000 fliers to students. According to Pink News Starr reportedly told pupils: “This group has figured out how to use that law to spread what I find to be a really, really disgusting message, frankly.”
PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs responded with a typically foolish statement: “We call on the Montgomery County Board of Education to enforce its Nondiscrimination Policy and censure Starr immediately. The Policy mandates that schools provide ‘an atmosphere where differences are understood and appreciated, and where all persons are treated fairly and with respect in an environment free of discrimination and … abuse.’ Clearly Superintendent Starr has violated the Board’s Policy. Starr’s verbal abuse, disrespectful behavior, and slurs against the ex-gay community amount to hate and illegal sexual orientation discrimination, which are all forbidden by the Policy.”
You have got to be kidding me. The president of PFOX, Greg Quinlan, refers to LGBT people as “flaming faggots” and a board member, Peter Sprigg, supports imprisoning LGBT people and once claimed we should be “exporting” homosexuals. The despicable organization even has a “prayer” on its site that says: “Father, I want to thank you for the awesome change you have wrought in MY life. How you allowed me to survive while I was trapped under the deception of homosexuality, that it even resembled ‘life’.”
PFOX’s former President, Richard Cohen, was permanently expelled from the American Counseling Association for multiple ethics violations. Prior to his stint at PFOX, Cohen was a Moonie and once even belonged to the Wesleyan Community Church, a Vashon Island cult that practiced naked “therapy” in churches. Cohen’s therapy outfit, The International Healing Foundation, sent a representative to Uganda to speak alongside a holocaust revisionist at a conference with the goal of “wiping out” homosexuality.
The man who is currently listed on the group’s Speaker’s Bureau, Arthur Abba Goldberg, is a convicted felon who was jailed for billion dollar bond schemes. The founder of PFOX, Anthony Falzarano once told CBS News, “AIDS comes from the devil, directly from Satan. He uses homosexuals as pawns and then he kills them.” Another time, he called hate crime victim Matthew Shepard a “predator to heterosexual men.”
Clearly, these are just lovely people at PFOX who exist to oppose discrimination and appreciate and understand differences in humanity. (Yes, you can stop laughing anytime) Montgomery County Superintendent Joshua Starr should just ignore these clowns.
Earlier in the week, TWO sent an open letter to Starr urging him to stop the distribution of PFOX fliers. While non-profit literature must not be blocked based on viewpoint, it can and should be prohibited if it contains blatant misinformation that jeopardizes the health and well being of students. The PFOX flier easily fits this description and the group has a dubious history that includes bizarre and bigoted practices that have no place in the public school system.
Truth Wins Out will soon be suing PFOX and Greg Quinlan for defamation.