On Wednesday, the 8th annual Iowa Governors Conference on LGBTQ Youth will be held outside of Des Moines.
All students deserve a safe and supportive place in which to learn including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ). For many LGBTQ youth, school can be a terrifying place due to bullying, harassment, and discrimination. In order to eliminate bullying in Iowa schools and create leadership opportunities for LGBTQ youth, Iowa Safe Schools founded the Annual Iowa Governors Conference on LGBTQ Youth.
The yearly effort to protect vulnerable students obviously begged for a biblical smiting or running-through or something. So the FAMiLY LEADER, the folks who once counseled us that black children were better off 200 years ago as chattel slaves, assembled a group of its nattily dressed supporters and took to a press conference. There the group’s Vice President affected the mien of an overwrought adult, and a heartsick parent, and generally creeped the hell out of everybody with an obscene dose of Tyrannosaurus paternalism:
“My name is Chuck Hurley, and I’m the Vice President of The FAMiLY LEADER. But much more importantly, I’m the father of eight biological children, two adopted children, and several foster children. I’m also a church elder and a teacher. I’ve been an attorney in juvenile court, family court. I’ve been a legislator, and I am a taxpayer. This Papa Bear is here to say, regarding the Governor’s Conference, stop coming after my kids and other people’s kids with evil propaganda.”
. . but, then, with the utterance of the words “evil propaganda,” the galactic irony hammer did fall upon Chuck. And this did smoosh him. Among the ordinary, there was rejoicing.