A group of scholars will soon convene to develop ways for the National Park Service to "preserve ... the legacy of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgendered individuals ... for future generations" of Americans.
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today in New York a new "theme study" that will identify places and events associated with the story of LGBT (lesbian, "gay," bisexual, and transgender) Americans for inclusion in the parks and programs of the agency. As part of the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Heritage Initiative, an 18-member panel will evaluate relevant sites to be included on the National Register of Historic Places and will be considered for national monuments in the same fashion as undertaken for blacks, Latinos, Asian-Americans, and women.
Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality weighs in.
"We're going to teach our kids and our citizens that homosexuality is a civil rights issue when it's not," he laments. "It's a human misbehavior issue. It's just a sin movement – and we're elevating it to civil rights icon status."
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Secretary Jewell made her announcement outside the Stonewall Inn – the only LGBT-associated site that has been designated a national historic landmark by the Park Service. The theme study is funded by the Gill Foundation, one of the largest private funders and organizers of LGBT "civil rights" work in the U.S.
LaBarbera points out the Obama administration wants to celebrate homosexuals such as Harvey Milk, the assassinated San Francisco supervisor, who had an affair with a 16-year-old boy.
"I fear for our country, because when a nation starts celebrating sexual immorality as the norm and as a social good, then that nation cannot survive in the long run," he explains. "Every other civilization has been brought down for sexual immorality as part of the factors bringing it down, and I think the United States of America will not be an exception in that regard."
LaBarbera adds the homosexual lobby is so powerful, it can push for something – such as the Park Service policy – and it's a done deal before most Americans even know about it, such as the Harvey Milk commemorative postage stamp.
A traditional values proponent in Texas believes the members of Houston's city council turned a deaf ear to residents in approving a strong pro-homosexual ordinance.