Bullying is evil; everyone knows that. Using taxpayer dollars to fund a workshop on how to combat bullies is positive, even if it occurs at a time when sequestration has stretched the federal budget so paper-thin that scholarships for children of service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are being cut. Yet, one anti-bullying group has taken its federal grant money and run — right into the center of a controversy over the fairness of its message and the propriety of using tax dollars to attack roughly one half the U.S. population.
A group known as Iowa Safe Schools is conducting a workshop on April 2 at Des Moines Community College that explores the plight of the bullied and offers solutions to keep students safe (h/t Gateway Pundit via Young America’s Foundation).
One of the sessions has the following title and description:
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Right Wing?
Learn messages and methods to fight back against propaganda from the extreme right wing, from Fox News and Rush Limbaugh to Bob Vander Plaats and Jan Mickelson. Discover resources to get the most up-to-date information available and work toward a more progressive Iowa.
The speaker, Matt Sinovic, is identified as Executive Director of Progress Iowa, a far left non-profit advocacy group. The synopsis does not offer specifics on what Sinovic considers “up-to-date information” (presumably “up-to-date” is a synonym for “reliable” since Fox News provides up-to-date information even if it is propaganda!). But a glance at the sites his blog links to — which include ThinkProgress, Center for American Progress, the AFL-CIO website, and something called Bleeding Heartland — suggests that Sinovic spells reliable L-I-B-E-R-A-L.
Additional evidence comes from the “About Us” section of the Iowa Safe Schools website, which notes:
All students need a safe, supportive environment in which to learn, including students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, (LGBT) or are perceived to be. There is extensive evidence that LGBT students are disproportionately targets for harassment and discrimination in schools. Left unchecked, this harassment and discrimination may escalate to the level of physical violence or violent crime.
Although the other shoe is not permitted to drop in this mission statement, the obvious conclusion — that conservatives are the aggressors in these acts of violence — is borne out by Matt Sinovic’s presence as a speaker.
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