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Suffer the Children, Answering the Homosexual Agenda in Public Schools, American Family Association, 1999, suggested donation $25.

The American Family Association (AFA) has produced a quality video designed to expose the dangerous pro-homosexual film targeting the nation's public schoolchildren entitled It's Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in School. Suffer the Children looks beyond It's Elementary's slick packaging and engagingly scripted comments which purportedly came naturally "out of the mouths of babes," in order to highlight the film's subtle indoctrination of the homosexual lobby's radical agenda.

The AFA points out that, although It's Elementary portrays itself as a video that merely teaches children to "respect" differences, it depicts adults, especially Christians, as the wellspring of ignorance, bigotry and homophobia. Christians are portrayed as hate-filled bigots who advocate the "torture" and death of homosexuals.

The film leads children to falsely believe that any disapproval of the homosexual lifestyle is an attack on the persons themselves, and suggests that persecution and violence are the inevitable result. It tells children that there is "no right and no wrong answer" with regard to homosexuality, while clearly teaching that the "right" answer is to celebrate homosexuality as a legitimate and even desirable lifestyle.

It's Elementary was produced in 1996 by Helen Cohen and Academy-Award-winning documentary producer Debra Chasnoff, who publicly declared her lesbianism at the Oscars in 1992. The video has the enthusiastic support of the National Education Association's president, Bob Chase, who said: "Schools cannot be neutral when we're dealing with [the issue of homosexuality]. I'm not talking about tolerance. I'm talking about acceptance."

AFA President Donald Wildmon, whose organization has long resisted the efforts of the homosexual movement to insinuate its agenda into American public life, said he was determined to try to stop the encroachment of the movement into the public schools. "That's why we produced Suffer the Children, because we could not allow this attempt at brainwashing our children to go unanswered."

Suffer the Children provides parents and others with suggestions for preventing the use of It's Elementary in their local schools.

American Family Association, P.O. Drawer 2440, Tupelo, MS 38803, (601) 844-5036. Special offer of $12.95 for ministers and youth pastors.

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