If you are new to my blog or facebook page you are about to learn a few things about me:
1) I support equal rights for EVERYONE – If I am legally allowed to do it and it’s been deemed a ‘right’ for me or you then it’s a damn right for everyone I don’t care what your personal or religious beliefs are about the issue.
2) When someone is treated as vilely as was the person I was contacted about today, I *have* to say something.
3) I curse.
Have you heard of the Southeast Homeschool Expo? It’s being held this summer in Atlanta, GA. The organization that runs this Expo is the Home Educators Encouragement Alliance (HEEA). They also run the Chicago Homeschool Expo, Georgia Homeschool Expo, and the Alabama Homeschool Expo.
According to their own website their purpose is:
The operators of this organization are a mother and son team, Randi St. Dennis and Mark St. Dennis.
Their contact information can be found here:
A fan of my page, who is a friend of a friend, placed a call to this organization yesterday in an attempt to register herself and her wife for the Expo, inquiring if they would be allowed the ‘couple’ rate.
This fan is a person of faith – Catholic to be specific.
Now, am I surprised, after meandering through the website, that this organization would not grant the couple rate to a same sex couple? Nope. Not in the least. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t agree with them – but I’m not surprised.
What does surprise me is what Ms. Randi St. Dennis said to the fan who made the inquiry. Here is what was shared with me today regarding the conversation between Ms. St. Dennis and the woman who made the inquiry:
· Today was the call, and pretty much ……the fact I must get up crying every morning because of how miserable I am and what I am doing to my children. I originally spoke to a man who told me that if I waited they were having a special, the registration would be free. This was great, but just struck me as off as he wouldn't answer my question about if the benefits were applicable to same-sex couples. I asked to speak to the director who promptly got in the phone and said she gets asked this question all the time. Then she went into the fact that she was in this perverted life of homosexuality and prostitution where she lived in fl. I asked if she was equating homosexuals and prostitutes and she said yes they were both sexually deviant lifestyles. While my brain attempted to process this she went on to explain about us being like the animals in the zoo that had to be separated because they were developing into homosexuals. Then with the how miserable I am being an abomination along with my children being abominations. She didn't approve of China's one child policy. She believed things should be all natural.
She said she had treated her patients who were deviant and knew they could never be happy being gay. She repeatedly told me to be quiet and listen to her. That I needed to hear what she was saying. I held the phone away, cause she just kept talking about how horrible we were, how miserable I was and how my children were witness to our abomination. I then told her that we obviously would not be attending and another family also would not and that I would share her position with our hs group. I then said I would pray for her and her patients.
I immediately called ____________who was the other family that had requested info also. Her parents are same sex. So if you would like to speak to her to confirm or clarify anything that I may have forgotten, please feel free as I seriously could not function for about an hour after the call. The call was @ 1720 today. Thank you for your support. It was just a bit overwhelming to think there are people so hateful in the world.
Randi St Dennis. She said she was a therapist. She said she was the director.
I don’t see anywhere in their ‘purpose’ statement anything that would give indication that this organization is a homophobic, bigoted, hate-filled organization that is guilty of spreading disgusting lies and untruths about the gay community and what it means to be gay.
I don’t see anywhere in the director’s comments where she showed human decency.
If you, or someone you know, pays to attend this Expo, or any others organized by this group, then be aware of what you are truly supporting.
If you are, like I am, disgusted by this unnecessary and vicious attack against a fellow homeschooler, then please call or write and let our voices be heard as homeschoolers!!
Here is a link to all the vendors who will be attending this Expo (and I’m sure the other Expos). Perhaps a word to them about why we won’t be attending this or any Expo organized by HEEA.
What is objectionable, what is dangerous, about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.
Robert F. Kennedy