Yesterday, at the Iowa Governor’s Conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning Youth, a comic book written and distributed by Progress Iowa (a left-leaning think tank) clearly depicted Bob Vander Plaats, the President of The FAMiLY LEADER, as a supervillain character. As much as we are disappointed in the villainous portrayal of Bob Vander Plaats (as “Bull Von Ploots”) in a 28-page comic book, we are more concerned about the message it sends to students across Iowa. Will they now be concerned about being ostracized and demonized (bullied) when they express values and beliefs different from those promoted by Progress Iowa?
Bullying anyone, for any reason, is never acceptable. We at The FAMiLY LEADER would like to see bullying come to an end. However, our fear is when intentionally destructive messaging is given a platform at such a conference, it propels the dangerous patterns of bullying. Rather than fostering civility and understanding over our disagreements, these immature tactics fuel division, destructive behavior, and victimization.
Our Founding Fathers have it right. To have safe and strong schools staging an optimum learning environment, students need to be taught morals. This is why, until 1963, the Bible was taught in public schools as a resource for moral instruction. Until we restore moral teachings and bring the timeless lessons from scripture back into the lives of our children, we are going to continue to see unsafe schools that fail to perform. We believe the Golden Rule, based on Luke 6 verse 31, “Treat others the way you want to be treated,” is a good place for all of us to start.
The team at The FAMiLY LEADER, is declining any encouragement to respond in like-manner to Progress Iowa’s intentional, demeaning attack on our President, Bob Vander Plaats, and all of those who share our embrace of God’s design for marriage, family, and sexuality.
While some advise to sue them, we will choose to love them and pray for them. We hope you will as well.