Wednesday, February 16, 2005

C'mon, Stop Injecting Your Opinions Into Agencies

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) told the GLBT Suicide Prevention Conference to remove "gay", "lesbian", "bisexual" and "transgender" from the materials or the SAMHSA will not support the conference.

Someone leaked to The Washington Post and SAMHSA was floored with complaints. One spokesman at SAMHSA said, "It was only a suggestion."

I believe it was supposed to be a belief amongst the Republican party that they do want less interference on organizations/businesses/life from the governments. But yet, the Repubicans (Yes, the Bush Administration appointed the Republicans to many departments) still interfered and "suggested" (actually, they often implicated that by suggesting, it is done with a threat of taking funds if they do not comply) them to alter the materials.

Enough is enough.

UPDATE: The SAMHSA Spokesman implied that it was only a suggestion and that the organizations should consider the funding source. That was a threat.

And not only that, the SAMHSA wanted the conference to add the faith-based crap on the list! It is getting silly each day to hear stuff like this out of these administrations. Do you truly think this faith-based will help "G", "L", "B" and "T" at all? Offering them with Ex-Gay Ministries? Exodus International? Please.


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