COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, September 4, 2002 ( – University of Maryland freshmen are being assigned to read a play about a homosexual college student. Officials are distributing 10,000 copies of “Laramie Project,” a play based on the 1998 death of student Matthew Shepard—elevated by activists to the status of a gay martyr—to all incoming freshmen.  “This book can be used to look at the issue of hate crimes and healing particularly after September 11,” alleged spokesman Dave Ottalini. But in fact, the play “portrays those who adhere to traditional values as irrational or bigoted,” said Steve Crampton, chief counsel of AFA’s Center for Law and Policy.  “Parents need to be more vigilant because their children are being targeted,” says Robert Knight, director of the Culture and Family Institute, an affiliate of the Washington-based conservative group, Concerned Women for America. “Schools are not supposed to promote religion, but they promote the religion of pan-sexualism.” Knight adds, “It seems like homosexuals feel bolder than ever to promote their views by using tax-funded institutions.”  To read Washington Times coverage see:


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