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Friday Absurdity Part II: Hate Group Appointed to Anti-Bullying Task Force

People, you just canNOT make this stuff up. Last Friday, I brought you the absurd story of the student who was bullied during at TV interview ON BULLYING.

Then today I find this gem: a school district appointed a hate group to its anti-bullying task force. Yep. You read that correctly.

Back in March, the Anoka-Hennepin School District just outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice filed a landmark consent decree to resolve plaintiffs’ claims that middle and high schools in the district failed to address pervasive bullying and harassment of LGBT students (and those perceived as LGBT). The students had alleged violations of a number of laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination—including harassment of students for gender non-conformity—in schools that receive federal funding.

So as part of its effort to comply with the law and get its house in order, the District creates an anti-bullying task force. Great idea!

The District appointed Bryan Lindquist, a member of the Parents Action League, a local organization that, according to their own website, is dedicated to “[t]o motivate and equip citizens with current and accurate information about issues that impact the family.” Sounds fine.

But here’s the hitch: The Southern Poverty Law Center, a national civil rights organization, lists the Parents Action League as an active anti-LGBT hate group. (For example, the League refers to homosexuality as a “sexual disorder,” calls HIV GRID—“gay-related immune deficiency”; and asked the Anoka-Hennepin School Board to discuss the “medical consequences of homosexual acts.”)  Also listed as hate groups by SPLC are such notables as the KKK and the American Aryan Reich.

Wait, this must be some mistake. Right, school board? 

Not so much.

In response to a parent who expressed concerns with this choice, the School Board said it wanted task force members with “very diverse points of view.” Well, mission accomplished. I guess…