Laurie Higgins

Cultural Writer for the Illinois Family Institute

Writes for Illinois Family Institute, Southern Law Poverty Center designated hate group. 

Wrote: “‘Progressives’ promote the lie that ‘gender identity’ is immutable in order to rationalize and normalize an incoherent ideology and destructive medical ‘treatments’....Of the many tragic consequences of this science-denying sexuality dogma is the fact that ‘transitioning’ is harming people. Society is marching blindfolded into a brave new dystopian world whose victims are increasingly children who will one day tell their stories of regret.”

Taught: “Anal intercourse is wildly unnatural in that it violates the design of human bodies. Asking a sexual partner to engage in such an act is an affront to their dignity. Engaging in sodomy defiles both partners. Despite what the culture says, some sexual acts are shameful. There are moral boundaries around our sexual lives, and they are constituted by more than just consent.”

—Refered to homosexuality as “a disordering of the sexual impulse.”

—Equated defeating “evil” LGBTQ rights movement with defeating slavery and Naziism.

—Suggested school libraries include a children’s book where a birdie is happy when her gay parents die so that she can be adopted by male and female birds.

Claimed “recognizing homosexual unions as ‘marriage’ is far more radical a redefinition of marriage than would be recognizing incestuous heterosexual unions as marriages.”

—Referred to homosexuality as “destructive foolishness,” right after she equates it with child sacrifice.

—Wrote of the Christian’s supposed call: “When I think about the evil done to children by teachers who tell them that homosexuality is deserving of respect and affirmation, I become angry, and I desperately want others to experience the righteous anger that should well up in decent people who see young children taught that evil is good. We do not embody the love of Christ when we remain silent while body and soul-destroying lies are being affirmed to and in children, teens, and adults.….”

Claimed: “Incestuous relations between consenting adults is no more depraved and perverse than sexual relations between two men or two women, which we now celebrate in our streets and our public schools.”

—Claimed “affirming homosexual behavior as moral behavior harms kids.”

—Told parents to move their children to another classroom if their teacher is too pro-LGBTQ: “Email all your children’s teachers now, telling them that under no circumstance is your child to be exposed to any resources or activities that address homosexuality or gender confusion, including through ‘bullying prevention’ activities or sex ed. Tell them that you will be addressing those topics at home in a way that honors your beliefs and respects the dignity of all persons–which public school resources do not. Ask them if they agree to honor your request. If they tell you that they will be exposing students to material on homosexuality and gender confusion, you can either ask for a teacher reassignment, ask for prior notification so you can opt your child out of class on the days when such material is presented, or seek to homeschool your child for just that class (e.g., health).” 

—Pushed claim that same-sex parenting is child abuse.

Admitted: “I think homosexual acts efface human dignity, undermine human flourishing, harm human bodies, and corrupt love between men and men and between women and women.”

—Once compared the silence of church leaders on homosexuality to the silence in the face of Nazism: “What is alarming about the account of the German Evangelical Church’s reprehensible failure [in combating Hitler] is its similarity to the ongoing disheartening story of the contemporary American church’s failure to respond appropriately to the spread of radical, heretical, destructive views of homosexuality. Don’t we today see church leaders self-censoring out of fear of losing their positions or their church members? Don’t we see churches criticizing those who boldly confront the efforts of homosexual activists to propagandize children and undermine the church’s teaching on homosexuality? Aren’t the calls of the capitulating German Christians for ‘a more reasonable tone’ and a commitment to ‘honor different views’ exactly like the calls of today’s church to be tolerant and honor ‘diversity’? Don’t pastors justify their silence by claiming they fear losing their tax-exempt status (i.e. government assistance)? Don’t they rationalize inaction by claiming that speaking out will prevent them from saving souls? What is even more reprehensible in America, however, is that church leaders don’t currently face loss of livelihood, imprisonment, exile, or death, as they did in Germany, and yet they remain silent. The church’s failure to respond adequately to the relentless and ubiquitous promulgation of profoundly sinful ideas reveals an unbiblical doubt in the sovereignty of God; an unconscionable refusal to protect children; a willful ignorance of history; and a selfish unwillingness to experience the persecution and hatred that God has promised the followers of Christ that we will experience and that we should consider joy.”

—Said of pro-LGBTQ children’s books: “Humans were quite obviously created anatomically and biologically as heterosexual beings. Using any objective criteria, all humans are heterosexual. There exists no argument about the morality of heterosexual acts per se, so the numbers of books in a library that depict heterosexuality positively is irrelevant to any discussion of the appropriateness of including a book that depicts homosexuality positively. Publicly funded schools have no right to make available to young children ideas and images that many believe are profoundly immoral.”

—Compared measures designed to prevent LGBTQ bullying to theoretical proposals that would protect promiscuous girls, incestuous couples, or polyamorists.

—Joined with the equally hostile Linda Harvey in annual protests against the pro-equality/anti-bullying Day of Silence.

—Said of President Obama’s linking of sexual orientation to race: “A more sound analogy would compare homosexuality to polyamory or pedophilia.”

—Said Boy Scouts should deny gays because gays “demonstrate a profound disrespect for God and for themselves.”

—Said it’s unfortunate that schools are hiring gay teachers: “Although schools are, unfortunately, already hiring teachers in homosexual relationships...”


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