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US Christian group compares teaching kids about same-sex parents to smoking

US Christian group compares teaching kids about same-sex parents to smoking

A US Christian group campaigning against LGBT rights has produced a video mocking the book Heather Has Two Mommies in which a woman reads a book called ‘Heather Has Two Cigarettes’ to a group of children she has given cigarettes to.

The woman is Janet Porter, founder of the anti-abortion rights, anti-gay Faith 2 Action group.

‘Heather has two cigarettes – should she smoke them herself or share them with you?’ she says, to which the children cheer.

Porter then gives packets of cigarettes to the children.

Later in the video the children have cigarettes in their hands and are pretending to smoke.

Porter then tells the children they are celebrating ‘Smokers Pride Month’ and begins to talk about ‘great people in history’ who were smokers – including US President Barack Obama.

She then asks the children what they want to be when they grow up to which they shout ‘smokers!’

Later a little girl who says she is a non-smoker is singled out and labelled a ‘smokophobe.’

Porter tells the little girl that if she does not curb her intolerance of smoking she will be sent to the principal’s office and forced into diversity training.

A picture on the back of the book mocks the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

On the back of Porter’s book GLSEN stands for Glad Little Smokers Enlist Now.

A flash card on the screen later claims that the Journal of Epidemiology says that homosexuality is ‘up to three times more dangerous than smoking.’

In fact the International Epidemiological Association published a statement debunking such claims in 2001 after it became aware that HIV study data was being distorted and circulated by anti-gay groups.

‘These homophobic groups appear more interested in restricting the human rights of gay and bisexuals rather than promoting their health and well being,’ the Association wrote.

Porter’s video was soon removed by YouTube and Vimeo which had labelled it ‘hate speech’ though it has been re-posted by another user who is critical of it.

The group was widely criticized over the video on its Facebook page.

‘Let me tell you, I’m a Christian and I find this video so vile and offensive that I’m glad it’s been censored by every website you posted it on!’ posted Facebook user Christopher Mercer.

‘You absolutely do not embody anything that Jesus Christ stands for and I’m sure he would turn his head in shame if he saw this. I have not seen anything that was so idiotic and moronic before I saw this! I can’t even begin to express my total disgust towards you!’

This is not the first time a Christian group has made such a claim – Australian Christian Lobby managing director Jim Wallace made a similar claim last year during a debate on marriage equality.