Continued from Part 1.

As Jonathan Capehart said in his article titled Franklin Graham’s detestable anti-gay statements(link is external) that was published by the Washington Post, “Such backward thinking about gay men and lesbians from someone who calls himself a man of God is all the more striking in light of statements from Pope Francis, who talks about lesbians and gays and their relationship with the church with compassion, openness and respect….  Let’s just say he spouted worn-out lies about same-sex couples raising children. What he said was deplorable.”

Allow me now to share what were listed as the most helpful responses to the following question that was shared on CircleOf in 2012:

We are a christian family and my daughter found out her best friend is gay(link is external). Should she be allowed to continue her friendship with her?”

  • “Are you afraid ‘teh gays’ will rub off on your daughter? If you had just found out your daughter's friend had a sixth toe, would it make any difference? If your daughter wants to be friends with this girl then let her be friends with her. Show some damned compassion as a 'Christian' and befriend those whom you believe to be damned. Christ walked with the crippled, the lepers, the whores, and all the other sinners. He called them all brothers and sisters and loved them all. It is NOT YOUR PLACE to judge this girl. Love her for who she is, not what you're afraid she represents.”
  • “If I were the parent in this position my concern would be for my daughter's friend because of the negative reaction she may get from unenlightened people. I would be saying to my daughter ‘you know what, this is the time to really show what a good friend is and support her, because she may face some trouble from other people’. The idea that you may encourage your daughter to abandon a friend at a difficult time seem very odd to me. I would be upset by the idea that my daughter might do that.”
  • “Are you kidding me? This might be the most offensive post I've ever seen, and I've seen some doozies. My best friend happens to be gay, and her parents are the MOST Christian family I've ever met. Her mother goes to church every single day, and not a problem goes by that her mother doesn't think can be solved by saying the rosary! THAT being said, the love for her daughter FAR outweighs her Christian beliefs, and she is completely accepted by her family. So, before you ask yourself that question, ask yourself this...would YOU disown your child for being gay? I really hope you say no. This little girl is no different than anyone else, and honestly you should be ashamed of yourself for picking you child's friends because of something as stupid as loving the same gender. There are far worse things in this world than worrying over something as this. And if you are scared she is going to be an influence on your daughter, I can assure you, being gay isn't contageous!”
  • “Of course she should be ‘allowed’ to continue the friendship. What is the alternative? To forbid her from being friends with someone who is different? Who (in your eyes) is ‘a sinner’? If that's the case, then she shouldn't be allowed to have ANY friends at all, because according to the Bible, each and every single one of us, including you, is a sinner. The reason people are blasting you, is because the very THOUGHT of forbidding your kid to be friends with a gay person is just mind-boggling. Besides, like Kate said, Christ didn't ostracize the 'sinners' -- he walked among them and befriended them.”
  • “I am a Christian woman. I have had lesbian friends, gay friends, bisexual friends, and straight friends. Also, most of the Bible verses condemning homosexuality are in the Old Testament and in the letters of Paul in the New Testament. I can't think of one saying where Jesus condemned homosexuality specifically. If my children are ever confronted with this decision I'll remind them of this: when asked what the most important commandment was, Jesus answered, 'Love you God with all your heart, soul, and mind. And the second is, love your neighbor as yourself.' I have used this to form my position on difficult issues like this one."

In his post, Graham referred to being gay as a “lifestyle(link is external).”  I discussed the use of that term to describe LGBT people in my article titled Don’t Fall for Political Propaganda.  As I said in that article, “Generally speaking, those who take issue with same-sex marriage, and support the right to discriminate against members of the LGBT community, do so based upon their belief that homosexuality is a ‘lifestyle choice.’  However, homosexuality is no more a ‘lifestyle choice’ than is heterosexuality.”

So, is it true that Walt Disney “would be shocked at what has happened to the company that he started” because it is trying to normalize the fact that gay people really exist?

Is it true that Walt Disney “would be shocked” that his company is “trying to push the LGBT agenda into the hearts and minds of children”? 

Considering that the LGBT agenda is merely that they be accepted, respected, valued and loved for who they are, I have a very hard time believing that Walt Disney would be shocked by any such thing. Based upon his values, I have no doubt that he’d proud to know that all these years after his death, the company he founded is still teaching peace from understanding gleaned through empathy.

Empathy Is the Key to Conflict Resolution or Management. Empathy has been found to undermine biased conflict perceptions. Unfortunately, lack of empathy is the source of great conflict(link is external).  

How about people start boycotting fear and hate mongers, rather than peacemakers?

Mark B. Baer, Esq. is a mediator, collaborative law practitioner, conflict resolution consultant, co-author of Putting Kids First in Divorce, and co-founder of Family Dynamics Assistance Center. He also regularly writes for the Huffington Post and Psychology Today.