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Does Teaching Your Teen To Be An Anti-Gay Bigot Qualify As Brainwashing?

by Scott Rose on February 2, 2012

in Analysis,Bigotry Watch,Civil Rights,Discrimination,Marriage,Media,News,Politics,Scott Rose

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Editor’s note: On Monday, as The New Civil Rights Movement reported, 14-year old Sarah Crank stood in front of the Maryland State Legislature and asked them to give her “the best birthday present ever” by voting “no” on a same-sex marriage bill. Sarah willingly gave her first and last name in her testimony, and her mother, Kathleen Crank, has been extremely active on the Internet this week commenting on blog posts about her and her daughter’s testimony, and their views on same-sex marriage equality, “traditional marriage,” and home-schooling. To be clear, not only has the elder Crank not attempted to shield her daughter from any future challenges that might arise by taking such a public and controversial position on a matter of huge importance to society, as any normal parent would do, she has been actively promoting her daughter as a modern-day anti-gay Joan of Arc. 

The gay bashing testimony delivered to the Maryland State Legislature by 14-year old Sarah Crank is very disturbing, yet hardly surprising; after all, in a majority of schools around the country even today, 14-year-old anti-gay bullies torment fellow students actually and/or perceived to be gay.

Yet the question arises; did Sarah Crank decide to have contempt for gay people’s rights all on her own, or is she being raised and home-schooled in an environment that teaches her contempt for gay human beings?

Under a post about her daughter’s political gay bashing, Kathleen Crank has been (nearly endlessly) commenting, (see: images throughout) telling all who look that her gay bashing daughter aspires to be a Supreme Court justice and that the daughter has reached vehemently anti-gay conclusions all on her own, a precocious and spontaneous bigot, as it were. In her comments, Kathleen Crank states that her daughter Sarah “wanted” to give the gay-bashing testimony — but very obviously, the child “wants” to because the child has learned that this is how to get her professional gay-bashing mommy’s approval.

Internet research on Kathleen Crank, indeed, suggests that she personally has taught her daughter to hate gays.

Kathleen Crank describes herself professionally as a “public interest lobbyist.” The lion’s share of her “public interest lobbying” appears to be against gay rights. She has been active in the so-called Concerned Women for America; many of CWA’s most powerful figures have been caught out telling propagandistic lies against gay human beings.

Here is a report with a full gay-bashing statement that Kathleen Crank made to the Maryland State Legislature in 2008 when her daughter Sarah was 10.  In that shocking, counter-factual testimony in which Kathleen Crank bore false witness against all of those of her fellow citizens that happen to be gay, she said that 1) homosexuality is a “lifestyle;” 2) that a gay adult forced by prejudice into a heterosexual marriage has no right to liberate him or herself and the spouse from that untenable relationship; 3) that when women have AIDS, it is exclusively the fault of male homosexuals that they have it; 4) that the entire African AIDS epidemic is the fault of gay people; 5) that same-sex marriage legalized in certain countries in Europe has been “a dismal failure” and caused “cultural chaos” in all of Europe; and that 6) for the United States truly to have a government that is of the people, for the people and by the people, sexual orientation apartheid must be maintained forever.

In this document pertaining to matters of adoption, Kathleen Crank states that all gay human beings are unfit to be parents, that all research stating otherwise is a sham, and that most Catholic priests that abuse children are gay. Here is a report that Kathleen Crank cried as she gave her gay-bashing testimony to the Maryland State Legislature. A Maryland Catholic Conference press release reported on Kathleen Crank’s personal contribution to defeat of a proposed equality measure.

The above is just a sampling of Kathleen Crank’s ferocious engagement against LGBT Americans’ rights. One Internet commenter stated that Kathleen Crank has “weaponized” her daughter Sarah Crank, “in an attempt to destroy our rights.” The appearance certainly is that Kathleen Crank has taught her daughter Sarah far less about what loving commitment really means than she has taught her about relentlessly beating down a sexual minority as a nasty-spirited public arena blood sport.

It is especially revealing of the upbringing through hatred to which Kathleen Crank has subjected her daughter Sarah that Sarah stood in front of the Maryland State Legislature and declared that if the elected officials voted against equality, it would be her “best birthday present ever.”  That is how little Kathleen Crank has taught her daughter about the meaning of love.

Images: Kathleen Kositzky Crank’s comments at Think Progress. 

New York City– based novelist and freelance writer Scott Rose’s LGBT– interest by– line has appeared on Advocate .com, PoliticusUSA .com, The New York Blade, Queerty .com, Girlfriends and in numerous additional venues. Among his other interests are the arts, boating and yachting, wine and food, travel, poker and dogs. His “Mr. David Cooper’s Happy Suicide” is about a New York City advertising executive assigned to a condom account.


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Alex_Parrish February 2, 2012 at 10:22 am

Disgusting. I don't know the legal definition of 'brainwashing' but I do know that children — all children — absorb what they are exposed to like sponges. This child did not come to these hateful conclusions on her own no matter what her publicity-starved mother insists. It is even more shameful that her mother would not only allow but encourage her daughter to expose those disgusting lies in a public forum. This is a gift to future psychiatrists; I suspect this child will either be in therapy for long periods or turn her hate into an active phobia becoming a publicity-crazed pseudo-adult just like her mother. They are both to be pitied.

David Badash February 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm

To the reader who tried to report and delete the above comment because you "wouldn't want your daughter to see it," tough. You don't get to choose or control what other people say. I'm wondering if that reader in fact was Kathleen Kositzky Crank? If so, you should have thought about what you were doing to your daughter when you made her into a pawn for your dirty work.

Scott_Rose February 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm


You've got to be taught.
To hate and fear,
You've got to be taught.
From year to year,
It's got to be drummed.
In your dear little ear.
You've got to be carefully taught.

You've got to be taught to be afraid.
Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
And people whose skin is a diff'rent shade,
You've got to be carefully taught.

You've got to be taught before it's too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You've got to be carefully taught!

MarleneBomer June 1, 2012 at 11:53 am

I use this song to begin my weekly radio show, "TransTalk", which is on Mondays at 4pm ET at

creativeliberty February 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Who is the closet case in the Crank family? Their hatred-laced delusion and lying is so overwhelming it almost invites pity. Almost.

SandburOkie February 2, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Mama should be charged with child abuse!

Andreamari4 February 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Child abuse, really? You are just absurd and ridiculous!

usorthem3 February 2, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Momma Crank didn't like when I said her daughter was a selfish little girl that would destroy other people's lives for her own pleasure. Mrs. Crank's response was a single word, Not. When stating that her "traditional" marriage included men of the Bible with multiple wives, she will not comment. She has no argument against the fact that marriage licenses are issued by the state, not the church. She can thump her Bible at someone who finds fear in it's weak minded drivel.

MarleneBomer June 1, 2012 at 11:57 am

Exactly! She's a fearmongering, cowardly bully, fueled by hate and prejudice, indoctrinated into her by her pulpit master.

Trying to debate with religious fanatics like her is like trying to fight a wildfire by peeing on it. I highly doubt that even her precious little daughter coming out as either lesbian or transgender will ever change her mind, because it's been corrupted so thoroughly.

standn4truth February 22, 2012 at 6:31 pm

"To be clear, not only has the elder Crank not attempted to shield her daughter from any future challenges that might arise by taking such a public and controversial position on a matter of huge importance to society, as any normal parent would do, she has been actively promoting her daughter as a modern-day anti-gay Joan of Arc. "

First off, if this poor girl were pro-gay and came out and made a statement like this in favor of gays, she would be praised to the skies and celebrated for coming to her own conclusions and standing up for her beliefs. So what is the difference in this case? Why can you not believe that this girl came to her own conclusions about gay marriage? Are 14 year old girls unable to think? Personally, I find your hatred extremely offensive and repulsive. There is such a thing as freedom of speech in this country, though it is trying to be repressed – mainly because the truth makes people uncomfortable. Why are you attacking this mother and her daughter for speaking their minds? Because you are afraid of the truth. You make it sound as if Mrs. Crank (God bless her!) has brainwashed her child, and is now showcasing her as her own personal anti-LGBT propaganda machine. This is simply not true. I hope you are all ashamed of yourselves for being so uncharitable and INTOLERANT.

Secondly, if you have a problem, say so in a calm, logical manner like an adult. If you are unable to do so, keep your comments to yourself, and let the grownups talk. We get nowhere by speaking on impulse just because something makes us angry. First rule of debating: take a step back and examine the question, find the flaws (if any) and then outline then. Calmly.

Andreamari4 February 28, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Wow!! you couldn't have said it better! Alleluia! You hit it right on the spot!

If anything the pro-homosexual activists are trying to brain wash the rest of society to accept their sexual preference lifestyle as equal to that of a straight married couple. We are just teaching what has always been the truth, which sadly should have never be questioned nor argued. but unfortunately now and days we have to speak up, because apparently the movement is moving quickly.

aapilot March 20, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Your "truth" is someone else's absurdity, and vice versa.

MarleneBomer June 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm

And you, my dear ignorant fool, as far from the truth, as Alpha Centauri is from our sun!

TLBG couples *are* just as equal as straights, just as interracial couples are equal to intraracial couples!

Andreamari4 February 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Not only is this article misleading by the way it is written, but also it is not in any way correct. Parents teach what they want to their children, and because a parent refuses to follow the rest of liberal society by teaching their children that Gay marriage is not a marriage, it is simply up to parents choice and we all have different views. Right? Just like most of you think that there is no difference between a heterosexual or a homosexual getting married, then you teach your children what you want (not that you are correct, but you do have that right.) This new movement is trying to implement what we can teach our children? NO! Sorry. The truth will always stand clear and I am defending and preserving God’s Law of Marriage. Just because society is changing does not mean the truth changes, God is not a changing God, he is the God he has always been and will remain that way forever. If homosexual couples are trying to seek equality and benefits etc. then they can call it a civil union, but do not refer to it as a marriage. A married man and woman are expected to beget children, through natural reproduction. Sarah Crank is absolutely right when she said ‘if now they can change the definition of marriage, then they can change any word”. What’s next? I am still young, but the day I have kids I will not be afraid of teaching my children what is right. I have gay friends and love them to death and I am always surrounded by many gays due to my line of work in the entertainment field, especially being a professional dancer. I never treat them differently; in fact I can understand the difficulties they face. For many gays, it has been environmental factors and vulnerability, which has led them to make that choice. However, No teenager should be getting death threats just because she stated her view in a nice form. I sure don’t go around stating I want to kill a Gay person because he doesn’t think like me nor do I state “their parents should be exterminated for not doing their job as a parent.” That is just pure evil coming from pro-homosexual activists, come on? we are supposed to love one another, Love the sinner, but not the sin. Sarah Crank said peacefully what she wanted, read her real article and analyze it clearly. She does not deserve any of this hate. I pray for each one of you that God guides you to see, think and choose wisely.

aapilot March 20, 2012 at 6:30 pm

If you truly think gay people choose to be gay I've got some swamp land in South Florida I'd like to sell you!

I'm straight but my two best friends are gay. Additionally, I live in a gay neighborhood in Chicago. In my 47 years of living around homosexuals, do you know how many of them I have heard say they "choose" to be gay or lesbian? Exactly zero. No one chooses to be verbally and/or physically abused their entire lives by conservative bigots.

Just because your religious beliefs require you to think something does not make it reality.

flowergirl987 June 20, 2012 at 9:23 am

The sad thing is i know this girl ive talk to her i am almost the same age as her! i live in greenbelt and i think she really needs to keep her mouth shut! greenbelt loves gay people and i dont want someone like her making greenbelt look bad in our parade we have a gay rights float and an anti- gay float that is just her family that everyone boos at, there were soo many other great choices for junior miss greenbelt and i really dont think she deserved it

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