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March 13,2016
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, on April 24, 2016, 2:30 pm at the Westside Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, the New Jersey PREMIERE CONCERT PRESENTATION OF TYLER’S SUITE featuring the CHOIRS OF RAMAPO COLLEGE AND RIDGEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL all to benefit the work of the TYLER CLEMENTI FOUNDATION .

The Tyler Clementi Foundation’s main focus is to end all online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces and faith communities. Using educational partnerships, awareness programs, public dialogues and research to create the safe, respectful and supportive social environment that all students and vulnerable youth deserve.

ABOUT TYLER’S SUITE Tyler’s Suite is a nine piece choral work dedicated to the memory of Tyler Clementi, a talented young musician who died by suicide after becoming the victim of cyber bullying. The choral suite explores the voices and experiences of Tyler and his family and ultimately shines a light of hope and endless possibility thanks to the words and music of some of today’s top composers and lyricists: John Adamo, John Bucchinno, Ann Hampton Callaway, Craig Carmelia, John Corigliano, Stephen Flaherty, Nolan Gasser, Jake Heggie, Lance Home, Stephen Schwartz and Pamela Stewart. Tyler’s Suite is moving and incredibly powerful. It carries the message that hearts and minds can be moved toward love, acceptance and respect for all people. Through this musical experience we are united in the conviction that no person should ever be targeted for bullying or harassment.

The Tyler Clementi Foundation is proud to be part of this special celebration of Tyler’s life and pleased that this new work will be premiered in Ridgewood, his hometown, and performed by the students of his former high school and Ramapo College. Tyler was a talented violinist, winning many awards and scholarships. He performed and actively participated in many high school and community musical events. His beloved violin lies silent now in its case but his music goes on. Composers and playwrights all over the country are inspired to keep his story alive and give hope to countless people everywhere. Special guests will be invited to this special concert, which premieres the new arrangement of Tyler’s Suite for choirs of mixed voices.

Among those joining the Clementi family will be the Ridgewood mayor, Paul Aronsohn, Dr. Daniel Fishbein, Superintendant of Ridgewood Schools, representatives from Ramapo College of New Jersey and faith leaders from the community. Sponsors for this celebration and concert are welcome and will be listed in the program. All proceeds will be given to The Tyler Clementi Foundation. Admission to the concert is free for high school students, $5 for college students, $20 suggested donation for adults. The Village of Ridgewood and its leaders, together with the Tyler Clementi Foundation, are actively working together to make our community a welcoming and supportive place for all to live and a safe place to raise our children.


  1. As Predicted, Here Come The Gay Bullies
    March 16, 2016
    Michael Brown 

    For more than a decade, I’ve been warning that those who came out of the closet – meaning, gay activists – want to put conservative Christians in the closet.

    I’ve been saying that, in the LGBT activist lexicon, “tolerance” means the intolerance of all views but their own, “diversity” means their way or the highway, and “inclusive” means the exclusion of all opposing opinions and values.

    Day by day, we are watching all this unfold before our eyes.

    In the UK, Pink News reports that, “Scotland is training a small army of LGBT-friendly police officers to stamp out hate crime.”

    This “small army” has been tasked with encouraging victims of “hate crimes” to report those crimes to the police, since such crimes are allegedly underreported.

    The problem is that, in the UK, preachers simply reading the Scriptures on a street corner have been charged with LGBT “hate crimes.”

    On at least one occasion, a preacher was charged with a hate crime because a lesbian listener simply felt discriminated against. (Thankfully, the case was thrown out and compensation of about $4,000 was paid out due to the preacher’s arrest and 11-hour, jail cell detainment.)

    What will happen now with this “small army” on the lookout for such “crimes”?

    Some years ago, I began to write about “the diversity police,” using the term metaphorically. Today, it is no longer a metaphor.

    Yet there’s more. There will be increasing scrutiny in Scottish schools as well.

    As explained by Fergus McMillan, Chief Executive of LGBT Youth Scotland, “We are currently working with a range of partners, including Equality Network, to increase the reporting of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate crimes and incidents and improve the support available to those targeted.”

    Presumably, if a little girl objected to a confused little boy sharing her bathroom, she would be guilty of a “transphobic hate crime.”

    John Knox must be turning over in his grave.

    Back here in America, the Insider Higher Ed website reported on March 10 that, “In a letter sent to the National Collegiate Athletic Association on Wednesday, more than 80 lesbian, gay and transgender organizations urged the NCAA to ‘divest from all religious-based institutions’ that discriminate against transgender students.”

    In other words, if a religious-based institution of higher education cannot support transgender activism on its campus – because of its explicit religious convictions – then the NCAA must boycott that schools.

    Talk about intolerance and bullying!

    So, if a religious-based university like Wheaton or Oral Roberts or Brigham Young was not willing to admit a biological male as a female, thereby allowing him to room with women, use the women’s locker rooms and bathrooms, play on the women’s sports teams, and join women’s collegiate groups, that school would be guilty of transgender “discrimination” and the NCAA should boycott them.

    Once again, in the world of gay activism, “inclusion” is a one-way street, to be enforced by bullying and boycotting.

    Over in Australia, a concerned mother wrote to our ministry:

    “I listen and read your articles here in Australia and wanted to alert you to what’s happening here. The government has initiated a program:

    “They want to make it compulsory to be taught in all schools. There is information in there to teach transgender kids to bind breasts and tuck genitals. Doctors have warned this is very dangerous for kids and could even be fatal.

    “Even worse, some large Pentecostal preachers reviewed it and said it’s not that bad as some other Christian leaders have warned us about.”

    Some of the resources on the “Safe School” website include, “All of Us,” described as, “A ground-breaking teaching resource that supports gender diversity, sexual diversity and intersex topics.” And, “Guide to Supporting a Student to Affirm or Transition Gender Identity at School,” described as, “A step by step guide for schools supporting transgender and gender diverse students who want to affirm their gender identity at school – suitable for both primary and secondary schools.”

    The document itself explains that it “includes people who identify as women, men or as neither male nor female. The terms people use to describe their gender identity may include transgender, gender non-binary or agender.”

    And this educational “resource” could become mandatory in children’s schools in Australia, just the latest example of the war on gender.

    In my book Outlasting the Gay Revolution, I warned that gay activists would overplay their hand, stating that those who were once bullied would become the bullies and that the LGBT war on gender distinctions and natural marriage would destroy itself, since it goes against the very fabric of human society.

    Little by little – no, quite rapidly and aggressively – we are seeing this come to pass in front of our eyes. Unfortunately, many conservative Christians are still sleeping while others, like the proverbial frog boiling in water, are spiritually dull, having become accustomed to our world being turned upside down.

    Now is the time to wake up to reality and say, “Not in my school, not on my campus, not in my city.”

    We can take a stand for what is right while loving those who oppose us.

    And if we are unable to turn the tide just yet, no one is stopping us from swimming against it.

    As Malcom Muggeridge once stated, “Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.”

    Don’t be a dead fish!

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