Reading, writing and radical indoctrination
The homosexual movement makes inroads in schools
By Christina Quick
Last October, a group of first-graders at a San Francisco
charter school took a field trip to City Hall to participate in their teacher’s
In November, kindergarteners in Hayward, Calif., were asked
to sign “pledge cards” in support of homosexuals.
In December, more than two dozen teachers in Philadelphia
took a day off in the middle of the school week to protest the passage of
California’s marriage amendment and to discuss ways to introduce gay issues to
While some dismiss such stories as examples of poor judgment
among a few educators, others say they illustrate the growing influence of the
homosexual movement in America’s schools.
“Unfortunately, these are not isolated incidents,” says Mat
Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, a conservative legal
organization based in Orlando, Fla. “They’re becoming more and more frequent.
The schools have become a battlefront for social agendas.”
When social agendas in classrooms clash with values
instilled at home, parents often face a difficult dilemma.
Michelle Turner of Silver Spring, Md., never thought of
herself as an instigator. The Christian mother of six had been a longtime
supporter of Montgomery County Public Schools, serving as PTA president, room
mom and fundraising organizer. In 2004, she volunteered to serve on a committee
that had the task of reviewing curriculum for eighth- and 10th-grade sex
education. Then the trouble started.
The material was filled with references to homosexuality,
which the authors claimed was no more abnormal than being left-handed. Turner
later learned much of the text had been written by homosexual advocacy
organizations, including the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.
“I was dumbfounded,” Turner says. “It had a very
pro-homosexual and pro-bisexual slant.”
As one of the few dissenting members on the committee,
Turner was unsuccessful in her attempts to block the curriculum’s approval. She
continued to protest it, however, spreading the word to other concerned parents
and organizing an opposition group, Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum. She
also sought legal help from Liberty Counsel, which filed a lawsuit against the
In 2005, a federal court blocked the school from using the
curriculum. However, Turner says new curriculum implemented this school year
contains similar statements about homosexuality. Her organization continues to
petition the school district to reconsider its approach to sex education.
Turner says Christians have a responsibility to investigate
what’s being taught in the public schools, especially parents who have children
“Parents need to wake up and find out what is going on in
their child’s school,” she says. “If more parents who are opposed to this
instruction would find out what’s going on and speak out against it, we would
see far less of it.”
Studies show most parents do not support pro-homosexual
curricula. In a 2004 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, just 8 percent of
high school parents and 4 percent of middle school parents said schools should
teach “that homosexuality is acceptable.”
Turner is hopeful that concerned parents will take more of
an interest in the issue.
“When more and more parents realize what’s going on and that
this is really an indoctrination, we’ll see more parents taking a stand and
saying, ‘No, this is enough. You’ve gone too far,’ ” she says.
However, some radical programs fly under parents’ radar by
masquerading behind agreeable ideals such as acceptance and tolerance.
Welcoming Schools, an anti-bullying program for elementary
kids, was created by the Human Rights Campaign, a Washington, D.C.-based
homosexual rights organization.
The program teaches vocabulary words such as lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender. It uses books such as The Sissy Duckling and King and
King, a story about two men who fall in love and marry.
It also employs a puzzle in which students are asked to
arrange pictures of children and adults into seven families. The catch, as
students are meant to discover, is that the puzzle doesn’t form seven
traditional families. Placing same-gender adults together is the only way to
The program, introduced this school year in three
Minneapolis schools, “will move toward broader distribution … after the
completion of the pilot phase in summer of 2008,” according to the Human Rights
Campaign’s Web site.
An organization based in Seattle called The Safe Schools
Coalition also promotes homosexual causes under the guise of an anti-bullying
program. The group’s Web site even addresses spiritual issues, providing
information about books and religious organizations that assure students
homosexuality is not a sin.
Though the organization claims to promote schools “where
every educator can teach and where every child can learn,” a blog sponsored by
the organization recently called for the “weeding out” of educators who
disagree with the homosexual agenda.
“It doesn’t hurt to put pressure on homophobes and
transphobes to get out and stay out,” the writer said. “People who are
unwilling to self-educate and open their eyes to ever-growing worlds of
sexuality and gender should be made to feel unwelcome.”
Turner says she and her children have been harassed and
threatened by people who disagree with their views. Yet she says the experience
hasn’t been completely void of educational value.
“My kids have come to realize the importance of taking a
stand and that you cannot always be the winner of the popularity contest,”
Turner says. “If you’re really going to profess a belief in God and His
teachings, you need to be able to express that — not just on Sunday
morning, but in everyday situations.”
CHRISTINA QUICK is staff writer for Today’s Pentecostal
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