“Gay” activists are pushing an agenda in Canadian schools aimed to have students, teachers and principals “celebrate” homosexual and transgendered people, reports the Vancouver Sun.
Two men leading the charge – Murray Warren and Peter Cook – filed a complaint with the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal to compel teachers to deliver positive messages about homosexuals and transgendered people in every subject, in every classroom.
The complaint alleges discrimination by the education ministry for ignoring calls for homophobia and “heterosexism” to be addressed in the classroom.
“People want to see us [teachers] address homophobia across the board,” Warren, a Coquitlam teacher, told the Sun in an interview.
But Warren and long-time partner Cook aren’t satisfied with mere tolerance or acceptance of the homosexual lifestye. According to the paper, the men also seek to stamp out “heterosexism,” which they describe as the “institutionalized assumption that everyone is, or should be, heterosexual, and that heterosexuality is inherently superior to, and preferable to, homosexuality.”
“Heterosexism is far more insidious than homophobia,” Warren said. “Think of the thousands and thousands of kids who would have loved to have taken a person of the same gender [to the prom] – or worn a dress if they are transgendered. But they couldn’t because they never would have survived.”
The duo’s campaign recently gained the backing of the Supreme Court of Canada which ruled on same-sex books in Surrey classrooms. And the Canadian Teachers’ Federation endorsed the curriculum developed by activists to support same-sex and transgendered youth, which includes displays, parades and “gay”-straight clubs.
One of the activists’ publications distributed in schools tells educators to strive for comfort with their own sexuality.
“We have to get away from teaching the complexities of the immune system, getting bogged down by moralistic discussions, presenting a planned heterosexual bias or continuing the practice of sexist attitudes,” the publication states. “We need to work toward discussing sexuality as a normal part of development. Our youth need to know how to plan for sex, how to talk about it with a potential partner, and how to be a safe and considerate lover.”
The pair has met with opposition from parents and teachers who see their efforts as social engineering disguised as good intentions to keep students safe.
Myra Ottewell, a teacher in Surrey, suggests activists, in their effort to stop one type of prejudice, are encouraging another.
Ottewell told the Sun she won’t abandon her Christian belief in the sanctity of monogamous, heterosexual marriage to promote, nurture or celebrate homosexuality. She also questioned why homosexual activists have been allowed to write and distribute curriculum she insists is ideological.
“Do we have pro-life educators writing resources? Of course not. Or teachers who are in business? No. It seems we have opened the door to some groups where we wouldn’t tolerate it for others,” she stated.
Parents argue the advocacy of homosexuality undermines their rights.
Nasima Nastoh, a mother who lost her son to suicide because of “gay” harassment in school, told the Sun she fears activists are going too far. Before jumping from the Pattullo Bridge to escape bullying, Hamed Nastoh, 14, wrote in a suicide note that he wasn’t homosexual but was taunted by peers who called him “gay,” “faggot” and “queer.” He said he couldn’t stand it any longer.
“We have to teach the kids not to use those words to taunt and tease,” Nastoh said and stressed the students are given too much information – especially about sex changes – that frightens them.
“The school’s focus on social engineering has got out of control. Not just with homosexuality but also feminism, unionism and sexism,” said Kari Simpson with the Citizens Research Institute. Simpson is seeking intervenor status before the human rights tribunal.
“In this day and age, the last thing children need is for schools to sexualize every topic. That would be what most parents are concerned about – the sexualization of our education system,” Simpson added.
Pushing homosexuality in U.S. classrooms
WorldNetDaily has reported that promotion of homosexuality has become increasingly common in public schools south of the Canadian border as some U.S. educators view the issue as a second civil-rights movement.
California lawmakers even passed legislation revising state curriculum to require educators to “acknowledge lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender historical figures, events, concepts, and issues.”
Studies indicating homosexual and bisexual youth to be at greater risk for being victimized and more likely to experience anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, to abuse substances and contemplate or attempt suicide prompted the legislation. According to the California Alliance for Pride and Equality, “students who describe themselves as lesbian or gay are five times more likely to miss school because of felling [sic] unsafe. Twenty-eight percent are forced to drop-out.”
But the instruction materials and methods used in the promotion of homosexuality in California schools have drawn a lot of fire.
WorldNetDaily reported parents filed a lawsuit against the Novato Unified School District in Novato, Calif., for authorizing pro-homosexual assemblies without any prior notice or parental consent. The presentations, entitled “Cootie Shots,” exposed elementary school children as young as seven to skits containing gay and lesbian overtures by theatrical members of the community.
WorldNetdaily also reported California Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy, R-Monrovia, took issue last year with sexually explicit instructional materials approved by the Los Angeles Unified School District for use in “diversity” and “safety” programs presented to elementary through high school students, which included instructions on homosexual sodomy and a glorified account of lesbian pedophilia.
Mountjoy sponsored a bill aimed at prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality in public education. The measure was summarily defeated without discussion.
“The material is being put forward under the guise of tolerance and diversity, but it’s inappropriate. It’s lewd and lascivious … and is darn embarrassing. Here I sit in my office reading my porn. It made me turn red, and I don’t easily turn red,” Mountjoy told WorldNetDaily. Mountjoy concludes the committee’s vote against his bill sanctions continued use of the material in public schools.
Schools also face the threat of lawsuits by advocacy groups such as the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network if they fail to address “student-on-student abuse based on sexual orientation.” On its website, GLSEN applauds a “landmark settlement” received by a Pennsylvania “gay” teen.
“There are clear lessons to be learned by school administrators and staff … that teachers and staff take a risk – a risk that can have dire fiscal implications on their districts – when this kind of maltreatment goes unchecked,” said Executive Director Kevin Jennings.
Pro-family advocates seek to turn the tables on the homosexual activists, adopting the same tactic.
Armed with a recent national survey, The American Family Association of Michigan, is alerting education officials they face legal liability for negligence should physical, mental or emotional harm come to children who experiment with homosexual behavior as a result of schools caving to the demands of homosexual activists.
As WND reported in February, 71 percent of parents responding to a poll conducted nationally said they opposed sex education programs that teach students that homosexual love relationships are comparable to heterosexual relationships.
“Parents nationally and in Michigan don’t want their children indoctrinated or their health put at risk by ‘politically correct’ sex ed or diversity programs which tell kids there’s nothing wrong with homosexual sex,” said AFA-Michigan President Gary Glenn.
Glenn cites a Harvard Medical School study of 4,000 high school students which found that “gay-lesbian-bisexual [GLB] youth report disproportionate risk for a variety of health risk and problem
behaviors … engag(ing) in twice the mean number of risk behaviors as did the overall population.”
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