On the heels of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s signature on S.B. 777, which opponents describe as a homosexual indoctrination plan for education districts, a pro-homosexual lobbying organization in California has launched its campaign to infuse a “gay” influence into public school curricula.
The Gay Straight Alliance recently forwarded an e-mail to its California chapters with information on how to make sure homosexuality is taught in the state’s schools and warned that having students and parents simply “tolerate” homosexuality is not enough.
“In many schools, learning about LGBTQ issues takes the form of very necessary tolerance education where students are educated about the importance of not discriminating against each other,” according to GSA documents. “Tolerance education is an important first step, but we need to push further.
“Infuse LGBTQ curriculum into history, social science, and literature classes,” is the organization’s plan.
Karen England, a spokeswoman for Capital Resource Institute who publicized the GSA campaign and is a primary organizer behind the Save Our Kids plan to put the issue before voters and ask them to reject it, said this is exactly what she expected of those who wish to promote the homosexual lifestyle.
“The homosexual lobby is active and ambitious. They already have GSA units in many California schools that will oversee the implementation of SB 777,” England said. “As evidenced in the GSA e-mail, their agenda is inclusion in school instruction and activities, regardless of their public assertions of ‘streamlining’ anti-discrimination policies in the law.”
She said the GSA “guide” to be used tells students “that insisting on LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) history in school instruction ‘helps to create schools where students feel safer and more supported.'”
“Utilizing the slogan ‘Let’s Set the Record Straight: History Isn’t’, students are given several action steps to take in accomplishing their ‘curriculum campaign’ goal. These include monitoring classroom instruction to see if LGBTQ individuals are discussed or ‘made invisible’; taking over class to present LGBTQ history lessons and contacting textbook companies to change curriculum,” England noted.
She said no child should be subjected to discrimination, “but incorporating discussions of an instruction about controversial lifestyles in the classroom does not accomplish this goal. Instead, it undermines parental authority over children’s moral upbringing.”
The documentation promotes a classroom discussion of Sylvia Rivera, a “Latina transwoman,” and suggests, “It’s time to take action!”
“Are your teachers teaching about the historical achievements of LGBTQ individuals? Are these issues included in your textbooks?…” the organization wrote. “Take over class! … Lead a discussion about LGBTQ history or present a lesson of your own.”
England said with the pending implementation of S.B. 777, soon such messages will come not from independent advocacy groups such as GSA, but from the state’s superintendent of Public Instruction, Jack O’Connell.
“That will be the mandate if our referendum isn’t successful,” she told WND. “It won’t be just some San Francisco school. It will be the San Francisco curriculum and values forced on school districts in California.”
She called the agenda “highly offensive” to most Californians, in fact, “most Americans.”
“Religious background or not, you don’t want these controversial issues discussed in a classroom,” she said.
She said the Save Our Kids campaign is on track, with more than enough petitions in circulation to collect the signatures needed to present the plan to voters.
But she said petition signature collectors now need to be getting the pages of signatures back to the campaign office to be processed and submitted to the state.
She described the citizen response so far as incredible.
“We have people who are saying, ‘Not with my kids, not with my grandkids,'” she said. “Citizens who have never done anything [politically] are setting up tables outside of grocery stores.”
The homosexual promotions suggested a “gay/lesbian teacher as role model,” promoted the life stories of celebrity homosexuals, and suggests study of “The Kinsey Report,” which in 1948 explored “same-sex sexual behavior.”
It also advocates teaching “the truth about historical figures.”
“We will never know how he (Abraham Lincoln) might identity his own sexual orientation if he were alive today…” the group states. “It is good for young people of all sexual orientations and gender identities to know that some of the legends in their history books were more complex than those books make them seem.”
Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, said, “It is within our reach to defeat SB 777 – the most blatant attempt yet to mandate pro-homosexual and transgender propaganda in schools. We urge all friends of liberty to send CRFI their completed petitions as soon as possible.”
WND previously has reported on an increasing number of students leaving public schools because of the planned agenda, and O’Connell has warned districts they’ll lose money if that happens.
A spokeswoman for a ministry called Considering Homeschooling said she already has seen an overwhelming increase in requests for information about homeschooling.
As a result, spokeswoman Denise Kanter told WND that her group is sending out 5,000 DVD packages to churches around the state that include basic “how-to” information to provide parents a direction to turn when they choose to protect their children from the new school agenda.
Another group’s website, Discover Christian Schools, has been getting almost 4,000 visits per day as parents seek alternatives, co-founder Harold Naylor Jr. said.
The new law demands, “No teacher shall give instruction nor shall any school district sponsor any activity that promotes a discriminatory bias because of a characteristic [including perceived gender.]”
“With the passing of SB 777, a Christian parent cannot, in good conscience, send their child to a public school where their child will be taught or coerced into a lifestyle or belief system that is contrary to the faith they hold dear,” Kanter told WND.
In California, several parents told the Inland Valley Press Enterprise they were pulling their children from public school classrooms in protest of the law.
“We have rights, too. Enough is enough,” Donna Myeres said.
Randy Thomasson, president of the Campaign for Children and Families, said there is reason for alarm. He said the new law effectively requires school instruction and school activities to portray homosexuality, bisexuality and transsexuality to the six million children in public schools in a positive light.
He said he’s gotten hundreds of contacts from concerned parents, and is encouraging families to leave the public school system entirely.
All of this has O’Connell alarmed.
In a notice to school superintendents, he said, “There may be fiscal consequences to school districts for funds lost due to student absences.”
Meredith Turney, the legislative liaison for Capitol Resource Institute, reacted to that in a column.
“Mr. O’Connell, the bill’s author Sen. Sheila Kuehl and Gov. Schwarzenegger have all maintained the party line that SB 777 merely ‘streamlines’ existing anti-discrimination laws. However, these attempts to discredit the public outcry against SB 777’s policies are disingenuous and misleading. In fact, SB 777 goes far beyond implementing anti-discrimination and harassment policies for public schools.”
“The terms ‘mom and dad’ or ‘husband and wife’ could promote discrimination against homosexuals if a same-sex couple is not also featured,” said Turney.
“Parents want the assurance that when their children go to school they will learn the fundamentals of reading, writing and arithmetic – not social indoctrination regarding alternative sexual lifestyles. Now that SB 777 is law, schools will in fact become indoctrination centers for sexual experimentation,” she said.
Robert Tyler, the general counsel, said the lawsuit his organization has filed challenges the law on the basis it is unconstitutionally vague and violates the privacy of all students, teachers and other people on school campuses.