Children as young as two years of age are in the bull’s-eye of coming changes in California’s school curriculum, which “gay rights” advocates now admit will alter the very foundation of information presented to public school classrooms.
A list of school resources, sponsored by a homosexual-advocacy group called Safe Schools Coalition, suggests that for those who are only two years old, there’s “Felicia’s Favorite Story,” which tells how she was “adopted by her two mothers.”
The list also promotes a book called “Are You a Girl or a Boy?” by Karleen Jiminez, a resource for children ages 4-8 when advocating homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism and other alternative lifestyle choices.
It’s described as “A sweet book about a gender-different kid.”
Other resources being promoted in light of California’s adoption of SB 777 as state law include books authored by officials for Planned Parenthood and the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network.
One book, called “Tackling Gay Issues in School,” is for kindergarten through grade 12, and offers a “rationale (for the inclusion of les/bi/gay/trans issues in school).” It features recommended “extracurricular” activities for classes.
The promotion of such materials has coincided with the recent admission by Equality California, a homosexual advocacy group that worked to have SB 777 passed by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, that the bill really does edit all school curricula in California.
For months while California lawmakers discussed Senate Bill 777, opponents worried about its usefulness in censoring public school curricula to include a pro-homosexual bias. Supporters, however, steadfastly maintained that it only clarified anti-discrimination laws already on the books. They still hold that stance, with statements this week from both Schwarzenegger’s office and Equality California.
Sabrina Lockhart, a spokeswoman for the governor, insisted it is a “technical bill” intended to clarify anti-discriminations laws.
“It simply takes anti-discrimination language used in other areas of [state law] such as employment and puts that in the education code,” she said.
And Ali Bay of Equality California told WND the new law “doesn’t require that any specific curriculum be included in California’s classrooms.”
Technically it is correct that the law doesn’t “require inclusion.” But opponents say it does now ban anything that can be “perceived” as being discriminatory, up to and including references to “mom” and “dad” or “husband” and “wife.”
“The terms ‘mom and dad’ or ‘husband and wife’ could promote discrimination against homosexuals if a same-sex couple is not also featured,” said Meredith Turney, the legislative liaison for Capitol Resource Institute.
“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.
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.]”
And Karen England, a spokeswoman for Capital Resource who is a primary organizer behind the Save Our Kids plan to put the issue before voters and ask them to reject it, noted that even Equality California’s own materials are assuring constituents the law will ban curriculum that fails to meet the pro-homosexual standard cited.
“All along, Capitol Resource Family Impact has maintained that the true agenda behind SB 777 is to infuse school curriculum with pro-homosexual, and other controversial lifestyles, propaganda. The proponents of the bill countered that this was not true and the law would merely ‘streamline’ anti-discrimination laws for schools. Based on our 20-year experience with the homosexual lobby, we know that a common tactic is to maintain innocence and then utilize vague language to push a radical agenda. We expected the same of SB 777 and we are already witnessing the same pattern,” England said.
“Last week the sponsor of SB 777, homosexual rights group Equality California, released their 2007 legislative scorecard. The scorecard featured a description of the each of the bills the group sponsored or considered homosexual-friendly,” she said.
“For the first time, the group admitted that SB 777 ‘prohibits curriculum that is discriminatorily biased against LGBT people.’ Understand that the entire time the group was pushing this bill through the legislature, they vehemently denied that it would affect curriculum. After the bill had passed, they now reveal their true agenda,” England said.
The report card specifically said SB 777 “prohibits curriculum that is discriminatorily biased against LGBT people and other protected groups.”
“In fact, SB 777 will affect curriculum and public education programs. The proponents lied to lawmakers and to the public,” England said.
“One website features curriculum programs for teachers to use in introducing ‘homosexual history’ to their students as young as 5,” she said.
Among titles now being recommended for use in public schools is “A Family Counting Book,” intended specifically for those students in pre-kindergarten who are yet learning to count, she noted.
The recommended resources address “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender issues that schools are encouraged to have in their collection. All of these are suitable for classroom and library use to address the prescribed learning outcomes … or any effort to make your school a (sic) affirming space for all students, staff, and families,” according to the website.
Another “resource” is about “A 10-year-old [who] asks her lesbian grandmother a heartwarming question,” “What’s a lesbian?”
Others feature stories about a boy who makes a card for his mother “and her partner” for Mother’s Day, and another for “pre-kindergarten” is a coloring book called “Beach Party with Alexis” which is described as “a super story with people of color and gay/lesbian parents.”
For older children, such as those in fifth grade, there’s a book called “Coping With … Your Sexual Orientation” and it is “especially designed for the public school system.”
For those as young as age 3, there’s “The Different Dragon,” which “shows how the wonderful curiosity and care of a little boy, along with some help from one of his moms, leads to magical and unexpected places …”
There also are offered several elementary school “lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender” lesson plans, produced by the Buena Vista Lesbian and Gay Parents Group, among others.
Rounding out the multimedia offerings are videos such as “Different and the Same,” a series of nine videos which is described as good, but not great because none of the videos specifically condemns “homophobia.”
GLSEN also has produced another resource, “Tackling Gay Issues in Schools,” substantiating the “rationale” for including such teachings in California classrooms.
WND already has reported how the Gay Straight Alliance has forwarded instructions to its California chapters with information on how to make sure homosexuality is taught in public schools, and its warning having students and parents simply “tolerate” homosexuality is not enough.
“Tolerance education is an important first step, but we need to push further,” the instructions said. “Infuse LGBTQ curriculum into history, social science, and literature classes,” is the organization’s plan.
WND also has reported how thousands of requests for information about homeschooling and Christian school are bombarding organizations that support those efforts.
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.