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Editor’s note:This is another in a series of WND/WENZEL Polls conducted exclusively for WND by the public-opinion research and media consulting company Wenzel Strategies.
California state lawmaker Mark Leno
An overwhelming majority of Americans say elementary school is no place to promote the homosexual lifestyle, and even among liberals there is the strong belief that such lessons should be left outside the door of the classroom, according to a new poll.
The results are from a WND/WENZEL Poll conducted for WND by the public-opinion research and media consulting company Wenzel Strategies.
“Whether they object on moral grounds or simply out of concern that many U.S. schools are failing in their core missions of teaching basics doesn’t really matter – the vast majority of American adults want this type of curriculum kept out of the classroom,” Wenzel chief Fritz Wenzel said.
The scientific telephone survey was done April 19-21, and has a margin of error of 3.23 percentage points. It found that 65 percent of all respondents objected to teaching elementary school children that homosexuality is a “normal alternative lifestyle.”
The question was, “Do you believe elementary school children should be taught that homosexuality is a normal alternative lifestyle?”
Only 22 percent agreed that would be right, and only 13 percent were unsure.
Nearly 80 percent of the self-identified members of the GOP objected, as did nearly 60 percent of the independents. Even among those who identified with the Democrat Party, more than 55 percent said those lessons are not appropriate.
“Americans are particularly averse to the introduction of gay issues into the curriculum of the nation’s elementary schools,” Wenzel said. “Two out of every three respondents said they oppose the teaching to elementary school students that homosexuality is a normal alternative lifestyle, an attitude that is mirrored across the political spectrum. Even among Democrats, who have been much more sympathetic to the promotion of gay issues, just 32 percent said they believe this should be taught to elementary school students. Just 11 percent of Republicans and 25 percent of political independents said the same thing.”
He said only “a slim majority of self-described liberals” – 50.6 percent – “thought teaching the nation’s youngest students that the gay lifestyle was a normal choice would be fine.”
The poll followed that question with, “It is appropriate to expose elementary school students to ‘gay pride’ and “Gay History Month’ lessons that celebrate the lives of homosexual activists like Harvey Milk?”
Once again, those in support of such teaching amounted to only 1 in 5 of those surveyed. Nearly 68 percent opposed the teaching and fewer than 1 on 10 were unsure.
“Partisan, philosophical, gender and age breakdowns on the question mirrored findings from the earlier question,” Wenzel said.
The subject is particular pertinent in California right now, where homosexual activists in the state legislature, including state Sen. Mark Leno, have proposed a plan to require much of this type of teaching, including the specific requirement that homosexuals, lesbians and those with other lifestyle choices be taught as role models in public schools.
That proposal, SB48, has been approved by the state Senate and currently is pending in the state Assembly.
Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, has been at the forefront of fighting the legislative plan.
“Those who study health and science on the issue of homosexuality know objectively there’s no such thing as a ‘gay gene’ and that homosexual practices lead to numerous sexually transmitted diseases,” he told WND. “The average person does not know this because the big media does not report it.”
His organization tries to alert constituents about the dangers of the lifestyle choices being promoted by the lawmakers.
“It will be a bunch of diseases packaged as a birthday cake,” he said.
On Question 3, “Should students be taught how to perform gay sex acts as part of ‘safe sex’ lessons in school?” the lopsided results were even more evident.
More than 73 percent of respondents said no. Even among Democrats 3 in 5 said that would not be appropriate. Among members of the GOP, the margin was nearly 9-1 in rejecting the idea, and independents rejected it more than 7-3.
“At issue in the minds of respondents may be the idea that such lessons simply confuse younger students at a time when they are typically taught basic, concrete lessons of math, science, reading, and language,” Wenzel said. “Younger students obviously know the difference between genders, but sex is completely foreign to the average elementary school student and these types of lessons are not helpful, respondents seem to be saying.”
“California laws have changed so radically in the last few years, your child WILL be sexually indoctrinated and subjected to very negative influences if left in the government school system,” his RescueYourChild site explains. “Take action Rescue your child now, before it’s too late.”
The state previously has implemented laws that provide homosexual-bisexual-transssexual indoctrination by banning in all school teachings, classes, materials, seminars and events anything negative about such lifestyles.
The California schools also provide “confidential” abortion referrals and off-campus “counseling” for students without letting their parents know. There also are programs to distribute condoms and birth control, once again without parental knowledge.
That followed work by the legislature and then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to establish Senate Bill 777 and Assembly Bill 394 as law. Those institutionalized the promotion of homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism and other alternative lifestyle choices by banning any “adverse” references in schools.
Homosexual former San Francisco leader Harvey Milk
At the time, officials said SB 777 “functionally requires public school instructional materials and school-sponsored activities to positively portray cross-dressing, sex-change operations, homosexual ‘marriages,’ and all aspects of homosexuality and bisexuality, including so-called ‘gay history.’”
The second bill, AB 394, “requires public schools to distribute controversial material to teachers, students, and parents which promotes transsexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality, all under the guise of ‘anti-harassment’ training.”
Those laws ban in any school texts, events, class or activities any discriminatory bias against those who have chosen alternative sexual lifestyles, according to Meredith Turney, legislative liaison for Capitol Resource Institute.
But there are no similar protections for students with traditional or conservative lifestyles and beliefs. Offenders will face the wrath of the state Department of Education, up to and including lawsuits.
The bill designates May 22 – Milk’s birthday – a date of “special significance” and encourages all California public schools to “conduct suitable commemorative exercises … remembering the life of Harvey Milk and recognizing his accomplishments as well as the contributions he made to this state.”
Mass Resistance, a Massachusetts organization that works to counteract the advance of homosexual activism, has investigated Jennings’ background and activities and has described how GLSEN has played a key role in plans to “transgenderize” schools in Maine.
“Teaching children sexual techniques is simply not appropriate. Unfortunately, it is part of a consistent pattern by some homosexual activists to promote underage homosexuality while pretending that their mission is simply to promote tolerance for so-called alternative lifestyles,” the newspaper said.
“It is outrageous that someone involved in this scandal is being paid by the taxpayers to serve in a high-powered position at the Education Department, of all places. At some point, [Education Secretary Arne] Duncan, Mr. Jennings, Obama administration spokesmen and the president himself are going to have to start answering questions about all this. Refusing to do so won’t make the issue go away.”