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A Catholic who follows Rome & the Magisterium. I'm against gay "marriage", abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, human cloning. Altar girls, Communion in the hand, Eucharistic Ministers and "Protestant" music in the Church doesn't bother me at all. A proud American retired submarine sailor. Our borders should be secured with a 10 ft. high fence topped by concertina wire with minefields out to 20 yards on both sides and an additional 10 yards filled with warning signs outside of that Let's get energy independent NOW! Back Israel to the max, stop appeasing followers of the Pedophile Prophet. Pro 2nd Amendment, pro death penalty, Repeal all hate crime legislation. Back the police unless you'd rather call a hippie when everything hits the fan. Get government out of dealing with education, childhood obesity and the enviornment. Stop using the military for sociological experiments and if we're in a war don't micromanage their every move. Kill your television, limit time on the computer and pick up a book. God's will be done and may He have mercy upon us all.

Monday, December 07, 2009

3rd-5th graders trained on not bullying LGBT's

Found this at California Catholic Daily via Pewsitter;

Judge rules against Alameda parents who sought opt-out from ‘anti-bullying’ classes, three school board members targeted for recall

Fresh from a victory in court, the Alameda School Board is scheduled tomorrow to further expand district programs that teach students what some parents consider pro-homosexual propaganda. Last week, a superior court judge ruled that parents cannot use provisions in state law to opt their children out of such lessons. (Look for a surge in homeschooling, unless THAT is considered illegal by some activist judge!)

On Dec. 2, Alameda Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch ruled that the school district's “anti-bullying” curriculum does not constitute “health education,” so parents could not use provisions in state law that allow parents to keep their students out of such classes.

“The Lesson 9 curriculum has a distinct and focused purpose tied to preventing discrimination against young students based on the LGBT structures of their families, and any overlap with the Health Ed Content Standards is not significant and does not support Petitioners’ claimed right to opt out of instruction for their children in the Lesson 9 curriculum,” the judge said in his ruling.

Pacific Justice Institute, which represented parents who wanted to keep their children out of the classes, said Judge Roesch “lambasted the parents, repeatedly insinuating that they are bigots and insisting there can be no homosexual indoctrination because people are born that way. (Which has no scientific basis, even the scientist who originally proposed the idea of a "gay gene" has gone on record as saying he was wrong.) The judge equated a view contrary to his own with creationism and called both false.” (So he's a religious expert also? California judges sure are versatile.)

In addition, said Pacific Justice Institute, “attorneys for the school district grilled parents in depositions about their religious beliefs. Parents were asked numerous questions about church attendance, sermons they had heard against homosexuality, and whether they were aware that the Bible had been used to defend racism and oppression.” (All of which has no bearing whatsoever on the issue at hand. It's guilt by association and notice how religion in general is thrown into that.)

“We believe that this ruling against parents is inconsistent with the Education Code, and we are looking forward to continuing this battle until opt-out rights are restored on appeal, or the curriculum is changed,” said Pacific Justice Institute chief counsel Kevin Snider in a prepared statement. Snider said the parents he represents oppose the “anti-bullying” classes in elementary schools because the curriculum “focuses almost exclusively on homosexuality.” (Big surprise.)

According to Pacific Justice Institute, “School records released by Alameda Unified School District show that bullying based on race and gender is far more prevalent in AUSD than sexual orientation harassment.”

“Most parents do not want their first through fifth graders bombarded with pro-homosexual messages at school,” said President Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute. “If LGBT advocates really want to stop name-calling and bullying, they should start with themselves.” (Amen)

The school board approved the lessons by a 3-2 vote on May 26. Since then, a group of parents has launched a drive to recall the three board members who voted in favor of the curriculum -- Tracy Jensen, Ron Mooney and Niel Tam.

“We have teams currently working hard towards getting the necessary signatures to qualify for the ballot,” Kellie Wood, a leader of the recall drive, told California Catholic Daily in an email. The recall group calls itself ‘S.E.R.V.E. ALAMEDA.’

Tomorrow, the school board will consider expanding the controversial curriculum for students in grades 3 to 5. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the city council chambers at Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. (What the hell do children of that age group need to know regarding "bullying" of gay? Seems like it's a case of indoctrinating them as young as possible.)

Alameda School Superintendent Kirsten Vital defended the school district’s policy and praised the judge’s decision. “The District believes that preventing and addressing bullying and harassment is key to creating safe and welcoming schools that are conducive to learning,” Vital said in a press release. “This ruling affirms our ability to help ensure our schools are safe learning environments where everyone is accepted and welcomed.” (Yep. A good advertisement for home schooling.)


Mary Ellen said...

I don't think there should be any bullying...ever, and that includes bullying or discrimination against children who are members of a family with a gay relationship. Hate is hate and it must stop.

The subject of bullying is very close to my heart...and it's important for children to know that they cannot abuse anyone, emotionally or physically, because they do not understand or agree with their lifestyle.

Subvet said...

While I agree that bullying should be discouraged I don't see any reason to bring sexual orientation into any training involving children so young.

Furthermore, in the zeal to stop all bullying we need to make sure an otherwise laudatory response isn't needlessly made because someone cried "wolf" to further their own cause/agenda.

Since the greater emphasis of such programs since the Columbine shootings, I've looked askance at anti-bullying programs. Maybe it's because of seeing misuse of the Navy's Equal Opportunity Program, but I've come to believe there are truly two sides to every story. Quite often supposed "oppressors" are anything but that and all too often otherwise levelheaded folks cheerfully crucify the innocent in the name of "fairness" and "justice".

Thanks for stopping by.

Mary Ellen said...

Hi subvet-

Just to look at this a different way...what if the school board decided to have a program that would teach students not to bully Catholics or Christians? And what if Muslim parents complained and said they would not allow their children in that class because they don't want their kids "indoctrinated" into the Christian religion?

The likelihood is that the program or class did not have plans to indoctrinate anyone into the Christian faith, but to point out that it is not right to bully others because of their religion. You could also use that same story and reverse it. Maybe the school would have to have a class to teach the kids it's wrong to discriminate or bully people who are Muslims. Would someone who is a Christian think that their kids would walk out of that class as a Muslim?

And how would the teachers teach a class about who a Muslim is, unless they tell them?

Not to mention, if there is a problem within a school district where kids who are gay or come from homes with gay parents are being bullied, it might not be a bad idea to instruct them that not only what they are doing is against the law, but it's against moral law, also.

I guess we may have to agree to disagree on this subject. I don't believe, nor have I ever believed that being homosexual is a choice, not any more than being heterosexual is a choice. You can't "cure" being a gay. It's not a disease.

Thanks for putting up with my disagreement. I don't mean to be rude and I hope you didn't take it that way. :-)

Subvet said...

Mary Ellen, I didn't consider your comments rude. Far from it. The strength of your convictions comes through loud and clear but in an entirely acceptable fashion.

As you say, we'll have to agree to disagree on this one. For my own part I believe parents should be the ones to handle bullying and prejudice issues.

Morality being instilled by outsiders solely on their own initiative is wrong in my book. Were these children in a private school it would be an entirely different ball game. But they're not and a public school should concern itself primarily with academic excellence. I also feel the school administration should be responsive to the concerns & wishes of their student's parents.

Just my opinion.

Thanks for stopping by again. You're always welcome to comment.

Mary Ellen said...

Thank you subvet! I was hoping not to upset you because I love your blog and agree with 99.9% of what you say here.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I've been away for a few days because I was busy with some family stuff at home, my blog time was the first thing that had to be put aside.

Subvet said...

No problem Mary Ellen, life is all about priorities and blogging should take a back seat to most things. Thanks again for stopping by.

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