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1 posted on 07/26/2002 4:36:38 AM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks; Chairman_December_19th_Society; Holding Our Breath
UGHHH BTT
2 posted on 07/26/2002 4:44:41 AM PDT by Neets
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To: kattracks
Trojan horses

Nice double entendre. But a worthwhile resistance to an insidious cause. If God has no place in our schools, then neither does Heather, her two mommies, or Bruce the Leather-Clad Swinger.

4 posted on 07/26/2002 5:06:49 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: kattracks; BufordP

On Thursday night, the Fairfax County School Board indefinitely postponed a vote on the "sexual orientation" proposal, until it receives guidance from the state attorney general on whether such a vote would be legal under state law.

We won the first battle! Related thread:
Fairfax County School Board considers addition of "sexual orientation" to anti-discrimination policy
Now, all Virginians need to contact the Attorney General, Jerry Kilgore. If this goes through in Fairfax County, they'll be trying it in other school districts as well.

7 posted on 07/26/2002 5:41:24 AM PDT by Ligeia
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To: kattracks; vin-one
July 26, 2002


Fairfax schools defer vote on gays
By Vaishali Honawar
THE WASHINGTON TIMES


The Fairfax County School Board yesterday put off a vote on adding the words "sexual orientation" to its employee-nondiscrimination code and decided to seek the state attorney general's opinion on the issue after a board member questioned the legality of such a change.

At-large member Rita Thompson cited past opinions issued by the attorney general — including one issued in April — that say the General Assembly would have to pass enabling legislation to allow counties to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.

"I think we need the attorney general's opinion in this case," Mrs. Thompson said. "The county does not have the authority to add the words 'sexual orientation' without the General Assembly's consent."

Board Chairman Stuart Gibson said he decided to pull the item off the agenda after considering Mrs. Thompson's objections and discussions with other board members.

"We will have to see what the attorney general says we have the power to do," Mr. Gibson said, adding that the School Board needs to ensure it is doing the right thing before voting on the change.

Mr. Gibson said he was disappointed that the matter had been blown out of proportion.

"I have been on the board seven years and never seen any issue generate this kind of heat," Mr. Gibson said. "Both sides are out of control."

The board took up the anti-discrimination proposal after staff members complained their jobs were being threatened and they were being harassed because of their sexual orientation.

At-large member Robert Frye, who submitted the proposal, said he believed there was a need to ban discrimination against homosexual workers and expressed disappointment that the item was deleted from the agenda.

"I would have much preferred to vote the issue up or down," Mr. Frye said.

County residents on each side of the issue have flooded board members with hundreds of e-mails over the past few weeks.

Those lobbying for the change say it is important that the school system protect employees from discrimination, while those against it say it is a step toward bringing homosexuality into schools.

"I am sure the Fairfax County School Board will find a way to say they won't discriminate against students and teachers," said Robert Rigby, a special-education teacher at Hayfield Secondary School who heads the area chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

Meanwhile, some county groups who oppose the change organized a rally yesterday before the School Board meeting at Luther Jackson Middle School.

Peter LaBarbera, senior policy analyst at the Culture and Family Institute and a rally organizer, said the past opinions issued by the attorney general show the proposed change "should never have been an issue."

"We know [school board members] are determined to get this through. We want to show the board that parents and the community care about homosexuality being promoted in schools," Mr. LaBarbera said.
9 posted on 07/26/2002 6:14:59 AM PDT by Ligeia
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GLSEN
10 posted on 07/26/2002 6:33:56 AM PDT by EdReform
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To: kattracks; scripter; All
""These sexual orientation codes in the schools become Trojan horses for a much wider agenda, which includes pro-gay curricula, pro-gay diversity training for teachers, and gay-oriented books in the schools," he said."


Flooding the Schools With Propaganda - How Homosexual Activists Are Taking Their Messages to the Public Schools

Tolerance in schools a homosexual ploy, conservatives say

Research Group Warns Schools of Homosexual Propaganda

11 posted on 07/26/2002 6:48:38 AM PDT by EdReform
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Soon you will not be able to discriminate against child molesters in public schools.
12 posted on 07/26/2002 6:51:22 AM PDT by Khepera
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To: kattracks; Ligeia; Jimmy Valentine's brother
I brought Bharni, a friend of mine, with me. We arrived around 6:50pm. There was already a large crowd gathered around a table that the The Concerned Women for America (Virginia) had prepared. They had fliers and information packets detailing the reasons to oppose "sexual orientation" codes in schools. I'd say there were about 80 people there to oppose the "sexual orientation" proposal. A smaller crowd had also assembled outside nearby that was there to express their approval for the proposal. We found later when we entered the auditorium that the crowd was more evenly divided.

Peter LaBarbera started the meeting outside by leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance then we sang God Bless America.

Peter introduced Rita Thompson, a member of the school board. She said she did not believe the issue would come to a vote that night because she brought the Dillon Rule (another perspective on the Dillon Rule) to the board's attention. She explained that earlier this year the Virginia AG, Jerry Kilgore, prevented another school district within the state from instituting similiar changes to their discrimination policy using the Dillon Rule.

Peter then introduced Robert Knight, formerly of the Family Research Council and now Director of the Culture and Family Institute and recipient of Bryant GBumbel's infamous "F***ing Idiot" remark. He spoke eloquently about why it is foolish to teach children that it is okay to be gay. He explained the deleterious consequences that result from homosexual behavior. He also used some clever analogies such as (I'm paraphrasing) "If you thought your children were going to smoke you wouldn't teach them to use filters. If you thought your children were going to do drugs you wouldn't teach them how to use a syringe.".

While Robert was speaking the opposition crowd began entering the auditorium. Robert warned us that the auditorium was beginning to fill up so most of us left and entered the auditorium to find it packed with people holding signs reading "YES!", "Gays Rock", etc. It was standing room only for an auditorium that holds 500 people.

Bharni and I took seats in the middle of the back row. Ligeia found us then Jimmy Valentine's Brother and another friend of mine, Randy, arrived. The board started us off with the Pledge. When we said the Pledge our side of course accentuated the words "under God" while the other side accentuated the words "and justice for all". But the collective weak "and justice for all" pailed to Randy's "under God". He got EVERYONE's attention.


As for the rest of the meeting I don't need to echo what has already been reported on the thread. What I do want to say is this thing is not over. The board is stacked with those who want to push this agenda. The opposition was there in large numbers. They are vigilant and they will not give up. We will have to fight this on a continuing basis as long as we are beholding to a public school leviathan. As long as we are forced to pay tax dollars for public education let's make sure those dollars are spent wisely. And let's work on removing these officials and creating a competitive market for education so we never(?) have to face these issues again.

We may need to meet again in several weeks. If so I'm sure the opposition will work on increasing their numbers. We need to do the same. Be prepared!

14 posted on 07/26/2002 7:25:45 AM PDT by BufordP
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parents claim the measure is unnecessary and could be used to undermine the religious convictions

Incrementalism at its finest.

16 posted on 07/26/2002 7:48:11 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: kattracks
And the homofascists say they have no agenda...LOL!
19 posted on 07/26/2002 8:03:43 AM PDT by Guillermo
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To: kattracks
Recall time
21 posted on 07/26/2002 8:21:10 AM PDT by quietolong
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To: kattracks
"...where some parents claim the measure is unnecessary and could be used to undermine the religious convictions of students who believe that homosexual behavior is wrong.",

I hate to break it to you, but the entire purpose of public schools is to undermine the religious convictions of students and to alienate them from their parents. That is what government schools were founded on and that's what their purpose is.

If you don't believe me, read Samuel Blumenfeld's "Is Public Education Necessary?" He documents how the Socialists, the Unitarians (liberal do-gooders of the day) and conservatives, who wanted to Protestantize the Catholic kids, coalesced to start Public Education. Each group wanted to alienate kids from their parents, each for a different reason, which accounts for the chaos that has accompanied government schools from their beginnings.

22 posted on 07/26/2002 8:39:55 AM PDT by Kermit
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Robert Rigby, a special education teacher at Hayfield Secondary School and co-chairman of the local Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

A male member of GLSEN that teach special-ed students? Does this sound suspicious to anyone besides me?

27 posted on 07/26/2002 8:52:41 AM PDT by Sloth
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To: All; *Homosexual Agenda
"Parents and pro-family groups also complain that Fairfax school libraries contain books that depict homosexuality only in a non-critical light and that the testimony of people who left the homosexual lifestyle is not allowed in school board debates on anti-discrimination."

If the Fairfax school libraries contain the usual books from GLSEN's recommended reading lists, the books will not only "depict homosexuality only in a non-critical light," but will teach children about topics such as anal sex, as documented in the thread GLSEN Encourages Teens In Anal SEX "Don't give up."


Why Isn't Homosexuality Considered A Disorder On The Basis Of Its Medical Consequences?

Is This Gay Behavior Sick?

32 posted on 07/26/2002 9:24:07 AM PDT by EdReform
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Straight Pride bump!



Click for link to StraightPrideWear.

44 posted on 07/26/2002 12:55:46 PM PDT by FreedomPoster
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To: mhking
I know you like to keep up with conservative blacks standing tall and making a difference. I thought you might like to know that Rita Thompson, a heroine in this fight, is black.

Fathers invited to help children
Vaishali Honawar
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Published 7/28/2002

     Fairfax County schools are calling on fathers to spend more time with their children to help them succeed in the classroom.
     When the school year begins in September, some of the county's public schools will introduce a fatherhood initiative that will encourage daddies to double up as their children's homework buddies and spend more quality time with them.
     "We are suggesting to dad that if you want to see an improvement in your child's school work, then turn off the TV and become a homework buddy," said school board member at-large Rita Thompson, who introduced the initiative.
     The Fairfax plan is inspired by a federal Department of Health and Human Services initiative to support and strengthen the roles of fathers in families, in step with President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act.
     According to the federal department, research indicates that the presence of committed, involved parents contributes directly to better school performance, reduced substance abuse, less crime and delinquency, fewer emotional and other behavioral problems, less risk of abuse or neglect, and lower risk of teen-age suicide.
     Three schools in Fairfax — one elementary, one middle school and one high school — will participate in the program this fall, said Elsie Kirton, director of guidance and student registration in the county's school system. "It will eventually be implemented systemwide," she said.
     Mrs. Thompson said the school system will apply for federal grants that support parental participation programs to pay for the initiative. She also will meet next week with some county fathers who, she said, are actively involved in their children's school lives, to gather ideas for the program.
     Schools that will implement the initiative this fall are Groveton Elementary and Holmes Middle School and West Springfield High School. Holmes Middle School already has a parental involvement program where staff from the schools visit children's homes every week to discuss their progress with parents.
     Schools in the county also organize such programs as "Muffins for Mom" or "Donuts for Dad," which encourage parental participation, Ms. Kirton said.
     Mrs. Thompson said that parents usually leave it up to schools to educate their children and feel powerless when they fail to do so. "Ideally, then, parents should be involved in their own children's lives," she said.
     But it is not all about work: even playing sports with your children can help, she said, adding that studies showed that children whose fathers played an active role in their lives got mostly A's at school. Administrators welcome the program because, they say, there is evidence that parental participation usually helps children do better at school.
     "I think anything we can do to get parents involved is good," said David Smith, principal of West Springfield High. He added that the school had good parental involvement but "more is better."
     The school system plans a workshop in August to discuss the best ways to fulfill the initiative.
      "There is a need that both parents serve as role models," Ms. Kirton said, "and being involved makes them more aware of what is happening at school."
Source


54 posted on 07/29/2002 5:41:19 AM PDT by Ligeia
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BTTT
71 posted on 08/03/2002 8:42:03 AM PDT by EdReform
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Let's see, gay rights, lesbian rights, transsexual rights, transgender rights, black rights, hispanic rights, asian rights? Where's the white heterosexual rights in all this?
83 posted on 11/27/2002 10:57:44 AM PST by dljordan
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To: sultan88; VaFederalist; Coop; jpl; jla; Mudboy Slim
FR thread:
Opposition to Homosexual Agenda Propelled GOP Victories Across Nation

Victories in Virginia. It looks like conservatives were motivated to turn out to try and stop the liberal agenda. Moran garnered fewer votes than other incumbents. We in the 8th will keep working to defeat him. Liberals looking to the future should learn by this election and see the light or face extinction.

Dec 01, 2002

Final figures show voter turnout exceeded predictions

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Despite rainy weather and a lack of competitive races, voter turnout on Election Day exceeded expectations, the official canvass by the State Board of Elections shows.

Of the 4.2 million registered voters, 39.4 percent cast ballots for one or more issues on Nov. 5. Election analysts had predicted a turnout of closer to 35 percent.

The two sales-tax referendums in northern Virginia and Hampton Roads apparently helped lure voters. The turnout in two northern Virginia congressional districts, the 8th and 11th, was the highest in the state. Usually, those districts lag.

As usual, county voters turned out in higher numbers than did city voters. The turnout rate in the counties was 40.4 percent. In the cities it was 37.3 percent.

Of the 1.6 million people who voted, almost 1,489,000 cast ballots in the race for the U.S. Senate. Sen. John W. Warner, R-Va., received 1.2 million votes, 82.6 percent of the total, to easily defeat independent Nancy Spannaus for his fifth term in office.

More people cast ballots in the $900 million higher-education and $119 million parks bond-issue referendums than in the Senate race. More than 1.5 million votes were cast in each referendum.

About 1.5 million votes also were cast on two constitutional amendments: one allowing the Virginia Supreme Court to directly consider new DNA evidence that might lead to guilt or innocence, another allowing local governments to grant property tax breaks to nonprofit organizations.

The bond issues and constitutional amendments were all approved.

The final results demonstrate how easily incumbent congressmen coasted to re-election in districts they helped draw.

Of the five candidates who faced major-party opposition, Rep. James P. Moran Jr., D-8th, had the lowest percentage of votes, 59.8 percent.

Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr., R-5th, won with 63.5 percent. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-9th, received 65.8 percent. Rep. Eric I. Cantor, R-7th, received 69.4 percent; and Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-10th, won 71.7 percent.

The General Assembly draws congressional district boundaries, but the congressmen offer advice.

RTD


87 posted on 12/01/2002 6:18:08 PM PST by Ligeia
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"These sexual orientation codes in the schools become Trojan horses for a much wider agenda, which includes pro-gay curricula, pro-gay diversity training for teachers, and gay-oriented books in the schools," he said."

Isn't that exactly what got the Catholic seminaries into trouble, started like this, ended up with some gay priests raping little boys.....
90 posted on 12/01/2002 8:26:29 PM PST by buffyt
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