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.
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.
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.
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!
Incrementalism at its finest.
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.
A male member of GLSEN that teach special-ed students? Does this sound suspicious to anyone besides me?
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."
Fathers invited to help children
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
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."
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.