To: EdReform; Betty Jane
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posted on 07/26/2002 12:14:54 PM PDT
To: BufordP; Betty Jane; Ligeia; vin-one; Angelwood; Jimmy Valentine's brother
posted on 07/26/2002 12:24:04 PM PDT
They've kicked over a hornet's nest! Letter to the Editor:
Give us more school choice
Andrei Blakely's July 16 article ``Gay Support Group Plans Book Drive" makes me hope even more that school choice becomes a reality in Virginia.
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, or PFLAG, has decided (at whose behest?) to conduct a fund-raising campaign to purchase books dealing with homosexual themes to donate to the public schools in Fairfax County.
PFLAG claims this book drive will benefit harassed students and help teachers who are supposedly afraid of ``interfering" on behalf of harassed students.
Superintendent Daniel Domenech is reported as saying, ``There is no intention on the part of this administration to promote a gay and lesbian lifestyle. The intent is to promote a safe environment, free from harassment."
Has the school system done research and discovered that putting books in libraries deters harassment?
Teachers are already obligated to ``interfere" in order to help maintain the safe and orderly environments that the school system mandates. What about teachers who apparently are not ``interfering" when students are throwing food at other students? They should be more likely to lose their jobs for not ``interfering."
Such a ludicrous and convenient argument makes me question PFLAG's true intentions.
And what about the books? What about the thousands of homosexuals who have sought counseling to seek a heterosexual lifestyle? Is this faction accurately represented? I doubt it.
Rhonda Buckner, executive director of PFLAG's Washington-area office, reportedly claims, ``Lots of gays and lesbians need materials to work out feelings about their orientation."
Have ``lots" of students been harassed for this reason? Have ``lots" of teachers not ``interfered" on their behalf, or has the number been exaggerated to justify PFLAG's intrusion into our public schools?
It should not be the business of PFLAG to help students resolve their feelings. It's overstepping well-established boundaries that do not allow minor children to be unduly influenced by political groups.
I wonder if the liberal National Education Association stands behind such a strategy to advance the gay agenda.
The NEA has formed a task force to explore the issue of making schools more ``hospitable toward gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and staff." Perhaps book drives such as the one proposed by PFLAG is a strategy devised by this task force.
If the school system plans to allow sexually charged materials - whether heterosexual or homosexual - to be used to harm our children, then it is simply fueling those parents fighting for school choice.
posted on 07/27/2002 5:54:24 AM PDT
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