Skip to comments.Assemblyman MOUNTJOY opposes promotion of homosexuality in public schools.
Posted on 02/12/2002 3:28:27 PM PST by GrandMoM
THE FOLLOWING IS A LETTER I RECEIVED FROM ASSEMBLYMEMBER DENNIS MOUNTJOY REGARDING ASSEMBLY BILL 1326
Dear Concerned Grandparent:
Thank you for writing to me regarding your support for my nine-word bill,Assembly Bill 1326, which reads:"The promotion of homosexuality in public education is prohibited."This measure would have prohibited the promotion of homosexuality in public education. Unfortunately, the Assembly Education Committee defeated AB 1326 on January 16. All four Republicans present voted in support. Eight Democrats voted in opposition. A copy of the votes is enclosed
A Los Angeles Unigied School District (LAUSD) teacher testified in support of AB 1326. He explained and displayed the materials he has collected under court order that were being used for LAUSD's "Models of Pride 2" diversity training. Believe me when I tell you that this material is grossly inappropriate to be used in our schools under the guise of "safety" or "diversity" training or anything else. In my view, the material is pornographic and obscene.
I believe government schools should focus their energies on teaching our children to read, to write, to understand mathematics, to think and to analyze. Schools should not seek to use our schools as vehicles for social engineering.
I am very concerned about the direction government school curriculum is headed. Last year's Assembly Bill 1785 (Chapter 955, Statytes if 2000) requires schools to teach sexual orientation as a form of diversity. This year's AB 1434 proposed authorizing payment to outside "organizations" to teach K-12 students diversity. Under AB 1434, diverse sexual orientations, such as trans-sexuality, could be taught to children as normal and healthy.
Late last year, Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin created a 38 member task force to draft recommendations and strategies for implementing AB537 (Chapter 587, Statutes of 1999). Interestingly, Mike Marshall, the task force co-chairman, also serves as Executive Director of the San francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.
Assembly Bill 537 proposes teaching our children diversity in order to create "safe schools." The AB 537 Task Force met in several secret sessions. They drafted a set of 12 recommendations to implement AB537. Under these recommendations, all State curriculums will be change to include alternative sexual lifestyles. In other words, literature, math word provlems, health and social studies classes, as well as other subjects will be tailored to positively protray homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism. The California Department of Education is poised to adopt these recommendations as administrative regulations to be followed in every K-12 public school. You can access the recommendations at the following site: http://www.cde.ca.gov/spbranch/safety/ab537/report.pdf
One of the recommendations urges the Department to "create positive, grade-appropriate visual images that include all sexual orientations and gender identities" for use in schools.
I have enclosed a copy of my AB press release, a list of the books approved by LAUSD for use in their diversity training, a page listing the members of the Assembly Education Committee and how you can contact them. I hope you will take the time to view these books and to write to the members of the Assembly Education Committee voicing your opinion on their AB1326 votes.
If you are as concerned as I am, I encourage you to go to your local school district and check out the materials being used for their diversity training or gay/lesbian appreciation days or weeks.
If you think the information is inappropriate, please let your school board know immediately.
Sincerely, Dennis Mountjoy
No surprises there - and it's not just CA...
From For The Children, Inc:
"On March 25, 2000 the Massachusetts Departments of Education and Health teamed up with the national gay and lesbian group GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) and conducted a conference for school children and educators. The conference was held under the guise of tolerance and safe schools. However, as the Parent's Rights Coalition discovered, this conference was about teaching children the unsafe mechanics of homosexuality. Following the conference, organizers denied claims of misconduct made by the Parent's Rights Coalition. Organizers were forced to concede the truth after the Parent's Rights Coalition made public an audio recording from the conference, which substantiated their claims..."
"...If this presents a realistic look into the life of a child struggling with same sex desires then these children are seduced/molested at an alarmingly high rate and engage in dangerous/abusive sexual activity at a very young age. What's worse is that the adults who purport to care most about them (the editor of this book for example) present this sexual abuse as if they were tender "coming of age" stories. As if the children struggling with same sex desires are showing how healthy they are by engaging in sex with adults and by having sexual encounters regularly beginning at a very young age.
And, the message is clear, if "straight" kids don't want to be closed-minded, if they want to be "open" and "free" they'll mimic the homosexual sexual behavior and promiscuity related in these books.
In several stories intense sexual activity as a child is presented as normal and healthy, even child/adult sex is presented without question. Five and six year old's who regularly engaged in sex are described as children "who were willing" to explore their sexuality "to it's fullest extent." Many stories fondly recount a youthful sexual encounter with a much older man or woman. Sexual promiscuity and engaging in sex as a child/teenager is presented as "sexual freedom".
Heterosexual or "questioning" youth are encouraged to try same sex intercourse because, the Kinseyin theory is repeated over and over, "Everyone's really gay or bisexual." and "You won't know if you like it until you try it."..."
"GLSEN's manual "Tackling Gay Issues In School" outlines classroom lessons and staff development activities. Amazingly, many of these lessons assume that students even in middle school could be "fluid" in their sexual feelings and behavior.
So, why does GLSEN claim publicly that kids aren't influenced by pro-homosexual school activities and material?..."
"The well-known and respected national organization "Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays" (P-FLAG) serves as a support group for parents seeking guidance for their homosexual children. P-FLAG is recommended as a resource group by the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice in its upcoming manual, "Preventing Youth Hate Crime." Many schools, community agencies, and even nationally syndicated newspaper columnists refer families to it. P-FLAG has affiliates in all 50 states, with about 70,000 families among its membership.
A look at some of P-FLAG's literature and recommended books, however, reveals an approach to child guidance which is consistently both sexually and socially radical. First-person stories aimed at teens tell in pornographic detail of the delight of a young girl's sexual seduction by her lesbian teacher; of gay relationships between teenage boys and much older men; and of the precise how-to's of masturbation. Teenagers are specifically encouraged to use only their feelings as a guide to sexual behavior; to be their own judge of what is right and wrong; and to "have fun" experimenting. If a sexual behavior feels good, the logic says, it will tell them "who they are." Teenagers are encouraged to see religious traditionalists as mean-spirited and hypocritical, while at the same time, to see gay consciousness as "sacred." Were similar books recommended by parenting groups for "straight" teenagers, they would be considered violations of community standards of decency..."
(PFLAG's recommended reading list can be found here).
"They say the way California goes today, the nation will go tomorrow. Well, right now homosexual activists are enjoying victory after victory in the California schools. They are behind a whole series of bills that actively encourage students to appreciate homosexuals and even embrace their lifestyle...
Gay lobbyist Eric Astacaan, from the California Alliance for Pride & Equality, argues that these bills are just aimed at protecting gay students. He says many have faced "being followed in the restrooms and being taunted and being pushed around, shoved around, to the point some of these students were so afraid to go to school because of being physically assaulted."
Backers of these bills say they just want to make sure that homosexual students can feel safe and not discriminated against in the California schools. But opponents warn this is much more about actively promoting homosexuality.
For instance, the book Young, Gay and Proud is recommended reading in the Los Angeles school district. It starts out, "There are lots of ways for gay men to have enjoyable sex." Then it goes on in graphic detail to describe those sexual practices.
In a family setting, we can only hint at how graphic the books descriptions really are, but it lays out how to have each kind of sex with yourself or a gay partner. Here's another quote: "In sex there are no rules. One of the great things about being a gay person is that we're not held back by a lot of the limits and fears of heterosexual society."
Another recommended book features fond memories from 16-year-old Amy who was seduced by a teacher. The book quotes her as saying, "I have been a lesbian since I was twelve. I had known my dance teacher for three years before she brought me out." Amy then graphically describes the sex.
The Los Angeles school district recommends students go get books like these at a West Hollywood porn shop. There, the kids will find free magazines containing ads soliciting sex.
But some of these same magazines, like Lesbian News, may already be on display right in their own schools. At one middle school, the assistant principal herself put the magazines out at the specific request of the principal. Therein the kids would find invitations to homosexual pool parties, erotic clubs and gay date lines, as well as ads for sexual paraphernalia and homosexual sex movies..."
"Links to Pornographic Websites
PTRS discovered, and brought to the District's attention, direct links from the GLSEN Internet homepage to extremely pornographic sites--one of which is maintained by the company for which Chelle Mileur (of the PRIDE Foundation book grant) is an executive. The District did take steps to block access to the pornographic sites on school computers, but refused to criticize GLSEN for placing the links on its site in the first place.
Previously, PTRS had notified the District that many of the books on the PRIDE booklist were published by Alyson Publications, a major publisher of homosexual pornography. The District ignored our concern. Some of the Alyson publications, including "One Teenager in Ten," had already been placed in the schools. These books encourage teens to, among other things, go to gay bars and have sex with adults to see if they like it. Alyson recently published "Becoming Visible," a how-to on introducing the homosexual agenda into the public schools.
The District's position regarding parents' concerns about gay-affirming information in schools--outside the context of sexuality instruction--is that it is not required to get parental approval for curriculum, and parents have no right to opt out of instruction with which they disagree. Notwithstanding, the District has asked school principals and teachers to work with parents "to the fullest extent practicable" consistent with the school's "ability to educate all children."
In practice, this has meant that parents are on their own to negotiate with individual teachers and principals, and are without legal or procedural options when a teacher or principal refuses to cooperate with them..."
"...It's Elementary is alarming because the reactions of people in the video--adults, youth, and especially the children--indicate that the foundation for acceptance of homosexuality as a legitimate, healthy alternative to heterosexuality has already been successfully laid down in our country. In fact, within an unknown but growing number of American schools and classrooms, both public and private, affirmation of a sexually deviant minority has been advanced to a much greater degree than most citizens realize.
After I shared this film with the parents of a gay young adult, the couple labeled this a "bait and switch" vehicle. It's Elementary, they observed, seemed to be asking for respect for homosexual people; in reality, it was preaching respect for the homosexual condition. They believed the producers were using a subtle process of effectively and deceptively re-educating children, especially young children, incrementally to the point of accepting behavior that would ordinarily be seen as outside the norm....
This "sanitized presentation" of homosexuality, as the reviewing parents described it, obviously was intended to make it hard for the kids watching the film to discern facts from propaganda. They cited one boy's statement, describing the effect this lesson on homosexuality had had on him: "It's kind of like vegetables: you don't know [you'll like homosexuality] until you try."
"What's the big whoop?" asked another child flippantly in response to tales of some parental concerns. Some children were even outspokenly critical of their own parents' negative attitudes about homosexuality..."
"...From its quiet beginnings as a non-sanctioned gathering concerned with "safety," the group has now become a fully sanctioned, gay-pride organization..."
Recommended by GLSEN:
"Queering Elementary Education: Advancing the Dialogue about Sexualities and Schooling"
"There are many actions parents and pro-family activists can take to protect children from pro-homosexuality propaganda in schools. [For information on how homosexuality is being promoted in schools, see "Top 10 Strategies Used By Homosexual Activists In Schools," an FRC Insight paper by Peter LaBarbera, 11/23/99, IS99F4HS.]
1. REALIZE THAT YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Pro-homosexuality school administrators may seek to persuade you that "gay"-affirming programs in your childs school have not caused any controversy. If this is true, it is most likely because few parents are aware of the program. Dont accept the blandishments of school administrators and teachers who may already be teaching your children wrong lessons about homosexuality.
2. INFORM A NETWORK OF PARENTS ABOUT THE PROBLEM; DONT SPEND TOO MUCH INITIAL ENERGY LOBBYING EDUCATORS.
When pro-"gay" policies are instituted in schools, the last thing educators want is publicity. They often assume they know better than you what is right for your child... many parents will be shocked to learn that their moral and religious beliefs are being undermined by the schools to which they entrust their children. Your first goal must be to inform as many parents as you can about the problem. Later you can all work together on lobbying the school decision-makers.
3. STICK TO WELL-DOCUMENTED FACTS.
To inform your parents coalition, you must do your best to convey the problem as accurately as you can. If you exaggerate it, you will lose credibility and hurt your chances of getting rid of the program. Get actual documents used to support the program (e.g., teachers manuals for pro-homosexuality lesson plans). If a "gay" activist is scheduled to speak to your childs school, arrange to have the speech taped. Pro-homosexuality educators can mischaracterize a presentation after all, it is in their interest to portray it as innocuous but they cannot dispute firsthand information. If educators seek to keep you as a parent from attending a school event (say, a "diversity" conference for teachers), fight for your right to attend. You hold the responsibility for what your son or daughter is taught. Do not let administrators intimidate you by denying you access to full information, but always treat them with courtesy and respect.
4. HOLD A PARENTS MEETING.
An effective way to build your parents network is to educate other concerned parents in home meetings. Many will be shocked to see how strongly the education movement has embraced pro-homosexuality programs. Make copies of your documentation of the offending program and pass them out at the initial meeting. Some parents will be less committed than others. It is your job to build a core of parents devoted to eliminating the pro-homosexuality policy. You can educate this group about the tactics of the "gay" education movement... Realizing the depth of the problem will help motivate your core group of activists and inoculate them against claims by educators that the questionable programs do not "promote homosexuality" but just teach "tolerance." Of course these programs promote homosexuality...."
(With respect to items 3 and 4, there is plenty of documentation in this thread that may be shared with other parents, grandparents, etc).
"Parents have the original, primary, and inalienable right to educate their children, and it is the place of schools to assist them. But rights not asserted are rights lost by default. Parental rights are not self-enforcing; they have to be exercised by vigilant and concerned parents."
- Arthur J. Delaney, The Grotesque World of Todays Sex Education, New Oxford Review, p. 16, May 1996.
".... this is so overwhelming!"
See 17 posted on 2/13/02 9:03 AM Pacific by 1 FELLOW FREEPER above.
(an excerpt from an article printed in the Des Moines Register posted on the GLSEN web site)
"... School Principal Todd Wolverton said school officials realized one month ago that the Orlando trip for 70 Creston band students would coincide with the annual Gay Days celebration scheduled for May 28 through June 3. The district's travel agent assured school officials the festival was fairly small, Wolverton said...
It was only last week, he said, that school officials realized Gay Days is expected to attract 100,000 or more adults for what organizers call "America's biggest gay and lesbian vacation experience." At that point, school administrators decided to postpone the band's three-day trip to Orlando so that it would begin June 3, the last day of the festival.
"From the school's standpoint, this has nothing to do with the sexual orientation of the group of people who will be there," Wolverton said. "It didn't make one bit of difference what the nature of the group was. We did not move this trip because of the fact that it's Gay Days 2002. We moved this trip because of the fact that there would be 100,000-plus adults partying down there in some of the same areas where we were going to have our kids."
Wolverton said he would have made the same decision had there been any other sort of large festival planned for that many adults..."
An excerpt of GLSEN's response posted on their web site:
"The leading national organization working to end anti-gay discrimination and harassment in Americas schools today expressed concern over the decision of Creston High School officials in Creston, Iowa, to postpone a band trip to Orlando that was to coincide with the citys Gay Days festival. The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, or GLSEN, said the decision and resulting controversy may further isolate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students in local schools.
"This decision reinforces harmful stereotypes, and sends a devastating message to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and their supporters involved in the band program, school and community," stated GLSEN Executive Director Kevin Jennings. "Regardless of motive, the school has sent a message that may lead some to conclude that gay is bad - a message with dangerous and unacceptable consequences in school."...."
The school officials explained it clearly -- they didn't want any of their students going on any trip that would put the kids in an environment with an extremely large group of partying adults. Yet GLSEN whines about decisions that reinforce harmful stereotypes, and sends devastating messages.
And they say it's not about access to kids....
How can one decide whether or not they are bi or straight. It's not something I asked for. Where does the line between natural adolescent curiosity and, and bisexuality begin. It's not like anything I've ever had to figure out before. But, if I'm just bi, can't I just push it away, like any other emotional baggage. Why should I put myself through the hell of hurting my parents and getting disowned my half my family. Can't I just push it away like any other problem. A lot of people just push parts of themselves away, so is this any different?
You have quite a road in front of you, Debra, and it's better to get started on it sooner, rather than later. The fact is, you don't get to decide whether you're gay, lesbian or bisexual. That was decided by the time you were born, and is an innate part of you, and here to stay. So, you can either fight it, and live an unhappy life where you are afraid all the time that people are going to find out about your "secret," where you deny yourself the happiness that comes from expressing your true self and finding someone as a friend or partner who is like you. Or you can find a path to accept, and then celebrate, this gift that you have been given, and live life openly.
If you are bisexual, the thing is it is not emotional baggage (and I hope you realize that it's not a good idea to just push away emotional baggage, either -- it's something that is usually best dealt with, confronted, and resolved). It is, rather, a biological and genetic part of your very being, of who you are. And just like being born with a particular skin color, that might make it harder to get by in some areas, or finding out that you're left handed and living in a right-handed world, you will do best to just get over it, and deal with it.
Why do you assume that you will be putting your parents through Hell? Why do you think they will disown you? It may be that they will have a hard time with it, some parents (but not most), do. But if they love you, they will find a way, they will work to get the education they need about what it means to be queer, and how to help you live a happy life. Because, for most parents, that's what they want most for their kids.
I recommend starting with the book "Free Your Mind" by Ellen Bass and Kate Kaufmann. Then "Outing Yourself" by Michelangelo Signorile. Those are both great "primers" on being gay, and Signorile's book takes an excellent, step-by-step approach to coming to terms with yourself -- which is the essential first step -- and then leads you to the point, which could take many months, where you can finally look in a mirror, say "I'm happy that I'm gay" and then take the next step out the door to tell your family and friends.
When you're ready for the next steps, you may want to find a gay youth group in your area, or go to your school GSA. Talking with other guys and girls like you, who have confronted similar issues, can often help you get through this more easily.
An excerpt from: In Their Own Words: The Homosexual Agenda:
"Homosexual activist Michelangelo Signorile, who writes periodically for The New York Times, summarizes the agenda in OUT magazine:
...to fight for same-sex marriage and its benefits and then, once granted, redefine the institution of marriage completely, to demand the right to marry not as a way of adhering to society's moral codes, but rather to debunk a myth and radically alter an archaic institution... The most subversive action lesbian and gay men can undertake --and one that would perhaps benefit all of society--is to transform the notion of family entirely." "Its the final tool with which to dismantle all sodomy statues, get education about homosexuality and AIDS into the public schools and in short to usher in a sea change in how society views and treats us."
" 7. Gay Activists Inroads Into the School System
With little resistance from school boards and administrations, gay activist groups such as GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network), GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), Human Rights Campaign, and PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), among others, are working to establish an environment in schools, through gay-oriented peer mediation, counseling, and the creation of student led organizations such as GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance), that encourages individuals of confused sexuality to "come out of the closet" and individuals of a heterosexual orientation to embrace and celebrate this "diversity." "Educators need to be supportive of homosexuality, even if we have no students who are out of the closet," comments one educator. 28 What have been the fruits of these concerted, systematic efforts to use the public school system as a vehicle for inundating students with a deluge of propaganda and sensitivity training programs?:
· The Out for Equity/Out for Good manual used by the Minneapolis and Saint Paul School systems as a part of their Safe Schools program insists that current curriculum must be reassessed because of its tacit bias. The manual suggests that teachers need to incorporate GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered) issues throughout the curriculum Teachers can address the impact of sexual identity on works by GLBT people already included in our curriculum, such as the novels of Virginia Woolf, the music of Tchaikovsky, or the poetry of Walt Whitman. Finally, teachers can undo the hidden heterosexism of the curriculum such as the exclusive use of opposite-sex couples in math word problems and foreign language exercises. 29
· The manual refers educators to something called Riddles Scale of Homophobia: Attitudes Toward Differences. The ratings on this scale, in order from most homophobic to least, are Repulsion, Pity, Tolerance, Acceptance, Support, Admiration, Appreciation, and Nurturance. Acceptance, which the scale says makes accommodation for anothers differences, is insufficient. All educators have a minimal responsibility to be at the Support level that works to safeguard the rights of those who are different.
· Among the manuals guidelines for GLBT Youth Counselors is the instruction to take political action in the larger society to confront sexism, homophobia, and heterosexism. Advocate for legislative and social reform.At Silverlake High School in Kingston, MA, the ninth grade textbook teaches that "sexuality is a matter of trial and error and personal choice," and "Testing your ability to function sexually and give pleasure to another person may be less threatening in the early teens with people of your own sex. Also, "You may come to the conclusion that growing up means rejecting the values of your parents." 30
· In Framingham, students were asked: "Is it possible that heterosexuality is a phase you will grow out of?" "Are you heterosexual because you fear the same sex?" "If you've never slept with anyone of the same sex, how do you do know you wouldn't prefer it?" "Is it possible you need a good gay experience?" The principal gave this taciturn reply, "This was not advocacy--just thoughtful and constructive lessons in tolerance." 31
· David La Fontaine, the administrator of the MA Governors Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, has commented that in confidential homosexuality counseling courses, they take a child they feel is confused about his sexuality and without his parents' knowledge and consent, they bring him to a homosexual counselor to help him talk through this. In addition, he defends this practice because parents' values need to be improved upon. 32"
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"Assassination is also out. They may be homophobes. They may deserve to be treated like pond scum. Let them live. Create far more mental pain for him and station management than you get from them."
"Exposing a little of his intolerance will go a long way to ending his career or convincing the owners of the radio station license that they've put the station on the wrong path with the wrong talk host." More ...
"What would schools look like if they were run by homosexual activists? In California, parents are learning the answer.
PARENTAL ADVISORY: Portions of this article may be inappropriate for young readers.
"...All the second- through fifth-graders at Pleasant Valley School had been called to an assembly, where they learned slogans like "I'm gay and it's OK," reinforced by various skits-like one in which Rapunzel cut her hair and ran away with her girlfriend. The show made an impact. "Daddy, am I a lesbian?" one third-grade girl asked. "I like girls better than boys." The group behind the assembly bore an innocent-sounding name, Cootie Shots. But it turned out to be an offshoot of Fringe Benefits, a theater group that gets public funds for "tolerance of diversity" performances in high schools and middle schools throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District. Now the group is targeting much younger kids, because-in the words of a longtime Fringe Benefits booster, Steven Hicks of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) of Los Angeles-"It is imperative to begin addressing these issues in the elementary schools as early as possible."..."
"...The article describes a parent-faculty meeting at The Spence School, a private enclave overlooking Central Park, where several eighth-grade girls had declared themselves "bisexual." The school called in a Harvard-educated psychiatrist, Dr. Justin Richardson--himself a gay man--to reassure the parents that lesbian experimentation is common, and that it was too soon to know if they would be lesbians or heterosexuals.
At the all-girl Brearly School two weeks earlier, Dr. Richardson told a parent group to advise their daughters as young as nine years old that they, too, may have sex with other girls in the future. "It is a good idea," he said, "to mention that people have sex with members of the same sex sometimes, and that when they grow up they may have friends that do that--and that it may be something that they themselves do."
"A small but growing number of students," the Times article reported, "have come out at these schools, or at least say that bisexuality is stylish." Parents are concerned, and Dr. Richardson--"pedigreed, carefully-spoken, determinedly nonthreatening--has become the schools' gay issues consultant of choice" because he is "sane and clear," according to the Spence headmaster..."