"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.
A speech by a homosexual activist in 1995 revealed that he had used "safety" to delude Gov. Weld and the state legislature into adopting the homosexual agenda for the schools of Massachusetts. The speech was titled Winning the Culture War and was given by Kevin Jennings, Executive Director of the "Gay and Lesbian and Straight Teachers Network," at the "Human Rights Campaign Fund Leadership Conference" on March 5, 1995.
"If the Radical Right can succeed in portraying us as preying on children, we will lose. Their language promoting homosexuality is one example is laced with subtle and not-so-subtle innuendo that we are after their kids. We must learn from the abortion struggle, where the clever claiming of the term pro-life allowed those who opposed abortion on demand to frame the issue to their advantage, to make sure that we do not allow ourselves to be painted into a corner before the debate even begins.
"In Massachusetts the effective reframing of this issue was the key to the success of the Governors Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth. We immediately seized upon the opponents calling card safety and explained how homophobia represents a threat to students safety by creating a climate where violence, name-calling, health problems, and suicide are common. Titling our report "Making Schools Safe for Gay and Lesbian Youth," we automatically threw our opponents onto the defensive and stole their best line of attack. This framing short-circuited their arguments and left them back-pedaling from day one.
"Finding the effective frame for your community is the key to victory. It must be linked to universal values that everyone in the community has in common.
"In Massachusetts, no one could speak up against our frame and say, Why, yes, I do think students should kill themselves: this allowed us to set the terms for the debate.
"In Massachusetts, we made creating an environment where youth could speak out our number one priority. We know that, confronted with real-live stories of youth who had suffered from homophobia, our opponents would have to attack people who had been victimized once, which put them in a bully position from which it would be hard to emerge looking good. More importantly, we made sure these youth met with elected officials so that, the next time these officials had to vote on something, there would be a specific face and story attached to the issue. We wanted them to have an actual kid in mind when they had to cast their votes. We won the vote in the Senate 33-7 as a result..."