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1 posted on 07/22/2002 5:24:35 AM PDT by BufordP
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To: BufordP
Thanks for the post. For two weeks I've been intending to post the articles regarding this development found in the Washington Times and the Fairfax Journal. I will write my school board representative, but I already know he supports the change.

Anyone who's been following the bizarre California school system understands the danger of including sexual orientation in the school's antidiscrimination policy.

2 posted on 07/22/2002 5:44:18 AM PDT by Ligeia
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Sorry if you received this and you don't live in the Fairfax County area. This is simply a call to action for those who wish to attend the meeting this Thursday.
3 posted on 07/22/2002 5:52:50 AM PDT by BufordP
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To: BufordP
Related thread:
Gay-books sale hits opposition [Fairfax County]
4 posted on 07/22/2002 5:53:08 AM PDT by Ligeia
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To: BufordP
It's full steam ahead for the recruitment of little heterosexual boys and girls into the queer lifestyle...

Better derail that train now...May be the last chance...Unless of course it doesn't bother you to watch your son grow up looking lovingly at the other prissy boys in his class...
5 posted on 07/22/2002 5:54:30 AM PDT by Iscool
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To: BufordP
Thanks for the headzup, Buford.

I probably ought not to go to the meeting. I do not mix well with homosexuals, having been assaulted three times as a youngster by male homosexuals intent on "converting" me to their lifestyle.

They were NOT successful!

I am an openly heterosexual man; I like women!

I refuse to accept the claim homosexual's make that one is "born" homosexual; that it is "natural," and that homosexuals as a class ought to have special "Rights."

I know it is a lie and I know their claim of special rights is a perversion of the Constitution.

Homosexuals are "made," not born. And, as Americans, they have all the rights they need.

HSAT, how may I help you prevent this atrocity from happening?

17 posted on 07/22/2002 7:27:37 AM PDT by Taxman
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In at least some of Fairfax County Public schools besteality is mentioned. A number of years ago at Irving Middle School one teacher kept talking about her sexual experiences (heterosexual) in sex ed. and another teacher was stealing students' projects and the school refused to do anything about them. At West Springfield High a policeman atttached to it was arrested for robbery. There have been a lot of weird things going on in that school system.
19 posted on 07/22/2002 7:51:02 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: olgoat; 10Ring; 11Bush; 1stbn27; 84rules; A Southron; a6intruder; aculeus
I wouldn't be surprised if they table this issue until next month after the Senate 37 special election (Aug 6) that a certain leftist Board member (Belter) is the Dim nominee for. Should be interesting, voters should try to force a vote ASAP.

http://www.cuccinelli.com
24 posted on 07/22/2002 11:42:58 AM PDT by VaFederalist
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The article I want in the WT has been moved to the archives. They are quick! Here's all I could retrieve:

Article 2 of 2, Article ID: 200206241238260002
Published on June 23, 2002
The Washington Times
Schools¹ gay-rights proposal draws fire

Some members of the Fairfax County school board are opposing a proposal that would ban discrimination against homosexual employees, saying the measure would be redundant and is not necessary. At-large member Rita Thompson said adding the words "sexual orientation" to laws that already provide protection for employees would not enhance the statutes in any way, saying that only a small group has been pushing for the change. "It is not a concern for parents or the

Complete Article, 525 words ( )

Rita is one of us. She was at the Fourth of July event sponsered by the Leadership Institute. Unfortunately, she's in the minority on the board as it is dominated by Democrats at present.

27 posted on 07/22/2002 5:24:10 PM PDT by Ligeia
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To: BufordP
Coverage in the Fairfax Journal

By ANDREI BLAKELY Journal staff writer

Anti-gay activists rallied Thursday against the possible inclusion of sexual orientation in Fairfax County Public Schools' nondiscrimination policy.

Several protesters said adding the words sexual orientation to the nondiscrimination policy would lead gay teachers and students to advocate a one-sided homosexual agenda.

"Sexual orientation is a loaded term," said Robert Knight, director of the Culture and Family Institute. "It didn't come out of nowhere. It was created by homosexual activists. What happens next is homosexual activists begin to [take action] in schools."

The School Board is scheduled to vote on the revised nondiscrimination policy at its July 25 meeting.

Robert Rigby, one of the supporters of changing the nondiscrimination policy, restated his objectives during the citizen participation section of Thursday's School Board meeting, which followed the rally.

"Many parents, students, teachers and administrators in this system are afraid, whether it's of being exposed, or negative phone calls or messages, or lack of support from higher levels in the system," Rigby said.

Rigby is a representative of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, a group that was criticized by several speakers at the rally.

Thursday's rally is the first response from anti-gay members in the Fairfax County community to the proposed change in the nondiscrimination policy. Several said the change is against state law and would lead to the promotion of an unhealthy homosexual lifestyle to young children.

The rally was attended by representatives from the Culture and Family Institute, Concerned Women for America and the Family Foundation.

Peter LaBarbera, of the Culture and Family Institute, questioned whether the policy change is needed since no discrimination cases have been reported.

"It is clearly a radical agenda," LaBarbera said. "It is important parents learn the true agenda of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Education Network. You don't need to promote homosexuality to have safe schools."


28 posted on 07/22/2002 6:38:46 PM PDT by Ligeia
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To: BufordP
Bill Wheaton's column in the FJ

Group believes homosexuals can reorient their sexuality

By BILL WHEATON

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays, a nonpartisan organization headquartered in Northern Virginia, is dedicated to educating the public regarding ex-gay men and women, and to supporting the ex-gay community and those families whose lives have been affected by homosexuality.

Their annual convention was held recently in Alexandria, and I was invited to attend.

PFOX believes homosexuals can reorient their sexuality, and there is an overwhelming amount of evidence to support that position.

Homosexual activists, however, choose to turn a blind eye to it, which is the epitome of intolerance.

Part of that evidence was a number of ex-gay speakers at the convention, some of whom were there with their wives and children.

One speaker had been prominently featured in a pro-homosexual propaganda video, "It's Elementary." This video, produced by two lesbian activists, was intended to recruit schoolteachers into promoting the homosexual lifestyle in classrooms.

He was shown in a classroom setting telling students about homosexuality. Now as an ex-gay, this deception lays heavy upon his heart, and he came all the way from California to share his story.

PFOX believes, as I do, that you can love the homosexual as a person without accepting the behavior. Many of the attendees at the convention were parents of homosexuals who were searching for ways to help their children trapped in homosexuality. I have a stepniece who is a lesbian.

The speakers provided lots of encouragement and made available a wealth of material on homosexuality and reorientation. The bookstore was always crowded.

Although their stories were all dynamic and different, they all had common elements. In every case, ex-gay males all mentioned their lack of relationship with their fathers.

Dr. Joseph Nicolosi is a well-known expert on the subject of sexual reorientation and president of the National Association for Research and Treatment of Homosexuality. In his 15 years dealing with hundreds of homosexual men, he says, he has never found one who had a loving, respectful relationship with his father.

Another common element in each of the stories was the sensitive temperament of the individual. As boys go, they were not the typical rough-and-tumble types, but more reserved and emotionally sensitive.

They did not receive gender affirmation from their fathers at the critical time in their lives, between 18 months and 5 years, and didn't develop a healthy male gender identity. This could be called sexual disorientation.

When they reached adolescence or even adulthood, they were still sexually disoriented.

They learned to become homosexual because there was simply no alternative presented to them. They were in fact indoctrinated.

I now better understand that when some say they have been homosexual all their lives, what they are actually referring to is their sensitive temperament, which they were born with. They confuse that with their homosexuality, which was learned.

This also explains why homosexual advocates put so much effort into the introduction of homosexuality into the public schools. The National Education Association is one of the nation's biggest proponents of homosexuality, while it discriminates against ex-gays.

PFOX applied to have an information booth at the recent NEA convention, but was turned down. The NEA claimed that all booths were taken, but according to the concessionaire handling the booths, that was a lie.

It would appear the NEA violated its own policy, and a sexual orientation discrimination complaint has been filed with the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights.

Fairfax County schools Superintendent Daniel Domenech has met with homosexual activists and agreed to all their initiatives, according to the Washington Blade. This includes pro-homosexual brochures for guidance counselors and other school staff. They also want at least 10 pro-homosexual books in every high school library.

For balance, there should be comparable sexual reorientation materials and 10 pro-sexual reorientation books. However, since Domenech has not responded to PFOX's request to provide information on sexual reorientation, Fairfax students will be presented with only one option: homosexuality. That is indoctrination.

Now a homosexual activist teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools is lobbying for a change to Policy 1450 on nondiscrimination. He wants it changed to include sexual orientation, which could even result in male homosexual teachers coming to school in feminine attire.

Ex-gays tell how, deep down inside, they always knew their behavior was wrong, but they needed constant assurance to overcome that deep-seated guilt. This explains to me why homosexual activists are so aggressive in issues such as these.

The intolerance toward sexual reorientation is rampant. Dr. Robert L. Spitzer was a hero when, in 1973, he led an effort to remove homosexuality from the American Psychological Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.

The same Dr. Spitzer is now a pariah because he had the integrity to examine the evidence for sexual reorientation and concluded that homosexuals can and do change. Gays disenchanted with their lifestyle can now believe there is really a way out.

Bill Wheaton lives in Falls Church. His column appears every other Friday. His e-mail address is bwheaton@cavtel.net.


29 posted on 07/22/2002 7:14:14 PM PDT by Ligeia
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To: BufordP
More in the FJ

Schools plan vote on policy protecting gays

By ANDREI BLAKELY Journal staff writer

Gay employees, students and applicants for employment to Fairfax County Public Schools may receive new protection from discrimination in the county school system.

The Fairfax County School Board decided Thursday at a work session to select a revised nondiscrimination policy for the district that would include "sexual orientation" as one of its criteria. A vote is expected in late July.

The policy is a change some School Board members said is needed after hearing testimony of residents at several meetings who have supported changing the language.

Other School Board members said they do not think such a change is needed because it is not required by law and there have been no major incidents of discrimination reported.

No incidents of employee discrimination because of sexual orientation have been reported to the school system's Office of Equity and Complaints, said Brad Draeger, assistant superintendent in the Human Resources Department.

One discrimination incident involving a student was reported to the school system's Office of Equity of Compliance, Draeger said, but when officials investigated it, there was no evidence of any occurrence.

But that does not mean such discrimination does not exist, he said.

"I've truly never encountered a discrimination-free society," Draeger said. "It's always there. If it does exist, we as a school system would like to know about it. We want the adult work place to be a role model for our students."

The lack of sexual orientation in the nondiscrimination policy raises questions about discrimination for some School Board members.

"Under the policy, can we fire an employee because they were gay?" School Board Chairman Stuart D. Gibson, Hunter Mill District, asked at the work session.

Draeger replied no, because the employer would need just cause.

School Board member Christian N. Braunlich, Lee District, questioned motives behind the change.

"We have to protect rights so no one in the school system is discriminated against," Braunlich said. "We also have to protect [free] speech rights. You have varying viewpoints about the morality of the gay lifestyle. [If] you have a person who believes deeply homosexuality is wrong [and he expresses that vocally]. Is that discrimination?"

Last year, the School Board voted to include sexual orientation in the student responsibilities and rights handbook as a violation for disruptive or inappropriate student behavior.

"We're just going to follow what other [districts] previously did and what the county did," said School Board member Isis Castro, Mount Vernon District.

Language for sexual orientation exists in the discrimination policies used in Alexandria City, Arlington County and the Fairfax County governments.

School Board member Mychele B. Brickner, at large, is against the change.

"The way the policy is written now, we already have the authority to address any form of discrimination," Brickner said. "We're already in compliance and this change is unnecessary."


30 posted on 07/23/2002 4:00:27 AM PDT by Ligeia
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Schools may prohibit discrimination of gays

Fairfax County policy may expand protections

By ANDREI BLAKELY Journal staff writer

The Fairfax County School Board will consider adding sexual orientation to its divisionwide nondiscrimination policy.

The present policy for students and teachers prohibits discrimination based on age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status or handicapping condition.

A discussion of the nondiscrimination policy, which was last revised in 1991, is scheduled for a work session on June 27.

Alexandria and Arlington are the only Northern Virginia school jurisdictions with sexual orientation in their nondiscrimination policies. George Mason University also includes sexual orientation in its policy.

Language for sexual orientation is in the Fairfax County government's nondiscrimination policy and the student handbook, but not the school system's general divisionwide policy. The current policy does not include school employees or applicants for employment.

The issue of discrimination is a growing concern for the school system, said Schools Superintendent Daniel A. Domenech.

"This is an area that is prohibitive," Domenech said. "We've been working in bringing to the attention of our staff [the issue of discrimination] so everybody is aware of what should not be taking place in our schools.

"I have heard about incidents of discrimination involving sexual orientation, but that is not the only area of discrimination that we heard something [about]."

The recommendation to make the change is not coming from the school system's administrative staff, but Domenech said he does not object to adding sexual orientation to the nondiscrimination policy.

Robert Rigby, a special education teacher at Hayfield Secondary School in the Alexandria section of the county and co-chairman of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, has brought up the issue of sexual orientation at School Board meetings.

"This policy is essentially a promise that the school system will treat all members of the community fairly," Rigby said at a recent School Board meeting in a prepared statement. "But there is no such promise related to sexual orientation. The implication is that the majority group is welcome in the school district, but that the School Board is indifferent to the treatment of sexual minorities."

Robert E. Frye, at large, chairman of the School Board's human resources committee, is bringing the issue up for discussion on June 27 in response to Rigby and other supporters of the change.

"I don't see this as a big change for our policy," Frye said. "The bottom line is we don't think students or staff should be discriminated against. We are an educational organization and we need to teach the children."

Frye said he is not aware of any major opposition on the School Board to the change.

The School Board in May 2001 amended the Student Responsibility and Rights handbook with a 9-3 vote to prohibit students from abusing or harassing classmates on the basis of sexual orientation or other matters pertaining to sexuality.

Opponents of the change at the time suggested language already in the policy generally covered all types of discrimination.

The current issue, however, is different than the change to the student handbook, School Board Chairman Stuart D. Gibson, Hunter Mill District said. "It deals with more than student conduct," Gibson said.

School Board members contacted Monday including Gibson; Ernestine C. Heastie, Providence District; Judith Wilson, Braddock District; and Kathy Smith, Sully District did not want to comment on the policy until they read more.

Officials at the Fairfax Education Association and Fairfax County Federation of Teachers were not available for comment.


31 posted on 07/23/2002 4:09:20 AM PDT by Ligeia
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Thanks for the info. My wife and I have a daughter entering the public school system in September. You can count on one of us will be there to support the pro-family cause and oppose gay indoctrination of our young schoolchildren which is something that I have been worrying about for years.
38 posted on 07/23/2002 12:37:39 PM PDT by rightwing2
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To: BufordP
Today's update:

Set standards for kids' reading

Bill Wheaton's July 12 column, ``Group Believes Homosexuals Can Reorient Their Sexuality," is right about Fairfax County Public Schools working on getting more pro-homosexual books.

The Washington Blade reported on June 21 that a Hayfield High School teacher, who is co-chair of a local chapter of a gay organization, was contacted by a FCPS official to discuss procedures so that books and other resources with gay-related themes could be placed in public schools.

The article quoted Maryanne Warrick, a member of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, as saying, ``We at PFLAG are coordinating a book drive in Fairfax County this fall at a private home. We will be asking people who come to donate money to buy books."

The article said the goal is to give 10 books with gay-related themes to each high school. Will FCPS also give every other special-interest group the opportunity to donate books?

If not, isn't that discrimination?

Last fall, a petition signed by more than 1,500 voting-age citizens in the county was presented to the Fairfax County School Board requesting a book selection ``Standards of Decency" policy. These 1,500 citizens were ignored, but a few gay teachers and advocates are now being quickly accommodated.

We don't think your columnist is correct in suggesting that an offset donation of 10 pro-sexual reorientation books for every 10 pro-homosexual books somehow balances things out.

There are already about 100 titles in the FCPS libraries that are listed as ``homosexual" subject books. There are 40 ``homosexuality fiction" titles with more than 300 total copies already in our elementary, middle and high schools.

About 50 copies of these ``homosexuality fiction" books were copyrighted in 1999 or later, with four titles even copyrighted in 2001. These numbers do not include books with homosexual themes that are identified only by other terms (gay, lesbian, etc.) in the library catalogue.

The FCPS request for book donations was driven by the proposed new policy on sexual orientation.

Pedophilia, necrophilia and bestiality are also sexual orientations. Will this new policy also prevent discrimination against these illegal activities?

Since the new policy is supposedly aimed at ``gay and lesbian orientations," why doesn't it say that specifically? Perhaps Dr. Domenech could answer these questions.

We are not sure FCPS wouldn't also encourage pedophilia and other ``alternative" sexual orientations. Some of the books we at Parents Against Bad Books In Schools www.pabbis.org are concerned about have presented such activities in a neutral or even positive manner.

For example, last year, ``The House of the Spirits" by Isabelle Allende was required reading for juniors in the IB English program at South Lakes and other high schools. It is on the shelves of most high school libraries.

Among the numerous sexual and violent passages is a detailed description of a man in a sexual/strangulation scene with a 6-year-old girl. But he is a ``nice guy," and doesn't actually kill her.

Elsewhere in this book, a child watches a man kiss her sister's naked corpse (intestines already removed) on the lips, neck and breasts and between the legs. FCPS identifies this book only as a ``love story."

The FCPS's anti-discrimination policy seems to work only one way. FCPS continues to discriminate against those offended by books with extremely graphic sex and violence and won't even let parents know when they are coming.

Even Hollywood has movie ratings to inform parents in advance.

FCPS needs to introduce age-appropriate standards of decency in book selection and upfront informed parental consent on books with controversial material.

RICHARD and ALICE ESS
Mount Vernon
http://www.jrnl.com/cfdocs/new/ffx/story.cfm?paper=ffx&section=fp&snumber=20
40 posted on 07/24/2002 6:28:07 AM PDT by Ligeia
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Here are the details about the School Board meeting. Hope to see you there.
41 posted on 07/24/2002 7:04:37 PM PDT by Ligeia
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To: BufordP
BTTT for tonight's screwl board meeting
42 posted on 07/25/2002 8:20:47 AM PDT by BufordP
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