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Gay and Lesbian History Month Acknowledged in Philadelphia Schools

Why do we even have a Gay and Lesbian History Month?  It never ceases to amaze me how groups who claim to want equality constantly behave in such a way to separate themselves from the rest.  Is theirs a history that is different from that of the heterosexual community and in need of being recognized as such?  “Look what a Lesbian can do!”  Ok, ok… you can host talk shows and tell jokes and write books and become doctors and lawyers… JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.  What’s your point?  Why must we give you a month to exploit that?  Personally, I don’t care if the person who invented penicillin was heterosexual or homosexual … I’m just glad it’s available when I need it.

And beyond taking advantage of and annoying the majority of the adult population by constantly overcompensating for your insecurities in this way, why involve the children?  No, I think I know the answer to that.  If you get the next generation at a young and tender age, under the guise of PC words like “tolerance” and “diversity”, you have paved the way for YOUR next generation’s agenda to sail more smoothly.  It’s an insidious plan that just slithers in barely detected by most and embraced by many, since how can anyone proclaim to be intolerant or against diversity? 

Tolerance and diversity are a two-way street.  There should be room for a lot more than select acceptable groups du jour honored by months and events to celebrate their history.  By being so selective, those left out are now the groups feeling the disdain of intolerance.  It is, in fact, reverse discrimination, helping to promote the prejudice that opposes the goals of groups like Philadelphia’s Lesbian and Gay Task Force or the Philadelphia based Equality Forum, who support the City’s decision to honor their month-long self-appreciation on their school calendar.   In honor of Gay History Month, The Equality Forum has launched a project self-described this way: “The group has designed the project as a curriculum that can be used by teachers at any education level, as well as an awareness and visibility campaign.”   (Curriculum??)

As a mother who receives school calendars each year, I can hardly describe the shock I would feel if I were to receive such a calendar.  I suppose I would flip past October and see if any of the other months were being used to acknowledge “Heterosexual History Month”… but what sense would that make?  Why would young elementary school students care, or need to know, about the sexual preferences of their history makers??  When did this become an imperative?  Is there a “Polygamist History Month”?  An “I-cheated-on-my-wife History Month”?  An “I-need-to-watch-smut-videos-before-sex History Month”?  Of course not, it’s ridiculous!  And so is acknowledging the sexual identity of those history makers who are “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender”.  For those (like me) who aren’t sure what is meant by “Transgender”, according to Dictionary.com:
“appearing or attempting to be a member of the opposite sex, as a transsexual or habitual cross-dresser”.

To add to the madness, the children who attend Philadelphia schools are also supposed to “understand” why there are boys or men who habitually dress as girls/women?  Is this so children can better understand the annual Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco, or is there an overabundance of cross-dressers in Philadelphia?  It boggles the mind that there are tax dollars being spent on this when city schools could be spending those funds on something more useful. 

This is according to Philadelphia Board of Education Policy 102, drafted in 1994, titled: “Multiracial-Multicultural-Gender Education”.

The definition of this policy is as follows:
“Multiracial-Multicultural-Gender Education is an education process designed to foster knowledge about and respect for those of all races, ethnic groups, social classes, genders, religions, disabilities and sexual orientations.  Its purpose is to ensure equity and justice for all members of the school community, and society as a whole, and to give those members the skills and knowledge they need to understand and overcome individual biases and institutional barriers to full equity.”

Toward that end, outlined are several ways to implement the goals of the policy, which include:

4.1 Make an institutional commitment to teach to all children in every school, a curriculum informed by the principles of gender-equity, multi-racial and multi-cultural knowledge and perspectives, included but not limited to the history and experiences of women, racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, as well as lesbian and gay people and disabled people. 

4.2 Seek equitable allotments for this activity from the District’s resources for the ongoing development of appropriate curriculum, instruction and assessment, as well as the ongoing evaluation of administrative policies, procedures and performance standards.

The logical next question is this: Why has the Philadelphia School District deemed it wise and beneficial for its students, “all children in every school”, to be made aware of Lesbian and Gay History Month, yet if someone were to attempt to try to make the students aware of the history of the life of Christ, for example, the ACLU would be all over it, claiming some backwards, twisted version of The Constitution and how the Establishment Clause is being broken?  Is this not in keeping with the definition to “foster knowledge and respect for all religions”?  It would seem their Policy – as written, breaks the law – as interpreted.

A spokeswoman for the District, Cecilia Cummings, stated that recognizing Gay History Month on the District Calendar is no different from recognizing months devoted to the history or heritage of African-Americans, Hispanics and Asians, though I believe there are a great many who would disagree with her.

The gay/lesbian community represents about 6% of the population, yet they are extremely vocal and well organized.  Until the silent majority stands up and makes some noise, these injustices will continue to take place and assault our children.  These “policies” will continue to be written by bullied administrators behind closed doors with far-reaching repercussions.  Today, Philadelphia (and who knows where else?)… tomorrow, your hometown? 

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6 thoughts on “Gay and Lesbian History Month Acknowledged in Philadelphia Schools

  1. Debi,
    This stuff really burns me up. First of all diversity means division (as opposed to say, unity, which society really sort of needs in order to live together) and tolerance means blind acceptance (as opposed to judging one based on their individual merits).

    And before anyone assumes I am gay-bashing, my brother was gay and died of AIDS – so don’t even get me started.

    You are right in your read on this. It is about indoctrination – not enlightenment. It is about creating adherents to a particular mindset not about acceptance. It’s about cowing the majority by using their own good intentions against them.

    I find it interesting that the very people who feel that second graders need to be aware of sexual orientations (choices) have the gall to try to take the moral highground over the Foley situation. In that situation they are so concerned about children. And yet they don’t bat an eye about ‘educating’ children about sexual preference, cross-dressing, etc, etc. Nor do they think anything about minors getting abortions without parental consent or knowledge. They think they should be raising your children, not you. God forbid you should object because that then makes you a racist or a biggot.

    This is nothing more than a political manipulation – since they can’t get adults to agree with them, they are going after your children before they have enough life experience to make sound decisions and form their own beliefs and opinions. They are being spoon-fed this agenda and it’s fricking scary.

    This is one of those times I am very glad I don’t have children.

    Great post.
    WC

  2. You are so right, Annie… and you got my blood boiling all over again!

    I’m sorry to hear about your brother, I’m sure that was quite difficult – and that does qualify you as one who is NOT a bigot/racist to say what you’ve said. Those promoting this agenda would like to box us all in as such in order to dismiss our opinions, our values and our choices so that we aren’t taken seriously – or worse – so that we are fair game to ridicule and malign. It amazes me that such a small minority of people can be so powerful.

    I am reminded of your recent post about forming a new political party and not staying silent. Some really good ideas there, girl! :-)

    And talk about manipulating the children: My oldest came home with a letter one day when he was in 3rd grade about a discussion that was going to take place in class to explain what he needed to know about AIDS. I needed to sign the letter to approve his participation, or he would be taken to another class during the discussion. (Guess where my kid was? :-/ ) I decided to have my own discussion with him and taught my 8-year old to run as fast as he could to get a teacher if he saw someone bleeding at school, but never touch anyone else’s blood. The school’s “discussion” included how AIDS is passed sexually.

    Unfortunately, the next year, no such letter came home and my son DID attend the discussion without my permission. So he was spared until age 9. I’m sure he was much more mature by then and, of course, needed this information… :-/

    But at least they don’t have a Nativity Scene there!

    As always, thanks for stopping by… and sharing your wisdom… :-)

    – Debi

    P.S. Do Democrats really think that memories are so short that we don’t remember their laundry list of scandals? Or, that we are so stupid that when November comes we will either stay home or blame our local reps for what Foley did? Two words: “Nancy Pelosi”.

  3. Debi,
    That’s terrible about your son. How could they not send a letter asking permission? Since when did the State get the power over the choices you make for your child? I know this is an extreme view, but I think the ultimate solution is to abolish the Dept of Education – get the government out of public schools – stop using tax dollars to fund the indoctrination (regardless of its nature) of kids and give them back to their parents. Although I think it will be the parents who ultimately do or do not make this change. If they sit by and do nothing it will only get worse. Think about what life would be like if NEA had no automatic guinea pigs? Think about the political clout that wouldn’t exist and affect how this country is run?

    As to Democrats and their/desire to drive conservatives into apathy about the upcoming elections – good – let them believe it – the shock come November will be that much more delightful. They seem to think that conservatives live and vote through their emotions (perhaps Dems do? I really don’t know…) and are apparently so stupid that they can’t see the obvious timing of revealing this ‘startling’ incident. There seems to be an equation that any time they can find anything remotely similar to the type of scandals Clinton had while in office – that they have discovered moral equivolency. What they never seem to get is that what made the Clinton scandals so abhorrent to conservatives was that his whole party defended his actions and justified them as though they were childish pranks. Conservatives on the other hand, call for investigations and impose discipline, etc when one of their own falls.

    So yes, it’s very hard for me to take seriously any Democrat who is trying to take the moral highground on this. Dollars to doughnuts, if Foley was a Democrat they’d be circling the wagons and claiming it was a ‘personal matter’ and therefore none of our business.

    In terms of Foley here are some points to consider – 1. there is an article on WND that talks about two liberal bloggers who have a bone to pick with any politician who goes against the gay agenda – so they outted him to make him pay for the betrayal. 2. These emails were known about for the last 2-3 years. 3. The emails that were turned in to the FBI were greatly redacted (can you say editing). 4. There is talk that Foley was baited on the IM’s to get him to respond in a salacious manner (can you say set up?) 5. The page said to be involved was legally ‘of age’ – so legally it looks like it was consensual. 6. Foley did the right thing by resigning.

    Now none of this means he was right, shouldn’t have resigned, doesn’t deserve to be punished for his actions – or that this isn’t icky – but it does make me feel reticent about jumping on the witch burning wagon. It will be interesting to find out what the investigation turns up. I guess we’ll have to stay tuned.

    Thanks for pimping my post. ;)
    WC

  4. Annie,

    Oh, yes… November will be that much sweeter. October surprise? How about a November surprise? :-)

    Saw an interview with Anne Coulter earlier today, and even though she can sometimes go off the deep end, she does hit some truths and make me laugh in the process. She said how, if the tables were turned, the Dems would be screaming “Gay bashing”, and how they are reveling in the ability to supersize this scandal so they can take the focus off the REAL issues… since they don’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to that. They will milk this for everything they can.

    I also heard the Page’s lawyer bring up some doubts about the legitimacy of the IM’s. But bottom line is, I don’t care how the Dems handle their scandals… they wouldn’t know where the moral high ground was if we gave them a map. Foley was wrong, he is gone and that’s the way it should be. People should move on and stop trying to blame everyone else for what he did. And, by the way, he shouldn’t resign for being gay, it was his conduct that was apparently wrong (according to his spokesperson) – even if he was baited (which, I agree, would be playing dirty).

    On the Board of Education and the NEA… my 4th (and LAST :-) child is in parochial school in an attempt to avoid some of the crap I encountered with my older children.

    Here’s hoping….

    Debi

    P.S. Don’t you have some Saturday work you’re supposed to be doing…? :-)

  5. Look, I understand and simpathsize with your opinion, and I am transgendered. I am all against indoctrination of any kind.

  6. Carolyn,

    I appreciate your comment and think it is especially thoughtful coming from you.

    Thanks for stopping by,

    ~Debi

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