Thursday, May 04, 2006
California Schools May Teach Contributions of Gays
A bill that would ban the discrimination of gays in school curriculum on Wednesday.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A bill prohibiting discrimination against gays in school curriculum passed a key Senate committee Wednesday despite arguments that it would intrude on a parent's right to teach morals to their children.

Written by Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, and sponsored by Equality California, Senate Bill 1437 attempts to create bias-free social science curriculum by requiring schools to recognize the contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

The bill is one of two making their way through the Legislature that's drawn fire from some religious and conservative groups opposed to teaching such lifestyles in the classroom. The other, Assembly Bill 606 by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, requires school districts ensure compliance with the California Student Safety and Violence Act of 2000, which seeks to keep harassment and discrimination out of schools.

In recent weeks, student demonstrations on both sides have become a flashpoint in the debate on how homosexuality should be treated in school. When students nationwide participated in a Day of Silence to support gay and lesbian peers, others organized a National Day of Truth to oppose homosexuality.

It’s hilarious that opponents of this bill somehow believe that this has something to do with morality. Schools teaching that John Doe, a gay inventor, made contributions to society and history, teaches nothing about the morality of homosexuality. Showing the contributions of homosexuals doesn’t mean that children are going to go into a corner and participate in a gay orgy. It’s really simple: showing the contributions to history by gays simply shows the contributions to history by gays.

I think it’s a good sign that these weird far-righters’ arguments are becoming more and more stupid. It shows that they are losing this fight, and that they need to scratch and claw --most of the time with nonsensical statements and misrepresentations-- to keep their visions as reality for the whole country. They need to realize that their bigotry isn’t the norm anymore, and that America is evolving away from them, leaving them behind.


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