Coming out in class in California

| October 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

In what’s being hailed by many as landmark USA legislation, California’s Governor, Jerry Brown, signed a Bill on 14 July that will require public schools to include in their social studies lessons information about the historical contributions of gays and lesbians and other minority groups.

Senate Bill 48, also dubbed the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act, requires teachers across California to teach classes about groups described by the Bill as “Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, persons with disabilities, and other ethnic and cultural groups.”

The act also adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s existing antidiscrimination protections that prohibit bias in school activities, instruction and instructional materials.

Those who applaud the passing of the Bill say it came in the nick of time. More and more young Americans in school report being victims of homophobic bullying. Unsurprisingly, the bill has faced a heated response from conservative groups. Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, said that “Something is wrong when two percent of the people can dictate that every school district in the entire state of California must now teach the positive aspects of the homosexual agenda in schools.

As a Christian, I am deeply offended.” Randy Thomasson, President of SaveCalifornia.com, observed that “Impressionable children are already being sexual indoctrinated, but Bill 48 would be the most in-your-face brainwashing yet.”

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