Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Gay Lobby Indoctrination in the Second Grade

From Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe, another example of the public schools being used for indoctrination.

On April 20, in a story headlined “Parents rip school over gay storybook,” the Globe reported on the latest controversy in Lexington, where school officials committed to normalizing same-sex marriage have clashed with residents who don’t want homosexual themes introduced in class without advance parental notice. Last year, a Lexington father named David Parker complained to officials at the Joseph Estabrook Elementary School about the “diversity” curriculum in his son’s kindergarten class, which included pictures of families headed by gay and lesbian couples. When he refused to leave the school grounds without being assured that he would be alerted before similar lessons were taught in the future, Parker was arrested for trespassing.

The latest incident, also at the Estabrook School, was triggered when a second-grade teacher presented to her class a storybook celebration of homosexual romance and marriage.

There is nothing subtle about “King & King,” the book that Heather Kramer read to her young students. It tells the story of Prince Bertie, whose mother the queen nags him to get married (“When I was your age, I’d been married twice already,” she says), and parades before him a bevy of princesses to choose from. But Bertie, who says he’s “never cared much for princesses,” rejects them all. Then “Princess Madeleine and her brother, Prince Lee,” show up, and Bertie falls in love at first sight — with the brother. Soon, the princes are married. “The wedding was very special,” reads the text. “The queen even shed a tear or two.” Bertie and Lee are elevated from princes to kings, and the last page shows them exchanging a passionate kiss.

Dismayed by such blatant propagandizing, the parents of one student made an appointment to discuss their concerns with school officials. “This is a highly charged social issue,” Robin and Robert Wirthlin told them. “Why are you introducing it in second grade?” . . .

Massachusetts law requires schools to notify parents before “human sexuality issues” are taught in class and gives parents the right to exempt a child from that portion of the curriculum. But the Wirthlins’ request to be given a heads-up before something as contentious and sensitive as same-sex marriage comes up in their child’s class again was rejected out of hand.

“We couldn’t run a public school system if every parent who feels some topic is objectionable to them for moral or religious reasons decides their child should be removed,” Lexington’s superintendent of schools, Paul Ash, told the Globe. “Lexington is committed to teaching children about the world they live in, and in Massachusetts same-sex marriage is legal.”

Alright, so in Massachusetts same-sex marriage involves two princes who get married and both become kings, right? This is the “world they live in?”

Or is this the politically correct world were even fairy-tales must serve a political agenda?

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