October 15th 2011

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ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Still coming to grips with the global financial crisis

CLIMATE CHANGE: Nobel laureate breaks consensus over global warming

UNITED STATES: New Republican candidate for the White House

UNITED STATES: Gay agenda mandatory in California schools

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EUTHANASIA: Nitschke, Nembutal and the TGA

OPINION: The error of demonising carbon "polluters"

OPINION: Robert Manne and the Quadrant affair

TRIBUTE: Max Crockett remembered

BOOK REVIEW The rise and fall of the New Left

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Gay agenda mandatory in California schools

by Babette Francis

News Weekly, October 15, 2011

The push for homosexual marriage is not merely an attempt to get society’s blessing for homosexual couples — it is also an attempt to change the nature of marriage. In an article, “Married, with infidelities”, the New York Times (June 30, 2011) praised Dan Savage’s open marriage as the new model for straight marriages that should take root culturally from the legalisation of gay marriage.

Dan Savage is a homosexual American author and journalist who writes an internationally-syndicated relationship and sex advice column, Savage Love.

He argues against the American obsession with strict fidelity. In its place he proposes a sensibility modelled on homosexual American males because of that community’s tolerance for pornography, fetishes and a variety of partnered arrangements, from strict monogamy to wide openness.

According to Savage, “A more flexible attitude within marriage may be what the straight community needs. Treating monogamy, rather than honesty or joy or humour, as the main indicator of a successful marriage gives people unrealistic expectations of themselves and their partners….

“Monogamy is right for many couples. But… some people need more than one partner, just as some people need flirting, others need to be whipped, others need lovers of both sexes. We can’t help our urges, and we should not lie to our partners about them. In some marriages, talking honestly about our needs will forestall or obviate affairs; in other marriages, the conversation may lead to an affair, but with permission. In both cases, honesty is the best policy.”

While New York legalised homosexual marriage, in California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 48 which mandates teaching students the “role and contributions of … gay, bisexual and transgender Americans … to the development of California and the United States”. The law forbids the adoption of any textbooks or other instructional material which reflects “adversely” on homosexuals.

Randy Thomasson of Save California says the new law means public school children will be taught to admire homosexuality, same-sex marriage, bisexuality, cross-dressing and sex-change operations.

Children will also be taught to support LGBTIQ (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/intersexed/questioning) political activism because of the law’s emphasis on “portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society”.

Thomasson predicts that teachers will have no choice but to positively portray LBGTIQ lifestyles, lest they be accused of “reflecting adversely” or “promoting a discriminatory bias”. Parents will not be notified nor will they be able to exempt their children because alternative lifestyle lessons will be part of the core curriculum.

Dr Michael L. Brown, host of the daily US syndicated talk radio show, The Line of Fire, and author of A Queer Thing Happened to America — he also provided the foreword to Bill Muehlenberg’s recently published 266-page study, Strained Relations: The Challenge of Homosexuality — writes that what happens in California doesn’t stay in California: textbooks printed for the most populous state will be used throughout the nation.

Brown is critical of introducing sexual categories to little ones who haven’t a clue what sexual orientation is, let alone having the ability to wrap their minds around “bisexual” or “transgender”. He says that, to add insult to injury, Judge Mark Wolff of the US Court of Appeals, in a case in Massachusetts brought by parents who objected to state-sponsored sexualising of their first-graders, ruled that schools have a greater responsibility to teach “diversity” than to honour the requests of parents.

The American Family Association warns that school boards will be required to select textbooks and other instructional materials that positively portray “LGBTIQ” lifestyles, because to be silent on these subjects opens them up to charges of discrimination.

State schools chief for California, Tom Torlakson, released a statement on SB 48, declaring: “I applaud Governor Brown’s decision to sign SB 48 into law, and I congratulate [homosexual] Senator [Mark] Leno for authoring this important legislation. Our history is more complete when we recognise the contributions of people from all backgrounds and walks of life.

“As the result of ongoing budget reductions, the state process for the development and review of K-8 instructional materials is currently dormant, but the California Department of Education looks forward to curriculum that reflects the diversity of our state.”

Within two weeks, opponents of SB 48 drafted a referendum challenging the new law. Said Paulo Sibaja, spokesman for Stop SB 48: “At a time of budget cuts, California schools should be focused on improving student performance and lowering the high school dropout rate.” (Californian students rank in the bottom 10 per cent nationally in reading and maths)

He continued: “Politicians have no business writing textbooks. It should be left to the historians and academic experts.”

It is a delicious irony that California is too broke to implement SB 48. Nor is it surprising that the US under Obama is trillions in debt.

Re-writing history and subverting the model of the natural family do not come cheap.

Babette Francis, B.Sc. (Hons), is national coordinator of Endeavour Forum Inc. 

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