In today's Philadelphia Inquirer (Sunday, 6/12/05), there is an interesting article about opponents of gay rights taking their fight to stop schools from educating students about homosexuality or promoting acceptance of gays and lesbians. The opponents of gay rights want sex education programs that include discussions of homosexuality, and after-school clubs that bring gay and straight students together to stop.
In Montgomery County, Maryland, parents went to court to block a health education course that included the topic of homosexuality. In Cleveland, Georgia, gay and lesbian students were barred from forming a high school club of gay and straight youths, which would promote understanding and acceptance of their differences.
The opponents of gay rights feel that such education and teaching will indoctrinate kids into the gay lifestyle. Mathew D. Staver, president of Liberty Counsel, a conservative group opposing gay acceptance said, "We're concerned about the effort to capture youth through indoctrination into the homosexual life-style. Students are a captive audience, and they are being targeted by groups with that as an agenda."
Of course, the American Civil Liberties Union and other gay advocate groups are taking up the fight to keep gay rights in schools intact. I think that gay students, parents of gay students, and anyone who just cares about gay rights and the tolerance of people from different points of view and lifestyles also need to speak up whenever they can.
Gays in this country are really in the fight of their lives. Opponents of gay rights need to realize that simply teaching about homosexuality and acceptance will not "indocrinate" anyone into the homosexual lifesyle. And it is not the goal of any gay/straight alliance club to change any straight kid to a gay kid. This is total BULLSHIT! Believe me, I was taught the straight life. I was indoctrinated into the straight life. And guess what? I AM STILL GAY!!!! No straight clubs or teaching made me straight. And no gay clubs or teaching about homosexuality will make any straight kid gay.
It amazes me that the US is so concerned about being politically correct with almost any minority. But when it comes to gays, it doesn't matter how politically incorrect society is. It is about time this stop. It is about time that America learns to appreciate the differences between gays and staights, and to develop a better understanding and tolerance of each other. It is about time conservative groups begin to stop fearing, and learn to live with, and accept, people of all lifestyles.