Friday, February 08, 2008

Anti-gay Hysteria in California

I have posted in the past about the Christianists’ unhinged reaction to California SB777 which was signed into law and is aimed at making non-discrimination laws applicable in California public schools. Now they seem to be outdoing themselves in terms of hysteria and the dissemination of wild untruths based on this article from World Net Daily (not an exactly balanced news source to start with) that makes all kinds of wild and untrue allegations about the law’s effect. Note the comments of Randy Thomasson who has made a career out of frightening the sheeple so that they will give money to his organization and make it so Randy doesn’t need to ever get a real job. Likewise, Phyllis Schlafly, the mother of a gay child (I guess as a result of her poor parenting skills if you believe the reparative therapy propaganda) cannot pass up the opportunity to chime in. Here are some highlights (

Only months after a new state law effectively banned "mom" and "dad" from California schools, 600,000 students soon could be following them out the door because of what has been described as the "repudiation" of 2,000 years of Christian morality, according to leaders of a new campaign assembling education alternatives.

The campaign is called California Exodus and is being headed by Ron Gleason, pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Yorba Linda, who said while the country excels in social, economic, scientific and political accomplishments, it "gets low grades on the education of its children."

"First, the law allowed public schools to voluntarily promote homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality. Then, the law required public schools to accept homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual teachers as role models for impressionable children. Now, the law has been changed to effectively require the positive portrayal of homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality to six million children in California government-controlled schools," said Randy Thomasson, chief of the Campaign for Children and Families and one of those who originally called for an abandonment of public schools.

Members of the coalition include the Exodus Mandate, which advocates Christian education for children, as well as Eagle Forum, whose president, Phyllis Schlafly, said there has been a great campaign to reform public schools, but it's been unsuccessful.

"Second, the open collaboration between homosexual activists and many school districts, together with the overall level of crime and violence in the public schools, makes the public schools an unsafe place for our children," he said.

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