Friday, April 21, 2006

The Culture War in School

Is it necessary for children to know the s*xual orientation of historical figures? Some in California think it is necessary to know those details. A debate and possible vote is scheduled Monday on SB1437 in the California legislature. The bill would require,

"No textbook or other instructional materials shall be adopted by the state board or by any governing board for use in the public schools that contains any matter reflecting adversely upon persons because of their race or ethnicity, gender, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, or religion." -- SB 1437, Sec. 2
Gender is defined by the California Penal Code as,

"For purposes of this title, the following definitions shall apply:

(c)"Gender" means s*x, and includes a person's gender identity and gender related appearance and behavior whether or not stereotypically associated with the person's assigned sex at birth.

(h)"Sexual orientation" means heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality." -- California Penal Code, Section 422.56.

Using this definition of gender, saying a person is male or female is no longer enough. Why our children have to know who someone spent time with to appreciate their historical significance is beyond me? Obviously, the purpose of the bill goes beyond just teaching history.

Critics of the bill claim that this is an attempt to change the traditional definition of family. They believe SB 1437 would require school children to learn and accept the idea that there is no natural family with a mom and dad. Supporters believe that the family no longer is just about mom and dad and that textbooks and teaching need to reflect this change.

The attempt to redefine the term family is a dangerous precedent. Further, our schools are not the place for social and gender engineering. But that fight was lost long ago. Why Christian parents don't see that is beyond my understanding.

What is the natural outcome to this redefinition of family? Europe is ahead of the US on many of these social reforms. Let's look at what's happening there to see where we're headed. The Telegraph [London] reports how Spain is handling the new definition of family. The term father and mother are being phased out to a more neutral nondiscriminatory term.

Spain has taken another step in its journey from conservative to liberal bastion by creating new birth certificates to avoid discrimination against same-sex couples. According to an announcement in the Official Bulletin of State "The expression "father" will be replaced with "Progenitor A", and "mother" will be replaced with "Progenitor B"."
Al Mohler muses,

Just imagine the greeting cards. "Happy Progenitor A Day!" The family conversation will be a bit eccentric, too. "Go hug your Progenitor B right now, young man." New Bible translations will be necessary as well. The Ten Commandments will have to be revised so that children are commanded to "honor thy Progenitor A and thy Progenitor B."
The first critics of the change are the "couples" consisting of two women. They feel the term "progenitor" is too masculine and discriminates against them. I wonder how the sages of social engineering are going to solve that? So much for ending discrimination. The war continues.

In a related news story: A Boston parent, Robin Wirthlin, is upset after her second grader was read the book, King & King. The book is about a prince who marries another prince and they kiss at the end. Wirthlin said,
By presenting this kind of issue at such a young age, they're trying to indoctrinate our children. They're intentionally presenting this as a norm, and it's not a value that our family supports.
So now that you know this, why is your son still there?

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