It appears somewhere in a Minnesota town the discussion of how to handle homosexuality topics has come across the school board’s desk. A long with that discussion, is a small group of conservative Christian-based families who are sharing their candid opinions on how children should address the subject.
As reported on Huffingtonpost.com:
A group of conservative Christian parents are demanding Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin School District teach “ex-homosexual” therapy and “gay-related-immune deficiency” (or “GRID”), the Twin Cities Daily Planet reports.
The demands come as the school district is in the middle of changing their “sexual orientation curriculum policy,” which students claim produces a “hostile school environment” by banning the discussion of LGBT issues.
Zack Ford of Think Progress writes that the parent’s mention of GRID makes the proposal “particularly offensive,” since the the term hasn’t been used by the medical community to describe HIV/AIDS for over 25 years, making it outdated and inaccurate.
But the conservative parents, members of the Parents Action League, want the district to keep the policy in place and double down on anti-gay policies.
A resolution submitted to the district by the Parents Action League includes demands such as providing “pro-family, ex-homosexual, ex-transgender information and websites to all counselors, school psychologists,” according to the Daily Planet.
*wipes forehead* OK, here we go…
Now, I understand that bullying against homosexuals in schools is at an all-time high. And this bullying can ultimately lead to unwanted suicides among teenagers. But I do have a problem with discussing sexual orientation in detail in a formal school setting.
I really think schools should only focus on educating children about safe sex, proper use of protection, and preventing unwanted pregnancies. Zoning in on a particular sexual preference only make children more vulnerable to being bullied or harassed because they may actually be gay or even confused about their sexual orientation. There are some discussions that should be left in the household.
However, the biggest concern I walked away with after reading this article is that the families who are ‘religious’ based are suggesting that homosexuality is a disease and the students who think they are gay should go through ‘therapy”. I mean was that just me? Did I miss the mark here? How are you a believer in a religion that promotes nothing but love and self-acceptance and you are adamantly convinced that gays are doomed for hell.
I definitely don’t want to sound like I am a self-righteous know-it-all in this situation. But what I do know, is that organized religion always seems to put a slant on things to make it beneficial to their beliefs creating a division among people that either lover or hate their religion. At the end of the day, gay people are actually human and should be treated as such.
There never should be a reason any religious belief forces people to view someone else’s ideals as a viral infection that can be cured with therapy.
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