Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Elementary School Video Rejected

By Alexander Samuels

A school district in Florida has rejected a video produced by the We Are Family Foundation that features popular cartoon characters promoting tolerance to elementary-school-age children. The video, which has been sent out to more than 60,000 schools nationwide, was voted down 10 to 7 by the Broward County School District's Diversity Committee.

An article posted by Agape Press yesterday reports: . . .

Local conservative radio talk show host Steve Kane has been a member of the Broward County School District's Diversity Committee for three years. He believes the We Are Family Foundation and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) are using the video to get their foot in the door of school systems and to push a pro-homosexual agenda.

"Once they've established that liaison -- that acceptance -- with the school system," Kane asserts, "the next step is to try to go for a partnership arrangement with the school system. Then, of course, what you have to concern yourself [with] is the videos that come afterwards, which will become increasingly more 'pro' the lifestyle they are promoting."

Parents everywhere should be applauding this decision in Florida. The folks in Broward County were under a lot of pressure by gay lobbying efforts. Don't think that your community is immune from politics like this in your schools. Your school board will be facing these decisions soon enough. They may have already caved in to the pressure without sharing that information with the public.

But why, you may ask, should we object to cartoon characters, such as SpongeBob SquarePants, teaching little children not to bully or harass one another because of the makeup of their families? No one objects to that. All schools have rules dealing with bullying and harassment. The problem with this video is the subtle introduction to elementary-school-age children of the idea that the "gay lifestyle" is acceptable behavior for everyone. As Steve Kane said in the article, "What you have to concern yourself [with] is the videos that come afterwards."

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions," Samuel Johnson is often credited with saying. And maybe this group has the best of intentions in its efforts, but do you wonder whether all this interest in the public schools will ultimately lead to the subtle recruitment of our children to the "gay lifestyle"?


At Wednesday, July 27, 2005 8:59:00 AM, Blogger Roch101 said...

Do you have any specifics as to how the video in question promotes homosexulaity? Is there some particular verbage or imagery?

At Wednesday, July 27, 2005 9:36:00 AM, Blogger Mickey McLean said...

From reports I have read over the past few months, it has been more of a question of the agenda of the group producing the video, the We Are Family Foundation, than the video itself.

Earlier this year, some advance materials associated with the video (such as teacher's guides to the video) were released and were found to contain overt homosexual references. From what I've read, those references have since been removed. The group also had pro-homosexual content on its Web site, as well as links to pro-homosexual organizations that it listed as "allies" to its cause. Once word of this got out this spring, that content quickly disappeared from its site.

Here's a link to an article that goes into more detail.

At Wednesday, July 27, 2005 9:50:00 AM, Blogger Roch101 said...

So, the rejected video was benign, as far as we know?

At Wednesday, July 27, 2005 10:20:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember telling a school teacher over 10 years ago that eventually what you will have in the schools is Gay Day.

This will be an assembly where you get to meet and talk to gay groups, they will hand out materials "of tolerance" to the kids and the message they will leave the kids with is that there is no difference in one lifestyle to the other- and you should experiment before you commit to one or the other.

If gay marriage is ever recognized in your state, you can expect this to happen within 10 years of that happening.

Don't get me wrong, I'll bet 90-some percent of all gays would not promote this kind of thing. It's the militant groups out there I do not trust. If they are equal in every way under the law, there is nothing you can do to stop them from forcing their lifestyle into yours or your childrens.

It's beginning to happen already.

the Heckler

At Wednesday, July 27, 2005 10:21:00 AM, Blogger Mickey McLean said...

It's those with an agenda and who then try to hide it that you need to be the most wary of.

At Wednesday, July 27, 2005 10:28:00 AM, Anonymous Alex said...

The video is probably OK. The teacher’s guide, however, could be used to promote a homosexual agenda. Parents should know how their school system will use the program to teach values. There is, however, another important consideration.
The American Family Association states: “Under the guise of promoting tolerance for other categories such as race, gender, age, disabilities, etc., the WAFF [We Are Family Foundation] Web site openly promoted homosexuality as a normative lifestyle. There was a "Tolerance Pledge" that encouraged signees to pledge respect for homosexuals, and work against "ignorance, insensitivity and bigotry." The site included a teacher’s guide that aggressively normalized same-gender attraction and same-sex marriage. There was also a recommended reading list for children and adults that included such illustrated children’s books as the lesbian-themed, Heather Has Two Mommies, which discusses artificial insemination, and Daddy’s Roommate, with an illustration of two men in bed together. As well, the WAFF Web site had a list of "allies" that virtually ran the gamut of homosexual advocacy groups: Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation; Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network; Human Rights Campaign; National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; and Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians & Gays.”
After the American Family Association ran an article on the controversial materials displayed on the WAFF web site, the site was shut down and then was brought back on line with a new moderate format. The tolerance pledge was also altered.

Has the We Are Family Foundation changed its agenda or is it simply putting on a new face to get its foot into the door to advocate its real agenda (the gay agenda)? Obviously, the Broward County School District's Diversity Committee questioned their motives.


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