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"?