Conservative Christian parents fight for right to discriminate against LGBT students at Anoka Hennepin

PAL members Brian Lindquist and Mike Skaalerud

A slew of conservative Christian parents — and even an orthodox rabbi — implored the Anoka-Hennepin School District to purge schools of any mention of homosexuality and demanded that teachers teach about the “ex-homosexual” movement and “gay-related immune deficiency.” One district member even assailed Dan Savage’s It Gets Better campaign as vulgar and accused the popular columnist of teaching children about “three-ways.” Several people testified using little more than verses from the Bible that are often used to demean and degrade the LGBT community.

The controversy in the district is over the sexual orientation curriculum policy also called the “neutrality policy” which says that LGBT issues are not to be discussed in the district’s schools. Six students are suing to eliminate the policy on the grounds that it makes for a hostile school environment and the district announced last month that they are considering scrapping the policy and replacing it with one that deals with “controversial topics” but doesn’t single out LGBT students and issues.

But the Parents Action League, a group of conservative Christians, want the policy to remain.

Brian Lindquist and Mike Skaalerud presented a resolution and list of demands that the Parents Action League wants to the school board to fulfill including incorporating “ex-gay” therapy into the school resources.

Here’s the full resolution as recited by Lindquist and Skaalerud:

Whereas Anoka Hennepin District 11 has devoted a special section on their website to GLBT issues, training and awareness.

And whereas the theme of school safety is being used as a pretext to advance a much broader agenda, the legitimization of homosexuality and related conduct to impressionable school children

And whereas the Anoka Hennepin school board is considering removing the protective sexual orientation curriculum policy, an action that undermines the academic focus of this district and open the door to pro-homosexual and related conduct materials in the school curriculum thereby exposing students to concepts hostile to there religious faith and/or moral conviction

And whereas school officials would be liable for violating parental rights by subjecting a child to homosexual and related conduct indoctrination

And whereas the Supreme Court in Meyer v Nebraska has held that parents’ right to direct the moral upbringing and education of their children is one of the most fundamental of all rights and a failure to abide by parental rights can result in liability for damages both the the school district

Whereas schools may face liability for intentional and negligent instruction of students who rely upon false and misleading information about sexual conduct and are subsequently harmed.

Whereas as superintendent Dennis Carlson and prevention coordinator Barry Scanlon went on a listening tour visiting the nine GSA clubs in the district January thru May of 2011 and have not conducted a listening tour with students of faith, moral conviction, ex-homosexuals and ex-transgenders

And whereas district 11 has ordered copies of pro-homosexual video “It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying and Living a Life Worth Living,” edited by Dan Savage for secondary media centers

And whereas legal liability exists for the tort of negligence if it is proved that homosexual activists and organizations were granted access to students under responsibility and that students suffered physical or mental harm.

Therefore be it resolved the Parents Action League in Anoka Hennepin School District 11 demands the following ten actions be taken by our shcool board.

1. A new division within the student support services and a special section on the District 11 website devoted to student of fiath, moral conviction, ex-homosexuals and ex-transgenders.

2. A listening tour by Superintendent Denny Carlson and district prevention coordinator Barry Scanlon with students of faith, moral conviction, ex-homosexuals, and ex-transgenders.

3. That District 11 administrators and staff work closely with pro-family and ex-homosexual and ex-transgender organizations to provide ongoing training to school counselors, school nurses, social workers, school psychologists, prevention specialists, student learning advocates and a number of secondary principals and principals.

4. Provide professional development opportunities in which philosophical, pedogogical, and political assumptions of GLBT advocacy are critically examined.

5. Provide webinars, seminars for all staff on over-coming sexual disorders

6. Provide training on bullying and suicide that protects all students.

7. Provide the history of gay-related immune deficiencies and acquired immune deficiencies and the medical consequences of homosexual acts.

8. That all health classes that address homosexuality be required to provide up-to-date information from the CDC on sexually transmitted diseases and HIV among the groups the CDC designates as men who have sex with men.

9. Provide the following pro-family, ex-homosexual, ex-transgender information and websites to all counselors, school psychologists

classroom teachers [the list was submitted to the board and not spoken at the meeting]

10. Provide pro-family, ex-homosexual and ex-transgender videos to secondary media centers.

PAL invokes Meyer v Nebraska as a possible cause of legal action if the policy banning sexual orientation discussions is repealed. But that case was actually about the State of Nebraska enacting a law that prevented the teaching of German during World War I.

The “neutrality policy” prevents certain learning from happening in the classroom and LGBT and allied parents face a similar situation that German-speaking immigrants faced in the early 1900s.

The Home School Legal Defense Network, a very conservative and somewhat anti-LGBT group, explained the case this way:

In Meyer v. Nebraska,1 the Court invalidated a state law which prohibited foreign language instruction for school children because the law did not “promote” education but rather “arbitrarily and unreasonably” interfered with “the natural duty of the parent to give his children education suitable to their station in life…” 2 The court chastened the legislature for attempting “materially to interfere” with the power of parents to control the education of their own.” 3 This decision clearly affirmed that the Constitution protects the preferences of the parent in education over those of the State. In the same decision, the Supreme Court also recognized that the right of the parents to delegate their authority to a teacher in order to instruct their children was protected within the liberty of the Fourteenth Amendment. 4

PAL also uses the term Gay Related Immune Deficiency or GRID. That was the initial name given to AIDS when it was still only a cluster of gay men. It hasn’t been used since 1984 — aside from those in the religious right who have a limited knowledge of epidemiology and biology who use it as a derogatory remark about gay men and HIV.

The Parents Action League has been behind much of the anti-LGBT activity in the district and have been advocating “ex-gay” therapy since it’s founding in 2009.

Barb Anderson has been the spokesperson for the group. She’s also a researcher for the Minnesota Family Council and has accused LGBT advocacy groups of being responsible for bullying and suicides in the district.

At Monday night’s board meeting, she accused the LGBT community of indoctrinating the students of the district.

“On Dec. 25th, on the front page of the Star Tribune, the pro-homosexual media once again held up the St. Paul school district as an example of how the districts should deal with GLBT issues. In St. Paul, the fear of the gay agenda coming into the schools is now a thing of the past. Well, that’s exactly right. There’s no reason to fear it coming in because its so entrenched in their schools that parents have given up all hope of getting it out.”

She said that the “gay agenda” was trying to force Christians into the closet.

She quoted Steve Warren who she called a leader in ACT-UP claiming that his “gay manifesto” from 1987 was the rallying cry for the community. What she didn’t note was the Warren’s article, written under the pseudonym Michael Swift, was satire.

Anderson also quoted Chai Feldblum, a commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunities Office.

“She sees the battle between religious freedom and gay rights as she put it as a zero sum game in which homosexuals will win and Christians will lose,” Anderson said, paraphrasing Feldblum’s remarks.

But that’s not what Feldblum said. Here’s the full quote:

Thus, for all my sympathy for the evangelical Christian couple who may wish to run a bed and breakfast from which they can exclude unmarried straight couples and all gay couples, this is a point where I believe the “zero sum” nature of the game inevitably comes into play. And, in making the decision in this zero sum game, I am convinced society should come down on the side of protecting the liberty of LGBT people.

Anderson continued, “Indoctrinating students through a pro-homosexual K-12 curriculum is how they intend accomplish this goal. I ask you to keep our schools safe for all kids and hold to your promise to keep the sexual orientation curriculum policy.”

Barb’s husband, George Anderson, also testified at the school board meeting. He said that Dan Savage and his It Gets Better campaign to tell young LGBT people not to commit suicide should be removed from the district’s media resources.

“I heard of an activist named of Dan Savage in connection with our district and that he has very rough language on the internet and an intolerant attitude and so I went on the internet to look up one of his Youtube videos and it was amazing to see where we find ourselves in America these days,” he said. “It was really pretty disgusting and I saw also on our school’s website the district has purchased video copies of the It Gets better campaign by Dan Savage for all the secondary media centers.”

He continued, “But what’s this I find in our schools as a potential role model? Dan Savage is a militant homosexual activist he seeks to end bullying by affirming and normalizing homosexuality. His method is to use shockingly obscene anti-christian hate rhetoric”

And Anderson was concerned that Savage ” has a partner Terry and they have adopted a boy and they talk about three-way sex.”

“He’s a man whose It Gets Better project you have brought into our schools. To say I don’t trust his advice on much of anything is an understatement. Is this the role model you want for our youth or counsel for our instructors. Who is responsible for it and what are you going to do?

Apostle Anatha of Minneapolis quoted from the Bible. “I’m going to read from our creator’s writing, this is not my opinion, its something he said.” Anantha read from Romans 1:24:

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

Dr. John Look also quoted from the Bible. “Other children who are not gay have the right to be protected against confused indoctrination that contradicts what they have learned form god’s word,” said Look.

He then read Matthew 18:6: “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

Rabbi Chaim Goldberger of St. Louis Park said, “I have chosen to come here tonight to share Judaism’s view on homosexuality

He said that God “expressly forbids the practice of common gender relations.”

He accused to the school board of capitulating on the neutrality policy. “What is compelling you is the fact that you are being bullied by a powerful movement,” the LGBT movement he said.

The Rev. Walt McFadden of Cityview Church in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis complained that the Minneapolis school district was indoctrinating his son with the homosexual agenda.

“On one particular day with out any warning he was in an English class and the GLSEN group came in and asked the students based on their opinions whether they agreed with the statement or not to stand on one side of the classroom or the other,” he said. “The question was asked do you support or believe that homosexuality is okay. he was the only one in his class and i am proud of him to stand on the other side of the class opposing it.”

He said his son would get beat up if his fellow students found out that he “opposed homosexuality.”

“The world of tolerance is land of make believe where definitions are changed to fit, and all views are tolerated but

only those who agree,” he added.

Bill Fields said that the school district has to “deal with continual onslaught by various groups as to how we are to educate our children.”

“There’s an effort it seems to almost brainwash our children by promoting a certain atmosphere of so-called tolerance.”

Tiffany Strabala blasted the Anoka Hennepin teachers union head Julie Blaha for saying that students are not “controversial issues” and that identities should not the subject of policies like the neutrality policy.

“The idea that same-sex attraction and volitional same sex acts constitute an identity that should be valued is a subjective and arguable belief it is not a fact,” said Strabala. “It is an outrage to me that a govt employee paid for by the taxes of people who don’t share her moral propositions believes that she has a right in her professional role to express her opinions about identity.”

Strabala also accused progressives of persecuting those who believe that being LGBT is harmful.

“Will Miss Blaha argue, as most progressives do, that expressing the belief that volitional homosexual acts are not moral and makes kids unsafe, must be prohibited.

Liberal teachers want to affirm homosexual students in their identity but don’t feel a similar desire to affirm the religious identity of students from conservative faith traditions.”

She also called public school libraries “laughable” because they do not include books “written by conservative scholars on the topic of homosexuality.”

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Disgusting

The difference between one group fighting to protect LGBT students and one group fighting to do the opposite is that one group doesn't hurt anyone, however the other - those responsible for articles like this - should hold the guilt of hundreds of suicides by youth over their heads. They should feel it every time a child cries because they've been bullied. They should feel the same pain every time someone's bashed for being gay. But they don't. They don't consider (or care) about the pain and suffering their ridiculous campaign against homosexuality causes.

So, which group is more Christian? Because the people who hold Judeo-Christian values that I know fight to protect children and people of all kinds. Their behavior as a collective is the one which is disgusting.

so sick of this whole stinking arugment

It just always amazes me this whole argument, you would think christians would love it when gay folks say that love jesus too, and know and love god and thank him for the grace he has given us, the conservitive right always seem to think they lay claim to the bible and truth, well sorry folks, you are the ones too that satans messenger has given a thorn in the side to as well. REad your bible folks, the argument ends with the real gospel of christ, his grace and in the book of romans it says god himself bounds us, binds us to sin or disobedience in order him to give us mercy, in other words, we all need a savior. One struggles with this, one struggles with that, amen, least we are all looking to our lord jesus christ and what he did.  Any extreme either way could be facing hell fires...........so many religous people have more to worry about then gay christians, it could be your own pastor or your own ignorance of the gospel could cost you your salvation, does your church add to the gospel by adding works, that make you fall from grace? or the other way around, teach so much grace allows you to keep on sinning and be lead away from the truth?  This whole anti gay and gay war has been created by the devil himself, when he has done much more evil, quietly in the background working in your church and in theology.

slanted article...again

i have never met an honest progressive.  question yourself.  understand the natural consequences of behavoir and your exestential philosophy.  the vile hatred of the left is evident by the person above.  i have also never met an orthodox christian who did not love the sinner and comfort them when in need.  since people with the liberal disease have lost the ability to balance fairness, sanctity, and empathy.  this is why there will always be conflict between them and truth.

Lies

You and the far right-wing wouldn't know the truth if it came up and bit you! Shame on anyone who would support telling lies. HIV/AIDS is not a gay disease. Being gay is not a disease which can be cured. Being gay isn't an illness in the first place. The only morals these parents are showing is their support of lies.

Really?  "Vile hatred?" 

Really?  "Vile hatred?"  Wow.  Just wow.  This is a perfect example of irony if ever there was one.  After spending ten years in the Christian right-wing I can tell you that it's a mental illness, FOR SURE.


And not all Christians believe this. Of course, this group of "Christians" would JUDGE and say they aren't Christians at all.  Who needs help?

Blind

You, Mr. Anonymous, are absolutely BLIND.

While agree with you that the polarities -- both Right-Wing and Left-Wing -- are not logical views to the majority, the far Right ALWAYS intentionally harms others in order to come out on top.

If you have never met an Orthodox Christian who is more of a sinner than those that they CONDEMN, then look toward the Bible belt in the US. Here's a more specific example, NOM - the National Organization for Marriage. NOM has poured MILLIONS of dollars into HATE-BASED politics that are divisive just to prove that they're point of view is the only pov that should exist. Furthermore, NOM has actively campaigned against Republican congressionals that might not have voted their way and created posters/billboards THREATENING these people. Just recently, NOM attacked a congresswoman in Florida for expressing a family value and supporting her transgender son. Needless to say, THIS MONEY WOULD BETTER SERVE THOSE WHO CAN'T PAY FOR THEIR NEXT MEAL.

Judaism’s view on homosexuality

Rabbi Chaim Goldberger does not speak for the Jewish faith. I write this comment to inform all that R. Goldberger is a Jew who affiliates with the Orthodox branch of Judaism. But, in the United States of America, the orthodox represent less than 15% of all Jews. In America, over 85% of all Jews are affiliated with branches of that faith that EMBRACE same-sex marriage, according to the North American Jewish Data Bank at the University of Connecticut. The vast majority of American Jews reject the ultra-fundamentalist ideas of Rabbi Goldberger, and in fact accept gay people as what they are, namely, a normal part of the human family.

Really?

Perhaps we should be offering anti bigotry classes to the adults who are proposing this mess.  

Jesus, please save me from your followers!

rightly said

I'm thinking it should be okay to start interjecting religious freedom into schools including Noon Prayer for muslims, and religious based satatic  rituals duirng the pledge of alligiance...  be careful what you ask for religious right. 


if you think gay people are the enemy, please remember that most of the worlds wars were casued by religion, ESPECIALLY WWII.... 

Oh yeah...it is so terrible

Oh yeah...it is so terrible what happened to the poor Nazis because the Christian nations of Europe objected to the Holocaust....

umm, yeah.

Actually, the Nazis WERE the Christians.  Hitler was Catholic, and believed he was doing God's work by exterminating the Jews.  He said it multiple times in his speeches, and even wrote so much in Mein Kampf.  The Pope was on his side, as was the clergy.  If the Christian nations of Europe objected, the reason for the objection certainly WASN'T Christianity.

GLBT

 am scared of these slo called "Christians!" I KNOW for a fact I DID NOT NOT choose to be gLB T!   The Christian conservatives are soo WRONG on their stance of GLBT pelople! Makes me ANGRY!

Apples And Anchovies

... Liberal teachers want to affirm homosexual students in their identity but don’t feel a similar desire to affirm the religious identity of students from conservative faith traditions... .

 

The basic failing here is that the group seems to feel the need to interject freely chosen conservative religious views into the admittedly imperfect science of psychological development. They are comparing apples to oranges. It's more like they are comparing apples to anchovies.

Some people who profess to believe so strongly in God don't seem to trust Him as far as they can throw a Strong's Bible Concodance. They seem to think that the omniscient and omnipotent God whom they believe to have created man in His image and likeness sometimes needs help correcting His mistakes. They further rather arrogantly think that man is capable of creating a sin that is beyond God's infinite mercy and love. Again, it may be a trust issue.

Soon they will tell us that God is somehow capable of creating a flower to which He is allergic, or cannot understand prayer unless it is offered in English.

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STAY CLASSY, HETEROS!!!

As a psychologist, the idea

As a psychologist, the idea that someone can change their sexual orientation is a cruel hoax that the Christian community has thrust upon us.  Can people change their sexual behavior?  Absolutely.  Anyone has the ability to refrain from sex.  But the idea that you can take a person who is attracted to men and make him attracted to woman is a joke and, ultimately, harmful to the poor saps who marry these fools in denial.  If "ex-gays" want to live life sex-free, be my guest.  But don't lie to people (and yourself) and say that you are now miraculously attracted to people of the opposite sex just because some quack therapist told you to refer to your male friends as "dudes" (see below)... 


"The cure for homosexuality, according to (reparative) theory, is making platonic same-sex friends and conforming to stereotypical gender-appropriate behavior. For example, lesbians are encouraged to wear lipstick and gay men are urged to drink Gatorade and call their friends “dude.” Such experiences supposedly causes the same-sex lose its mystery, thus its sexual allure. Once this occurs, heterosexual attractions will rush in to fill the void." 

As a lesbian, the idea...

that "a person" means "a man" is kind of anathema to me. I realize you mean well, but please watch your phrasing. ;)

Great idea

I think it would be great to bring ex-gay speakers into schools. They could have Exodus head Alan Chambers and Love In Action founder John Smid in to talk about how no one ever actually changes orientation. Then Richard Cohen could come in and give some man-cuddling demonstrations. Finally, Narth Scientific Advisory Board member Gerald Schoenewolf could give a talk about how the Abolitionist Movement was a Marxist conspiracy to demonize white people. Then the students could make up their own minds.

Teach Truth

This proposed school policy is outrageous. It does not make sense to teach children terminology and practices that have been long been rejected by professionals as a whole. GRID is no longer a term used by medical professionals. Homosexuality is not considered a sexual disorder by the American Psychological Association. In addition, attempts to "cure homosexuality" have been found to be ineffective in their goal and frequently be harmful to the individual's mental well-being

 

Homophobia: dated and dishonest

PAL also uses the term Gay Related Immune Deficiency or GRID. That was the initial name given to AIDS when it was still only a cluster of gay men. It hasn’t been used since 1984


EVERYTHING about "PAL" seems out of 1984 (Orwell's version)!


I'm particularly disgusted by this repeated talking-point: "students of faith, moral conviction, ex-homosexuals and ex-transgenders." AS IF students couldn't be LGBT *and* have faith and moral conviction???


Then there's this: He said his son would get beat up if his fellow students found out that he “opposed homosexuality.”


Hello, projection! [In case there are any 'phobes reading this, for whom "projection" is too big of a word: it means you suspect your opponents are thinking the same things you (subconsciously) are. In reality, they're not.]


Here's another example: "Strabala also accused progressives of persecuting those who believe that being LGBT is harmful."


 


Finally:


Liberal teachers want to affirm homosexual students in their identity but don’t feel a similar desire to affirm the religious identity of students from conservative faith traditions.”


This is a *ridiculous* parallel. No one is BORN a "conservative faith tradition", the way one is born LGBT. Religion is ENTIRELY a issue of nurture, not nature (while sexual orientation is due to nature). People are PERSUADED to change their religion all the time. No one is persuaded to change their sexual orientation (although "ex-gay" indoctrination---which teaches "gay = bad"---may persuade individuals to change their behavior, to one of complete repression. Not healthy for the individual, or those around them.)


 


It's time for Anoka-Hennepin to join the real world, in the 21st century. It's time to leave homophobia (based entirely upon MISreadings of the Bible: but that's another issue!) outside of school (preferably in the dumpster!).

Denial - the desperate last gasp of dying archaic traditions

Religious influence does not belong in a public school.  The rules implemented to protect children from bulllying and discrimination also protect Christians, but not their presumed 'right' to deny the existence of those they disagree with, or to characterize them as changeable and disease ridden, as these policies imply.  Respecting the rights of young lgbt students is not tantamount to oppression of Christians or Christian beliefs - they are not mutually exclusive!  You see, Christians can respect and prevent a hostile environment WITHOUT forcing their beliefs on other people, and making rules to protect lgbt students does not force any beliefs on anyone.  If you cannot treat people with respect, perhaps you don't belong in public.  Denying reality by supressing the discussion does nothing but hide the truth, just as it always has all throughout history.  If you don't want it discussed openly, concerned homophobes, tell me... what is it you wish to hide???

be true

Be true, Be powerful, Be free, Be you!

schools should teach pride and strength and happiness in however a person is. There is no reason for any one to feel scared or "closeted". Im queer and my best friend is a true christian. I love her for who she is and i support her in what makes her happy and as she does the same for me. Our schools should teach empowerment and strength. There is no problem with being religous as long as your not harming or silenceing another persons beliefs, and being LGBT is not a life style choice or impairment, Its something we are born into. Be proud of who you are just dont hurt other people for making the same choice.

Bigots

When I hear these people (Christians/right-wingers) talk these days, it strikes me that they sound like records on a wind-up victrola.  Our planet is being destroyed because of their policies, and the hate continues because of their policies.


They are beyond archaic; they are DANGEROUS.  It's time that we understood that when good people do nothing to stop the hate and the destruction of understanding and good will, they will take over.  Their time is ending, and it's past time that we all start standing together to stop their malignant ideology!

Fine - they wanna teach X-Gay

Fine - they wanna teach X-Gay therapy, then they SHOULD have to teach X-Heterosexual therapy too......wow, WI who knew there wwere so many weirdo fAKE Religious kooks

These PAL people are sick

Reading his article makes me embarrassed that I went to anoka schools.  So glad. Moved away from your backwards, uneducated and bigoted area!  

sick of ignorance, bigotry and hate in the name of GOD

I'm so sick of ignorance, bigotry and hate in the name of GOD. It's a very good thing we live in S. WA school district because I would pull my child from these schools immediately were something like this to be implemented. This form of force-feeding morals under the guise of "Conservative Christianity" HAS TO STOP. The first item in their hateful agenda states "A new division within the student support services and a special section on the District 11 website devoted to student of fiath, moral conviction, ex-homosexuals and ex-transgenders". To this I must say; there is NO SUCH THING as an "ex-lgbt"; period. This is further offensive in that it directly implies only heterosexual (and/or those forcibly stuffed back into a closet) are "moral" and have "faith". "six students in the district committed suicide in less than two years, some of whom were gay" - and these parents want to make it harder for these kids? Yeah, that's real "Christianity" for you.

Education...

It looks as if these parents need to be better educated. The number of spelling, and editing errors in their document, is horrendous. I hope the school board takes mercy on these children, by scraping their old policy and putting the new one in place. This will hopefully allow the children a chance to see the world as it is... diverse, and colorful, where ALL people live and work, side by side, whether we agree or disagree with beliefs and lifestyles. It's called being an individual, and supporting individual beliefs and freedoms. 

Laughable arguments

She also called public school libraries “laughable” because they do not include books “written by conservative scholars on the topic of homosexuality.”

The same way they don't include books written by white supremacists titled "How to beat up black people because they are genetically inferior."

its laughable that they are so blinded by their religious- sanctioned hatred they cannot see their noses.

We NEED a plague

Why oh why did we stop the swine flu, I'm sorry, H1N1?

A comedian, Bill Burr, said it best.... we NEED another plague. Ignorance like this, which sets our path back into the dark ages, needs to be wiped out and wouldn't it be ironic if "God" set that forth and they were the ones taken.

 

Hyprcrits.

NOT Christians

These people are NOT Christians and many of us are sick and tired of degnerates like this using the title "Christian" to hide their hate and ignorance.  It's time REAL Christians stood up and stopped people like this from usurping the name for their evil intentions.

Bleeding disorders community, among others

The lable of "GRID" is grossly unfair and was correctly reclassified as AIDS decades ago. There are several other groups at risk including, but not limited to, individuals having unprotected heterosexual sex, IV drug users, and children of mothers with HIV/AIDS. Thankfully blood products and transfusions are vastly safer than they used to be. But there was an epidemic of individuals in the bleeding disorder community who contracted HIV/AIDS (e.g., Ryan White, who would have recently turned 40) due to their reliance on blood products. I am hopeful that these ignorant parents who are frightened of what they do not understand are exposed to further education so that they, in turn, can expose their children to different viewpoints and experiences, not to mention science.

Bigots will always stun me

The amount of energy a bunch of bigots will use to try and smear other people is always startling.

 

Most groups with "parents" and "family" in the title creep me out.

 

oh my

This is sickening. Apparently Tennessee has no monopoly on anti-gay bigots trying to foist off idiotic beliefs in public schools.

Wow.

The Parents Action League is pretty vile in their bigotry, and it's equally apparent that they have no clue about the facts of homosexuality and AIDS.  That they use terms such as GRID, which has been outdated for over a quarter-century, and subscribe to crackpot practices such as "ex-gay therapy" shows just how bizarrely clueless they are.  I know they're snowed in half the year, but it's time to get out and interact with the twenty-first century.

Christianity in schools

Once more the Bible, does not belong in the public schools, nor do the values of the Bible! Our children need to learn about Education, and school is where they get to learn that! If you want to teach your children, Christian values, read the Bible, at home, or your church! The only place our children are going to learn education, is school! Keep the two separate! Church is for praying, and learning your beliefs! If we want the education process to work, where are the students gonna learn it, if they know every line of the Bible, but can't add, or spell?? Church and State, should never be mixed, lets see if these people can get there priorities straight?

American embarrassment

Honestly, the religious folks and in particular the bigoted parents who are pushing this issue are a huge embarrasement to this country. You should be ashamed of yourselves for encouraging bigotry and hatred. 

Oh look, another group of

Oh look, another group of people who are hiding behind the Abrahamic faiths to justify thier hatred for life.  They should just come out as members of the KKK and get it over with (they are are terrible as the KKK which is also a Christian group)

So help me

Be glad I do not live in this town, nor do my children go to this school.  I know we're trying to teach our children to treat everyone equal, but I would knock the living s*** out of those parents for insisting there be ex-gay therapy... People wonder why so many are walking away from "christianity."  This is why, it was first established by blending many beliefs together, but now instead of adapting, there are many who are afraid of change and are unwilling to adapt... well the law of the land is adapt to change or die out.

Christianity’s view on homosexuality

Disclaimer: these evangelical whackjobs don't speak for all of us.

Hypocracy and Double Standards

For all of the parents that say they only have their children's best interest in mind, I ask you: What about other people's children? What about that closeted, scared child or teenager that's walking around scared to death wondering what might happen if somebody finds out they like those of the same gender? Where's their protection?

And for those parents that say "Homosexuality is an abomination"(Lev. 18:21), what is a good price for selling you daughter into servitude?(Ex. 21:7) What about working on the Sabbath?(Ex. 35:2) Should all those people be put to death? Anybody like bacon, ham, pork sausage? You like football? What about Lev. 11:7? Uh, oh! There goes America's favorite sport.

Also, you can't only teach the history the parents WANT taught. In 1776, OUR forefathers decided the King of England wasn't treating them with the BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS they were born with. In the 1960's, African Americans decided they weren't being treated with the BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS they were born with. The Stonewall Riots of 1969 were OUR civil rights movement! OUR American Revolution! That's when WE decided WE WEREN'T GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!

All aspects of AMERICAN History should be taught, not just some. That's just plain CENSORSHIP.

Sick!!!

I feel sorry for the children of these people. They will have NO IDEA how to live in the real world with real people.

This is totally stupid. I am

This is totally stupid. I am ashamed of having been part of this school district,. Wake up and smell the Coffee people the world is changing the sooner you accept it the easier it will be.  While I am not gay i have a bunch of friends that are and I accept them,as they are good people just trying to make there way just like the rest of us through this world.  And as far as I am concerned God loves you wither your Straight, BY, or Gay.  Anoka-Hennepin School District pass the bill and don'y listen to those parents.

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These people need a big slice of reality.

The very title of this

The very title of this article shows the bias of the author.

Nobody should be bullied.  Ever.  For any reason.

And from a purely secular standpoint, our bodies are designed for sex between a man and a woman.