California SB48: Teach Brilliance, not Sexual Identity!

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by Ann Hinds

One of the benefits of homeschooling is the ability to pick and choose what you teach your children. There was a time where Christian beliefs were treasured and our children taught morals based on the Bible. That has all changed and those who still believe and try to teach moral values are considered intolerant. Teaching your children that homosexuality is wrong, and that public officials should maintain some sort of morality, is against the law. This is truer in California where special interests control the state.              

This is a warning. What happens in California tends to trickle down to the other states.

For the sake of clarity and to avoid any misunderstandings, please allow me to explain my viewpoint, as it pertains to alternative lifestyle. It is my belief that the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) lifestyle is wrong. However, I do not judge the opinions of others regarding lifestyle; I believe that we all live our lives based on what we think is right and only answer to God. My LBGT friends will be among the first to tell you that I disagree with how they live, but love them anyway which is as close to unconditional love as any of us can hope to achieve. Yes, I really do have LBGT friends!

On October 11, 2009, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill572, which makes May 22 a recognized school celebration for Harvey Milk. Milk was assassinated, along with the Mayor of San Francisco, George Moscone in November of 1978. It is not a state holiday but the text of the bill encourages schools to "remember the life of Harvey Milk, recognizing his accomplishments and familiarizing pupils with the contributions he made to this state". I might not have had a problem with this, had it not been for the fact that part of the celebration is to include instruction about Milk’s alternative lifestyle. Harvey Milk was the first openly gay politician in a large city. He was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and championed the cause for gay rights.

On July 14, 2011, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 48. This bill changes the text to say, “Instruction in social sciences shall include the early history of California and a study of the role and contributions of both men and women, Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, and members of other ethnic and cultural groups,  to the economic, political, and social development of California and the United States of America, with particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society.”

 Again, this seems to be innocuous. However, this opens the door for a wider interpretation, which includes changing the textbooks to include Harvey Milk and several other historical figures and their alternative lifestyles. Alan Turing was able to break a computer code during World War II and helped defeat Hitler. Was he able to do this because he was gay or was he just smart enough to make a difference? Jane Addams committed her life to helping those less fortunate. Did she do that because she was a lesbian or did she have a higher purpose?

The government claims it is trying to provide role models for LGBT children who feel left out. By providing LGBT role models, those children have a better chance to succeed in life. I’m sorry, but I strongly disagree and will not teach my children that sexuality is the reason for anyone’s success in life. Nor will I teach my child behavior that goes against what I believe. As a homeschooling parent, I teach tolerance. When I teach about Alan Turing, it was be about the brilliant mind that was able to break the code and not about his lifestyle.