Letters to the editor for Jan. 20, 2012

Dispelling the myth

To the Editor:

I’m writing to help dispel the myth that the majority of parents in the Anoka-Hennepin School District want to outlaw Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs.

The loud, poster-carrying parents that do are in the minority. The majority of parents in this district are quiet, law-abiding citizens that want acceptance, support and education for district students.

I’ve had two sons graduate from the Anoka-Hennepin District, one graduating from Anoka High School and the other graduating from Andover High School.

I would be doing my sons a disservice if I did not express my opinion that the folks that seek to disallow GSA’s are hate-mongers and do not represent you or I or the majority of loving parents in District 11.

Karen E. Bridgeman


Entrenched in schools

To the Editor:

On Dec. 25 on the front page of the StarTribune, the pro-homosexual media once again cited our school district and held up the St. Paul School District as a model in leading the way for how districts should deal with GLBT issues.

The article mentioned that in St. Paul, the fear of the gay agenda coming into their schools was now a thing of the past.

That’s exactly right. There is no reason to fear it coming in; it is already so entrenched in their schools that parents have given up hope of ever getting it out.

A parent and staff member from the St. Paul School District called me to let me know how the religious beliefs of students and parents are being trampled on in their schools — where any disagreement with any of the aberrant lifestyles is labeled hate or homophobia.

She pointed out to me that in the Safe Schools Manual (published originally for the St. Paul Public Schools) their primary goal — in their words — is to combat and end homophobia. Homophobia is a term that stigmatizes those with traditional values by implying that they are the ones with a mental illness.

The Safe Schools Manual defines one category of homophobia on page 42 as “personal homophobia.”

This refers to any person or student who personally believes homosexuality is a sin or is immoral. These beliefs are precisely what they intend to combat and end wherever they can.

The St. Paul Public Schools are pushing the parameters of normalizing this behavior throughout the K-12 curriculum and are driving families of faith out of the public schools.

I was warned that this is what might happen in our school district if we open the door to the topic of sexual orientation in the curriculum.

Perhaps we should take very seriously the statement made by Paula Ettelbrick, the current director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, who said, “Being queer is more than setting up house, sleeping with a person of the same gender and seeking state approval for doing so…

“Being queer means pushing the parameters of sex, sexuality and family, and in the process, transforming the very fabric of society… We must keep our eyes on the goal…of radically reordering society’s view of family.”

Steve Warren, a spokesman for the homosexual organization ACT UP, wrote in the gay magazine The Advocate “we’re going to force you [Christians] to recant everything you have believed or said about sexuality…

“We will in all likelihood want to expunge a number of passages from your Scriptures and rewrite others eliminating preferential treatment of marriage and using words that will allow for homosexual interpretations of passages.”

Chai Feldblum — lesbian lawyer, longtime activist and newly confirmed commissioner of the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — sees the battle between religious freedom and “gay rights” as a “zero-sum game” — in which homosexuals will win and Christians will lose.

In order for the radical homosexuals to remove all obstacles for total acceptance of their behavior, they must do away with traditional Christian teachings on sex.

Indoctrinating students through a pro-homosexual K-12 curriculum is how they intend to accomplish this goal.

Ask our School Board to please keep our schools safe for all kids and hold to their promise to keep the sexual orientation curriculum policy.

We don’t want to follow the example of the St. Paul School District. Citizens in District 11 must speak up now before it’s too late. Pastors, where are you?

Barb Anderson

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