This post contains thoughts that I have expressed in previous articles.
The LGBT community is relatively small but extremely active. Regarding the modern era, until the latter half of the 20th Century it had only existed in the shadows of Western society. Now it is in the open. It has strong support from the entertainment industry and the media, and it is influential in Democratic Party circles. It has achieved great things in the past 20 years – legalization of gay marriages, the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” expansion of anti-discrimination legislation, etc. They want more.
Traditionalists have been set back on their heels. No one wishes to be labeled a bigot. As a member of various Evangelical churches over many decades, I never heard a sermon or serious discussion regarding homosexuality. Nevertheless, the holy books of Christians and Jews (and even Muslims) teach that homosexuality is morally wrong, and I was certainly aware of that fact. Even so, I and most people I know tend to believe that a person’s private life is essentially his own concern, a matter between that person and God, so long as that person’s actions do not adversely impact the health and well-being of those around him.
For Bible believers, the present culture war appears almost irresolvable. People of faith are often confused and disordered. They favor fairness and goodwill towards everyone, but they are alarmed by the aggressive push of homosexuals, transsexuals, and their allies to foist a new view of sexual norms on society. Conservatives are especially concerned by the LGBT campaign to indoctrinate our children in this new way of thinking. Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books mandating that sexual education be taught in public schools. Communities in the rest of the country have varying regulations concerning this subject. Progressives are using these sexual education programs to wage a well-organized campaign to indoctrinate our children. This is especially true in California. That state became one of the first to address LGBT issues as part of sex education. California students remain in the bottom tier of academic excellence, ranking 44 out of 50 in K-12 education in a recent survey; but while they may not be faring so well with the basics, children as young as kindergarten are becoming experts in sexual relations, sexual orientation and gender. The new California sexual education curriculum accelerates what can be fairly described as indoctrination to the LGBT worldview at all grade levels.
There has been parental pushback, but it is somewhat disorganized and only partially successful. Much of this pushback has focused not on the sexual education curriculum itself but on the books it recommends students read. One suggested book for high California schoolers is S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-to-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties. It includes descriptions of anal sex, bondage and other sexual activity. As for primary school students, parents in Orange County, California, were upset to learn administrators were using a graphic study guide to accompany the transgender children’s book, I Am Jazz (recommended for children in kindergarten to fifth grade). In addition to defining various sex terms, the study guide asks students, “What if you don’t have time or money to buy sex toys?” It goes on to offer solutions that include the use of various fruit. The district was also offering a “sexual health toolkit” as a classroom resource.
LGBT activists in other states and the District of Columbia are eager to follow the California example. It is only a matter of time before the matter is being discussed and fought out in our local school districts.
I am convinced that most of my fellow citizens are with me in believing that the heterosexual majority must resist efforts by LGBT activists to define themselves as a protected minority and to impose their own views of sexual morality upon our society at large, efforts which, if successful, could do irreparable damage to the American family and to our nation.
The Democrat Party is on the side of the LGBT activists. The Republican Part tends to stand with the traditionalists.
Where do you stand?