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Thank Local School Board for Rejecting SSM...in 1st Grade Math Class!

 

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Dear Marriage Supporter,

Erie, Illinois is a small, rural town of 1,600 residents in western Illinois, just across the border from Davenport, Iowa...not exactly where you'd expect to find a national controversy brewing over pro-gay marriage school curriculum.

It all started when concerned parents in Erie, Illinois got word of plans for a new curriculum (even in a MATH class!) teaching their children as young as 4 years old about same-sex marriage and cross-dressing.

Listening to the parents' concerns, the Erie school board voted 5-2 to reject the curriculum introduced by the Gay, Straight, Lesbian Education Network (GLSEN).

But it didn't end there...now GLSEN has launched a national campaign to pressure the Erie school board into imposing its "Ready, Set, Respect!" curriculum over the objection of parents and taxpayers.

Please take 2 minutes to send the Erie School Board a message thanking them
for respecting the rights of parents, and urging them to stand strong!

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As reported by CitizenLink, the curriculum invites students as young as kindergarten to "draw pictures of favorite TV or storybook characters and dress them in clothes that are different … from what they would typically wear," such as "Cinderella in a knight's armor" or "Spiderman wearing a magic tiara."

It also suggests teachers incorporate examples of homosexual relationships into classroom activities, such as math problems including "a variety of family structures and gender-expressions. For example, 'Rosa and her dads were at the store and wanted to buy three boxes of pasta...'"

And it encourages educators to use storybooks that familiarize young children with same-sex marriage and transgender or cross-dressing behaviors. Suggested books include Uncle Bobby's Wedding, which features two male guinea pigs who get married.

And now GLSEN is urging its members across the country to pressure the Erie School Board to re-introduce the curriculum over the objections of parents.

Help the Erie School Board stay strong in the face of this renewed attack against
marriage and our children! Send a message right now thanking them and
asking them to stay strong in their decision!

Take Action Now!

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35 Comments

  1. Posted June 22, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Parents, wake up.

  2. Craig Hundelt
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    The gay lifestyle is immoral, unhealthy, and destructive. The Constitution nor the common law gives to the practice of perversity cherished position of a human right. A recent comprehensive study by the University of Texas reveals the debilitating effects on children from gay parenting. The name of the study is New Family Structures Study. The outcomes of the study show the damage to children. See outcomes graph:http://americansfortruth.com/2012/06/15/washington-times-graphic-on-homosexual-parenting-study-reveals-risks-of-having-lesbian-mothers/.

  3. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Email sent.

    There's a difference between respect and indoctrination. GLSEN has proposed the latter, and the Erie school board has recognized this.

    Most of us agree that no student should be bullied or disrespected. And most schools already have policies in place to prevent it.

    But the "Ready, Set, Respect!" program is over the top.

  4. Leo
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Done!

  5. Lefty
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Local school boards are mostly elected, and quite vulnerable controversies over issues like this, so they have to take voter sentiment seriously -- unlike private entities such as corporations, who can usually tell you to go jump in a lake if you don't like their collective stance of SSM advocacy.

  6. Ellen
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for taking a strong position to protect your children from indoctrination. This is not a matter of respect towards GLSEN as much as it IS indoctrination.

    As a school board member in Cleveland, MN I will do the same if it comes to our school district.

  7. Stefan
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Craig, please give it a rest with your ignorant post. If that's what you believe, fine. But once is enough.

  8. Good News
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Thank you to Erie for helping to protect the 80 to 97 percent of our children who were not born that way, from developing habits and thoughts that way.

  9. Louis E.
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Stefan,the willful ignorance is on your side.

  10. Daughter of Eve
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Excellent. Schools serve parents, who employ teachers. Parents have the right to determine what their employees teach--not the other way around. School children shouldn't be used as guinea pigs in a social reengineering project.

  11. Leo
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Good one DOE!

  12. Shane Mahaffy
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Prop 8 proponent and witness and director of the Institute for American Values David Blankenhorn, today, in a NYT editorial writes "the time has come for me , to accept gay marriage and emphasize the good that it can do," and explains why:

    “For me, the most important is the equal dignity of homosexual love. I don’t believe that opposite-sex and same-sex relationships are the same, but I do believe, with growing numbers of Americans, that the time for denigrating or stigmatizing same-sex relationships is over. Whatever one’s definition of marriage, legally recognizing gay and lesbian couples and their children is a victory for basic fairness.”

  13. lisa
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    I dont think that they have any right in doing that or showing kids starting from the age of 4 about that. How about teaching them what they are suppose to be learning like colors and numbers, that sounds like an actual good idea. Dont force them.

  14. simone mcintyre
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Good for these parents I hope more wake up and protect our children from early sexualization.

  15. Vi
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Thank you to the schoolboard for trying to maintain a sane,godly culture in our mixed up country. God bless you and give you strength as you stand firm.

  16. John Noe
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Craig for that very important link. It shows us of why we are in this fight.

  17. John N.
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    This is so sad and disgusting. I have teacher certification in mathematics. There is nothing sexual about mathematics. Just because 3 is an odd number does not mean the number is now queer. This is confusion and hurting children.

  18. M. Jones
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    its best to get them while they are young, mission statement from the homosexual agenda.

  19. Bob
    Posted June 23, 2012 at 2:33 am | Permalink

    Thank God for another victory against these ssm reprobate maggots

  20. Posted June 23, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, but I need to report posts #18 and 19 as HATE. Looks like Nom moderator (maggie or Brian) have day off.

  21. Aklyssa Miller
    Posted June 23, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Living in ILL one is encouraged by those who stand for what is right. We have had the Civil Rights passed and not voted on, which is a sneaky way of doing things in a Lame Duck Session.
    We continue to pray for our legislators. Thank you for your stand, and the encouragement it brings.

  22. Aklyssa Miller
    Posted June 23, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Erie, ILL God Bless

  23. Randy E King
    Posted June 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Looks like marriage corruption supporters are going full-throttle with their Big Brother mandate.

    @Davey:

    Orwell's 1984 was a warning; not an instructions manual. It is not illegal to hate what is condemned in the Abraham faith; it happens to be divine.

    Divine: relating to the worship or service of God

  24. AW
    Posted June 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Davey: The word "maggots" is certainly incendiary, but what "hate" do you find in M. Jones' statement which merely repeats the statements of so many gay activists who have openly said that they want to change kids' minds when they are young and impressionable? This is in fact the admitted goal. Pointing that out is not "hate".

  25. Robbie
    Posted June 23, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    not one of you have stepped foot in a school to truly ascertain the role of teachers and students and the curriculum that is taught. I can say this with certainty because, after 37 years in public education, I know that your posts are full of incendiary accusations that have no basis in fact. What you fail to grasp and are terrified to know is that there are millions of gay children or children in gay families in our schools. You have absolutely no power to change that nor should you. The schools responsibility is to be there for every child at every age. This means that discussions surrounding family structure and the love they share must also recognize the gay kids and gay families. To do otherwise is reprehensible at best and demonic at worst. And the best part of all this is that the kids will say "Yup, so tell me something I don't know or see in my own world". It is those who are locked into a mindset that to speak to children of the realities of life is to expose them to temptation and sin that is most alarming. Do you really see yourself as Ostriches? Do you really think it is best to bury your head in the sand?

  26. Posted June 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Robbie:

    You are not paid by our taxes to decide what they are to believe concerning values.

    These are our children.

    They will be raised according to the values of their parents, not according to your values.

    Homosexual pseudo-marriage is a movement at war with biology, at war with the consent of the governed, and at profound and implacable war with the innocence of children, and the rights of their parents to protect them from indoctrination in a deeply warped world view.

    See you in November.

  27. Posted June 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Robbie #25:

    Thanks for posting. You helped me see something more clearly.

    You are a teacher who is absolutely convinced- to the point where you would deride anyone who disagrees with you is guilty of "incendiary accusation".

    Here, in a nutshell, is the single most important reason to defeat pseudo-marriage.

    Teachers like robbie are present throughout nthe school system. They share a deeply held conviction that humanity has had it wrong for thousands of years with regard to mothers being female, fathers being male, and children being best nurtured in a loving family headed by their own mother and father.

    Now.

    There are two things to be said here.

    First, there is no point in arguing with people like robbie.

    Robbie (if actually a teacher- highly questionable but that's another matter), plea hear this well:

    Robbie:

    You are paid, with our taxes. to educate our children.

    Not to decide what they are to believe concerning values.

    These are our children.

    They will be raised according to the values of their parents, not according to your values.

    Homosexual pseudo-marriage is a movement at war with biology, at war with the consent of the governed, and at profound and implacable war with the innocence of children, and the rights of their parents to protect them from indoctrination in a deeply warped world view.

    I suggest you get ready for a very bad November.

  28. Posted June 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Robbie:

    You are a teacher who is absolutely convinced- to the point where you would deride anyone who disagrees with you is guilty of "incendiary accusation"- that it is somehow your duty to impose your values upon our children.

    Here, in a nutshell, is the single most important reason to defeat pseudo-marriage.

    Teachers like you are present throughout the school systems. You share a deeply held conviction that humanity has had it wrong for thousands of years with regard to mothers being female, fathers being male, and children being best nurtured in a loving family headed by their own mother and father.

    Now.

    There are two things to be said here.

    First, there is no point in arguing with people like you, robbie.

    If you are actually a teacher- highly questionable but that's another matter- then please hear this very well:

    You are paid, with our taxes,. to educate our children.

    Not to decide what they are to believe concerning gender values.

    These are our children.

    They will be raised according to the values of their very own parents, not according to your values.

    Homosexual pseudo-marriage is a movement at war with biology, at war with the consent of the governed, and at profound and implacable war with the innocence of children, and the rights of their parents to protect them from indoctrination in a deeply warped world view.

    I suggest you get ready for a very bad November.

  29. AW
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Robbie: Here's an example of what is being taught in the schools on this subject: Brookline High School in Massachusetts has used a booklet called "The Little Black Book, Queer in the 21st Century", which tells boys how to perform oral sex on other boys or men, masturbate other males, how to have someone urinate on them during sex; and it gives a directory of gay bars in Boston where students can arrange anonymous sex - the single riskiest practice in terms of HIV transmission according to medical studies. I suppose you support this type of thing?

  30. Ash
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    While I appreciate the Erie school board doing the will of the parents, I think these attempts by the LGBT lobby serve as a sign that we need to privatize the school system.

    Attach money directly to children and let their parents decide where to have them educated. This will introduce competition into the system, improving the product. In addition, schools will be subservient to parents—not to special interest groups who want to indoctrinate children.

    Some people may open a school that specializes in teaching LGBT lifestyles to its students. These founders will have the freedom to advertise to the general public saying: “come learn about male-on-male sexual activity and cross-dressing.” The only difference is that it will be the choice of parents to send their kids to that particular school.

    Needless to say, it’s going to be a rather empty school. :)

  31. Posted June 25, 2012 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    AW: Have you even read the content of this booklet? This booklet, intended for high school sex ed and higher, describes the following: condoms, condoms, condoms, and more condoms. It doesn't explain how to perform certain sexual acts. It describes the risks engaging in those acts without protection entails.

    It doesn't provide a guide for local clubs to find anonymous sex. It specifically states that these places are a good location for enhancing your social life. Note: some of these clubs have events for the 17+ age group.

    Stop lying so hard.

  32. AW
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    RJ: It is you who have obviously never read it, so here's a link with photos of significant portions of it:
    http://www.massresistance.org/docs/issues/black_book/black_book_inside.html
    Notice the graphic photos of penises, the descriptions of bizarre sex acts such as "lickin butt", "piss play", "fisting", etc; the constant use of the 'f' word. Doctors have taken issue with the misleading claims about the effectiveness of condoms. And to claim that the list of gay bars is just to encourage "socialization" is ridiculous. Even gay activists admit that the "socialization" in these places often takes the form of arranging anonymous sex.

  33. Patric
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Yes, this is some sick, twisted stuff that has no business being taught to our young kids. It's wrong, and I applaud the school district not caving in to the demands of that minority group GLSEN, who try their best to make such a loud noise, trying to scare the huge majority, and it works a lot of times, but not this time. Stay strong School board.

  34. Daughter of Eve
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Actually, Robbie, I sit on my children's public middle-school site council, made up of teachers, administration, and parents. I am aware of the curriculum. And I still maintain that promoting high risk homosexual lifestyle choices as "normal," or "safe," or promoting "SSM," with its emphasis on sex segregation in parenting and marriage, to be inadviseable, and destructive. Children living under those circumstances need to know that the ideal family is that composed of a married husband and wife, and children (if they have them). Children in SS households can still aspire to that.

  35. Chairm
    Posted June 27, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Robbie made an unsupported claim:

    "There are millions of gay children or children in gay families in our schools".

    Children are not mature enough to choose the socio-political identity, gay. So you are wrong at the getgo.

    According to the Census, there may be a few tens of thousands but not millions of children in same-sex households (census term that assumes a household led by persons of the same sex in a sexualized realitionship).

    Why the exagerations coming from someone in a position to influence school children?