What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
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Beginning next month, SB 777 (PDF) will become law in California. Written by a lesbian Senator and signed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, this bill mandates (among many other things) that a teacher or school not sponsor an activity nor teach something that discriminates against one’s perceived gender status.
A large problem with anti-discrimination initiatives is that they can easily be a veiled attempt to promote the value or principle allegedly being discriminated against. In crafting an anti-discrimination bill, you are in essence enforcing one of two options: teach the value/principle on an equal plane with others, or don’t teach any.
As an example, under this law, California teachers may not teach about “mom and dad” without also teaching about “mom and mom” and “dad and dad”. The other option remains, allowing the teacher to mention none of the above, effectively sanitizing all educational materials from any mention of “traditional families”.
That sanitizing of values and principles leads to the neutrality many lobby for in public education. But as President Hinckley has observed, the result is detrimental to one’s education and the society as a whole:
Neutrality in the teaching of values can only lead to an absence of values. (Gordon B. Hinckley, via Quoty)
The reaction in previous months has been interesting to observe. Some groups have called for a total boycott of public schools in California, while others don’t see a large threat with this new legislation. Uninformed parents are curious as to what the big fuss is about, and wonder why “anti-discrimination laws” are such a bad thing.
But many informed parents are taking action, whether as part of a collective group making a statement, or in silent protest to the direction in which public schools are heading under the auspices of state and federal government.
This action has been called a “homosexodus” by World Net Daily, a clever play on words indicating the potential mass exodus of students because of the homosexual issue.
While larger in scale, this action is not new to California. Many students across the nation participate in “gay day”, or “day of silence”, in which students refrain from talking and pass out promotional materials to rally others to their cause.
In the high school I attended, teachers have participated as well, passing out buttons and ribbons, and even remaining silent themselves.
And thus our public educational institutions have, under federal regulation and NEA oversight, become social indoctrination centers. Wise parents have removed their children from such environments; “Gay day” at my alma mater has also become a Mormon holiday of sorts, with many LDS parents removing their children from school that day.
The next few months will prove quite telling. Will there be an increased public uproar over SB 777? Will there be enough support to overturn the law? Will there indeed by a sizable “homosexodus” from public schools?
Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph. (Haile Selassie, via Quoty)