Same-sex marriage and the school curriculum
Legislators tell us that proponents of same-sex marriage, when
asked if students have the right to believe that homosexuality is morally
wrong, will universally say no, students do not have the right to that
belief. The school, they say, is responsible for training students that
such a moral belief is bigoted and hateful.
Parents must consider the serious implications of this position for our
children and for the schools. The March 28th issue of National
Review magazine features an article by David Frum entitled, "A
New Word, A New Day," in which he describes a concept that will take
hold in school curriculi everywhere if same-sex marriage becomes the law
of the land. The concept is called "Hetero-normative," and it
means that words are homophobic if they imply "that standard sexual
relationships are only between males and females."
For example, a controversy raged last February when a Harvard speaker
described her life this way: "Women, you can have it all -- a loving
man, devoted husband, loving children, a fabulous career. They say you
gotta choose. Nah, nah, nah... You can do whatever you want. All you have
to do is want it." The gay and lesbian groups filed a
complaint because "the content was specific to male-female
relationships." Similarly, the governor of Massachusetts was
chastised by the Boston Globe for "mean spirited
politics" when he stated that every child "has a right to a
mother and a father." Praise for the traditional family is bigoted
in the new world of gender-free marriages.
Frum makes the point that "same-sex marriage does not extend
marriage. It transforms marriage." Husbands and wives, mothers and
fathers will be required to be removed as concepts from law -- for every
citizen, not merely for homosexuals. Where do these ideas lead us? Frum
tells us: "This is not a debate about extending an institution; it
is a debate about overthrowing a norm; not about reconstruction, but
about destruction." This is what schools will be required to teach
our kids -- that hetero-normative language is hate-speech.
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