EDUCATION FOR A FREE NATION
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June 6, 2006
EdWatch Calls on
Pawlenty to halt his administrations
ST. PAUL, MINN (June 6, 2006)
Governor Tim Pawlenty's public stances are opposite the behind-the-scenes
actions by his departments.
promotion of homosexual agenda
GLBT groups receive taxpayer funds
Although Gov. Pawlenty is
publicly supporting a constitutional amendment defining marriage as
between one man and one woman, homosexual advocacy groups are being
funded by grants from the state Department of Health under his authority.
Additionally, under Governor Pawlenty's supervision, his administration
is actively promoting the indoctrination of students into a homosexual
worldview and value system.
EdWatch notified the
Governor's office more than one month ago that his Departments of Health
and Education have been including homosexual advocacy into policies and
directives which impact impressionable children beginning with
For example, groups funded by
state agencies and materials on the Governors Health Department website
have supported the aggressive indoctrination of children into the
homosexual agenda by advocating that pro-homosexual/bisexual/transgender
values be taught in schools. This includes teaching that homosexuality,
heterosexuality, and bisexuality must be viewed as morally and socially
equivalent, and that people who define marriage as existing only between
a man and woman are bigots.
The Governors Department of
Education is using outcome measurements for preschoolers and child care
providers that require teaching gender identity through stories, games,
and conversation. Gender identity curricula include children
experimenting with various gender roles and behaviors and questioning
their own sexual orientation.
One of the groups that played
a key role with Pawlenty's administration in writing Minnesota's Early
Childhood Indicators of Progress has published the widely used book,
The Anti-bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children.
This publication and others train teachers in the gender identity
curriculum. "Gender identity," as defined by this book, teaches
children to question their gender identity. Their definition of
ìhomophobiaî teaches preschoolers that social norms which value and
prefer heterosexual relationships are bigotry.
Under Governor Pawlenty,
homosexual advocacy groups, such as the Minnesota AIDS Project (MAP) and
District 202, are financially supported with grants from his Department
of Health. MAP actively opposes the constitutional ban on same-sex
marriage that Pawlenty supports in public, yet 10% of its budget is from
state taxpayers. MAP labels the marriage amendment
"homophobic." District 202 encourages students to embrace
diversity and learn about homophobia and transphobia by, for example,
holding hands with someone of the same sex in public.
Additionally, a Coordinated
School Health Program website (CSH), sponsored and created by the
Governors Health and Education Departments, has been aggressively
promoting homosexual advocacy groups, that include Out 4 Good, Out 4
Equity, and Rainbow Families. The CSH site lists two well-known
homosexual advocacy groups OutFront Minnesota and Lambda Legal Defense
& Education Fund as their references for homosexual and transgender
The only apparent response
from the Governor to date has been to make the CSH website password
protected, leaving the public in the dark about who has access to that
site or what content still remains.
Governor Pawlentys state
health and education departments recently promoted a Rainbow Families
Conference at which teachers were trained to integrate homosexual
advocacy into preschool curriculum. Teachers attending the conference
learned strategies on how to interrupt heterosexism and homophobia in
schools. This conference also taught seminars specifically on how to
oppose the marriage amendment.
"The Minnesota Human
Rights statute does not condone or promote the teaching of
homosexuality in the schools," says Dr. Karen Effrem, a pediatrician
and board member of EdWatch. "These programs are a betrayal of the public
trust and an endangerment to the public health."
EdWatch is calling on Governor
Pawlenty to stop the use of taxpayer funds for homosexual advocacy groups
and to stop the integration of homosexuality into school curriculum,
beginning with preschool.
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