The disturbing thing about a calm, well-spoken person is that they can say a great deal before you note the absurdity underneath their smooth veneer. For all his “good” intentions and comforting use of “Christianese”, Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel in Chino Hills, is just another example of anti-gay rhetoric and fear-mongering.
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The bill that Hibbs keeps referencing is SB 48- The Fair Education Act.
“Let’s get it on the ballot and lets let Californians vote if they want their children to be indoctrinated. There’s no opting out for your students, they must take this course. There’s no getting away from it. I think that’s wrong.” – Hibbs
Senator Mark Leno drafted the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act to address the current exclusion of LGBT history from school textbooks. It is NOT a bill requiring students to take an additional course regarding LGBT history.
The bill is in fact addressing several issues of exclusion in history textbooks and teaching styles.
“This bill would update references to certain categories of persons and additionally would require instruction in social sciences to include a study of the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, persons with disabilities, and members of other cultural groups, to the development of California and the United States. – SB 48”
Another portion of the bill states,
“Existing law requires that when adopting instructional materials for use in the schools, governing boards of school districts shall include materials that accurately portray the role and contributions of culturally and racially diverse groups including Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, European Americans, and members of other ethnic and cultural groups to the total development of California and the United States. This bill would revise the list of culturally and racially diverse groups to also include Pacific Islanders, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, and persons with disabilities.- SB 48”
“In other words, if Michelangelo was gay (he was,) it’s OK for teachers to include that fact in a history lesson. If California’s own Harvey Milk was gay, (he was,) it’s OK for teachers to include that fact in a history lesson. If Walt Disney was dyslexic, and had ADHD (he was and he did) it’s OK for teachers to include that fact in a history lesson.”
Apparently, those opposing this new bill are especially angered by the fact that California law “does not allow parents to remove their children from selected lessons and therefore parents will not be able to prevent their children learning LGBT history when it comes up in the syllabus.”
Hypocrisy, party of one!
Our history courses include issues of murder, slavery, theft, war, religious massacre, oppression, and more. All of these are much more severe and disturbing issues than that of sexual orientation. Where are the youtube videos and online petitions demanding the right to remove students from those lessons? Why is it the mere mention of sexual orientation that has Hibbs and others foaming at the mouth? This bill is not requiring that support or opposition be expressed by teachers. It simply states, “include materials that accurately portray the role and contributions”. Basically, be honest about our history and who has shaped it.
Your sons and daughter can still go to Social Studies without you fearing they’ll walk out holding hands and waving rainbow flags. At ease soldiers. This is not the fight worth fighting.