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12/27/2011

Reinvigorated Stop SB48 crowd play acts, calls it a 'class act'

by Jeremy Hooper

Those pro-"ex-gay" voices who are trying to roll back accurate and inclusive teaching in California schools have announced a novel new name for the same exact campaign that failed back in the fall. A "class act," they are calling this new "Stop SB48" effort:

Karen England of the Sacramento-based Capitol Resource Institute (CRI) says all hands are needed on deck behind a move to place before California voters an initiative that would require the accurate teaching of history. The CLASS Act -- Children Learning Accurate Social Sciences Act -- was filed in response to SB 48, California's new law which mandates teachings on the contributions of lesbian, "gay," bisexual, transgender (LGBT) individuals.

"I don't believe that we should be mandating these things from the state level, whether it's Ronald Reagan Day or Harvey Milk Day," England argues, adding that "locally, if someone wants to do that, they can do that."

Objective: Accurate teaching of history [One News Now]

"Children Learning Accurate Social Sciences"? Riiiiiiiiiiiiiight. By accurate, they of course mean a history where every single heterosexual spouse from Dolly Madison to Todd Palin will get mentioned or even exalted, while LGBT realities are ignored, straightwashed, or glossed over in the name of heterosexism. There's no social standing afforded to LGBT people, their loved ones, their families, or their truths. No inspiration afforded to the LGBT kids who are so in need of benign, everyday portraiture.

Oh, and don't buy the "I'd also oppose Ronald Reagan Day" shtick. In the past two weeks, I've heard Karen England drop this talking point in a number of forums. It's clear strategy that she's working only because it makes her sound more mainstream. If not for LGBT inclusivity, she'd be silent on Reagan Day, at best. More likely, she'd be dressing up as a giant jelly bean in honor of the conservative icon's favorite treat!

The one goal on the Stop Sb58 side -- which, again, is admittedly against more than just gay teaching -- is to hide away LGBT normalcy. That's an act, for sure -- but it aint classy!

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