A storm is brewing in Montgomery County, Maryland, over health ed curriculum that would address gay issues.
The Liberty Counsel, an Orlando-based legal aid group for religious causes, has filed suit on behalf of “Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum” and PFOX, or “Parents and Friends of Gays and Ex-Gays.”
“The school board has been captured by radical homosexual advocacy groups whose only agenda is to promote their political goals without respect to the consequences,” said Mathew D. Staver, Liberty Counsel’s president and general counsel (reported at Bozell’s Cybercast News Service).
Liberty Counsel offers the following examples from the instruction booklet:
– “Fact: Most experts in the field have concluded that sexual orientation is not a choice;”
– “Fact: Sex play with friends of the same gender is not uncommon during early adolescence and does not prove long-term sexual orientation;”
– “It is no more abnormal or sick to be homosexual than to be left-handed;”
– “Heterosexual parents are consistently not found to be more loving or caring than gay parents;”
– “Jesus said absolutely nothing at all about homosexuality;”
– “Religion has often been misused to justify hatred and oppression;”
– “One’s sexual and emotional orientations are fixed at an early age – certainly by age five;”
– “Human sexuality is a continuum;”
– “Many homophobic responses are born out of a fear that one’s own sexual orientation may not be entirely heterosexual;”
– “[A]bstinence until marriage” is detrimental to “GLBT youth;”
– “It is perfectly natural to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgender.”
Bozell’s report neglects to note, however, that the county’s health curriculum coordinator has already removed some references from the curriculum that evangelicals found offensive. Russell Henke scrubbed the reference to same-sex sex play (bullet #2, above), and he also removed a notice in a curriculum guide that said students would be “discussing sexual identity” during the course of the class.
According to the Washington Blade, “Henke said the changes, which were voted on in November and recently announced during parent meetings, are ‘minor’ and not anti-gay.”
An interesting side note: Citizens for Responsible Curriculum, one of the plaintiffs seeking an injunction against the curriculum, first made a splash by protesting a video shown in Montgomery County. A woman in the video uses a cucumber to teach kids how to properly use a condom.
Though they may find the imagery scandalous, they prominently feature it on the front page of their website.