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ACLU: Forced Tolerance Training for Kids?

I’m genuinely amazed each time I hear what the ACLU is "fighting" for.  Just when I think I’ve seen it all, or thought they’ve gone as far as they can go, they take that extra step into Stupidville.

In a nutshell, the ACLU is threatening a court date if Kentucky’s Boyd County School doesn’t force all of its students to participate in "tolerance training."  No, this isn’t the "normal" tolerance training - it’s homosexuality tolerance training.  I read a great article over at TheRealityCheck.org written by Richard Mullenax.  His thoughts on this issue summarize my thoughts rather succinctly.

After all, the ACLU wants kids to receive oral sex training and have all the condoms and morning-after pills at every school’s disposal.  Plus, you can’t talk about religion in school (unless it’s about Islam) or else the ACLU believes it’s a violation of "Separation of Church and State." When the ACLU wanted tolerance, it meant tolerance towards homosexuality.

It appears that many parents were unsupportive of the efforts to have this type of training presented to their children. 

District figures illustrates 105 of 730 middle school students opted out of the training video and 145 of 971 high school students did, too. On the day scheduled for training, 324 students didn’t show up.
..and guess what, ACLU?  The parents have every RIGHT to keep their children away from this type of training - it is a choice that they should be able to exercise freely.  This is America, right?!?
There is a reason that some of the Kentucky students did not show up for the training course. The ACLU doesn’t have the power to have students tolerate homosexuality if the students don’t approve of it.  Plus, the ACLU shouldn’t force this subject on students unless the school has parental consent to do so.
But the ACLU does not see it that way. The intolerant organization along with the Gay-Straight Alliance believes it has a right to force-feed homosexuality down the throats of the American people.  Perhaps there should be a separation of "Homosexuality and State" if the ACLU and gay radical groups continue to impose their ideology.
Hammer to the nail, Mr. Mullenax.  But the ACLU doesn’t agree with you.  They think kids should be FORCED to learn to tolerate homosexuality.
James Esseks, litigation director for the ACLU’s Lesbian and Gay Rights Project says: "The schools have great latitude in what they want to teach, including what’s in training programs, and the training is now part of the school curriculum." Esseks goes on to say, "Parents don’t get to say ‘I don’t want you to teach evolution or this, that, or whatever else.’ ‘If parents don’t like it they can homeschool, they can go to a private school, they can go to a religious school.’ "

I’m sorry, James you incompetent boob, but *I’M* the one in charge of my child.  I have EVERY right to shelter him or her from teachings that go against our morals and beliefs.  This is a topic that *I* as a parent should address - my kids don’t need to learn about homosexual behavior from a video and a quiz.  And guess what?  I PAY TAXES AND HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO HAVE A SAY IN WHAT MY CHILD LEARNS AS I AM PAYING FOR THEIR EDUCATION IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL.  IF YOU DON’T LIKE THAT I WOULD PULL MY KID OUT OF THIS KIND OF TRAINING IN LESS THAN A HEARTBEAT, WHY DON’T YOU HOMESCHOOL YOUR OWN KID?  Now, go in the corner and curl up into the fetal position and whine that I’m not tolerant of you.  Go ahead, I dare you.

Meanwhile, Mr. Mullenax is on a roll:

The ACLU shows its true colors everyday by its never-ending liberal bias. What right does it have to take Christmas out of schools when former president Ulysses S. Grant made Christmas into a National Holiday in 1865? What right does the ACLU have to attempt taking "Under God" out of our pledge when the Deceleration of Independence says that our Creator endows us? And most importantly, what right does the ACLU have to take away our moral conscious when over half of the country voted based on moral decisions? The answer is simple: The ACLU has no right, but its leaders think they have the right to tell us what we should tolerate and not tolerate.
Stop over at Stop the ACLU! and see what other idiotic endeavors the ACLU is taking on.  You’ll be grateful for the insight!

UPDATE:  Thanks to the Gray-Tie for blogging on yet more fun ACLU stuff.

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D.J. said:

All you homophobic goons are part of a rapidly dwindling minority--even judging by the number of kids who opted out of these programs, by your own stats. As a parent, I am grateful for all the schools that have adopted these programs, despite opposition from the neanderthal element.

Merri said:

All I have to say is that I'm glad I'm not your kid. You expect the schools to raise your own kids and tell them the difference between right and wrong without your influence or buy in? Why don't you get off your ass and be a real parent for godsake?

Get real, DJ - it wouldn't matter to me whether this was training on homosexuality, art appreciation, PE or band - no public school to which I pay tax dollars (i.e. pay for their wages and allow them to operate) will EVER force my kid to do what I do not want him or her to do and it is not a "right" for any organization to force their ideals on my children or strong-arm a school into forcing it either.

If I were an atheist and didn't want to say "under God" in the Pledge, would you "force" me to say it just because I'm in school? I didn't think so.

Vinnie said:

Why do the schools need this training when there are parents like DJ who can teach their kids how to suck a dick and take it up the ass all on their own?

Jay said:

Absolutely sickening! I must have missed this one. I'll have to write about this one later. Glad you caught this one.

Vinnie said:

Why? Once Merri writes about it, nothing further needs to be said.

Seth said:

Merri, this post is of supreme relevence, but it only touches the tip of a much larger iceberg.

If you read American History text books used in schools today, then hold 'em up next to the text books of 40 years ago, you'll find quite a lot of difference. The liberals who govern what children learn in school today even revise history to meet their standards of political correctness and "pure liberal thought." There's even been serious talk about easing Thomas Jefferson out of history texts because he owned slaves.

American children are being indoctrinated in our public school system and only those parents who take a real interest in what their kids are studying pick up on it.

D.J. of first comment fame is either one of those parents who are too disinterested or lazy where their childrens' education is concerned or, more likely, a wingnut.

I'd vote wingnut.

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