School Clams Up on ‘Gay’ Pledge Cards Given to Kindergartners

Posted on November 1, 2008. Filed under: Culture, Education Idiocy, Gay Agenda |

And people continue to say that the gay community doesn’t have an agenda and they’re not trying to put it into our schools??? You’ve got to be kidding me.

School Clams Up on ‘Gay’ Pledge Cards Given to Kindergartners
Saturday, November 01, 2008

By Michelle Maskaly

A California school system refuses to say what action, if any, it will take after it received complaints about a kindergarten teacher who encouraged her students to sign “pledge cards” in support of gays.

During a celebration of National Ally Week, Tara Miller, a teacher at the Faith Ringgold School of Arts and Science in Hayward, Calif., passed out cards produced by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network to her class of kindergartners.

The cards asked signers to be “an ally” and to pledge to “not use anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) language or slurs; intervene, when I feel I can, in situations where others are using anti-LGBT language or harassing other students and actively support safer schools efforts.”

The school has acknowledged that the exercise was not appropriate for kindergartners.

Parent Adela Voelker, who declined to be interviewed in depth for this report, said she was furious when she found her child’s signature on one of the cards. She said she contacted a non-profit legal defense organization specializing in parents’ rights.

Meanwhile, a school board member, Jeff Cook, says some type of action should be taken.

“We have a general rule that all instruction should be age appropriate, and this clearly was not,” said Cook, who has served on the school board for five years.

Val Joyner, a school district spokeswoman, told in an e-mail that when deciding what to teach on this subject matter, educators “gather materials from community agencies and other education groups” and that “the materials have grade level indicators which help determine what is age-appropriate.”

The district said the pledge cards were intended for middle school and high school students.

Asked last week if the district planned to take action against Miller, Joyner said she would have to look into the incident. On Thursday she told that she did not have an answer for the question and that she would no longer be doing any media interviews.

Joyner said in an e-mail that Miller, the teacher, “planned to teach students how to become an ally and conflict-mediation through various activities.” She added that the district doesn’t advocate for a specific cause and/or lifestyle, and it has “no curriculum for gay, lesbian and transgender lifestyles.”

The district employs a “Professional Learning Specialist: Equity,” who is in charge of gathering material and helping teachers decide what should be taught on the subject matter.

Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, the group representing Voelker, said parents at the Faith Ringgold School weren’t notified of what was going to take place in the classroom.

He said that teaching students as young as pre-school about gay, lesbian and transgender issues is common in California, but that there are “all kinds of material the average parent could find highly objectionable or potentially harmful” to their children.

When asked if the school district did anything wrong, he said, “possibly,” but he declined to go into detail or say whether Voelker would sue the district.

Dacus would not comment specifically on whether children who signed the pledge could be held responsible if the school determined that they were not honoring it. He said they are minors and there are certain degrees of limited liability, but from a psychological and emotional perspective, it’s a whole different ballgame.

“[There is] tremendous peer pressure put on children to accept a pro-homosexual philosophy and attitude,” Dacus said.

Meanwhile, opponents of gay marriage are up in arms over the incident, which occurred as California voters prepare to vote Tuesday on Proposition 8, which would overturn the state Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage.

“How do you teach a 5-year-old to sign a pledge card for lesbian, gay and transgender issues without explaining what transgender and bisexual is?” asked Sonja Eddings Brown, a spokeswoman for Protect Marriage California.



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So, let me get this straight, the school asked the kids to pledge not to use hateful language toward others–be it GLBT, Muslim, Bhuddist, handicapped, black, latino, etc, etc–and you have a pobllem with that?

Sorry Duane, but you’re not going to get by with that. First of all, if the pledge cards did not represent one certain group and the cards said simply what you imply – that they are not to use hateful language towards any person or group – then we wouldn’t have a problem. But you know that’s NOT what this was about.
It was sponsored by and for ONE group – GLBT.
If the pledge cards given out that day had said these kids pledged to support and stand behind Christians and all their beliefs, let’s see what you would have had to say then.
This was an effort by the GLBT community to indoctrinate kids about their lifestyle.
It is the parents’ responsibility to teach their kids about it, and if a parent thinks the lifestyle is wrong based on their religious beliefs, then it should NOT be forced on the kid at school.
Or don’t you believe in religious freedom anymore????

Sorry Bridget, but to use your own words, “you’re not going to get by with that.”
Religious freedom? Apparently your definition of religious freedom is the freedom to hate others for being different. You’re free to do that, but I don’t want you promoting your agenda of hate on my children.
It used to be that religion was used to preach hate based on race or nationality (and still is by some). Is that also acceptable to you? Shall we stop teaching racial tolerance, since you have a right to your discrimination and hate? Shall we go back 50 years, and make the world less safe for people who are different? How far back must we go to fulfill this obligation to religious beliefs of intolerance and hatred?
While I’ll agree the exercise was age-inappropriate (sex/gender is something that most kids that age don’t have much of an understanding of…which makes the exercise a bit pointless), a message against hate is never inappropriate.
Our schools should be safe for everyone to learn in. Your freedom of belief does not trump the rights of my children to have a safe environment, whether they be black-white-Latino, gay-straight-trans, whatever.

Great strategy Kay. When someone says something you disagree with label them with words like “discrimination” and “hate”. It’s a wonder our political discourse is where it is today with that level of debate.

gotta agree with abe here… i don’t know what religion kay is referring to that promotes hate of those who are different… but it certainly is not a judeo christian derivative…

come on… we are cut from the cloth of “love your enemy”…

but what kay and people like her don’t understand is that we can “love” (not in the GLBT sort of way) our enemy without condoning their behavior and/or choices… that’s tolerance…

but tolerance has now become the buzz word for acceptance… no actually embracing… any given behavior or choice one promotes…

and preaching hate based on race and nationality??? are you serious??? as a catholic my faith is WORLDWIDE two billion plus strong… and even under the threat… no action… of lopping your head off…

now THERE’S an example of intolerance

kay represents the tip of the cry baby mentality iceberg that has claimed an entire generation… and sadly maybe more…

alas i do agree with her on one point…

our schools should be safe to learn in…

but that of course won’t happen until teachers are allowed to carry guns…

Thank you Abe and Bridget2Bridget, I couldn’t have said it better myself!! It’s sad that in today’s world if you don’t fully accept, condone, and promote a behavior then you are called a ‘hater’.

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