John on October 13, 2008 at 9:56 am
Michelle Malkin notes the hypocrisy of the No on 8 crowd:
In the same week that the No on 8 campaign launched an ad that labeled as “lies” claims that same-sex marriage would be taught in schools to young children, a first grade class took a school-sponsored trip to a gay wedding. Eighteen first graders traveled to San Francisco City Hall Friday for the wedding of their teacher and her lesbian partner, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. The school sponsored the trip for the students, ages 5 and 6, taking them away from their studies for the same-sex wedding. According to the Yes on 8 campaign, the public school field trip demonstrates that the California Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage has real consequences.
It’s amazing the response this issue gets compared to the issue of, say, intelligent design. I’m not a fan of ID but it’s hard not to notice the way opposition groups came down on it like a hammer the moment anyone mentioned teaching it in schools. Imagine the story and the reaction if a teacher took a class of 1st graders to a creationist museum.
By contrast, teaching first graders that lesbianism is the equivalent of heterosexual marriage gets a shrug. Seems to me both are essentially faith-based positions that should be kept out of school classrooms. It’s like someone once said:
[I've] learned that education is never neutral. It always has a value, a position, a politics. Education either reinforces or challenges the existing social order, and school is always a contested spaceâ€”what should be taught? In what way? Toward what end? By and for whom? At bottom, it involves a struggle over the essential questions: what does it mean to be a human being living in a human society?
In this case, I’m going to agree with Bill Ayers, though I’d say he’s on the wrong side of all the issues. He’s right that the schools are a battleground. I’d really love to hear Obama’s position on this. Of course no one will ask him.
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