In an effort to help others, have we gone too far?
Parents’ Rights In Education takes a strong stand for tolerance, inclusivity, and equity for all students in the public schools. Our concern stems from the many complaints from students, parents, and teachers of inequities in these areas. Unfortunately, the extreme focus on the LGBTQ initiatives has created an unintended backlash, as students feel marginalized and threatened for holding their viewpoint.
Dividing people is not helpful.
No one minority can require everyone subscribe to their views. When anti-discrimination laws were passed, they were meant to affirm the rights for all, not exclusive from some. Sexual Orientation Anti-Discrimination statutes have been interpreted to require LGBTQ norms not only respected, but accepted by all students.
Based on these laws, state legislatures have required public schools to teach homosexuality, and all other sexual practices as normal, natural, and equal. Schools have invited LGBTQ groups to promote alternate lifestyles through Equality Committees designed to monitor students’ attitudes toward one another.
Students are encouraged to question "what they are" based on this new approach to sexuality. Activities such as LGBTQ student clubs, political demonstrations, Human Rights Week, Day of Silence, and Gay Proms are celebrated and promoted. Students who do not agree to accept the ideology are considered hateful, marginalized, and labeled homophobic bigots.
This has gone too far.
In defense of the majority student population, and differing viewpoints, Parents' Rights In Education is concerned with the out-of-balance representation of LGBTQ ideology. We are not condemning it, as some want to portray.
Students are preoccupied and divided by extreme political influences. Tolerance, it seems, no longer applies to those who disagree. One cannot gain true respect through shaming and name calling. The extreme focus on alternative lifestyles is hurting the very people it aims to help, as resentment builds in the community at large. Where is the common ground? We must find it.