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July 17, 2011

‘Some religious groups’ opposing new LGBT education law

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Short story in the Christian Science Monitor about the California law that went into effect last week making California the first state to require school districts to include the “roles and contributions” of gays, lesbians and transgender people in social studies:

“History should be honest. This bill revises existing laws that prohibit discrimination in education and ensures that the important contributions of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life are included in our history books,” said a statement from Gov. Jerry Brown (D), who signed the bill after supporters and opponents endured more than a week of suspense.

Read the rest here. As you may already know, or could otherwise imagine, the bill passed largely along party lines. The CSM story says it’s drawn “sharp opposition from some religious groups”—and that is true.

But the article doesn’t really define which religious groups. As you also might imagine, though—and I suspect the CSM reporter was relying on this assumption—conservative religious groups are more likely to oppose the bill. As this Baptist Press story reports:

Chris Clark, pastor of East Clairemont Southern Baptist Church in San Diego and a bill opponent, said debate over the bill is full of irony. In 2008, when opponents of “gay marriage” were warning that homosexuality would be taught as normative in schools if it remained legal, supporters of “gay marriage” adamantly disagreed.

“The very same ones are pushing this legislation to do exactly that—to teach that homosexual behavior is normal, that it’s acceptable, and that people because of their sexual behavior are somehow heroes in our society,” Clark previously told Baptist Press.

On the substance of the law, I tend to think that criticism’s like Clarks, particularly the last part of his, struggle to make their point about teaching their kids what they want about homosexuality without showing a clear contempt for homosexuals.

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