The gay lobby has spent the last week trying to convince the public that the Protect Marriage campaign is a bunch of liars. They say the Prop 8 education ads are not truthful. But every time the gay lobby mentions education, they are helping convince voters to vote Yes on Proposition 8. Here is why I think so:
1. The education issue is deeply troubling to the average voter. Most ordinary people are revolted by the idea of small children being taught anything about homosexuality, without their parents knowing about it. Little kids should be playing with play dough and finger paints. The schools should not be trying to go behind the backs of the parents and overturn their values.
2. The No on 8 campaign evidently hopes that the only thing that sticks in people's mind is that the proponents of Prop 8 are liars. But, as I showed in my previous post, the differences in interpretation that they are promoting as "lies" are not large enough to be significant to the average voter.
3. The No on 8 campaign is in no position to promise the voting public that small children will not be taught about homosexuality in the schools. They can not make this promise, and will not make this promise.
4. The videos of the families in Massachusetts are very compelling. These are real people. They seem like nice people, conscientious people, with whom ordinary citizens can identify. No matter what legal hair-splitting the No on 8 campaign comes up with, they can't deny that the Wirthlins and the Parkers really did have their children come home from school with stories of King and King. The Courts really did side with the school and the gay lobby. And the organizations that supported the schools in court, the Human Rights Campaign and the ACLU, are well within the ideological camp of those trying to assure the public that their parental rights are not endangered by gay marriage.
5. The gay lobby and their allies are asking the public to trust them: "Prop 8 has nothing to do with education," they say. "It is only about marriage," they say. They are asking public to believe that after they have gone to all the trouble of establishing gay marriage in California, they will sit back, fold their hands, and never mention the subject in the schools. But why should the public believe this? The gay lobby is very powerful and has been quite successful in Sacramento. Who are their allies? Why, the courts of course. And now we know that the schools are allies of the gay lobby. The Superintendent of Schools, an elected official, allowed himself to be used in a No on 8 ad. The California Teachers Association contributed one million dollars of their members' dues to defeat Prop 8. The CTA never explained to the public or their members how gay marriage is going to put books on the shelves or construction paper in the classrooms or money in the teachers' pockets.
So thank you, to the education establishment, for making it clear that you are an ally of the gay lobby. We don't have to accuse you of anything: you admitted it yourself.
This is the coalition telling the public to trust them: defeat Prop 8, and we'll never mention same sex marriage or homosexuality in the schools, ever again, we promise.
So keep bringing up education. Every time you mention education, the public gets nervous.
Every time they hear another news story about gay themes in elementary school, the public gets nervous. The infamous field trip to see a lesbian wedding. Every time they hear about a Coming Out Day or an Allies Week, they get nervous.
People look at the Wirthlins and the Parkers, and they want to do their part to prevent something like that from happening in California. They know, or have a pretty good idea, that passing Prop 8 is not a panacea: the gay lobby and its allies can acheive their objectives in other ways. But the voting public also knows that if Prop 8 fails, the gay lobby and their allies will be emboldened to press their advantage in the educational system and elsewhere.
Education is a reason to vote Yes on Prop 8.