Submitted by Laurie Higgins, Director of the Division of School Advocacy, Illinois Family Institute
Here are two examples of what public money has been used for:
In the spring of 2006, some parents were able to get hold of the hard copy of the curriculum for the mandatory year-long Freshman Advisory class and discovered that the diversity section was deeply troubling. The crowning gloryof our Freshman Advisory "Heterosexism" unit of the "Diversity" section of the curriculum was the "Terminology Match-Up" game wherein freshmen were given either cards with terms or cards with definitions, and then asked to "mill about and find their matches." The terms included the following: cross dressers; down low, which refers to married men having homosexual sex on the side; gender queer; homophobia (complete with Freud's idea about repressed homosexuality); MSM, which means men having sex with men; transphobia; pansexual; androgyny, and sex reassignment surgery.
This past spring, our Senior AP English teacher taught for the second year the egregiously obscene, blasphemous, pro-gay screed entitled Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes by Tony Kushner. The play revolves around two couples: married Mormon couple Harper and Joe whose marriage is disintegrating in large measure due to Joe's repressed homosexuality, which he eventually acts upon: and a homosexual couple, Louis and Prior. Louis leaves Prior when hef inds out Prior has AIDS, and then has a month-long affair with Harper's husband Joe.
There's also Roy Cohn, the unscrupulous, foul-mouthed, closeted, Jewish, Republican lawyer, who dies of AIDS; the black, homosexual, ex-drag queen nurse with the heart of gold, Belize; and the Angel with "eight vaginae" whose visits prompt sexual arousal and orgasm. The play is replete with references to orgasms, fellatio, semen, ejaculation, and f******. It includes the line "Suck my dick, Mother Theresa."
And despite claims by public school administrators and faculty members that they value "diversity," "honor all voices," and are committed to including "multiple perspectives," public schools censor virtually all resources that articulate conservative views on the nature and morality of homosexuality. Almost two years ago, I searched Deerfield High School's library book collection using the search terms"homosexuality," "gay," "lesbian," and "sexual orientation." There were about 75 books. Ten of them were books used for debate like Opposing Viewpoints and Issues in Focus, which include both sides of controversial issues. Of the remaining six dozen-plus that embody a single viewpoint, all were liberal. There was not one from a conservative scholar. This untenable imbalance is universal in public school libraries
Through Illinois Family Institute's new Division of School Advocacy, we hope to alert not only parents but all concerned citizens to both the nature and implications of continued efforts by activists both inside and outside of schools to use our money to indoctrinate children with their radical socio-political vision.
But even more important, we hope to equip community members to respond to these efforts. We plan on providing counsel, teaching seminars, and resources to help community members know what to look for, know how to obtain information, know what questions to ask, and know how to understand and respond to the specious secular arguments that are used quite effectively to transform cultural views through curricula and policy.
What I most want Christians to understand is that the stakes are too high forany of us to remain silent. What just forty years ago was utterly unthinkable and remains utterly reprehensible-legalized same-sex marriage-is just over the horizon in every state. Right now, public education is one of the central battlegrounds for the hearts and minds of our children.