Gay is great, regardless of what parents think.
That’s the lesson students as young as 11 years old are learning at Van Buren Middle School in Kettering, Ohio, where Christian parents are sounding the alarm about the LGBTQ agenda in public schools that’s undermining their family values.
Mission: America, a conservative blog billed as “Christian Commentary on the Culture,” highlighted a recent school-wide assembly at the school held in conjunction with National Coming Out Day last week.
Parents weren’t informed about the “Coming Out Day” event, WND contributor Linda Harvey explained in the column for Mission: America, and at least one mother is pushing back against the indoctrination.
“It all happened at Van Buren Middle School in Kettering, a Dayton suburb. An 11-year-old boy reported to his mom that a special speaker addressed the students. Actor/author Maulik Pancholy related his experience believing he was ‘gay’ back in 6th grade and now encourages students to embrace their homosexual feelings. He’s written a book called The Best At It,” according to Harvey.
“Pancholy was in the Dayton area as part of a tour promoting the book. Since he was also a voice on the popular Disney cartoon ‘Phineas and Ferb,’ during his speech he told the Kettering middle school students that one of the Phineas’ characters was ‘gay,’” she continued. “And the mom in question is sounding the alarm. She emailed a number of other Van Buren families …”
The column quotes from the email, which points out that not only are school officials circumventing parents with important conversations about sex, they’re manipulating the issue of bullying to compel students to get on board with the program.
“Sharing one’s sexuality to 11-year-olds, many who aren’t even thinking about sex, has absolutely no place in our publicly funded schools. Why did they think this was appropriate? And why did they think it was okay to teach our children without our knowledge or consent? And on top of that, use our tax money to teach our children beliefs we disagree with?” the mother wrote.
“I’m assuming when confronted the school will fall back on their ‘anti-bullying’ facade, which I find ironic when you consider what is defined as bullying,” she continued. “As is well known, anyone who disagrees with this agenda is instantly labeled with hateful rhetoric and name-calling such as ‘homophobic,’ ‘bigot,’ or ‘hate group/hate speech,’ certainly not what any child wants to be called. Nor does any child want to singled out as hateful, when they’re anything but that.”
“I would certainly call that intimidating!” the mother added. “So, as the school hides behind the ‘anti-bullying’ façade to deceptively promote the LGBT agenda behind parents backs, it would appear by definition they are the big bullies here.”
The letter is the latest in a long line of objections from parents in schools across the country about pro-LGBTQ advocacy in sex education programs, with similar parental outrage in California, Hawaii, Virginia, Pennsylvania and other states, EAGnews reports.
The gay rights school agenda is promoted heavily by the nation’s largest teachers unions, which funnel millions every election year almost exclusively to liberal candidates and causes, including those its members strongly oppose.
In March, National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia partnered with Sarah McBride, a transgender spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, to read stories about LGBTQ characters to kindergartners at Ashlaw Elementary School for Read Across America Day.
Meanwhile, the California Department of Education is pushing a new Health Education Framework for kindergarteners that promotes 15 different genders, with no opt-out option for parents.
The assembly in Kettering also isn’t the first time students and parents in the Dayton area have run into issues with the pro-LGBTQ bias in public schools.
Lebanon High School student Gabby Helsinger posted a Facebook video in March explaining that administrators sentenced her to in-school suspension for attempting to counter LGBT promotions from the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance club, WHIO reports.
Helsinger said the day after she posted Bible verses that illustrate her perspective on the gay lifestyle, she was called into the office and punished.
“The reason I have (in-school suspension) is because ‘abuse of others, disrespect, rudeness’ because I put bible verses up ‘targeting the GSA organization,’” Helsinger said in the video.
“I did not know what the GSA organization was or meant,” she said. “I seen that there was people in my school that needed help, and they don’t need to be living in the confusion of wondering if they should be gay, bi, lesbian, trans – anything like that.
“I know that God is the only way that they can be healed by that – that’s why I did it,” Helsinger said.
Superintendent Todd Yohey confirmed to WHIO that Helsinger was suspended, but alleges it was for “a clear violation of our code of conduct” regarding “targeting student groups.”