I read the following article on Fox News By Catherine Donaldson-Evans
“A fairy tale about two princes falling in love sparked a backlash — and a lawsuit — against a teacher and a school last year when it was read to a second-grade class in Massachusetts.
Did you know this book is the #1 challenged book on the banned books list. This is one that I agree should be banned from school curriculum. If someone wants to read it to their kids, let them do it at home.
“But the three frontrunners in the Democratic presidential race suggested Wednesday night at their debate in New Hampshire that they’d support reading the controversial book to children as part of a school curriculum.”
"Edwards gave the first and most definitive answer — a resounding and instant “yes, absolutely” — although he added that it “might be a little tough” for second-graders. The 2004 vice presidential candidate and former North Carolina senator said he doesn’t want to influence his kids’ opinions about the issue. "I don’t want to make that decision on behalf of my children,” he said. “I want my children to be able to make that decision on behalf of themselves, and I want them to be exposed to all the information, even in — did you say second grade? Second grade might be a little tough, but even in second grade to be exposed to all those possibilities, because I don’t want to impose my view. Nobody made me God.”
“I want my children to understand everything about the difficulties that gay and lesbian couples are faced with every day, the discrimination that they’re faced with every single day of their lives,” Edwards said. “I suspect my two younger children, Emma Claire, who’s 9, and Jack, who’s 7, will reach the same conclusion that my daughter Cate, who’s 25, has reached — which is, she doesn’t understand why her dad is not in favor of same-sex marriage.
Amazing! Edwards thinks his 2nd grader should be able to make the decision himself whether something is right or wrong with not input from him. James is a 2nd grader and by no means has the maturity to be able to decide something like that. Kids at that age haven’t developed cause and effect reasoning and just absorb everything like a sponge. If you don’t guide and teach them, then they just flow with the wind, believing everything. Reminds me of the definition of Socialization: Learning the customs, attitudes, and values of a social group, community, or culture. Do you want your children learning your morals, values and customs or do you want them learning the customs of strangers.
"Obama agreed with Edwards and revealed that his wife has already spoken to his 6- and 9-year-old daughters about same-sex marriage. Obama told Russert that his sentiments are similar to those of Edwards, and, when asked whether he’d sat down to talk about same-sex marriage with his young daughters, he replied that his wife had.I find myself actually agreeing with Clinton for once. It is a matter of parental discretion and not something to be taught in the schools.
“The fact is, my 9-year-old and my 6-year-old I think are already aware that there are same-sex couples,” the Illinois senator told the debate. “One of the things I want to communicate to my children is not to be afraid of people who are different. …. One of the things I think the next president has to do is stop fanning people’s fears. If we spend all our time feeding the American people fear and conflict and division, then they become fearful and conflicted and divided.”
Clinton said she believes it’s up to parents to decide how to handle such topics, but added that it’s important to teach kids about the “many differences that are in the world. Clinton said she respects the viewpoints of Obama and Edwards, but she sidestepped the question of whether she’d be comfortable having a storybook like “King & King” read to her own child at that age.
“With respect to your individual children, that is such a matter of parental discretion,”
"Clinton said. “Obviously, it is better to try to … help your children understand the many differences that are in the world. … And that goes far beyond sexual orientation. So I think that this issue of gays and lesbians and their rights will remain an important one in our country.”
"Same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts and, as Russert pointed out Wednesday, most of the Democratic candidates have said they oppose it. But though they don't back the legislation, they apparently think it's OK to teach elementary-school students about gay marriage."
What! As adults they oppose it, but don’t object to teaching 2nd graders about it.
"Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is vying for the Republican nomination for president, weighed in afterward with a statement accusing the Democratic candidates of being “out of touch” with America. “Not one candidate was uncomfortable with young children learning about same-sex marriage in the second grade,” Romney said in the statement. “This is a subject that should be left to parents, not public school teachers. We need to strengthen our families by passing a federal marriage amendment and also insisting on marriage before having children. Washington requires Democrats with the courage to stand up to their ultra liberal base and do what's right for our children."
All right – someone is taking a stand for morality.
"Some Lexington Mass. parents were livid that a Joseph Estabrook Elementary School teacher read “King & King” to their second-grade children in class. The Dutch tale, which has been translated into English, is about a prince whose mother pressures him to find a princess but who ends up falling in love with and marrying the brother of one of the prospective brides instead. Last year, a judge dismissed a federal lawsuit brought by two sets of parents of students in the class who objected to the introduction of homosexual themes to their 7-year-olds without alerting them first, on the grounds that it was a violation of the state’s sex-education parental notification clause."
The judge actually told the couple to put their kid in a private school or home school them if they didn’t like it. Link to Parker Case.
"School officials stood by their decision to teach about different kinds of marriage and said that Massachusetts law requires them to do so."
This is so sad because when, not if, the next president is elected, we all know it will be a democrat. Why? Because everyone will be thinking they need a change from the last 8 years. To me, it is just a given at this point. So.....what do we do about it?