Support for a ‘Yes’ vote on California’s Proposition 8, which would define marriage as only valid between a man and a woman, has grown since news of a San Francisco class of first-grade students’ field trip to their teacher’s lesbian wedding. However, gay activists continue to scoff at the notion of student indoctrination.
This Week’s Top Scrooge – October 17, 2008
The Class surprises lesbian teacher on wedding day story published by the San Francisco Chronicle helped spark some intense debate over the issue of student indoctrination these last several days.
As reported in CNSNews.com:
Nearly five months after California’s Supreme Court issued a decision creating same-sex marriage, a class of first graders was the first to be officially exposed to a same-sex marriage ceremony in San Francisco.
It’s a move that some say is “indoctrination.”
Eighteen 5- and 6-year-olds from San Francisco’s Creative Arts Charter School were taken to San Francisco City Hall Monday, where they tossed rose petals and blew bubbles on their lesbian teacher, Erin Carder, after she “married” another woman, Kerri McCoy, in a ceremony presided over by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.
The “field trip,” which was the brainchild of an unnamed parent, was approved by Creative Arts Charter School director Liz Jaroslow, who did not return phone calls from CNSNews.com by press time.
Jaroslow reportedly told the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper that she justified the trip educationally, because, she said, “(I)t really is what we call a teachable moment.”
Opponents to Prop 8 have repeatedly challenged the claims that a “No” vote would mean children would be indoctrinated as a result.
More from the CNSNews story:
Chip White, press secretary for the Yes on 8 Campaign, told CNSNews.com in a phone interview that this field trip came at the same time that opponents of Proposition 8 are running ads calling proponents “liars” for informing Californians about the consequences to public school kids.
“The other side claims that we’re lying (when we say) that same-sex marriage will be taught in schools. This field trip shows not only will same-sex marriage be taught in schools, but it already is being taught in schools,” he said.
Proposition 8, if adopted, would amend California’s Constitution to say: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”
“This shows that homosexual ‘marriages’ are designed not just to gain public approval of the homosexual lifestyle, but designed to indoctrinate children to be ‘better’ than their ‘bigoted elders,’” Randy Thomasson, president and founder of the non-profit Campaign for Children and Families, told CNSNews.com.
“‘Get them while they’re young’ is the goal of homosexual activists, and they’re succeeding in San Francisco,” he added. “Now parents and grandparents have a vivid example from San Francisco of how children are already being indoctrinated to support homosexual marriage and see this as an acceptable ‘relationship’ based on ‘love,’” Thomasson told CNSNews.com.
Public reaction to the incident may be affecting support for the proposition, however, according to polling numbers and financial contributions, according to White.
“The past week and a half has really been a kind of momentum for the ‘Yes on 8’ campaign,” he said.
Citing recent public polling numbers for CBS News gathered by SurveyUSA, White said that support for Proposition 8 had risen by 10 points in the last 11 days, with polling numbers currently showing 47 percent of Californians supporting the proposition, compared with 42 percent against.
“Additionally,” White said, “the ‘No on 8’ side, in an unusual move, released their internal poll to the Los Angeles Times. It also showed the ‘yes’ side in the lead.”
Campaign contributions show similar support. In the most recent filing of contribution reports with the California Secretary of State, proponents listed more than 5,000 pages of contributions.
“We ended up with 62,000 donors, showing that for the last reporting period,” White said, adding that proponents have raised about $25 million.
This Week’s Top Scrooge goes to the “No on Prop 8” campaign for using children in an attempt to teach the rest of us about “true love.” Although there was nothing hateful coming from the students’ innocent admiration of their teacher walking down the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall with her partner, the underlying message from the adults involved was designed to attack those with traditional views on marriage.
A “Yes” vote on Prop 8 has nothing to do with the percieved “hate” gay activists would like to pin on supporters of traditional marriage. A “Yes” vote simply attempts to restore the definition of marriage to what the vast majority of California voters already approved and what Californians agree should be supported, not undermined.
What about the gay agenda? Indoctrination may be too strong of a word for some…but, let’s just say a slow, slithering seepage.
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