Thursday, May 04, 2006

"Mom," "Dad," and Other Hate Speech

From the “Slouching Towards Gomorrah” file (whole article available here).

A bill requiring students to learn about the contributions homosexuals have made to society and that would remove sex-specific terms such as "mom" and "dad" from textbooks has passed another hurdle on the way to becoming the law of the land in California.

Having already been approved by the state's Senate Judiciary Committee, SB 1437, which would mandate grades 1-12 buy books "accurately" portraying "the sexual diversity of our society," got the nod yesterday of the Senate Education Committee.

The bill also requires students hear history lessons on "the contributions of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender to the economic, political, and social development of California and the United States of America."

[…] SB 1437 not only affects textbooks and instructional materials for kindergarten and grades 1-12, it also affects all school-sponsored activities.

"School-sponsored activities include everything from cheerleading and sports activities to the prom," said England. "Under SB 1437 school districts would likely be prohibited from having a 'prom king and queen' because that would show bias based on gender and sexual orientation."

England also says the bill would likely do away with dress codes and would force the accommodation of transsexuals on girl-specific or boy-specific sports teams.

[…] Sponsored by Democratic Sen. Sheila Kuehl – a lesbian actress best known for playing Zelda in "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" in the 1960s – the legislation would add "gender" (actual or perceived) and "sexual orientation" to the law that prohibits California public schools from having textbooks, teaching materials, instruction or "school-sponsored activities" that reflect adversely upon people based on characteristics like race, creed and handicap.

I’m not going to bother addressing the Senate Bill itself. The paltry few people who read this blog can guess my thoughts on the matter. What mosot interests me about this sort of proposal is that the people who are determined to reengineer society actually think their plans are going to work. They really seem to believe that they can recreate humans by jiggering with the environment; that if they gain power and enforce their new rules, they can forge a brave new world according to their ideals.

I can understand how people thought that way at the beginning of the Twentieth Century, with most of the world under a European Colonial peace, with scientific advances improving public health and nutrition, and with all sorts of proposals – from Teddy Roosevelt to Karl Marx – to address the ills of capitalism and to improve society. But how can anyone, after the experience of the last hundred years, still believe that dreck? If the last hundred years prove anything, they prove that attempts to create the New Man lead only to death, destruction, and misery. The agenda abroad in the USA today is merely the ultimate result of the self-indulgent narcissism that really went public back in the 60’s when the Spock generation started flexing its muscle. We haven’t learned much of anything in the succeeding 40 years any more than we learned from the history that

The war babies and baby boomers like myself will start dying off pretty soon. The question, I’m afraid, is how much permanent damage will we do before they bury our idiotic, “it’s all about me” philosophies along with our bones? The wreckage of our nation and society is serious enough, but in the grand scheme of things, nations and societies are temporary constructs. The damage to individual persons - to our children - is incalculable, and God intends each person to last forever. When that Great Day of the Lord arrives at last, I am sorely afraid that the Queen of the South and the Men of Nineveh may “arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it.” Kyrie eleison!