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Conservative Parents Demand School Teach About Ex-Gay Therapy (VIDEO)

School Board Meeting

The Huffington Post   Laura Hibbard First Posted: 01/25/2012 3:24 pm Updated: 01/25/2012 3:47 pm

A group of conservative Christian parents are demanding Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin School District teach "ex-homosexual" therapy and "gay-related-immune deficiency" (or "GRID"), the Twin Cities Daily Planet reports.

The demands come as the school district is in the middle of changing their "sexual orientation curriculum policy," which students claim produces a "hostile school environment" by banning the discussion of LGBT issues.

Zack Ford of Think Progress writes that the parent's mention of GRID makes the proposal "particularly offensive," since the the term hasn't been used by the medical community to describe HIV/AIDS for over 25 years, making it outdated and inaccurate.

But the conservative parents, members of the Parents Action League, want the district to keep the policy in place and double down on anti-gay policies.

A resolution submitted to the district by the Parents Action League includes demands such as providing "pro-family, ex-homosexual, ex-transgender information and websites to all counselors, school psychologists," according to the Daily Planet.

The full resolution, as read before the school board by parents Brian Lindquist and Mike Skaalerud is available on the Daily Planet website.

The school district will vote on a newly revised policy on Feb. 13, the Star Tribune reports.

Close to 20 students thanked the board for its decision to vote on a new policy, after the proposals by the Parents Action League upset them and others.

The school district's previous policy garnered criticism after six students in the district committed suicide in less than two years, some of whom were gay, KARE 11 TV reports.

Tammy Aaberg, mother of one of the students who committed suicide, told the station the new policy is better than the current one because of a clause that would require all school staff to "affirm the dignity and self-worth of all students" despite the mandate to avoid "controversial issues" like homosexuality.

Here's the policy they would like added:

Whereas Anoka Hennepin District 11 has devoted a special section on their website to GLBT issues, training and awareness.

And whereas the theme of school safety is being used as a pretext to advance a much broader agenda, the legitimization of homosexuality and related conduct to impressionable school children

And whereas the Anoka Hennepin school board is considering removing the protective sexual orientation curriculum policy, an action that undermines the academic focus of this district and open the door to pro-homosexual and related conduct materials in the school curriculum thereby exposing students to concepts hostile to there religious faith and/or moral conviction

And whereas school officials would be liable for violating parental rights by subjecting a child to homosexual and related conduct indoctrination

And whereas the Supreme Court in Meyer v Nebraska has held that parents’ right to direct the moral upbringing and education of their children is one of the most fundamental of all rights and a failure to abide by parental rights can result in liability for damages both the the school district

Whereas schools may face liability for intentional and negligent instruction of students who rely upon false and misleading information about sexual conduct and are subsequently harmed.

Whereas as superintendent Dennis Carlson and prevention coordinator Barry Scanlon went on a listening tour visiting the nine GSA clubs in the district January thru May of 2011 and have not conducted a listening tour with students of faith, moral conviction, ex-homosexuals and ex-transgenders

And whereas district 11 has ordered copies of pro-homosexual video “It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying and Living a Life Worth Living,” edited by Dan Savage for secondary media centers

And whereas legal liability exists for the tort of negligence if it is proved that homosexual activists and organizations were granted access to students under responsibility and that students suffered physical or mental harm.

Therefore be it resolved the Parents Action League in Anoka Hennepin School District 11 demands the following ten actions be taken by our shcool board.

1. A new division within the student support services and a special section on the District 11 website devoted to student of fiath, moral conviction, ex-homosexuals and ex-transgenders.

2. A listening tour by Superintendent Denny Carlson and district prevention coordinator Barry Scanlon with students of faith, moral conviction, ex-homosexuals, and ex-transgenders.

3. That District 11 administrators and staff work closely with pro-family and ex-homosexual and ex-transgender organizations to provide ongoing training to school counselors, school nurses, social workers, school psychologists, prevention specialists, student learning advocates and a number of secondary principals and principals.

4. Provide professional development opportunities in which philosophical, pedogogical, and political assumptions of GLBT advocacy are critically examined.

5. Provide webinars, seminars for all staff on over-coming sexual disorders

6. Provide training on bullying and suicide that protects all students.

7. Provide the history of gay-related immune deficiencies and acquired immune deficiencies and the medical consequences of homosexual acts.

8. That all health classes that address homosexuality be required to provide up-to-date information from the CDC on sexually transmitted diseases and HIV among the groups the CDC designates as men who have sex with men.

9. Provide the following pro-family, ex-homosexual, ex-transgender information and websites to all counselors, school psychologists

classroom teachers [the list was submitted to the board and not spoken at the meeting]

10. Provide pro-family, ex-homosexual and ex-transgender videos to secondary media centers.

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Comment by Forrest Schaeffer on January 26, 2012 at 2:27pm

Wow. Just wow. 

Comment by Demian Weigle on January 26, 2012 at 2:37pm

Here in America, we find ourselves surrounded by non-thinkers trapped in mental clothes of ancient agrarian religion.  Another question we should be asking is why these groups feel empowered to make such demands on a public institution.  They should be ostracized and publicly denounced.

Comment by Forrest Schaeffer on January 26, 2012 at 2:43pm

@Demian I completely agree. I don't know why we treat this type of behavior with any sort of respect. Sam Harris once said that "people who admit that they believe that Elvis is still alive immediately pay a price in credibility". We need to laugh and criticize this kind of thinking out of society. 

Comment by Nina van der Roos on January 26, 2012 at 3:02pm

Holy Heck !  I am sorry for all the sensible Americans because this sort of thing really gives you all a bad name.

I was amused by some of the items, like "5. Provide webinars, seminars for all staff on over-coming sexual disorders"  Are sexual disorders rife amongst staff ? Do they have a list if sexual disorders because I would love to see it. 

Comment by Demian Weigle on January 26, 2012 at 4:05pm

@Forrest Sam Harris is a hero of mine.  I need to remember to pick up "Free Will" Coming out in March. 

@Nina van der Roos It sometimes feels like my fellow Americans are losing their common sense and the religious are gaining in strength in power.  It is one of the reasons that I am here on Think Athiest, a new member as of today. As for a list of sexual disorders, I know not.  I think most sex is by definition unclean and a disorder, and if between a husband and wife it is best to remain in missionary if you wish to stay unlabeled by the American minister.  However, that is just my take of it.

Comment by Rob Klaers on January 27, 2012 at 1:39am

I live in MN. When the hell was this.? That's it, I'm going to have to start turning-off Sprout when the local news is on..

Comment by Maria Anna Rivers on January 27, 2012 at 3:01am

Why, oh why, will they not understand that it's not a freaking disease to be gay? They always act like gay people are handicapped or something and that other kids can catch it like the flu. I wish there was a time machine and we could send them back to a time where they belong, when the Earth was still the center of the Universe ... and the whole "ex-gay" thing, by now you'd think they figured out it doesn't work, just because you can control your urges and be miserable all your life doesn't change a thing, you're still gonna be on the other team till the day you die! AHHHH these people drive me nuts.

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on January 27, 2012 at 4:44am

I honestly have no idea how any of these godtarded attitudes can be expressed without shame in the 21st century.  I am horrified at the idea of this sort of ignorance and bigotry spreading into the Canadian school system and every time I read about this kind of anti-intellectualism I redouble my efforts to be as caustic as I can in the presence of all magical thinking.  These godtards have got to go.

Comment by Kathleen on January 27, 2012 at 8:02am

This is absolutely disgusting. I can't believe that district is actually even considering enacting that policy. It is the 21rst century and people still think that GLBT children are a disease upon society and the concept of family itself, and think that shaming anyone into and through reparative therapy is the cure; I find that to be extremely morally repugnant. This makes me ashamed to live in this country. These kids face enough homophobia and transphobia as is. I can't imagine the stress and dread these children must be feeling to see their school district consider this policy. And how dare PAL call this pro-family! Anti-intellectualism and hate are not family values.

Comment by Robert Karp on January 27, 2012 at 9:11am

@Heather. My point exactly. This is not behavior of people in the 21st century.1800s, sure, 1900s, ok, 2000 meh, but 2012!?!?!?!? WHAT DA F_CK!

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