A member of India's LGBT (Lesbians Gays Bisexuals Transgenders) community paints his forearm with rainbow colours during their parade in Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Saturday, June 25, 2016. The walk was organized demanding social acceptance and equal rights. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Want Tolerance? Get LGBT Groups Out of Schools

Going through my school mailbox in the office the other day I came across a letter from the Southern Poverty Law Center. The anti-Christian hate group regularly infiltrates schools with its propaganda magazine entitled “Teaching Tolerance.”

But this was a separate letter, apparently sent to teachers, equipped with poster sized maps that depicted the various white supremacist groups that had celebrated the election of Donald Trump. As with all correspondence from the SPLC, it was a fear-mongering fundraising drive. That’s par for the course I suppose.

But for those truly interested in ending bullying, teaching tolerance, and promoting civility in our schools these days, serious attention needs to be paid to the aggressively hostile pro-LGBT organizations now influencing everything from textbook curriculum to classroom management.

Recently a teacher affiliated with the perverse organization GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network), known for promoting conferences that encourage young kids to engage in risky and unhealthy sexual experimentation, began openly discriminating against Christian students in her Riverview High School classroom. Lora Riedas, a teacher at the Tampa, Florida school, claimed that jewelry depicting the Christian cross were “gang symbols” and “disrespectful” to be worn.

The same teacher has also overstepped her authority by reportedly placing gay pride stickers on the classroom binders of every student without their consent.

Imagine for a second if a high school teacher gave every student a binder and placed a “WWJD” sticker or an emblazoned Christian cross on the front of it without their consent. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is convulsing just at the thought of it.

Yet apparently making political statements, imposing a clearly secular and sexually oriented agenda on impressionable young people passes constitutional muster, so long as the agenda is consistent with left wing orthodoxy.

In a statement to the school, the Liberty Counsel wrote,

School officials have no business in intentionally interfering with parent-approved religious jewelry, or in promoting their pet political ideologies during instructional time to a captive audience.

They’re right of course. But schools should expect nothing less from teachers affiliated with supposed gay rights groups like GLSEN that, “encourage teachers to require students ages K-12 to engage in numerous forms of coercive, group political activism, disregarding the parents’ desires or the students’ religious beliefs.”

Those are the groups that a real tolerance police would be warning about. Instead, they fundraise as the real bullies continue infecting our public schools.

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