In an editorial in the March 5th edition of the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Cal Thomas is lamenting the passage of Bill SB 777 which Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently signed into law in California. Mr. Thomas quoted Pastor Ron Gleason as saying "SB 777 essentially makes it lawful for public schools to 'indoctrinate' children as young as pre-kindergarten to accept homosexuality and "other sexually deviant lifestyles" as normal and morally acceptable."
Attitudes like that of Ron Gleason, whom Cal Thomas seems to admire so much, is what led to 15 year old Lawrence "Larry" King being shot and killed in front of the other students in his class by classmate, Brandon McInerney - for being openly gay. Violence against gay students is on the rise in our public schools. Bills, such as SB 777 in California, are intended to curb this trend and prevent more brutal murders and other acts of violence.
As a Christian, it boggles my mind how some of my fellow Christians think it acceptable to teach their children that it's OK to hate certain people simply because they've made different lifestyle choices. Such attitudes are inconsistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ whom we all claim to worship. If people, like Gleason, could look past their homophobia, they would realize that teaching children to accept all people is teaching them a Christian value.
Furthermore, Christians, like myself, have been sending their children to public schools for many years - and most of those children turn into god fearing adults. When a child rejects his religious upbringing, it is more likely due to his home environment rather than anything the schools taught him. If Mr. Gleason is so concerned about declining morals in this country then he needs to make sure his own house is in order by teaching his congregation the importance of good parenting.
How does this look? Does it get my point across forcefully enough? I'm concerned it may be a bit too long to include in the 'letters to the editor' section of our newspaper. Any ideas on how could I shorten it without diminishing the message I'm trying to convey?