LGBT History Curriculum To Be Mandated By Illinois

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I know there are those who think that some of the societal variations we see in today’s America should be tolerated, but there are many who flatly believe that some things should never be considered “normal.”

Among those ideas that have gotten a lot of attention is the one that children should be taught that there are many sexes, not just two.

Another is the notion that it’s appropriate to “transition” a child from their biological sex to whatever sex they feel like they identify with, regardless of what nature and science support. We even see cases in which parents do the transitioning on behalf of the child without consulting the child. Don’t believe me? Read this: Ex-Wife Transitions 6-yr-old Boy, But Not His Twin Brother — Dad Court-ordered to Call him She [Video].

To make things even more silly, now we have state governors signing off on bills that condone teaching alternative-lifestyle historical figures and their impact on society to children in school. I really think that is what I’ve heard called Ignorance Gone To Seed.

This report from Breitbart News:

The governor of Illinois recently signed a bill that will mandate public schools in the state teach LGBT history, beginning next year. The new legislation will require schools to incorporate “a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people” as part of the American history curriculum.

Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker (D) signed House Bill 246 into law on Friday, which will require schools to incorporate LGBT history in American history courses. The law mandates that all publicly funded schools in Illinois include “the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State” in official textbooks.

“Each public school district and State-recognized, non-public school shall, subject to appropriations for that purpose, receive a per-pupil grant for the purchase of secular and non-discriminatory textbooks,” reads the text of the legislation.

The bill continues:

In public schools only, the teaching of history shall include a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State. The teaching of history also shall include a study of the role of labor unions and their interaction with government in achieving the goals of a mixed free enterprise system. No pupils shall be graduated from the eighth grade of any public school unless he or she has received such instruction in the history of the United States and gives evidence of having a comprehensive knowledge thereof.

According to the legislation, the state’s Board of Education is now mandated to “annually publish a list of textbooks authorized to be purchased,” and is “authorized to provide annual funding to public school districts and State-recognized, non-public schools serving students in grades kindergarten through 12” for the purchase of the textbooks.

“One of the best ways to overcome intolerance is through education and exposure to different people and viewpoints,” said state senator Heather Steans (D) in a previous statement. “An inclusive curriculum will not only teach an accurate version of history but also promote acceptance of the LGBTQ community.”

“It is my hope that teaching students about the valuable contributions LGBTQ individuals have made throughout history will create a safer environment with fewer incidents of harassment,” added Steans. “LGBTQ children and teenagers will also be able to gain new role models who share life experiences with them.”

The new legislation will take effect next year, on July 1.

I’m sorry, but this really isn’t the kind of curriculum I would want to have forced on any of my children or grandchildren. You are free to think or believe otherwise, but my personal opinion is that the whole “alternative lifestyle” portrayed by these communities is a perversion of something beautiful that God created. And don’t misunderstand me, I don’t hate the people who live in these lifestyles, but I do not care one bit for the sin in which they’re indulging. It may be their choice, but I believe it to be a very unwise and ungodly preference.

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