Lesson 9 is driving California bigots crazy

I’m going to make no bones about this; if you find homosexuality repulsive, wrong, unnatural, weird, disgusting, freakish or sinful, you are a bigot. Now, the good news is all of us are a little bigoted in a bunch of usually unconscious ways, so you’re not alone. In all honesty, before my buddy Jeff came out of the closet, I have to admit to having been a bit of a bigot myself. As is often the case with us stubborn apes, it takes someone you care about to experience something in order for you to empathize with their struggle. I felt that after his coming out, it was time to do a little self auditing. Once I got over how awkward it was to admit some of my homophobic attitudes, the rest was actually kind of easy.

So imagine how impossible it must be for this fucking guy to realize just what a piece of shit human being he really is: Terry L. Brown is the proud owner of a website called “Whispers of the Spirit” (you’re kind of revealing your cards here, sport), and he’s written a deliciously bigoted article that I think is worth a look, if not to ponder the merit of our ancestors bothering to breed at all.

The whole thing revolves around “Lesson 9“, an initiative by the State of California to include a 45 minute lesson once a year designed to stop anti-gay bullying. More specifically, some narrow minded parents were fighting for their right to pull their kids out of health education classes (it’s actually pretty fucked up that they can already do that), but now a judge ruled that this lesson isn’t a health class. Now parents can’t say no, and they are freaking the fuck out. Meanwhile, guys like Terry are making sure everyone believes this whole catastrophe is government indoctrination.

It’s funny the use of that word, indoctrination, don’t you think? I mean, it’s fine when they do it to impressionable kids (usually scaring the shit out of them in the process), but the minute you try and teach something as basic as biology or civil rights they get all uppity, and basically accuse you of the worst offense imaginable: being just like them.

Terry and his ilk NEED homosexuality to be a lifestyle choice; the logic of their belief system is mired in Bronze Age views of sexual appropriateness (with their vaunted appreciation for monogamy being added as a new component), and there is no room for modern ethics. People like Terry frame their arguments indirectly, arguing for something rather than against it. So, he fights FOR his perceived liberties rather than AGAINST the liberties of others. Makes it pretty easy for some to justify their own intolerant behavior by believing in some grander goal, even if they are chasing windmills.

I’m sick of the way guys like Terry mask their obvious bigotry under the guise of individual freedom. Lesson 9 is like any other government program you’ve ever experienced as a child; long, tedious, and of zero consequence. The only thing of note is how paranoid parents are that their children won’t share the same prejudice they do. Truth is, like most children, they will reject the values you have that no longer fit with accepted norms (homosexuality is now one of these norms we understand very well now). Welcome to the future, morons.

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Comments (22)

  • avatar

    skeeto

    “if you find homosexuality repulsive, wrong, unnatural, weird, disgusting, freakish or sinful, you are a bigot.”

    I think that’s a little simplified. I’m totally pro gay rights and think it’s ridiculous civil liberties are even up for debate, but I still find the idea two dudes kissing a little … gross. I don’t think this alone makes me a bigot, as my squeemishness doesn’t affect my opinion. I’d find two ugly straight people kissing gross too.

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    Jim

    “”but I still find the idea two dudes kissing a little … gross.”"

    that’s because you’ve been conditioned against it.

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    chocobar

    Some gay men think a guy and a girl kissing is a little… gross. I’m pretty sure they haven’t been conditioned to think that.

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    Name

    Finding something repulsive doesn’t make you a bigot. You can’t control what you are repulsed by any more than what you are attracted to. I try not to think about gay sex, but I also try not to think about old people having sex. We should all just not bother each other about what we are or are not attracted to.

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    Carisa Hendrix

    As much as I would love for every child have access to a class that stops “anti-gay bullying” isn’t it still the parents decision?

    Even if we disagree with the decision to pull children out of that class and think it’s fucking bigoted, I have to side with the crazies on this one, in that you should be allowed to decide how your offspring are morally raised.

    I’m bias however, I’ teach

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    Dan

    So schools shouldn’t teach its wrong to bully/harass black or hispanic people either?

    Cuz, ya know, the skinhead/KKK parents should be able to choose!

    Or is school merely a dumping ground for facts, and not a social system designed to reinforce necessary community ideals, such as getting along with your fellow man ( on the playgrounds ), and learning that paste is not for eating?

  • avatar

    Dan

    And the Creationist parents should be able to keep their kids out of science classes!

  • avatar

    Carisa Hendrix

    Forcing people to do things, even good thing, is wrong

  • avatar

    Proud Kuffar

    The truth is true. Squeezing your eyes shut,clapping your hands over your
    ears and screaming “Does not!!! Does not!!!” is childish and futile.
    Such conduct should never be tolerated. Disruptive behavior is punishable!

  • avatar

    Broseph Stalin

    @carisa hendrix

    While i agree that forcing people is wrong, it stems from a serious philosophical introspection about human nature and rational vs. irrational behavior that i keep separate from the practical politics that exists within political discourse of the united states. People shouldnt have to pay taxes, or go to school, but to maintain the society that we live in these things are necessary, and education about violence is in this category.

  • avatar

    Broseph Stalin

    *behavior is supposed to say authority

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    Jeffrey

    I’m actually surprised how many supposedly enlightened people seem to be siding with ignorance on this one, especially given how much of a hard-on for the ‘let my child chose for himself’ campaign. I suppose in terms of religion it’s bad to let parents decide for their kids, but for which group of people to be tolerant to, we should totally let our parents influence our decisions.

    We are not talking about a gay sex ed class, we are talking about one 45 minute lesson each YEAR that helps children realize that there isn’t anything wrong with gay people.

    I wonder how many people wouldn’t see a problem with parents pulling their kids out of a racial diversity class?

    Sigh.

  • avatar

    godlizard

    I could be wrong, but the origin of this case may well have been the murder of Lawrence King (age 15) in Oxnard CA, a couple of years ago. King was being mercilessly bullied because he was gay, and he responded by flirting with the bully. The bully then brought a gun to E.O. Green Middle School and shot King in the head, twice. He was pronounced brain dead in the hospital and died soon after.

    This anti-bullying class is most likely meant to prevent any other 15 your olds from having their brains blown out in 1st period computer lab.

    But I can see how that could upset some people, I mean who cares if a few gay students are brutally murdered as long as children don’t have to sit through 45 minutes of being told not to murder gay students. Think of it – forty five minutes, that’s three quarters of an hour. They’ll go in ‘normal’ and come out waving rainbow flags and listening to fucking show tunes!

    I’m sorry, I live fairly close to where Lawrence King was killed, and my kid is in middle school, and though he’s not gay, he has been bullied, and you know what bullies do? They call you a fag.

    So if I seem a little upset about these bigot freak assholes protesting IN FAVOR OF VIOLENCE (which is, in essence, what they’re doing), please forgive the yelling.

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    Carisa Hendrix

    I’m not saying I don’t want every single kid to take that class. As ineffective as those lectures are they start an important dialogue. Why do we have to act like if you let the parent pull their kid out they’ll instantly become a gay basher.

    Keep the class, but don’t make parents feel helpless. If they really want to take the kid out, they will anyway. As an educator there are a ton of things I’ve wanted to say to children but it’s just not my place.

  • avatar

    Spector567

    Would you say the same thing if it was an anti-racist lesson? You may think it isn’t the same thing but it is. If parents take there kids out of the class it sends a clear message.

    I highly doubt the class is going to promote kids being guy. Just tone down the bigotry that they obviously have some difficulty with.

    If you don’t like seeing guys kiss. No problem. That doesn’t make you anti-gay just not gay. I don’t find that picture that attractive either. However, even the most basic social etiquette says you don’t sit there with your boyfriend/girlfriend and make out in public.

    Gays are just people, some are flamboyant most are just like you and me better kids just learn that now.

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    Jacob Fortin

    ^ What basic etiquette? I see straight people kissing all the time in public. If two guys do it though, everyone gets squeamish. That’s just your own homophobia, however slight. That’s the whole point of the article: we’re all a little bit bigoted in some way, but you fight that shit.

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    Roger Eddit

    These are the same people who argued against Title9 – equal sports opportunities for the girls.

    It’s interesting to me that the same guys who find guys kissing gross don’t have any prob whacking off to a video of two girls in the full throws of naked passion. I’m in that camp, myself.

    BTW, my grandmother used to have rocks thrown at her by children because she was a Jew. Intolerance is not cool, period.

    BTW2 – please support the movement to make divorce illegal in California. Divorce is destroying the sacred institution of marriage.

  • avatar

    Kevin O'Leary

    The problem here is that sexual cues are some of the strongest biological conditioners, and they work in both directions; to attract and to repulse. I don’t think people who find ANY sexual act repulsive could be described as a bigoted. I find a lot of S & M stuff revolting but wouldn’t interfere with two consenting adults enjoying it (and I’d support their right to do so). I don’t want to see my parents making out either thanks very much. Blimey, I’m even sqeamish about some of the Hetero stuff my mates get up to. The fact is, Mother Nature is a Nazi, and I’m at war with her in my head most of the time.

  • avatar

    Wendy

    You know what else should be mandatory studying in schools?

    This blog!

  • avatar

    Jim

    Some gay men think a guy and a girl kissing is a little… gross. I’m pretty sure they haven’t been conditioned to think that.

    I just noticed this.

    No, some gay men find the idea of THEMSELVES kissing a girl a little… gross. That’s not the same thing.

    Find me one gay person who will cringe or feel uncomfortable at the sight of a heterosexual kiss, please.

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    Dan2

    I don’t believe that parents should be able to pull their children out of this anti-bullying gay people lesson. The intention is not to indoctrinate them about whether being gay is morally right or wrong. Its about teaching them that it is not okay to bully anyone regardless of whether they are gay or straight. It must be made very clear that bullying regardless of the reason is not tolerated and that it if you engage in it than there are consequences. Ignorance of this fact is not an excuse. If these parents are so insistent that their children not be present for this lesson than they must be made perfectly aware that ignorance can not be used as a defence should their child engage in anti-gay bullying. In truth attending this lesson should be a requirement to attend school if a child comes down with a 24 hour cold on the day of the lesson they should be required to attend the lesson at a different time. (No anti-bullying lesson – no attending class). Sounds extreme but as I said it is not about the morality of homosexuality but about what actions are not acceptable in school.

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    Dan2

    I do not agree that bigoted parent should be able to pull their children out of anti-gay bullying classes. These children are likely the ones who need these lessons the most. If they are pulled form these classes it defeats the whole purpose of the lessons. This is not like sex-ed as the only ones being harmed by the child’s absence is the child themselves. But with anti-gay bullying lessons it is the LGBT children, children with LGBT parents, or those simply perceived as being LGBT who will be harmed by the child’s absence. These lessons don’t need to get into whether homosexuality is morally right or that you must believe that homosexuality is appropriate, only that society is made of many different groups including those who are attracted to people of the same gender and people who live their lives contrary to your religion and that it is not acceptable to harass, bully, or assault those who are different from you, and if you do than it should teach what the consequences will be for such actions. I my opinion that is not indoctrination and if it is than it is a form of indoctrination that should be promoted and not just in respect to LGBT students but all students who are perceived as different.

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