Gay Book Controversy in Lexington

Gay Book Controversy in Lexington

There are 41 comments on the WBZ-AM Allston story from Apr 20, 2006, titled Gay Book Controversy in Lexington. In it, WBZ-AM Allston reports that:

A classroom controversy in Lexington has some parents upset at school officials.

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TampaBob

Tampa, FL

#1 Apr 20, 2006
1) Marrige is legal in Massachusetts.

2) A princess kisses frogs in search of a prince?

3) Rapunzel (sp) lowers her hair from a tower so her "lover" can save her?

4) Snow white? 7 Dwarves?

This was a "story book" and as such was meant to convey a message - some like such messages, some don't, but you don't get to pick and choose in this day-and-age!

“Pithy Epigram Here”

Since: Mar 06

Las Vegas, NV

#2 Apr 20, 2006
I just posted this on the same story from a different source:

And the big deal is what?

Would it be OK for her to read a story about a prince and princess getting married? Undoubtedly. Would it be OK to read a story about a woman lying down as a prince comes down and kiss her on the mouth a la Snow White and Sleeping Beauty? Yep

Is it OK for the school to talk about marriages of two men that do occur in that state? No, we don't want our children to understand the outside world.
teacher

Bloomfield Hills, MI

#3 Apr 20, 2006
Most young children would not care one way or the other about two princes getting married. There are much more important things in their lives, like riding bikes and eating ice cream.
Unless bigotry is taught, children are really not interested in differences.

“Pithy Epigram Here”

Since: Mar 06

Las Vegas, NV

#5 Apr 20, 2006
Bob wrote:
Oh yes we do get to pick and choose and we will and it won't be acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle!<quoted text>
Acceptance or understanding?
Danielle

United States

#6 Apr 20, 2006
Bob wrote:
Oh yes we do get to pick and choose and we will and it won't be acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle!<quoted text>
Why would you rather teach your children to hate and fear rather than love and respect?
teacher

Bloomfield Hills, MI

#7 Apr 20, 2006
Bob wrote:
Oh yes we do get to pick and choose and we will and it won't be acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle!<quoted text>
Accepting is a matter for yourself and God. However, denial of the facts doesn't change them. Marriage between two men is legal, marriage between two women is legal. It's fact.
Yobyag

Philadelphia, PA

#8 Apr 20, 2006
<sarcasm> I say burn all childrens books that deal with relationships of any kind. Sex should not be taught in school. Kids should learn about it from the older kids on the school bus or from TV and Video games. It was good enough for me so it should be good enough for them too. </sarcasm>
Jenny

Huntsville, AL

#9 Apr 20, 2006
A wonderful faerie tale would be one in which, when two handsome princes kiss passionately, one of them is magically transformed into a lovely maiden. Perhaps someday there will be books with such tales and also with titles like "My Mommy was once my Daddy". 50 years maybe? Oh well.
gkwinslc

Ogden, UT

#10 Apr 21, 2006
The teacher is right, kids don't care at that age unless they are taught to hate, dislike, bully. Bigotry is taught and what is most sad it is usually done in the name of God! I wonder how Christ feels about that!
Mike G

Haverhill, MA

#12 Oct 17, 2007
All that is great. The idea of diversity and inclusion makes a lot of sense. However, teachers are overstepping their boundaries when they go introducing politically motivated agendas in the classroom. Particularly at this age level. If all the kids care about is ice cream and riding bikes (as the "teacher" states), then why force stuff like this on them.

Teaching good morals, diversity and inclusion should be more then enough, without getting into specific examples such as this....
(fyi-I think the town has come along way since this incident)
myles standish

Rockport, MA

#14 Oct 23, 2007
Romans Chapter 1
Forgiveness

Rochester, NY

#15 Dec 16, 2007
Romans Chapter 2

“I will not go quietly.”

Since: Feb 07

Indianapolis Indiana

#16 Dec 16, 2007
myles standish wrote:
Romans Chapter 1
Sorry, keep that in your Religious Instiution, it has no place in Public Schools that are there for EVERYONE, not just christians.

“Just call me Das. ”

Since: Jul 07

New York, NY

#17 Dec 16, 2007
Mike G wrote:
All that is great. The idea of diversity and inclusion makes a lot of sense. However, teachers are overstepping their boundaries when they go introducing politically motivated agendas in the classroom. Particularly at this age level. If all the kids care about is ice cream and riding bikes (as the "teacher" states), then why force stuff like this on them.
Teaching good morals, diversity and inclusion should be more then enough, without getting into specific examples such as this....
(fyi-I think the town has come along way since this incident)
The entire public school system IS a politically motivated agenda. It operates under the very political notion that an educated populace is necessary to freedom. It operates under the equally political notion that inequity of income and social class can be ameliorated by means of education.

“Son of Abraham”

Since: Aug 07

Natural Deviant

#18 Dec 16, 2007
Danielle wrote:
<quoted text>
Why would you rather teach your children to hate and fear rather than love and respect?
Because you are Christian
Forgiveness

Rochester, NY

#19 Dec 16, 2007
My points was that Romans 2 points out that all of us are sinners and that we have no right to judge others. It wasn't meant to advance a religious agenda but instead to point out that religion can't be used to condemn others.
Saturn

United States

#20 Dec 19, 2007
I don't think that what is legal or not legal should dictate morals (though certainly it wont work if your morals are lower than the law). Yes, marriage is legal but so is oral sex. That doesn't mean that kids need to hear stories about oral sex in grade school. I really think that the schools have to be careful about exposing kids to things that might go against what their religion believes. Unless their religion believes something immoral (like in killing innocent people).

Since: Jul 07

Cincinnati, OH

#21 Dec 19, 2007
Saturn wrote:
I don't think that what is legal or not legal should dictate morals (though certainly it wont work if your morals are lower than the law). Yes, marriage is legal but so is oral sex. That doesn't mean that kids need to hear stories about oral sex in grade school. I really think that the schools have to be careful about exposing kids to things that might go against what their religion believes. Unless their religion believes something immoral (like in killing innocent people).
When kids read a book about a mommy and a daddy do you think they are learning about sex?

It's your mind that turns to thinking about sex not the childs. Perhaps if the child was brought up to see it as something that just is they won't have the problem of seeing past the people and only thinking of their sex lives.

“I will not go quietly.”

Since: Feb 07

Indianapolis Indiana

#22 Dec 19, 2007
Saturn wrote:
I don't think that what is legal or not legal should dictate morals (though certainly it wont work if your morals are lower than the law). Yes, marriage is legal but so is oral sex. That doesn't mean that kids need to hear stories about oral sex in grade school. I really think that the schools have to be careful about exposing kids to things that might go against what their religion believes. Unless their religion believes something immoral (like in killing innocent people).
Ah, but children aren't getting graphic sexual material like that in grade school, books like King and King aren't sex novels. Libraries are a different matter. I'm sure "pornography" is weeded out (as in periodicals such as Penthouse or Honcho)but as for the regular reading material, what one person considers informative or even borderline erotica, another finds perfectly acceptable. It is the job of the PARENT to be with the child, to be aware of what the kid is buying, checking out, doing, or whatever. That's one of the current problems this "society" seems to have today, yes there are some things a kid shouldn't have but it is the Parent's job to decide that and keep it from their hands. Aspirin can be dangerous to children, should we outlaw it? Should it be available only by going to the counter and asking for it? It is NOT the job of society to make things so padded and protected for "the children" that it places an undue burden on the other members of society. The simple fact is that there are Gay and Lesbian parents. Refusing to acknowledge that fact does nothing more than perpetuate the hate and bigotry "we" are fighting against. Attempting to remove those books is simply a refusal to acknowledge that we do indeed exist.

“What Goes Around, Comes Around”

Since: Mar 07

Kansas City, MO.

#23 Dec 19, 2007
devons wrote:
<quoted text>
When kids read a book about a mommy and a daddy do you think they are learning about sex?
It's your mind that turns to thinking about sex not the childs. Perhaps if the child was brought up to see it as something that just is they won't have the problem of seeing past the people and only thinking of their sex lives.
So true. Maybe that is the "STR8 agenda"????

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