Ben Shapiro

But grasping at straws is what the homosexual community does best. In the past few decades, Abraham Lincoln (married), Alexander Hamilton (married and famously promiscuous with women), Emily Dickinson (no evidence), George Gershwin (carried on a long affair with Kay Swift), and Herman Melville (married) have all been held up as closeted homosexuals by the gay community. Kuehl claims the gay community is short on role models. But so is the straight community: Role models are in short supply for everyone. The solution isn't to falsely "out" great men and women, especially when their sexuality is less important to their identity and achievements than their favorite color. Even if Lincoln had been gay (which he most assuredly was not), we would not teach about him because of his sexual preference, but because of his actions as president.

But the homosexual movement sees sexuality as identity. With that in mind, homosexual activists claim that pushing homosexuality in public schools will make "gay" children feel more accepted and tolerated. Their proclivities -- their identities, according to the homosexual movement -- will be granted legitimacy. Of course, normal anti-harassment policies already prohibit maltreatment, but that's not enough for homosexual activists -- they want the practice of homosexuality legitimized in the classroom. This is antithetical to the very concept of parental authority. Homosexuality remains a controversial practice, and our public schools should not be a breeding ground for liberal values that may very well undermine parental wishes.

Kuehl can proclaim "it's all for the children" to her heart's content. But placing Milk and Hughes in the public school curriculum when students can't even read (Former Democratic California Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg has pointed out that Los Angeles schools have a fifty percent dropout rate, and that Los Angeles leads the nation in both "gang violence and adult illiteracy.") says otherwise. Kuehl and her ilk aren't worried about education; they're worried about re-education.

At the least, Senate Bill 1437 reminds us that this is indeed a culture war. Kuehl and her allies are the aggressors in this culture war. They are assaulting traditional morality, and they are targeting children first and foremost. And they don't care how many parents they have to force aside to assure the victory of their agenda.

Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is an attorney, a writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center. He is editor-at-large of Breitbart and author of the best-selling book "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV."
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