Marybeth Hicks

Hartford Principal David Chambers is reported to have warned the student body that the production would include such a scene. Some students asked in advance to be excused from attending the play, but Mr. Chambers said no. He also weighed, but rejected, the idea of alerting parents of the upcoming production and offering them an opportunity to excuse their children from attending.

So much for parental authority.

Despite the negative response by a large group of students and subsequent complaints from several parents, another Hartford principal, Adam Johnson, declared the production a success and was quoted as saying, “This is as important of a topic to discuss as anything in math, anything in social studies. I’m completely glad we did it.”

But the theory — that kids will cease to belittle students of nonconforming sexuality because of early sensitivity training — will only put more teens and young adults at risk of bullying, depression and suicide. Youths don’t need to be taught about sexual preference. They need to be taught right from wrong.

In addition, as this episode illustrates, those who promote the gay political agenda no longer even pretend to have regard for others with contrary religious or moral beliefs.

The knee-jerk liberal media response was to portray the students who walked out of that auditorium as homophobes, though until the public display of affection, they had not walked out.

It’s unthinkable to them that some people simply don’t want to be forced to accept gay behavior as a precondition to “tolerance.”

Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011).