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Post subject: NJ: 'diversity' doesn't include 'mos  PostPosted: Sep 04, 2007 - 01:02 AM



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(Marlton, New Jersey) A video used to teach junior school students about diverse families will no longer be shown after some parents mounted an aggressive campaign against if for including a depiction of same-sex couples.

The Evesham Township School District, in southern New Jersey, voted 7-1 to discontinue using the video, "That's A Family," because had so divided the community.

The tape was shown last school year to third grade students at J. Howard Van Zant School. It included various types of parents and families - divorced, bilingual, mixed race, parents who have adopted, and step-parents. But it was the same-sex couple featured that angered parents.

Parents opposed to the video began their campaign in January, shortly after it was first shown.

At a stormy school district meeting earlier this year one parent suggested the Golden Rule - treat others as you would treat yourself - had nothing to do with homosexuality.

"Treat others as you would want to be treated, you donít have to teach all these horrible concepts to them about the golden rule, do you," the parent of one eight-year old screamed at the the school board.

"When does Evesham Township or any school have a right to show to my grandchildren something I believe to be morally wrong," asked another woman.

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Among those in favor of the video were members of the Garden State Equality, New Jersey's largest LGBT civil rights organization.

"This saga is very far from over," said Steven Goldstein, the chair Garden State Equality.

He said the organization is considering filing a lawsuit over the district's decision.

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Post subject: RE: NJ:  PostPosted: Sep 04, 2007 - 01:38 AM



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He said the organization is considering filing a lawsuit over the district's decision.


They should stop considering and get to filling out the paperwork. "When does Evesham Township or any school have a right to show to my grandchildren something I believe to be morally wrong?" When what you believe to be morally wrong is both bigoted and unlawful.

There are laws against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in New Jersey. These laws are quite clear. The school board is, to put a fine point on it, pandering to criminals. In so doing, they have managed to slip over the line into criminality themselves. There is a criminal justice system in New Jersey and it's high time it was deployed on this matter.

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Post subject: RE: NJ:  PostPosted: Sep 05, 2007 - 02:50 AM



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Suffice it to say that her moral beliefs are her business and shouldn't be taken into account in any public school's curriculum. Or have we finally gone from public education to madrasas in America?

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