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George Barker’s Agenda

By Greg L | 27 October 2007 | 39th VA Senate | 18 Comments

Now that George Barker’s comments regarding teaching “alternative lifestyles” to schoolchildren have been pointed out to voters, the Razing Kaine crowd has sprung into action. They’re outraged that someone might have the temerity to point out that mandating that public schools teach the children in their care about the “GLBT lifestyle” with your tax dollars regardless of whether parents consent to this kind of indoctrination. Blinded by their outrage, hilarity quickly ensues.

Instead of trying to explain that George Barker’s comments might have been taken out of context, or were inaccurately reported, instead they trumpet George Barker’s close relationship with the Virginia Partisans Gay & Lesbian Club, trot out a few references to homophobia, and start trying to rally campaign contributions from the homosexual lobby.

George Barker is one of Virginia Partisans’ endorsed candidates and is one of the key races in the effort to retake the state Senate from the Republicans. VP’s PAC has already donated more to Barker’s campaign than to any other candidate in our organization’s history. But we need to do more.

– VA Partisans Gay & Lesbian Club “Call To Action”

Now if this district encompassed Alexandria, maybe this kind of rally the un-troops tactic might work. But the 39th Senate District is a pretty different place. I sorta doubt making this a referendum on teaching schoolchildren about being gay is going to work all that well.

Interestingly, this “Call To Action” enumerates a couple of other candidates that the Virginia Partisans are focused on supporting at the end:

This is our one final push to get out the vote by phone banking for not only George Barker but also Steve Heretick, Bruce Roemmelt, Janet Olezek and Jeanette Rischell (sic).

Hmm, I guess Bruce Roemmelt and Jeanette Rishell are still on this team. Has anyone asked what legislative agenda they’ve promised the Virginia Partisans Gay & Lesbian Club so that they would be among the five races chosen out of 140 state legislative races being held this year? Would it be anything like George Barker’s support for GLBT indoctrination in our schools?

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  1. Claire Gastanaga said on 27 Oct 2007 at 10:38 pm:
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    The O’Brien flyer is misleading in several respects, not the least of which is that George Barker was speaking about age appropriate family life education from which every parent has the absolute right to opt his/her child out if the parent finds some part of the information presented objectionable. No one is forced to have their child attend a family life course, and, clearly, Barker did not come close to advocating that children forcibly be taught gay lifestyle courses instead of math or science as O’Brien claims.

  2. James Young said on 27 Oct 2007 at 11:13 pm:
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    Of course, Claire misses the point that “opt-out” imposes a State-validated preference for participation and, inevitably, indoctrination. That is, do nothing, and your children are subjected to the pro-homosexual curriculum.

    It is the same method by which unions collect millions in forced dues for politics in forced-unionism (i.e., non-Right to Work) states from nonmembers who, having never manifested support for ANY part of the union agenda, are subjected to fee seizures equal to full union dues and thereby compelled to support a union’s political agenda.

    Perhaps among far Left supporters of the radical homosexual agenda, that’s what passes for “free choice.” The reality is, however, that such a structure is “advocacy.”

  3. James Young said on 27 Oct 2007 at 11:14 pm:
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    BTW, Greg, your title needs a little editing.

    [Ed note: thanks.]

  4. John Light said on 27 Oct 2007 at 11:44 pm:
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    Instead of “opt-out” we REALLY should have “opt-in”. Opt-out puts the parent in the awkward position of having to defend their religious beliefs to children, neighbors, etc and causes embarrassment to the child who may or may not fully comprehend why he/she cannot attend that which USED to be called Sex-Ed.

    IF the schools are going to teach homosexual behavior as part of the curriculum, then they also need to make sure that it is known all the diseases that are prevalent in the community, the average life-span of a homo/bisexual compared to straight, and also how, by definition, in a good number of states homosexual behavior is actually in violation of state-law (the way they engage in sex).

    Instead of teaching something that is against the laws of most states as well as against nature and God’s teaching (oh yeah, cannot mention Him, can I), how about the schools have a class in marksmanship (2nd Amendment)??? I can remember all too well in 7th Grade P.E (Washington Irving Middle School), learning how to shoot a bow and arrow.

  5. Dolph said on 28 Oct 2007 at 7:15 am:
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    This is the first time I have heard of a pro homosexual curriculum in Virginia. Will someone here who has obviously seen it please provide a website so I can check it out for myself? This DOES seem very odd when the rigors of passing SOL tests are breathing down everyone’s throats.

  6. Legal2 said on 28 Oct 2007 at 8:40 am:
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    Claire, not with my tax dollars, and not with my children.

  7. Patty said on 28 Oct 2007 at 8:54 am:
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    If I remember correctly, Fairfax County or Arlington County may already have “lifestyle” curriculum. I know they were fighting a similar curriculum in MD. I believe it was in Montgomery County. I’m not sure.

  8. Donkey Tail said on 28 Oct 2007 at 10:09 am:
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    Uh, no school in this are or anywhwere”teaches” kids how to be gay or how to have gay sex, which is really what you all are worried about. Doubt any of you had straight sex courses in school either..What is covered in the schools is the reality that gay people exisit and have a right in this country to exisit regardless of why they are gay and that many people ‘disagree” with that on religious or whatever basis.

    The point of diversity training is to understand people are different and to try to learn to value those differences, not fear them. Nothing to do with sex. And those gay-straight groups…they are designed as a safe place for gay and straight students to come together to learn from and support each other. Something apparently the radical right wing republican agenda can not understand or tolerate.

    PS: And just for the record, gay people pay taxes too and so have an equal right to make schools a safe place for kids, gay or straight or not yet defined.

  9. Dolph said on 28 Oct 2007 at 1:39 pm:
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    Still waiting for that link. I tend to not get too worked up over things until I see them for myself.

    I think Donkey Tail is implying there is not a pro homosexual curriculum for school children?

  10. peace said on 28 Oct 2007 at 2:06 pm:
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    Interesting that this was mailed out last week and it’s just now getting to the blogs.

  11. Krutis said on 28 Oct 2007 at 2:44 pm:
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    It amazes me that so many believe that educating kids about drugs will keep them from using drugs, while educating kids about sex is going to make them “do sex”! Where’s the logic?

  12. Patty said on 28 Oct 2007 at 4:16 pm:
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    You can’t have instruction on lifestyle/sex without a moral basis. God is very clear on the subject. It’s His world. He created it. He makes the rules. You just have to read His word the Bible. Homosexual behavior is wrong. It is a sin. God made Adam and Eve which was the first marriage. Here is what Jesus said, Matthew 19:4-6, in response to a question about divorce:

    And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH’?

    “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man seperate.”

    Jesus defined the physical marital relationship spefically so that no one can change the definition of the marriage/sex relationship.

    This is not about the color of ones skin or ethnic background. This is about behavior that God says is wrong.

    It is not right to impose a belief system on children that tells them that homosexual behavior is okay. Schools were not meant to be indoctrination centers for radical liberal beliefs. Social engineering does not belong in school. Parents are to bring up their children the way they see fit. When the schools push this type of curriculum they are usurping parental rights.

  13. Anonymous said on 28 Oct 2007 at 5:42 pm:
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    Patty–here is a genuine question, from someone who was raised in the evangelical Christian tradition and is quite familiar with the teachings of the Bible–you say that “you can’t have instruction on lifestyle/sex without a moral basis” and also that “this is about behavior that God says is wrong.” But you then say that “it is not right to impose a belief system on children” and that “schools were not meant to be indoctrination centers.” Why then do you think it is okay for schools to teach from a belief system that you feel is correct, but others may disagree with? The current Family Life Education curriculum guidelines in Virginia suggest that schools teach that abstinence is the “accepted norm” and do not include information about contraception. I feel this is “social engineering,” but it fits your belief system, so you are not bothered by it. This argument could also apply to the evolution/creationism debate–many people from my religious background want schools to teach that God created the world in 6 days–do you agree that that should happen? And if so, how is that not “impos[ing] a belief system”?

  14. Dolph said on 28 Oct 2007 at 7:19 pm:
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    I am still waiting to see the link to the curriculum where schools …any school in Virginia…is teaching a pro homosexual curriculum. If they are, show me. If they aren’t, perhaps a retraction is in order.

  15. Ron said on 28 Oct 2007 at 10:07 pm:
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    Well, we saw the results of the radical leftist agenda in Maryland — the activists wanted to push an objectionable curriculum, and if a student had religious/moral objections, the instructions called for encouraging the student to seek a different religious denomination! It took a public outcry to get rid of that one. After that sort of thing, I would hesitate to trust the radical homosexual left agenda.

    I think kids already know not to persecute others for “being different,” whether by religious belief, race, disability, sexual orientation, etc. What else do you want? It’s hard enough getting the kids not to spread disease and get each other pregnant.

    The Democrats are definite “Barkers” up the wrong tree!

    FULL DISCLOSURE STATEMENT: I was not raised in a Christian tradition.

  16. Anon since Grep wont let me post my real name said on 28 Oct 2007 at 11:52 pm:
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    There was a time in when Virginia GOP candidates stood up for minorities. Now they like bashing so many minority groups like a minority they are on their way to become a footnote in state politics. Nice to see hate is alive on this blog.

  17. Krutis said on 29 Oct 2007 at 7:03 am:
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    Why aren’t you allowed to post your real name?

  18. Patty said on 29 Oct 2007 at 9:38 am:
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    Unfortunately when school systems started to engage in social engineering, there had to be an alternative to the liberal sex education agenda. It’s that simple.

    In regard to belief systems, everyone has a belief system. We couldn’t function as human beings without one.

    The question is, which belief system is true? Once the true one is known why continue with a false system. Then the question you may ask is: What is truth? Obviously, in order for there to be a reality truth has to be absolute. Otherwise we wouldn’t exist. So the question is still, What is truth? It seems a certain Roman governor asked that question to Someone who was about to be crucified. He, Jesus, answered that question in a response to a question from his disciple. You can read it for yourself in the Bible, the book of John, chapter 14, verse 6:

    Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

    Jesus calls Himself the Truth. Jesus is the Truth.

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