This is regarding the two recent front-page articles about tolerance, acceptance, diversity and the public education of them.
I am very glad our three children our grown. I would not want to be responsible for monitoring the Internet or television programming that is available today; cell phones, texting, i-pods -- all new complications to parenting. But parents can make their job a little easier by not worrying that their children will "catch" homosexuality! Sitting in educational classes to promote understanding and acceptance, and decreased hatred, will not make your children gay -- anymore than going to the zoo will make you a giraffe! One child to benefit from this openness is the child who already knows he/she is gay and is confused and needs support. Your children were born the way they are meant to be.
It is oxymoron for moral and religious teachings to include hate, or non-acceptance of any group.
Dan Rush, former educator and family value activist, says that hate crimes should not be a reason to promote gay education in schools and that -- "hate in this world, sadly, is an ongoing thing, in all areas." So these would seem to be the exact reasons to teach understanding, acceptance and tolerance. Hate is not a family value. Education is the answer.
I speak from the experience of having a gay son. He did not choose this lifestyle. He is the person God created him to be.
Be careful who you hate; it could be someone you love.