Just last week (March 13th, 2019), House Bill 246, led by state Rep. Anna Moeller (D-Elgin) passed 60-42. The bill would require all Illinois textbooks to “include the roles and contributions of all people protected under the Illinois Human Rights Act” and “the teaching of history of the United States shall include a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history.”
So much for religious freedom.
Moeller explained the bill would help LGBT students feel less alone, with role models to look up to. Supporters of the bill claim including this type of information in history books will cut down on bullying and show LGBT students that they can also contribute to society – which, has nothing to do with sexuality as far as I’m concerned.
Those who support this bill claim adding LGBT figures in history books is no different than including important figures during the Civil Rights Movement to the curriculum.
Why the continual need to sexualize our nation’s children? Exposing children to things that are meant for adults at such a young age is detrimental, and in my humble opinion, should be considered as a form of child abuse.
“There was no common history to counter that,” Moeller explained. “Let’s change that narrative in Illinois. Let’s give LGBT students a safe inclusive and welcoming environment and ensure that all of our students have an accurate and improved history and understanding of how LGBT individuals and movements have contributed and shaped our world today.”
The only lawmaker to speak against the passage of HB246, Illinois state Rep. Tom Morrison, (R-Palatine) asked why anyone’s sexuality mattered when it comes to the mark they left on the world.
“How or why is an historical figure’s sexuality or gender self-identification even relevant, especially when we’re talking about kindergarten and elementary school history?” Morrison said. “Furthermore, there’s no parental opt-out nor even any notification so the parents can know if, when or how to talk about these topics with their children.”
That’s the true issue here. Why are parents not allowed to opt-out of such material being taught to their children, some as young as 4 and 5 years old?
Illinois joins California in their quest to indoctrinate and sexualize our young children. Though California, the District of Columbia, and an additional 21 states require schools to notify parents of any sex-education curriculum being taught to their children, the option for parents to opt-out of curriculum that includes “gender identity” was conveniently left out this term by providing Section 51932(b) of the Education Code which states:
“This chapter does not apply to instructions, materials, presentations, or programming that discuss gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, discrimination, harassment, bullying, intimidation, relationships, or family and do not discuss human reproductive organs and their functions.”-Section 51932(b) of the California Education Code
The Illinois bill (House Bill 246) will now head to Gov J.B. Pritzker’s (D) desk for signature.