Community members write in to the Democrat and Chronicle expressing their thoughts on the removal of Rainbow Boys

Clipped from Democrat and Chronicle, 01 Sep 2006, Fri, Final, Page 9

AT ISSUE: TABOO THEMES IN SCHOOLS
We have the right to protect our kids

Debate over the content of books in public schools, especially especially those involving gay themes, involves two issues.

One is the relentless tactics of liberal groups like the American American Library Association, National National Education Association, gay/lesbian groups and some educators, in forcing heterosexual and homosexual pornography, in the guise of “education, on vulnerable children. Unfriendly to parents and children, they endorse unrestricted unrestricted access to these inappropriate inappropriate sexual materials, materials, even for children.

Such books aim to influence children’s views about homosexuality and other alternative lifestyles. In many schools, parents are excluded excluded from input in such matters. Cries of “censorship” “censorship” and “intolerance” are used as their weapon to silence “disruptive” parents.

The second issue involves the rights of parents to determine what constitutes appropriate reading for their children, and their God-given God-given God-given and constitutional constitutional right to oversee their moral upbringing. They have a moral obligation to protect their innocents from harm by the twisted agendas of others.

The elitists in education preach tolerance and diversity. In practice, they mean tolerance for anything but biblical faith and traditional morality.

BRYAN WITTMAN
GATES

Don’t stunt child’s understanding

I’ve read the recent article on Webster’s decision to pull Rainbow Rainbow Boys with much interest.

When Webster’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, Ellen Agostinelli, says, “It’s our job to look out for their children,” she seems to imply that this book somehow poses a threat.

If a child reads about someone someone else who is gay like them, and this helps to alleviate then-feelings then-feelings then-feelings of isolation in some small measure, is this threatening?

If heterosexual students read about the experience of being gay and they choose to act more compassionately when they inevitably encounter someone who is gay, is this threatening?

Books with gay and heterosexual heterosexual characters characters deal with the same things: people struggling with their sense of self, their family dynamics, then struggle to fit in and the horrible isolation they feel when they think they do not belong. Books teach the human condition, the feelings that connect us all.

We are not “looking out for their children” when we limit a child’s experience with literature literature and the endless opportunities opportunities for compassion and understanding understanding that books can afford them.

JACKIE SIWICKI
EAST ROCHESTER

The schoolhouse is being invaded

We have witnessed a trans-gendered teacher, a gay-teen themed book with explicit sexual content, many high schools with after-school after-school after-school homosexual clubs that welcome all students (Gay-Straight Alliance) to be part of the gay activist agenda, all of this with the support of some of your neighborhood schools.

The closet door is wide open and now perversion has reached the schoolhouse. How bad do things have to get before parents rise up against this immoral insanity?

VIOLA TOMPKINS
HILTON