But one big reason I went to the polls this morning was Montgomery County’s school board election. You can get the whole story at Vigilance, the blog Teach the Facts. Basically it came down to whether I want the fundamentalist theocrats at the Thomas Moore Law Center dictating the curriculum in my kids’ school district. You can guess my answer.
It started back when Montgomery county launched a gay-friendly sex-ed curriculum for 8th and 10th graders. PFOX got involved, and somehow managed to slip flyers into student’s backpacks in 2006, and later a local group of fundies funded by the Thomas Moore Law Center threatened to sue the county into oblivion because everyone knows that hearing anything about gay people—let alone the notion that maybe LGBT kids shouldn’t be picked on an harassed, but treated with the same respect as anyone else—will turn kids gay. (Because everyone knows that you’re heterosexual from birth, but gay people are apparently asexual until adolesence, and then only if someone gives them the idea.
Well, only four percent of students opted out of the sex-ed pilot. (Shows you how many parents in Montgomery County objected to it in the first place.) Nonetheless, the Moore-funded fundies took the school district to court, and ultimately lost.
I don’t want anyone backed by these folks (the same ones who defeated in Dover, PA) making any decisions concerning my kids’ education. Period.
So, to the polls I went.