Friday, November 21, 2008

Against Hate? Give me a Break…

This stuff is driving me nuts (see article below). “Californians Against Hate” – what a friggin’ oxymoron! They are protesting, painting churches, sending “white powder” to churches, calling for boycotts.

It’s called the democratic process you hateful people. Everything else we know is probably going to be turned upside down by Obama. Do you all have to fight to ruin the very process that we have all lived by and fought for? You lost. Sorry. Maybe you should have put this much energy into the campaign BEFORE the vote.

Or wait and try again next time. But this is all just wrong!

And the sad irony? The gay agenda was becoming more and more accepted each year. Now you have gone too far. I feel that you are doing a serious injustice not only to the democratic process and all of the people of California that voted – but to your own goals. People are going to think again when they say that gay folks aren’t hurting anyone, why not let them do this or that. Now people are going to think about how militant and violent you are when you don’t get your way.

What makes you so damned special and entitled?


A San Diego group opposed to Proposition 8 is calling for the boycott of a local storage company.

Californians Against Hate has launched a statewide “virtual boycott” of A-1 Self Storage, owned by Terry Caster, who gave nearly $700,000 to support the gay-marriage ban that prevailed Nov. 4.

Fred Karger said his group's boycott is virtual because it will be promoted through blogs and social and business networking sites.

In July, the group launched a boycott against the downtown Manchester Grand Hyatt, owned by Proposition 8 supporter Doug Manchester, and a phone campaign against A-1 Self Storage, based in San Diego.

A call to the company was not returned, but Caster has said he contributed because he is a devout Catholic who believes marriage should be between a man and a woman. – Alexa Capeloto


San Diego UT, 11/21/08 -

Saturday, November 1, 2008

What is wrong with people?

I shake my head daily as I read the newspaper, or listen to the news. I just can’t believe what people will do/say these days. Or what they will try to get others to do/say/believe. Don’t even get me started on the presidential campaigns – you would think with so many people in the US that we would be able to come up with someone that we actually want to vote for, not the lesser of two evils. Or in this case, the lesser of two socialists…

But I digress. I just read this story on about couldn’t believe it. Well, that’s not totally true, Less and less surprises me these days – especially from California…

It’s like my wife just said – why not have kids pledge to be nice to everyone they meet and to treat people they way they wish to be treated in return. It doesn’t have to be specific. Why now? Because that’s not the real agenda here. And the No on Prop 8 people say it has nothing to do with schools…

So here’s the link, and the story. What are kids learning in school these days??? Read on…,2933,445865,00.html 

School Clams Up on 'Gay' Pledge Cards Given to Kindergartners


A California school system refuses to say what action, if any, it will take after it received complaints about a kindergarten teacher who encouraged her students to sign "pledge cards" in support of gays.

During a celebration of National Ally Week, Tara Miller, a teacher at the Faith Ringgold School of Arts and Science in Hayward, Calif., passed out cards produced by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network to her class of kindergartners.

The cards asked signers to be "an ally" and to pledge to "not use anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) language or slurs; intervene, when I feel I can, in situations where others are using anti-LGBT language or harassing other students and actively support safer schools efforts."

The school has acknowledged that the exercise was not appropriate for kindergartners.

Parent Adela Voelker, who declined to be interviewed in depth for this report, said she was furious when she found her child's signature on one of the cards. She said she contacted a non-profit legal defense organization specializing in parents' rights.


Meanwhile, a school board member, Jeff Cook, says some type of action should be taken.

"We have a general rule that all instruction should be age appropriate, and this clearly was not," said Cook, who has served on the school board for five years.

Val Joyner, a school district spokeswoman, told in an e-mail that when deciding what to teach on this subject matter, educators "gather materials from community agencies and other education groups" and that "the materials have grade level indicators which help determine what is age-appropriate."

The district said the pledge cards were intended for middle school and high school students.

Asked last week if the district planned to take action against Miller, Joyner said she would have to look into the incident. On Thursday she told that she did not have an answer for the question and that she would no longer be doing any media interviews.

Joyner said in an e-mail that Miller, the teacher, "planned to teach students how to become an ally and conflict-mediation through various activities." She added that the district doesn't advocate for a specific cause and/or lifestyle, and it has "no curriculum for gay, lesbian and transgender lifestyles."

The district employs a "Professional Learning Specialist: Equity," who is in charge of gathering material and helping teachers decide what should be taught on the subject matter.

Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, the group representing Voelker, said parents at the Faith Ringgold School weren't notified of what was going to take place in the classroom.

He said that teaching students as young as pre-school about gay, lesbian and transgender issues is common in California, but that there are "all kinds of material the average parent could find highly objectionable or potentially harmful" to their children.

When asked if the school district did anything wrong, he said, "possibly," but he declined to go into detail or say whether Voelker would sue the district.

Dacus would not comment specifically on whether children who signed the pledge could be held responsible if the school determined that they were not honoring it. He said they are minors and there are certain degrees of limited liability, but from a psychological and emotional perspective, it's a whole different ballgame.

"[There is] tremendous peer pressure put on children to accept a pro-homosexual philosophy and attitude," Dacus said.

Meanwhile, opponents of gay marriage are up in arms over the incident, which occurred as California voters prepare to vote Tuesday on Proposition 8, which would overturn the state Supreme Court's ruling legalizing gay marriage.

"How do you teach a 5-year-old to sign a pledge card for lesbian, gay and transgender issues without explaining what transgender and bisexual is?" asked Sonja Eddings Brown, a spokeswoman for Protect Marriage California.