The legal action, settlement shut out those who believe in values.
John Hoffman, Vice Chair, Tom Heidemann, Chair, and Dennis Carlson, Superintendent of the Anoka-Hennepin School Board listen to Pastor Barb White of Minneapolis during a meeting in Coon Rapids, Minn., on Monday night, Jan. 9, 2012.
Wow -- $270,000 from the taxpayers to the plaintiffs to settle the frivolous lawsuit filed against the Anoka-Hennepin school district. This doesn't include the many hidden costs for the prescriptive actions required in the 61-page consent decree to which the school board agreed on a 5-1 vote March 5.
Although the school board had the ultimate say in the settlement outcome, there are others who I feel are partly responsible.
Where were all the gay activists three years ago when the Sexual Orientation Curriculum Policy (SOCP) came into play? They weren't at any of the school board meetings at that time. Not one person came forward to address the board in opposition to the SOCP. The only people there were me and two others.
I'm quite certain the plaintiffs in this lawsuit didn't even know the SOCP existed until the Anoka-Hennepin Gay Equity Team got hold of them.
Now here we are three years later, dishing out $270,000 (and then some) to settle a lawsuit initiated by these same gay activists who have exploited the tragic suicides in our district in an effort to achieve their ultimate goal, which is to abolish conservative moral beliefs about homosexuality by indoctrinating the impressionable, young minds of all our students (via the curriculum) with their propaganda.
I don't blame the kids who are being used as pawns by these gay activists to further their homosexual agenda. I blame the adults who are "driving the bus." I blame the adults for creating an unwelcoming climate in our schools for students who embrace traditional family values and other conservative viewpoints.
This lawsuit was not about bullying. It was an orchestrated effort concocted by members of the Gay Equity Team, the 19 press-hungry, money-grubbing attorneys from the Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network), the Department of Justice (and Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights), under the socialist Obama Administration, to wage an all-out war against parental rights, Christianity and those who strongly support Judeo-Christian values.
It was quite clear through citizen testimony over the last 18 months, the letters to the editor and the 1,052 petition signatures submitted by the Parents Action League back in August that the majority of citizens and taxpayers in the district feel it is a parent's right to discuss sexual-orientation matters with children, at a time of their choosing, based on their personal family values and beliefs.
Somewhere along the line, our school board and superintendent forgot their responsibility to answer to the citizens and taxpayers of this district. Instead they have chosen to turn their backs on us and succumb to outside influences.
The repercussions will be devastating on many levels. These elected officials whose job is to make decisions that are in the best interest of the students and families in this district have failed miserably. The sooner we "clean house" locally (and in Washington), the better.
This decision by the board was an injustice to all students and citizens of Anoka-Hennepin District 11. The school board disregarded parents' objections, and the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights trampled on local control
. The claim of "school safety" was used by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a pretext to advance a much broader agenda: the legitimization of homosexuality with the heavy fist of the federal government and significant cost to our school district.
Take time to read the 61-page consent decree (on the DOJ website) to discover what's really coming our way.
Our school board and superintendent have set the standard for the whole country, which has been closely watching our school district for months. Now, as a result of this decision, our country is one step closer to moral bankruptcy.
Laurie Thompson, of Andover, is spokesperson for the Parents Action League.