I wanted to have this posted last night - but was...not in the right...'state'...to do it. So thanks to the Punk for....oh wait!...nevermind. It's just later than I wanted it to be posted....
(merci youtube.com) is from Tucker Carlson's Under The Radar addressing the 'issue' of a gay survey being distributed to a school in Wisconsin. It had questions on it such as “If you’ve never slept with someone of the same sex how can you be sure you don’t prefer it?”
Carlson addressed this by saying its liberal propaganda, and that gay activists have no right opposing their political agendas on children. In his view of the survey it’s basically suggesting to the group that took it to go out and have sex with people of the same sex.
Well, I’m sure you’ve guess I agree completely with Rachel Maddow on the subject. First of all ‘opposing their political view’ is a cheap way out, in order to understand the issue it has to be presented in a way that makes the people considering it open to both sides. High schools don’t just throw a survey into the class, and then not discuss it, or have continuation in the unit on it.
If the survey instead read as “is it wrong to sleep with someone of the opposite sex?” that would have pissed of gays, just as the former question pissed off hetero-parents and public. But it is still just another way of introducing a controversial topic that needs to be studied in a social science class.
Carlson mentions somewhere in the middle of the movie that it would also be wrong to talk about gun control…and a few other hot political issues. My main concern with that is how uniformed the students then are to the realities of the public and political world. I would prefer some bias in a class room over a total lack of discussion and information being shown to the students. Obviously, the best way to approach that is to properly present both sides, however political agendas of anyone can’t be ignored.
This is a high school doing this; this isn’t a class room of little children whose minds have yet to be developed into having subjective opinions. High school students are being taught how to defend their opinions, and are being educated about the world. Simply ignoring the issues because their controversial doesn’t help anyone, it doesn’t help the gay community, the anti-gay community or the students trying to find their place in political decisions and opnioins.
The survey, as Maddow says, is not about sex. It’s about understanding the homosexual community and realizing that anyone could be gay. The question “If you’ve never slept with someone of the same sex how can you be sure you don’t prefer it?” is not gay propaganda, nor is it an attempt to change anyone’s sexual preference. It is a question designed to help the students understand or take empathy with the gay community… giving the sense that anyone could be gay, including you…but you just don’t know it yet.