19 September 2016

How To Keep LGBT Issues Away From Schools

Arkansas Diocese
There is an alarming initiative by the minority or less than 2 percent of the population to try and impose their lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders LGBT) issues in school curriculum.

Unfortunately, many publicly-funded schools cannot pry themselves out from this situation. Fortunately, private schools have more freedom to choose and they chose to continue preaching their traditional dogma on students. One such school is the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock.

The school officials developed a new plan to keep LGBT issues out of Arkansas' Catholic school and that involves keeping LGBT students out of Arkansas' Catholic schools in the first place.

The Diocese issued a new addendum to the student handbook used by all Catholic elementary and secondary schools in the state with strict new prohibitions on LGBT identities. The guidance outright rejects the legitimacy of non-heterosexual orientations and transgender identities and requires that students who express such identities be expelled. Even graduates who later transition will be deadnamed on their diplomas.

It claims to respect those who "struggle" with LGBT identities and appropriately called them "untrue":
"We must not demean or deny the sincerity and struggle of those who experience same-sex attraction or who feel their true gender identity is different from their biological sex. Rather, we seek to accompany them on their journey of life, offering them the light of the Gospel as they try to find their way forward. These truths are not merely faith-based; rather, such realities are also knowable through the use of properly functioning senses and right reason.

We do not serve anyone’s greater good by falsifying the truth, for it is only the truth that frees us for the full life that God offers to each of us. Thus, when a person experiences same-sex attraction or some form of gender dysphoria, such struggles do not change the biological fact of how God created that person, and it would be untruthful for the Catholic Church or our Catholic schools to pretend otherwise. The policies of our Catholic schools, therefore, must reflect these fundamental truths."
The Diocese oversees 27 schools servicing over 6,700 students.

Church leaders have been relatively mum about who is responsible for the new guidance, but it seems to have come from Little Rock Bishop Anthony Taylor. Taylor has been a vocal opponent of marriage equality who once argued to the Arkansas Supreme Court that allowing same-sex couples to marry would lead to incestuous unions of "couples such as mother and daughter, sister and sister, or brother and brother."