Originally posted by Wonderer2012
Wow, I'm surpised by this forum.
Pointing out that being homosexual is not normal or natural does not make one intolerant.
The policy planned for the schools is to teach both are equal, that homsexuality is normal.
I disagree with this.
I am not homophobic, I just know that children experiencing puberty are already confused and perhaps it is better to let the children make their own
minds up based on what society is. A program in a school is not going to alter tolerance levels, bullies will be bullies.
Sorry for thinking critically!
I am not anti-verbist, I just know that children experiencing learning to read are already confused and perhaps it is better to let the children make
up their own minds about words based upon what society is. A program in school is not going to alter literacy levels, idiots will be idiots.
Yeah. Sounds stupid, right? If you think about this critically - the way you're claiming to, you're basically saying that schools shouldn't be
teaching kids things, because the last thing someone confused needs is to be taught things.
You know what? When I'm confused, I find that knowledge and education actually improves that state of confusion. Also, I don't really remember
puberty as being all that confusing, because (a) I had an adequate level of sex ed, and (b) nobody around me spouting religious nonsense about what
is, or is not, "normal"
The simple facts, if you look at it critically, are that understanding and tolerance do lead to less bullying. Information leads to less confusion. So
for those of you lacking information, here's some.
Around 8-11% of the population self-identifies as LGBT (as in, they say that they are on a survey. Obviously this doesn't count people too scared or
embarrassed to come out in a survey)
Red hair occurs naturally in about 2% of the population. That means there are five times as many people in the world that are not heterosexual, than
have red hair. Should we be teaching children that red haired people are the children of the devil who choose to be evil? Yes, again, a ridiculous
comparison, but the point here is that just because the nature of something is different, does not mean it is not natural. Just because it is rare
(although really, 1 in 10 isn't rare at all) does not mean that it is not natural.
Comprehensive sex education vastly reduces the incidence of teen pregnancy (vs abstinence only education) (source
Something like 60% reduction. Education, given to teens, improves their behaviors despite confusion, by lessening confusion and giving them
information that is broad and comprehensive, rather than restrictive and ideology based. In a school of a thousand children, around a hundred of them
will be LGBT. Whether you give them education or not, this is a fact, this will happen. Even if all education does is teach those 100 children that
they are normal, that this is ok, that they are not freaks or perverts or pedophiles or abnormal, (all of which I have heard homosexuals be called),
that means that there are a 100 more healthy kids with healthier self esteem. If you coincidentally manage to make fewer of the other 900 kids be
homophobic bullies, this is a huge net gain. Fewer teen suicides, through education. The abstinence/sex ed figures compared with pregnancies clearly
show that education, non-biased, comprehensive education, works.
So let's all think critically, and consider that teaching kids that they are all equal and normal regardless of their sexual orientation, is a good
thing. Just like teaching them to read is, we are giving them tools to make sense of the world, and lessen the confusion.