Stifling The "Free Expression" Of GenderJul. 12, 2011
The residents of Stockholm, Sweden have decided to participate in a social engineering experiment. Stockholm's Egalia is a school funded by taxpayer dollars that accepts children between the ages of one and six. Children are read books by their teachers and are given legos and toy kitchens to play with. Besides the taxpayer funding, Egalia sounds pretty normal, something you’d find in your town, no? Here's the difference: Egalia calls the children "friends" not "boys" or "girls" and avoids using gender-descriptive terms such as "him" or "her." Gender stereotyping is to be avoided at all costs. Building blocks are placed next to the toy oven. You won't find fairytale books with a prince slaying a dragon to rescue his princess — too much pressure for the "friends" to handle. As if that's not enough, Egalia is also encouraging of homosexual lifestyles. Replacing the fairytales are books narrating "alternative" lifestyles (two male giraffes adopting a baby crocodile) and instead of one mom, two or three moms are suggested when the "friends" want to play house.
Then there's a story that recently aired out of Toronto — a couple decided not to reveal the gender of their youngest child, Storm (see Discovery.com). The parents decided that in his/her time, Storm will decide what he/she wants to be. Why stifle his/her creativity?! As Storm's mom writes, “The idea that the whole world must know our baby's sex strikes me as unhealthy, unsafe and voyeuristic.” Storm has two older brothers, Kio (age two) and Jazz (age five). While the family admits that both are boys, they allow for "freedom of gender expression." For example, Jazz often sports a sparkly pink dress with his hair in pigtails and Kio is unashamed of his love for leggings. Storm's family is not a first to venture into this realm. A family in Sweden continues to hide the gender of their four-year-old, "Pop." Cheryl Kildavis of Seattle allows her five-year-old-son, Dyson, to wear dresses and be a princess for Halloween — a behavior she decided to turn lucrative in her recently published children's picture book, "My Princess Boy."
The goal of all these stories is the same: freedom of sexual expression and gender identity. Aside from the absurdity of ignoring the clear biological differences between males and females, maybe it doesn't seem to be a big deal that a little boy wants to wear a dress. After all, he's only five. But it's the beginning of a slippery slope of confusion engineered by homosexual sympathetic adults. Homosexual advocate and journalist, Daniel Villareal, writes:
Let’s face it. ... We want educators to teach future generations of children to accept queer sexuality. In fact, our very future depends on it. ... Why would we put anti-bullying programs or social studies classes that teach kids about the historical contributions of famous queers unless we wanted to deliberately educate children to accept queer sexuality as normal?
Children are impressionable. Homosexual activists are keenly aware of this and have brought the propaganda war directly to them — embracing parents who muddle the clear cut male or female identity of their children, recruiting teachers to encourage the gender confusion, and then infiltrating the media with stories of homosexual couples "suppressed from equality." This is all a part of the attempt to ease a gradual alteration of public sentiment toward homosexuality, with same-sex marriage and intolerance of Biblical mindsets the ultimate goal.
Think of Sweden, home to the gender-neutral pre-school Egalia and to the "genderless" four-year-old Pop. Then say with a straight face it didn't lead to Sweden's reputation as the country with the most homosexual-friendly laws. Often, there is victory in confusion. The homosexual agenda is banking on it.
Quotes Of The DayAug. 12, 2008
New Republican Party of Virginia Chairman, Delegate Jeff Frederick (R-52, Woodbridge) spoke at today's Tuesday Morning Group Coalition meeting about his efforts to revitalize the state GOP. On former governor and Democrat Mark Warner's claim the fiscal sky was falling as a pretense to go back on his campaign promise not to raise taxes and push through the largest tax increase in Virginia history, when in fact Virginia was running record surpluses, Frederick said:
If anything was falling from the sky it was money.
Then, when asked about some Republicans who favor increased taxes, he said:
Some Republicans think it's okay to raise taxes because we're a "low tax state." We're a low tax country compared to Sweden. Does that mean it's okay to raise taxes and pay 56 percent of our money to make our government bigger?
Another speaker today was Paul Jacob (read about him here), who is president of the pro-initiative group Citizens in Charge and a senior fellow at the Sam Adams Alliance (we hope to blog about this new coalition, which seeks more open state government, soon). Jacob noted that while he and two others were indicted in Oklahoma simply for seeking petitions for a ballot initiative (read a Forbes editorial here), several states are seeking to grant convicts voting rights, including here in Virginia, as well as allowing phantom registrations.