A California school district has voted to mandate a new curriculum that requires children as young as five years of age be taught about gay and lesbian couples.
The action has outraged many parents who charge that a political agenda is forcing the material upon their children.
The Alameda United School District board approved the controversial new curriculum by a vote of three to two.
The lessons include a set of six 45-minute teachings on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered lifestyles -- and will be taught once a year to students from Kindergarten through the Fifth grade.
Course materials include a children's book entitled "And Tango Makes Three" about homosexual penguins trying to create a family.
"I believe this curriculum will prevent other students from going through what I went through, because of my sexual orientation," one gay man told a reporter.
A number of parents argue that the plan is not age appropriate and that the issues are best learned at home. But their protests had little effect on the school board. They are also angry that they will not be able to keep their children out of these classes.
"The obstinate attitude of the school district to step on the rights of parents to the extent that they will not even allow parents to opt their little child out of this program or this instruction," said Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute. "That shows you how vehement and committed they are to overstepping the rights of parents, the values of parents, the beliefs of parents what they feel is right for their own child."
The curriculum is being touted by school officials in the Alameda school district as necessary to create safe schools for all children, but it focuses almost exclusively on sexual orientation and gender identity.
"They just did this as a pre-text obviously they all want to push homosexuality on these young, innocent kindergarden boys and girls," Dacus explained. "It's a heavy indoctrination program. We at the Pacific Justice Institute looked at the program and it hardly mentions bullying at all. It's all about accepting and embracing these homosexual relationships and lifestyles and actions that they do to young innocent children in kindergarten."
District Says Homophobia a Problem
Meanwhile, the school district also claims that homophobia is big problem in many of it's schools and insists that students of all ages be given an an opportunity to learn that the words gay and lesbian are adjectives that should be used with respect to describe people in their community, not words used in a negative way.
The school district did not respond to CBN News request for an interview.
*Originally published May 29, 2009