Taking the pledge
Forget any notion that your children are your own. After the sex education dictats and the creepy views of Peter Tatchell, on both sides of the Atlantic, children are being bullied into signing up to whatever the nomenklatura think is good for us all.
In the States, it's Gay Rights:
A California school system refuses to say what action, if any, it will take after it received complaints about a kindergarten teacher who encouraged her students to sign "pledge cards" in support of gays.
During a celebration of National Ally Week, Tara Miller, a teacher at the Faith Ringgold School of Arts and Science in Hayward, Calif., passed out cards produced by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network to her class of kindergartners.
The cards asked signers to be "an ally" and to pledge to "not use anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) language or slurs; intervene, when I feel I can, in situations where others are using anti-LGBT language or harassing other students and actively support safer schools efforts."
Now the Church is very clear that unjust discrimination against homosexuals is contrary to the teaching of the Church. But clearly since the Jesuits gave up the idea that 7-year-olds were ripe for the Faith the vacuum, it would seem, has been filled by militant gay rights activists.
Meanwhile, Laban Tall reports that a council in East Anglia would like primary school children to sign up to being nice to the Mobile-Home-Dwelling Community:
A group of children were asked to take a pledge to be "nice to" gipsies on a school visit to their local council offices.
Mr Wakeman said: "The two people taking the workshop asked the children if they wanted to stand up and make a pledge.
"None of the children stood up because I suspect they felt awkward, but the pledge was read out anyway.
"They were asked to make a series of promises to be kind to gipsy and traveller children, welcome them into the community and not bully them.
"The children were encouraged to put their fingers in the air or their hands on their hearts to signify their acceptance.
"I am very unhappy about any child of primary school age being asked to take any form of pledge to any group in society.
Now I'm all for children being nice to others and teach my children to welcome the stranger and that bullying is bad. These are general rules I have no problem being taught in the context of moral education. Who could counter that, no, they would like to keep the option of bullying and being unpleasant to Travellers? The fact is that this is a practice redolent of the worst days of Stalin. What's that comrade? You don't want to take a pledge approved of by The Great Leader? Dear, dear, comrade! You'd better watch your back.
Give it up parents - the State wants your kids.