Where and how does Heritage Foundation find these nitwits?
According to Heritage Foundation’s Virginia Allen: Teacher Shares Behind-Scenes Look at How Unions Further Woke Agenda.
The reality is a bit different. A gym teacher, Brenda Lebsack, shared her religiously-oriented anti-LGBTQ conspiracy theory with an anti-LGBTQ organization. She also objects to discussion regarding “human rights.” Narrow mindedness?
Allen goes on to explain:
California teacher Brenda Lebsack says she began seeing “red flags” in her school district when she decided to become more involved with her union, the California Teachers Association.
After she began attending the union’s conferences in 2015, Lebsack says, she was alarmed to see that many of the topics weren’t academic but instead focused on social justice, human rights, and LGBTQ issues.
“I thought, wow, my union does not seem to care that much about academics as much as they do the political side of things,” …
No doubt “red flags” translates to accurate information about LGBTQ kids whom Ms. Lebsack disapproves of,
Furthermore, “social justice, human rights, and LGBTQ issues” are academic matters. Heritage Foundation and other religious right groups have created a massive campaign promoting misinformation about, and prejudice towards, LGBTQ children.
Heritage Foundation has made it necessary to provide kids with some scientific truths about LGBTQ people. Not doing so would deprive kids of a proper education. Doing so not only serves to enlighten kids academically but it reduces the potential for bullying. Teachers need to understand the issues in order to convey information to students.
Furthermore, Brenda Lebsack is neither qualified nor entitled to make a comparison of emphasis between what she considers to be academic matters vs. what is related to the social issues that she doesn’t like as topics of education.
“Lebsack is attempting to assert that people are unfair to pious Christians through the alleged words of one person.”
While attending an Equity & Human Rights Conference in Torrance, California, in March 2016, Lebsack says, she spoke with union lobbyist Seth Bramble.
Lebsack told Bramble about a former student, a Mormon, who said he believed that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that gender is ordained by God.
“How do you think I should have responded to that student?” Lebsack recalls asking the union lobbyist.
She says he responded: “You should treat that student as though he said black people should be burned at the stake.”
First of all, the above is probably bullshit or out of context! No one would respond in the manner that Lesack describes. By the way, Seth Bramble is a Black man. Lebsack is attempting to assert that people are unfair to pious Christians though the alleged words of one person.
I was a robust proponent of marriage equality. Moreover, I certainly have opinions regarding gender. My answer to that Mormon would be three-fold:
“Brenda Lebsack is entitled to her opinion.”
- You are entitled to your opinion regarding what constitutes a valid marriage.
- Presuming that God ordains gender then it is not improbable to believe that the same god made some people with incongruent gender and natal sex just as he makes people with an infinite number of other conditions. But, again, you are entitled to your opinion?
- You seems like a [honest compliment] young man. Can I assume that your opinions do not affect how you treat other people?
Lebsack has created a website to promote her views. Therein she advocates for school choice:
If parents want to send their children to institutions of indoctrination, political propaganda, sexual exploitation, and parental deception, then public school should be their right and prerogative, but if parents’ values differ from what the state dictates as the “new normal”, their tax dollars should shift to private educational providers they trust. THIS is true equity. In my opinion, California “elites” are not trustworthy and the common people must rise up to usher in change and reform. Our children are WORTH IT!
Lebsack is begging the question. Nevertheless, the only thing I take exception to is the possibility that she is claiming that equity for sexual minority students and staff is “sexual exploitation.”
With that possible exception, Brenda Lebsack is entitled to her opinion.