Last time on As the Bullies Turn, our homophobic “heroes” had suffered a major defeat when the Anoka-Hennepin school district settled with the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education. The settlement produced an agreement that the district would ban not just anti-gay bullying but also bullying based on any form of gender expression.
However, the intrepid bigots didn’t rest there. They presented a list of demands to the district, suggesting that if the district failed to meet them, they would file suit based on the idea that the anti-bullying measures represented a “hostile environment” to religious students and violated their First Amendment rights to…bully?
Join us now as we tune in to watch how our champions of injustice fare in their battle against the forces of justice. What will be the answer from the school district?
•To requests for resources for students of faith, Heidemann responded that district actions “may not have the primary effect of either enhancing or inhibiting religion, and may not create an extensive entanglement between Church and State.”
•To demands for ex-gay therapies and trainings, and training on “overcoming sexual disorders,” Heidemann echoed an earlier statement by Superintendent Dennis Carlson, saying, “As a public school district, we accept all students, and we do not consider them to have a disorder if they identify as gay or support their gay friends.”
•To demands for curriculum linking homosexuality to AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, he said health classes do not address homosexuality or specific sex acts.
•To demands that Carlson embark on a listening tour with District Prevention Coordinator Barry Scanlan to visit with students of faith, moral conviction, ex-homosexuals and ex-transgenders, much as they did with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students, Heidemann said, “The superintendent … is open to any invitations from classes or student groups that want to meet with him.”
Ooh. That’s gotta sting. Well, tune in next time to find out whether our antagonists will make good on their threat of costing their children’s school district money in their effort to make it a “better place to learn”.