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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Force-Feeding Hate Propaganda

Remember the New Mexico high school essay contest on why limiting marriage to heterosexuals is "vital"? My friend at Joyful Alternative has been at it again. She's written the New Mexico secretary of education (phone: 505-827-5800):

Dr. Veronica Garcia
Secretary of Education
Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Dear Dr. Garcia:

On hearing that Piedra Vista [High School in Farmington, NM] held an essay contest on the topic “why limiting marriage to heterosexuals is vital,” I wrote the principal the
following letter. ...

Mr. Ortiz was kind enough to send me the following response:

I am sure you are somewhat misinformed regarding the essay issue. I only passed on what was sent to all administrators from the New Mexico Public Education Department. ...

I was surprised by his response because I had assumed that just one misguided or overwrought administrator had gone overboard. Instead, it’s an official directive to every school in the state.

Can you explain why all these children are being force-fed hate propaganda instead of taught what they’ll need to know to become upright citizens of our great country? Or why, if children must be propagandized, they can’t be required to write essays on what Jesus meant by “Love thy neighbor as thyself”? As a citizen, as a taxpayer, and as a Christian, I object.

I object as a human being, too. We had a child in a nearby school district who killed himself upon figuring out that he was gay; so imbued was he with the hate propaganda that he was therefore unacceptable to society and unworthy of life. Please don’t put your children at that risk.

Dr. Garcia, what do you have to say for yourself and your education department?

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