I was recently sent this video about California Proposition 8 and thought I would share it with you. I'll be as fair and balanced as Fox News I assure you.
I can appreciate and see the fear in the eyes of those who believe homosexuality is learned and not inherited or born with. And as such I applaud the man for standing up for what he perceives an unrighteous brainwashing of his child. I don't have an answer for when we should begin to implement real world examples to our children. Obviously, Maloy children (Payson, Utah) will be less likely to encounter social differences being in the predominately white middle class Mormon socio-culture. That's okay.
Shelby children (San Diego, CA) currently experience something different, not better or worse, just real world different. Hannah is the only Mormon in her class and is one of two or three white kids. There is a significant Muslim population locally with children who attend the school and the majority of students are Hispanic with a roughly 2 to 1 ratio of parents (a rough estimate) that prefer English to Spanish. I'm okay with diversity. I speak Spanish, I work in Mexico. I'd like to live in Utah for it's relatively lower cost of living...but I digress.
Diversity exists outside of our infinitesimal Mormon subculture here in America. 13 million members worldwide, less than half in the United States. Mormons make up 2.1% of US citizens. As of 1990 we had 533,741 member in California (http://www.adherents.com/largecom/com_lds.html). I will grant a high estimate and say that number has doubled. 1.07 million members in California but 50% activity and we're back to 533,741 active members in a state of 36.5 million (http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0004986.html).
We make up 1.4% of the population in California (or 2.8% if you include all the inactive members) and are trying to implement our social and moral code upon the other 97.2 to 98.6%. Who is the minority trying to push their agenda now?
Talking about real world situations is not the end of the world. Sarah Palin was taught science in high school but her religious convictions still allow here to believe dinosaurs walked the earth 6,000 years ago and she could be the first woman Vice-President. Satanic teachings on evolution and archaeology had no effect on her despite evidence after evidence placed before her. So come one religionists, don't sell tradition short. If Sarah Palin can deny evidence with faith, so can your children. Homosexuals aren't born gay. Have faith that your children will follow the truth. Righteous brainwashing (aka: teaching your children correct moral principles) can still occur after children have been exposed to elements outside their core belief system. It requires parents to be parents and take responsibility for their upbringing of their children.
However, if it is in the school curriculum to discuss family dynamics and there are children that have inter-racial, single-parent, gay, adoptive, living with grand-parents or other family not an immediate parent...those discussions should probably occur WITHOUT the fear of ridicule or embarrassment in school setting. Let the child go to church to realize how their home-life is an abomination in the eyes of God, not school. Let those trying to teach the message of the merciful loving Christ be the ones to cast the first stone.