TX school board gives rare defeat to 'tolerance' push

Monday, December 2, 2019
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

"Celebrate Diversity" bannerA public school board in Texas is being praised for a rare feat: turning down a pro-homosexual policy.

Trustees with the Wimberley Independent School District rejected a proposal to introduce “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” and “gender expression” as special protected classes.

According to Texas Values, the narrow 4-3 board vote appeared to mark the rare occasion when a public school pushed back against a pro-LGBT trend that promises tolerance and acceptance, when such a policy is really a political bludgeon to silence dissent.

"It's actually a policy that has been used in the past to punish students and teachers, and even put students at risk in regards to their privacy,” says Mary Elizabeth Castle, a policy advisor with Texas Values. 

Castle, who attended the school board meeting, warned the school board that such policies violate the privacy of girls in their locker rooms, and punish teachers and teachers whose biblical views are considered discriminatory and hateful.

Without describing the narrow victory as a huge win, Castle tells OneNewsNow it does signal a growing trend of parents who are fighting back against liberal school districts and policies that often pass without community input.

Recently, angry parents in Battle Ground, Washington, pushed the school board to scrap a sexually explicit health education policy, according to The Washington Times.

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