Approximately a dozen public schools in New Jersey are piloting proposed LGBT history lessons that will be introduced statewide next fall.
The new law requires public schools to teach students about the "political, economic, and social contributions" of homosexuals – and also people with disabilities.
Shawn Hyland of the Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey says the lessons must shed a "positive light" on the subjects they fawn over such as Harvey Milk, the late homosexual activist.
“Will they (students) be told about his numerous, underage relationships with young boys? Probably not,” Hyland tells OneNewsNow. “And so they're getting a skewed view of certain individuals to give them a positive view of a lifestyle."
The current state law does not permit parents to opt their children out of such lessons but Policy Alliance is working with an assemblyperson to change that.
Hyland says a proposed bill would give parents the right to pull their children from classroom lessons that conflict or violate their religious beliefs “regarding sex, human sexuality and gender identity."
A petition supporting the opt-out proposal has about 9,000 signatures, he says.