The Lake County School Board in Tavares, Florida that is considering eliminating all non-curricular clubs from the middle school to prevent the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance club took public testimony about the issue on Monday, with predictably bad arguments from the busybodies.
Two health care professionals who addressed the board quoted a study from the American College of Pediatricians.
“Declaring and validating a student’s same sex attraction during adolescent years is premature and harmful,” said Carol Moore.
Two “health care professionals”? Why not be specific? Two nurses, or even doctors, would have no more insight into adolescent sexuality than a garbageman or a plumber. And the American College of Pediatricians sounds very authoritative, but it’s actually the right wing alternative to the much older and more authoritative American Academy of Pediatricians. The ACP split off in 2002 because the AAP supported marriage equality. So this is an appeal to entirely irrelevant authority.
A Baptist minister voiced his opposition as well. “A club of that nature, those activities would be a gateway for other groups to follow, groups not having anything to do with our education of our students,” Pastor Ken Scrubs. “We believe our school campuses should maintain a focus on academic prowess and not become a center of social expression.”
In another article on the same meeting, the board tried to pretend that the new policy they’re considering has nothing to do with the GSA:
School Board chairwoman Kyleen Fischer and members Bill Mathias and Debbie Stivender in previous discussions spoke in favor of a rule banning clubs not tied to school courses in middle and high schools. Board members Tod Howard and Rosanne Brandeburg have expressed support for a measure banning such clubs only in middle schools.
On Monday, Howard and Mathias stressed that their decisions are about creating a policy and not based on the gay-straight group. Howard said he does not agree or disagree with the gay-straight group, while Brandeburg said she has not seen bullying on campuses.
Oh yes, of course! It’s purely coincidental that this desire to get rid of all non-curricular clubs just happened to appear the moment someone tries to form a GSA club. And it’s sheer serendipity that people showed up to preach about the evils of the GSA club at a school board meeting to discuss that policy. One has absolutely nothing to do with the other!