Illinois Family Institute: Think of the Children!


As the state of Illinois considers legalizing same-sex marriage (the Senate passed it the other day, making its ultimate passage very likely), the anti-gay Illinois Family Institute is pulling out all the stops to, err, stop it. And of course, it’s all about saving the children. From what? From the horrible knowledge that gay people exist.

Elementary schools will not be able to keep picture books that portray homosexuality positively out of their libraries and classrooms. Those who still harbor the stereotype of librarians as conservative stuffed shirts will be surprised to learn that librarians and university programs in library science are, like teacher education programs, notoriously liberal…

Public schools will be hiring teachers who are in legal “homosexual marriages.” These teachers will put photos of their homosexual spouses on their desks and talk about their homosexual spouses to their students. Such images and ideas coming from teachers whom children love and admire will powerfully shape the feelings and beliefs of young boys and girls, particularly when such images and ideas are reinforced countless times in other cultural contexts. Such images and ideas will undermine what is being taught at home.

Some will argue that schools are already hiring teachers in homosexual relationships, so the legalization of same-sex marriage won’t change anything. They are only partly correct. Although schools are, unfortunately, already hiring teachers in homosexual relationships, once the government recognizes homosexual unions as marriages, administrators and school boards—particularly in elementary schools—will have the social stigma that makes them reluctant to hire teachers in homosexual unions knocked out from under them. And this, of course, is the chief motivation for homosexuals to pursue same-sex marriage when they already have all the benefits and privileges of marriage through Illinois’ civil union law.

It’s “unfortunate” that schools are already hiring gay teachers. Because for these bigots, it isn’t just gay marriage they freak out about, it’s the inability to discriminate against gay people in every way possible. And children must be protected against the mere knowledge that gay people exist.

Comments

  1. mvemjsun says

    When will these idiots pick up a Biology textbook and learn that homosexuality is innate not learned. Or realize that if they do not like discriminated against then discriminating against others makes them assholes.

  2. says

    These teachers will put photos of their homosexual spouses on their desks and talk about their homosexual spouses to their students.

    Yes, I remember in grade school, my teacher could not get thru a single math lesson without talking about her husband, and of course going into the details of their sexual activities. It WILL be awful when teh gays start doing this too!!!

  3. steve oberski says

    Replace “homosexuality” with “mixed race” and set the wayback machine to the 1950s.

  4. Scr... Archivist says

    The I”F”A says all this like it’s a bad thing.

    I found this phrase odd: “once the government recognizes homosexual unions as marriages”. Are they referring to civil unions here? If so, they are demonstrating their bigotry once again.

    Also, in Illinois, would people with civil unions be automatically reclassified as married? Or would they have to actually get a new license and have a (new) marriage ceremony?

  5. jnorris says

    And to add to the persecution the Christians have to endure, The Gayz aren’t required to where the pink triangles. However do the Christians really know who to hate? Bless their little hearts.

  6. says

    Elementary schools will not be able to keep picture books that portray homosexuality positively out of their libraries and classrooms. Those who still harbor the stereotype of librarians as conservative stuffed shirts will be surprised to learn that librarians and university programs in library science are, like teacher education programs, notoriously liberal…

    Public schools will be hiring teachers who are in legal “homosexual marriages.” These teachers will put photos of their homosexual spouses on their desks and talk about their homosexual spouses to their students. Such images and ideas coming from teachers whom children love and admire will powerfully shape the feelings and beliefs of young boys and girls, particularly when such images and ideas are reinforced countless times in other cultural contexts. Such images and ideas will undermine what is being taught at home.

    They say that as if it were a bad thing…

  7. says

    @Scr… Archivist – In Washington, where we’ve had domestic partnerships for some years, same sex couple can now either explicitly get married, which would replace their DP, or simply wait until June 30, 2014 when most remaining DPs automatically get reclassified under state law as marriage. (The law was written to provide legal recognition and protections to elderly couples who could not get married without endangering pensions, social security and the like. In this form, DPs will remain valid in Washington and DPs where at least one partner is 62 years of age or older will not be converted to marriage.)

    Illinois may chose a different path, but this one seems reasonable.

  8. says

    @nigelTheBold #8 –

    What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label “Liberal?” If by “Liberal” they mean, as they want people to believe, someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer’s dollar, then the record of this party and its members demonstrate that we are not that kind of “Liberal.” But if by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties — someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal,” then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”

    ….

    I believe in human dignity as the source of national purpose, in human liberty as the source of national action, in the human heart as the source of national compassion, and in the human mind as the source of our invention and our ideas. It is, I believe, the faith in our fellow citizens as individuals and as people that lies at the heart of the liberal faith. For liberalism is not so much a party creed or set of fixed platform promises as it is an attitude of mind and heart, a faith in man’s ability through the experiences of his reason and judgment to increase for himself and his fellow men the amount of justice and freedom and brotherhood which all human life deserves.

    From JFK’s accepting the Liberal Party of New York’s nomination, September 14, 1960.

  9. says

    “Illinois may chose a different path, but this one seems reasonable.”

    I see a split coming between UpstatechicaGAYland and DownstateKKKayroMurKKKA. They will split the state and rename the norther part, “Illium” and the southern part “Noise”.

    * Spelled Cairo but pronounced the way I typed it

  10. Jim says

    “When will these idiots pick up a Biology textbook and learn that homosexuality is innate not learned.”

    In the past ten years, I’ve gone from believing that homosexuality is innate and abominable, to thinking that homosexuality is innate and not abominable, to thinking that is doesn’t matter whether homosexuality is innate or learned, it’s still not abominable.

    I prefer blondes. It’s not something I chose, it’s just how I am. I’ve had three girlfriends, the third of which is now my wife, and all were blonde. Does it matter whether this preferences is innate or learned? Why would it matter if I preferred boys instead?

  11. says

    “Stigma” n. pl. stig·ma·ta: Bodily marks, sores, or sensations of pain corresponding in location to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus, usually occurring during states of religious ecstasy or hysteria.

    Apparently the IFI is playing the part of Caiaphas.

  12. Didaktylos says

    @#15 – Are you saying you can actually eat a whole one? All by yourself? At one sitting? I don’t believe you. ;)

  13. unbound says

    Isn’t it amazing how fear and hatred almost sound reasonable when you word it just the right way? Too bad groups like the Illinois Family Institute are unable to figure out that they are the ones filled with fear and hatred on this subject…

  14. eric says

    schools are, unfortunately, already hiring teachers in homosexual relationships, once the government recognizes homosexual unions as marriages, administrators and school boards—particularly in elementary schools—will have the social stigma that makes them reluctant to hire teachers in homosexual unions knocked out from under them

    If I were IFI’s opponents, I’d be quoting that to high heaven. I’d be putting some of that on billboards. Its such sheer bigotry that I would guess most moderates and people who just haven’t thought much about the issue would recoil from the IFI’s position.

  15. Scr... Archivist says

    @ Gregory in Seattle

    Thanks for that interesting detail from Washington state. I had not considered the retirement savings and related factors.

    It seems that with time the domestic partnership category will fade away in that state, and marriage will just be marriage. The same may be said on a society-wide level, especially as The Children! grow up seeing same-sex relationships as normal.

  16. Synfandel says

    Curious… I read that quote waiting to encounter the bigoted slur against gays and lesbians, but there was none. With the lone exception of the word “unfortunately” in the third paragraph, the whole quote is laudable. If you didn’t know that it came from an anti-gay organization, it would read like a cheer for legalizing gay marriage.

  17. M, Supreme Anarch of the Queer Illuminati says

    Those who still harbor the stereotype of librarians as conservative stuffed shirts will be surprised to learn that librarians and university programs in library science are, like teacher education programs, notoriously liberal…

    Why would this be even remotely surprising? We’re talking about a whole field devoted to organizing and maintaining vast amounts of information to make knowledge as widely and freely (in both senses!) accessible as possible. Not exactly a conservative-values-based enterprise…

  18. says

    M, Supreme Anarch of the Queer Illuminati “Why would this be even remotely surprising? We’re talking about a whole field devoted to organizing and maintaining vast amounts of information to make knowledge as widely and freely (in both senses!) accessible as possible. Not exactly a conservative-values-based enterprise…”
    And the ‘Religion’ section is full of books about things, and I can’t stress this enough, other than Protestantism!

  19. says

    Public schools will be hiring teachers who are in legal “homosexual marriages.” These teachers will put photos of their homosexual spouses on their desks and talk about their homosexual spouses to their students. Such images and ideas coming from teachers whom children love and admire will powerfully shape the feelings and beliefs of young boys and girls, particularly when such images and ideas are reinforced countless times in other cultural contexts. Such images and ideas will undermine what is being taught at home.

    Good! When what’s taught at home is complete dog shit, then I applaud anything that undermines it.

  20. cjcolucci says

    These teachers will put photos of their homosexual spouses on their desks and talk about their homosexual spouses to their students.

    The teachers I had never put pictures of their spouses, or anyone else, or any other personal items, on “their” desks, in a room with 30 unwashed louts, if they wanted to keep them.
    And if any of those unwashed louts asked about a teacher’s spouse, they’d be told in no uncertain terms that it was none of their damned (well, maybe they wouldn’t say “damned”) business.

  21. dugglebogey says

    Why are these people so terrified that their children won’t be taught to hate in schools?

    Shouldn’t they be learning how to hate at home? It’s their parents to teach them that, not schools!

  22. cottonnero says

    I’m trying to think of how many of my teachers’ spouses I was aware of, and every case that I can think of is one where Miss So-and-So came back the following year as Mrs. Somethingelse (actually, since it was West Michigan, Mrs. VanderSomethingelse), or where the spouse was also a teacher at the same school.

  23. hunter says

    My dad was in the school administration when I was in grade school, and I still didn’t know anything about my teachers’ spouses.

  24. shay says

    “I see a split coming between UpstatechicaGAYland and DownstateKKKayroMurKKKA. They will split the state and rename the norther part, “Illium” and the southern part “Noise”.”

    Not to pick nits, but downstate is not the solid block of 50’s values one might assume. Bloomington/Normal (right smack dab in the middle of Illinois) has made the top ten places for gays to live for over a decade now.

    Our churches have even been picketed by Fred Phelps!

  25. lanir says

    Did anyone else pick up the vibe there from the IFI article that they were basically screaming at the top of their lungs “LET’S NOT TALK ABOUT SEX!” while no one else had even remotely gotten near that topic?

  26. says

    @ Shay:

    No slight intended against Bloomington. I’m in Oswego, NY. Oswego is sorta blue in a county that is quite red. If not for the SUNY campus here, I suspect that blacks and out gays would be rara avis. Most of our county lege has said they will not support the new NY assault weapons ban/law. It will get interesting.

  27. dingojack says

    M, Supreme Anarch of the Queer Illuminati – A librarian’s job is to connect patrons with the information they want to know. It’s not their job to censor or restrict that connection.

    Modus – see the section 200 to 299.999 in your local library today! :)

    Dingo

  28. shay says

    @Hunter — the spousal unit’s been teaching for 12 years now. We’ve been married for 29. I have yet to see my photo on his desk.

    (of course, he has yet to see mine on his, so we’re even).

  29. Nomad says

    I’d like to express my gratitude to the Illinois Family Institute for letting me enjoy this moment even more. To see this group of crusty bigots openly declaring that they don’t want marriage equality because then they’ll have difficulty teaching their children to hate gay people is icing on the gay marriage cake.

    It really encapsulates the progress that’s been made in just the last few years, even. This is basically an admission that they’ve lost the war in the culture at large, and that now the culture is starting to threaten even their ability to turn their own children into bitter little balls of anger.

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