Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sex, Lies & Videotape

My dad tells a story about me from when I was five years old. I had apparently had some sort of dispute with my younger sister, who would have been about three at the time. We were on the front porch yelling when my dad intervened. He first asked my sister to tell her version of what happened and why we were fighting. After she was finished I got my day in court. About half way through my version of the dispute (the correct version, I might add) my sister shouted, "Curtis, you're lying even more than I did".

In the battle over Proposition 8 in California, both sides have accused the other about spreading lies about the consequences of not passing the proposition. In particular, the proponents ran a television ad asserting that same sex marriage will be taught in public schools to children as young as second grade if Prop 8 fails.

To counter that ad the opponents of the ballot initiative brought out Jack O'Connell, superintendent of California public schools, who claimed that 'our schools aren't required to teach anything about marriage'. While that statement may be true if analyzed in a vacuum, further analysis reveals that 96% of California public schools will be required to teach about same sex marriage if Proposition 8 fails.

The California Education Code (EC 51933) leaves it up to the individual school districts as to whether or not sexual health education is taught in its schools. However, if a school district chooses to do so they must comply with a specific set of requirements - one of which is to teach about marriage. The reason that 96% of California schools will be required to teach about same sex marriage is because, according a study on the California Department of Education web site, 96% of school districts do provide sexual health education. Therefore, by law these schools will be mandated to teach same sex marriage.

When I first started writing this post I was going to accuse Jack O'Connell as being disingenuous. After further review (as they say on football game replays), it is more accurate to classify him as a liar. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a liar as 'someone who lies'. It further defines a 'lie' as 'to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive or to create a false or misleading impressions'. Jack O'Connell may have many good qualities, but in this case he is most definitely a liar.

Today the Yes on 8 campaign challenged Jack O'Connell to a televised debate on this issue. My guess is that he will decline, citing an 'unworkable schedule' or by further asserting that Proposition 8 has 'nothing to do with schools'. In truth, however, he knows that his task in a debate would be to defend the indefensible.

I would like to see the debate happen.

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Anonymous said...

It is frustrating to have black called white and white called black...everything is so upside down in this election.

I just have to share this one with you because….well it’s been a long night, we went to a wave party at a very busy intersection and were mobbed by no on 8ers, (talk about hate) pshew, so I come home and there’s this video in my inbox from my rad dad…he’s an email warrior…it seriously knocked me back into my happy place. I had to watch it like three times. It makes you want to say, YEAH! and go vote.

So, keep fighting the good fight, YEAH! I'm going to go vote.

Anonymous said...

What a great post. Thanks for working to inform the general public about the truth.

Anonymous said...

Do You See 5-Year-Olds Signing Cards To Be Allies To Heterosexual Practices??

Why Are They Signing Cards For Homosexual Practices IN SCHOOL?

Save Our Kid’s Childhood. Vote YES! Prop. 8

See this why:,2933,445865,00.html

Anonymous said...


Thank you for all you've done to help rescue marriage, and protect our children's innocence. May God Bless, Abby & Friends.

Mikken said...

Great Post! Thanks for sharing. I think it's so interesting how the opposition doesn't even seem to know what lying means. Thanks for setting them straight! Yes on 8!

Marcia said...

Just to set the record straight for noone else but myself, I (your loving sister) was in the right and I think we had to be a bit older because my recollection is that the event took place while we lived in Japan. Just want to keep things real here!! :)


Anonymous said...

I find it wonderful that other faiths have stood with the LDS church and not let them take the flak alone.

Los Angeles interfaith leaders voiced their support for the LDS church this afternoon, saying: “The peaceful faiths, families, educators, activists, and community servants who make up the protect Marriage Coalition are saddened to hear of the continued targeted attacks on the Mormon people during and after the conclusion of this fair and certified election. Like many churches, the family is the anchor of the LDS faith and it is no surprise that its members in California joined other faiths in giving everything they had to Proposition 8.“

It’s one of the more amazing things of this election, that so many faiths were able to build bridges and find common ground to stand on.

playwrighter said...

Poking fun at the No on Prop 8 Sore Losers. I apologize in advance for the F-Word...

wootmama said...

you can go to this site: and look for people who would be sympathetic to this story:

You can copy and paste it word for word or make your own comment, just put the link at the bottom. People need to know what is happening via this list.

Gay Activists Use Donor List for Targeted Persecution

Scott Eckern, 25 year veteran of the Music Circus performing arts theatre in Sacramento has been forced to resign after being targeted by gay activists who used public records to “out” proposition 8 supporters. Eckern donated of his time and means to the tune of 1000.00 of his personal savings to the cause. Though his personal beliefs and efforts on behalf of proposition 8 did not cross into his professional life, he is now being forced to resign his position as his company bows to pressure from the gay community who are looking for revenge in the wake of California’s passage of the gay marriage ban.

This kind of political bullying is unconscionable. Pleas from the community on behalf of the longtime director fell on deaf ears as the news spread of the pressure for his resignation. A letter campaign in support of Eckern was heart felt, but came too late.

Who is next? Where is the image of love and tolerance now?