Democratic Candidates Say They’re OK With Second-Grade Teacher Reading Gay Prince Fairy Tale

A fairy tale about two princes falling in love sparked a backlash — and a lawsuit — against a teacher and a school last year when it was read to a second-grade class in Massachusetts.

Please read —Leviticus 18:1-25 (click here for chapter 18) and see the progressive decay of a society that turns from it’s creator.
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But the three frontrunners in the Democratic presidential race suggested Wednesday night at their debate in New Hampshire that they’d support reading the controversial book to children as part of a school curriculum.

Moderator Tim Russert asked John Edwards, Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton whether they’d be comfortable having the story — called “King & King” — read to their children in school.

Edwards gave the first and most definitive answer — a resounding and instant “yes, absolutely” — although he added that it “might be a little tough” for second-graders.

Obama agreed with Edwards and revealed that his wife has already spoken to his 6- and 9-year-old daughters about same-sex marriage.

Clinton said she believes it’s up to parents to decide how to handle such topics, but added that it’s important to teach kids about the “many differences that are in the world.”

Same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts, and, as Russert pointed out Wednesday, most of the Democratic candidates have said they oppose it. But though they don’t back the legislation, they apparently think it’s OK to teach elementary-school students about gay marriage.

“I want my children to understand everything about the difficulties that gay and lesbian couples are faced with every day, the discrimination that they’re faced with every single day of their lives,” Edwards said. “I suspect my two younger children, Emma Claire, who’s 9, and Jack, who’s 7, will reach the same conclusion that my daughter Cate, who’s 25, has reached — which is, she doesn’t understand why her dad is not in favor of same-sex marriage.”

The 2004 vice presidential candidate and former North Carolina senator said he doesn’t want to influence his kids’ opinions about the issue.

“I don’t want to make that decision on behalf of my children,” he said. “I want my children to be able to make that decision on behalf of themselves, and I want them to be exposed to all the information, even in — did you say second grade? Second grade might be a little tough, but even in second grade to be exposed to all those possibilities, because I don’t want to impose my view. Nobody made me God.”

Obama told Russert that his sentiments are similar to those of Edwards, and, when asked whether he’d sat down to talk about same-sex marriage with his young daughters, he replied that his wife had.

“The fact is, my 9-year-old and my 6-year-old I think are already aware that there are same-sex couples,” the Illinois senator told the debate. “One of the things I want to communicate to my children is not to be afraid of people who are different. …. One of the things I think the next president has to do is stop fanning people’s fears. If we spend all our time feeding the American people fear and conflict and division, then they become fearful and conflicted and divided.”

Clinton said she respects the viewpoints of Obama and Edwards, but she sidestepped the question of whether she’d be comfortable having a storybook like “King & King” read to her own child at that age.

“With respect to your individual children, that is such a matter of parental discretion,” Clinton said. “Obviously, it is better to try to … help your children understand the many differences that are in the world. … And that goes far beyond sexual orientation. So I think that this issue of gays and lesbians and their rights will remain an important one in our country.”

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is vying for the Republican nomination for president, weighed in afterward with a statement accusing the Democratic candidates of being “out of touch” with America.

“Not one candidate was uncomfortable with young children learning about same-sex marriage in the second grade,” Romney said in the statement. “This is a subject that should be left to parents, not public school teachers. We need to strengthen our families by passing a federal marriage amendment and also insisting on marriage before having children. Change in Washington requires Democrats with the courage to stand up to their ultra liberal base and do what’s right for our children.”

Some Lexington, Mass., parents were livid that a Joseph Estabrook Elementary School teacher read “King & King” to their second-grade children in class.

The Dutch tale, which has been translated into English, is about a prince whose mother pressures him to find a princess but who ends up falling in love with and marrying the brother of one of the prospective brides instead.

Last year, a judge dismissed a federal lawsuit brought by two sets of parents of students in the class who objected to the introduction of homosexual themes to their 7-year-olds without alerting them first, on the grounds that it was a violation of the state’s sex-education parental notification clause.

School officials stood by their decision to teach about different kinds of marriage and said that Massachusetts law requires them to do so.

  1. Henry Pollard, 27 September, 2007

    I know that criticism can be taken in one of two ways for God’s children. One way is for the person who is the object of the criticism to test it against the ultimate standard, God’s Word, and then proceed accordingly. The other is to do as Cane did, ignoring the ultimate standard, God’s Word, in coming to the proper conclusion about how to proceed in light of the criticism. The latter choice was very disastrous for Cane and his posterity, and these people are like Cane; full of the spirit rebellion. Even to a point that they would allow little children to be exposed to the doctrines of devils. If Sodom and Gomorrah had civic leaders like these, no wonder God destroyed their cities and the people. May the Lord God have mercy on America and the people of this nation choose leaders not like these, but leaders who care not about the opinions of men and care more what the Lord thinks of them.

  2. nanc, 27 September, 2007

    what next, bestiality?

    everything’s becoming the norm. so much so that who knows what the norm is anymore?

  3. Leslie, 28 September, 2007

    So first I understand taking God out of the School system…Seperation of Church and State…But why is it then okay for you to teach 2nd graders about “Gay Marriage” Are we breeding a generation with no Conscience? One that embraces all things and debates nothing for the sense of Diversity and Peace? Didn’t Jesus talk about how he came to divide?! I surely see what that means. There is a RIGHT and a WRONG. Not everything is okay and through biblical history this has been proven. How many lands need to be laid waste until we learn God is not understanding he is JUST and he does not condone sin in any regard. You know what though….

    Rev 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
    Rev 22:12 ¶ And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

  4. Leslie, 28 September, 2007

    Also, I would like to add that I don’t know how this falls under Anti-Semitism. It is clearly a falling away.

  5. Remnant, 28 September, 2007

    Is. 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
    Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
    Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

    This is just a sign of our times

    In Messiah
    Remnant

  6. jen-o, 28 September, 2007

    hey nanc,

    you took the words right out of my mouth…
    what next, “the king and his horse”?
    afterall, edwards wants his children to be exposed to ALL the possibilities, even in 2nd grade…

    how about pedophilia (sexual orientation towards children)… perhaps, they all think that 2nd graders should be exposed to that, too… mohammed was a pedophile and married a child who was 6 or 7 years old… hey, they can kill two birds with one stone – they can teach about pedophilia and islam at the same time…

    hmmmm…

  7. Linda, 29 September, 2007

    These poor kids…let them alone so they can enjoy being kids without having their innocence taken away from them by the most selfish group of people on the face of the earth…all they’re worried about is pushing through their agenda & they don’t care how many young minds they confuse in the process.
    And these politicians are really pathetic…if this is the best they can do in this arena, what good would they be dealing with terrorists???
    I pray Almighty G-D will open the eyes of the voters before it’s too late, in Jesus name.

  8. nanc, 29 September, 2007

    ecclesiastes is a book also for our time.

    for every purpose under heaven…

    our children didn’t even want to know where babies came from until the ages of five and six – they’re now fifteen and sixteen and just in the last year cared a hoot about how they got there! they will let us know when they’re ready for more information and if we give it to them straight, it’ll usually leave them saying, “blechhhhhhhhhhh, TMI – TMI – TMI!” “I DON’T THINK I’LL BE READY FOR THAT UNTIL I’M THIRTY!”

  9. JAMES, 07 November, 2007

    The Lord have mercy on them all. Time is running out and they are too “Smart” to believe in the literal judgement that comes upon them. Believers know what is coming and should find a way to protect our children from the evil that permeates every circle of secular life, school, government etc… Stand and fight for what is right. Fight for all you are worth, give no thought to what anyone but the Living God thinks of you. If thru your struggle you save one child or convince one poor sinner of his plight, then you have won the victory.

  10. Scott L., 08 November, 2007

    Hey all

    I’m afraid if I had kids in school today, I would also be in Jail today too.
    the groanings are getting stronger for Jesus to return. All I can say about this, is pray! pray! pray.

    At Phoenix College they have a poster for the G.L.B.T., straight or whatever club, it’s called Spectrum. And everytime I see that poster, I think to myself what would they say if I walked in and said I was a pedophile, would they truly except me, and for those of you out there that don’t know me (I’m not).
    But this country is going in that direction. It’s OK just to be what ever you want to be and have sex with anyone or anything you want, but just don’t be one of those fanatical christians who only have sex with there God given spouse, and don’t read any of those Bible stories that are just made up in the first place.
    All I can do anymore is just shake my head and feel the broken heart of Jesus as this country gets darker and darker.
    But be of good cheer friends Jesus overcame the world, so we can too.

    Love in Christ
    Scott

  11. Kevin Wilson, 09 November, 2007

    Oh, Scott, I hear you brother.

    I have been helping at a local public charter school and the things I hear from the mouths of teenagers shock even my wretched flesh. I’m trying to get certified to be a substitute teacher and you would not believe all of the goverment hoops that need to be jumped through to get a job that pays so little but yet is SO important. The world is just in-side-out. But we must not give up, there are still MANY souls to save.

    In Jesus precious name

    Kevin

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