California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on July 14, 2011, stating that the gay community would be recognized in the history curriculum. This is considered a landmark bill and proof that the world is progressing.
While I agree on both counts what I don’t agree with is why this is such a necessary thing to teach students. From what I understand history is being rewritten to include the sexual orientation of only the gay movers and shakers who have contributed to history. Why? Am I supposed to feel warm and fuzzy that some male politician was attracted to other males? Does the fact that he liked to engage in sodomy change anything? If Jerry Brown wants my children to learn this in school why stop there? Rewrite history to include the sexual orientation of straight people too. “Albert Einstein was a genius. Oh and by the way, he also had sex with women. This is important children. Remember that he enjoyed the company of other women. It will be on a test. Forget about any mathematical contributions he made. He liked women.” Who is Governor Brown kidding with this landmark bill?
When you think of California’s history what immediately comes to mind? Even if you have never lived there. The San Francisco Gold Rush. Very good! Do you know who started the Gold Rush? Mormons. I want religious preferences to be taught right along with sexual preferences. However common opinion states this is ludicrous. The insanity of this notion seems to boil down to a challenge of common beliefs of Mormons. It’s a little known fact that Utah was the first state to grant women the right to vote. True story. A couple years after the Mormons granted women the right to vote. But this is not common knowledge because politicians would rather enforce a gay curriculum than a religious one. We must maintain the perception that Mormons keep their women subservient at home while they’re barefoot and pregnant. In the meantime, let’s label every person in history by their gay sexual preference.
Apparently the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Bible, the Old Testament that many religious groups believe in, is not enough gay history. In the Bible’s defense, the sexual perversions in that story were important details of the story. This is not always the case. I think people should be recognized in history for the role they played. Sexual orientation rarely has anything to do with it. If someone is gay they should go off and be gay all they want. Have their little gay parties and their little gay clubs and all the gay sex they want. But leave it at that. I’m not gay but I also don’t walk around introducing myself, “Hi my name is Tristan. My favorite color is clear. I enjoy having sex with my male husband!” Who cares! My sexual preferences are mine alone. So are everyone else’s.
If anything, I think this landmark bill proves that society’s mind is so open its brains are falling out. Tolerance does not mean forcing people to agree. I am tolerant of the gay community. They have every right to practice gay sex. They have every right to not be discriminated against. They do not have the right to force their opinions on others. What’s next, only celebrating redheads in history? Sexual preferences have nothing to do with any contribution to society, which is what this bill dictates. Heterosexuals choose to engage in sexual encounters that will perpetuate the species. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun too. Homosexuals choose to engage in sexual activities that they find pleasurable, period. This difference of opinion bears no merit whatsoever on social contributions in history. Can we move on please!