Michelle Turner, vice president of Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum, tells Metro Weekly that the revised sexuality curriculum being introduced in Montgomery County is “one-sided,” saying that “if there is information for people who ‘choose to be’ gay, there should also be information for those who would rather be ‘ex-gay.'” Her complaint was met with this pithy slapdown:
Jim Kennedy, a social psychologist and president of Teach the Facts, a group that is in favor of the current curriculum, says Turner’s modification requests are ”ridiculous,” and predicts that the program will successfully go forward to encompass all of the schools in Montgomery County by the fall of 2007.
”If you are an ‘ex-gay,’ I guess that means that you were gay and are not anymore,” Kennedy says. ”Then you would be straight, heterosexual. It doesn’t need its own category. Never mind the fact that if they were going to teach that, they should also teach about ‘ex-straights’ and about ‘ex-ex-gays,’ people who claim to be ‘ex-gay’ and are now gay again, which far outnumber ‘ex-gays.”’
Let a thousand extra-curricular clubs blossom, but let’s keep the politics and social engineering out of health class, please.