On Wednesday, the Illinois Senate passed a bill that requires all public schools in the state to teach lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, and they must use inclusive and ‘non-discriminatory’ textbooks.
According to The Associated Press, the bill passed with a 34-18 vote, and would require “all elementary and high schools to teach a unit studying ‘the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State.'”
Democratic Sen. Heather Steans, who supported the bill, told Fox News that teaching LGBT history would “increase compassion and understanding as well as to provide historical role models for LGBT students.”
Opponents of the bill are concerned that it contradicts Judeo-Christian beliefs and puts students’ religious freedom at risk. Illinois Family Institute lobbyist Ralph Rivera stated that while schools should teach respect for every student and person, they “should not be used to advocate for lifestyles that are against the religious values of the students and parents.”
Along with removing prayer and Bible reading from the public school system, this is yet another way in which the government continues to try and remove God and biblical values from the school system and introduce secular and humanistic teachings into the lives of children.
The bill will now head to the House. If it is passed, Illinois will be the second state with such a law.
– Blair Halliday