Fresno Unified school board president says being gay not a "way of life"

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  • Published: Tuesday, 08 August 2017 07:55
  • Written by Jason Scott

brookeIn the August 4th edition of The Fresno Bee, Fresno Unified school board president, Brooke Ashjian stated:

“We didn’t want someone else teaching our kids about morality, and what was right and what was wrong,” he said. “That’s the role of a father and mother: You bring a child into the world and you talk to them about things that matter. With society going away from church – whatever church that is – you’re not getting the first crack at that kid. Somebody else is. And that’s a problem.”

A Mormon and a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, Ashjian says Fresno Unified will follow the law, but he is blunt about his personal beliefs regarding some of the lessons now mandated in schools, including teaching LGBT-inclusive sex education.

“My biggest fear in teaching this – which we’re going to do it because it’s the law – but you have kids who are extremely moldable at this stage, and if you start telling them that LGBT is OK and that it’s a way of life, well maybe you just swayed the kid to go that way,” Ashjian said. “It’s so important for parents to teach these Judeo-Christian philosophies.”

If you would like to make a public statement to the school board, and we encourage you to do so, attend the next regular meeting this Wednesday, August 9th at 5:30pm at the district headquarters. Public comments begin after section A of the agenda. You must sign up at the table outside of the room entrance to be called upon to speak. There is no cut off time to sign up, but must be done before public comments start.

PLEASE NOTE: PARKING WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER 5:00 P.M. AT THE “N” STREET PARKING PAVILION LOCATED ON THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF TULARE AND “N” STREETS – ENTRANCE IS ON “N” STREET. Also, the City of Fresno will not enforce the street meters in this area after 6:00 p.m.

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