|10/21/14 – By Marc Garman — How much is too much religion in our public schools? This is a question that has garnered a lot of attention in Vallejo. With the ACLU lawsuit over religiously motivated improper treatment received by a gay student and the subsequent ruling mandating additional training and an anti-bullying program it is obvious that there are issues. The recently released (online) “Transformation Vallejo” video from evangelist Ed Silvoso raises questions again.|
The above video focuses heavily on the role of Silvoso’s religious devotees in our public schools and has commentary from numerous ministers including former City Council candidate Anthony Summers and Michael Brown of Michael’s Transportation but also includes a testimonial from Superintendent Ramona Bishop as well as several Vallejo school principals. Mayor Osby Davis and (then) Vice-Mayor Erin Hannigan appear in the video as well. Even without the openly homophobic rhetoric espoused by Silvoso, and the history of tension between the LGBT community and faith community surrounding the schools in Vallejo, one can only question the wisdom of the sort of glowing endorsements given by school officials. Not to mention the necessity of maintaining a secular aspect to public education in order to ensure fair treatment of all students. The sense of a fundamentalist religious sect being embraced on some level by the school district, especially one known for hate speech against members of the community who are homosexual is disturbing. Can school officials endorse some good deeds from a group that believes that gay people are inhabited by demons in need exorcism? How does this make gay students in Vallejo schools feel? Food for thought with the upcoming school board elections. You be the judge.
|For those of you unfamiliar, Ed Silvoso expounds on his position regarding Gay Demons|
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