God, Homophobia and Our Public Schools

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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'God, Homophobia and Our Public Schools' have 28 comments

  1. October 21, 2014 @ 11:48 pm Bishop is the symptom of the School Board's Failure

    Ramona Bishop shows here her true colors. She merely paid lip service to anti-bullying efforts, all the while courting these fundamentalist religious jihadis. Those efforts have since turned into nothing more than a rote assembly and a film shown to our students. She has continued the tradition of nepotism by hiring her friends and associates from organizations she belongs to, as well as churches she frequents on her tours of politicking. You would think that a Superintendent of Schools of a school system which has shown such poor policy making and decision making in the past would be extra careful to avoid even the hint of impropriety, but Bishop dives head first into the muck, mouth open.

    What in the world is our school board doing while this is going on? I know they have been made fully aware of the problem. Why do they refuse to reign her in and continue to give her carte blanche and allow her to take our schools further into this ridiculous morass? Even more reason to get rid of the incumbent board and not fund this kind of ridiculous corruption with another bond measure. Vote NO on E and rid ourselves of incompetent trustees.


  2. October 22, 2014 @ 2:10 am Anonymous

    This issue of Church and State is definitely heating up on social media …

    Separation of Church and State A Wall of Deliberate Deception


  3. October 22, 2014 @ 8:51 am BE

    OMG! OMG! OMG! if this doesn’t scare the crap out of you, you’re one of them. erin hannigan? really? and she’s looking to run for assembly? asera’s in it for the money, just like brown, summers, jefferson and silvoso. and our school board allows, no encourages, this to go on. ubalde is the same kind of exploitive minister as the others. wilson is one of them. waterman and momsen are spineless and weak. stewart is afraid to go against hazel. even if burky gets elected, he will only be one voice. this is what happens when people don’t respect what school boards do and think it’s an unimportant job compared to a councilmember. until we get excellent candidates to vote for, we’ll continue to have a dysfunctional, unqualified and irresponsible school board. and your property values will continue to go down……


  4. October 22, 2014 @ 10:01 am rocketman

    Until the so-called LGBT ‘community’ admits to and engages on the REAL issue regarding homosexuality and marriage, and stops yacking about love, what it referes to as homophobia will continue unabated.

    Oh, yes, the REAL issue regarding homosexuality is the public health issue, principally surrounding the notion of penile-anorectal sex. Until the gay community–and the media–is willing to step up to this one, there will be both a voice and an audience for the anti-gay sentiments characterized as homophobia but that are actually a well-intended opposing view that is couched in religious terms rather than in the real truths associated with health and disease among practitioners of gay sexual expression. The consequences of this are well known in this country–it was called the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and early ’90s that decimated the gay community in San Francisco and spread across the country and around the world.

    THAT is the truth of male homosexuality, not ‘love’. THAT is the truth of male homosexuality, not tax returns marked ‘married filing jointly’.


    • October 22, 2014 @ 11:21 am Your hate speech is noted

      What more will you blame on the LGBT ‘community’?


      • October 23, 2014 @ 12:15 am rocketman

        Hate speech?! Well, there’s a bit of knee-jerk idiotic comment for all of us to consider. I suppose you think that such a comment will quell the TRUTH, but it will not.
        What was stated was NOT hate speech, so shut your yap whoever you are, you are spewing nonsense and confirming my point.

        As for these religious wingnuts, I wasn’t responding to anything to do with them or their commentary on this. I couldn’t care less. But until the REAL issue is brought under public discussion, all of this is nonsense, including LGBT dogma.


        • October 23, 2014 @ 11:23 am Go peddle your hate elsewhere, we're all full up here

          The only jerk here is you. If you want to start a campaign against “sodomy” including all types of sexual activities other than missionary sex between one male and one woman, you’re going to be catching somewhere around 50-80 percent of all people in your wide-cast net. HIV effects straight and gay equally, whether they engage in what you call “sodomy’ or not. These same ignorant and biased comments were made in front of courts including the Supreme Court of the United States and found to be sorely lacking in merit. If you want to peddle this kind of fear mongering and hatred towards the LGBT populace, you should probably head to Uganda and Tanzania like our friend Osby and friends. They seem to be less educated there and more willing to swallow this kind of ignorance there.


          • October 23, 2014 @ 10:28 pm rocketman

            Just more diversion, obfuscation and personal attacks from the LGBT left wing. It is YOU who are the hater–you should listen to yourselves and develop and understanding of what it means to lose credibility.
            Anyone who saw the documentary “We Were Here”–even the first 5 or 10 minutes–was instructed on what took place in San Francisco with the HIV/AIDS destruction–and why. The lessons are unavoidable.

            And by the way, hate has nothing to do with my view on the subject. It is about the truth. A few gay men I know actually do get it, but most do not. Or they engage in willful ignorance and turn instead to HATE and obfuscation and diversion. This is well known and well recognized, so don’t think you are putting anything over on anyone. The bullying and hate speech will get you nowhere.

      • November 2, 2014 @ 12:52 am rocketman

        Gleaning from this string of postings, something else that is wrong is the attempt by the so-called LGBT community to dictate what goes in with our children in schools. Lesbians & gays are not the quintessential parents, regardless of adoptions and the use of reproductive technologies. Why, exactly, are LGBT organizations attempting to take over the school system? It’s not THEIR children in those schools, they are OURS. So keep your know-nothing yaps shut.

        The Constitution of the United States states explicitly: Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion. The massive, long-running lie about ‘separation of church and state’ that has been spread to cover all government entities no matter HOW far removed from Congress they may be is just that–a lie, a fallacy.

        I am not suggesting that proselytizing in public schools is to be condoned or even permitted, but relatively generic ceremonials and even prayers should not be prohibited in schools.

        But the haters are out there and seek to gain control over YOUR children. Just say NO.


        • November 2, 2014 @ 3:07 pm Publicus

          The camel’s nose keeps sneaking into our tent. Imagining the gay community as the source of resistance to organized religion in our schools is pure and simple demonizing of a small group to support an unconstitutional strategy. Didn’t we already try that in WWII? No, I am not gay (I am old) and I don’t have kids in our schools but i greatly fear the Fundamentalist Christian meme creep and an working hard to counter it in my own family. Once impressionable kids start believing in heaven/hell and the fallacy that America is only a Christian nation, it only a short hop to Creationism and other fables that will forever hamper their understanding of the world around them. Imagine Chevron has a few jobs available. Are they going to hire scientists that can read geologic time in the rocks or nutcases that believe that the earth is 6,000 years old? Kids need science to thrive in this age not a stone age god.


          • November 2, 2014 @ 5:30 pm rocketman

            What tent is that? YOUR tent? This is a public forum–nothing is yours. Don’t care for another opinion in the tent? Get over it–there are many.

            There is certainly not much to defend in Christian fundamentalism, but this whining fails to address the First Amendment of the Constitution and what it says about religion. It’s my experience that schools introduce something about spirituality and knowledge of religions are better places than the secular nightmares that many public schools have become where God and even the Ten Commandments have been expunged.

            It’s easy to yack about this stuff in the U.S., because the First Amendment exists–try this kind of anti-religious whining in an Arab Muslim country and see what happens. But that is nothing to aspire to.

        • November 2, 2014 @ 6:14 pm rocketman

          By the way, the Muslim ‘religion’ has nothing to do with any of this. Islam is a false religion and has no American tradition. Islam is the ‘religion’ that the LGBT community must be opposing, particularly since it has NEVER reformed, still embracing the niceties of the 7th century and its bloodthirsty prophet–or is it the 11th century? No matter.


  5. October 22, 2014 @ 10:07 am krissi

    Until now I wasn’t aware that god wanted underground parking.


  6. October 22, 2014 @ 10:40 am Paul Armentano

    According to this video, Vallejo didn’t even have SUNLIGHT until God came to town.


  7. October 22, 2014 @ 11:06 am wharf rat

    Beam Me up Scotty they are passing the Koolaid out on this planet .


    • October 23, 2014 @ 11:33 am Spock

      No signs of intelligent life.


  8. October 22, 2014 @ 12:01 pm BE

    @rocketman, your lack of visiion is stunning. this isn’t about the LGBT community. it’s not that narrow. it’s simply that the LGBT community makes the easiest and most convenient first target. it’s about anyone that doesn’t buy into their apostolic reformation movement.


  9. October 22, 2014 @ 12:02 pm Laurel

    Totally frightening! So many things to react to!! First off, the narrator give me the creeps. Ramona tells us that Michael’s Transportation ‘takes care of problems in the schools we didn’t even know we had’ – how out of touch is that lame brain?? No wonder our schools are in such deep doo doo. Erin Hannigan will kiss anyone’s a$$ for her own gain, as she proves in the video. Anyone else notice the film slyly gives Ed’s servant’s and god credit for Touro, Cal Maritime and business development on MI? It’s nice that Michaels is employing so many otherwise unemployable people but we are in deep trouble and need to get these religious zealots/ bigots out of our schools. It’s dismaying that 2 school principals are fully invested it this snow job.


    • October 22, 2014 @ 12:29 pm Deliver us from Evil

      And Michael Brown gets a contract with the schools for bus service, and full access to our school kids for the laying on of hands, and his daughter, Alana Shackelford, gets a job in the administration as Ramona’s right hand and second in command. Both Shackelford and Bishop get audiences at the churches where they campaign for Measure E and their lackey incumbents, Wilson and Ubalde. One filthy hand washes the other.


      • Monica

        October 22, 2014 @ 5:25 pm Monica

        Okay, my defense comes to a squealing halt at this! WTF? Who’s next? Native Americans like me? Jews? Mormons? Pagans? Oh, wait: that’s who this group thinks the rest of us are. I’m not surprised at Hannigan. Her lack of scruples was well publicized when she talked the local Dems into endorsing Summers for city council.

        How about this: when you bulldoze the earth, destroy its balance, kidnap the surviving original peoples, force them to walk to lands where they don’t know how to survive, then begrudge them their sovereignty, bad stuff happens…rabid Christians like Columbus, Torquemada, and Silvoso take over.


        • October 22, 2014 @ 7:36 pm worthlessbishop

          This is only the tip of the iceberg. I’m glad you are finally seeing the light.


        • October 23, 2014 @ 6:54 am Former employee

          I wonder if Bishop has rallied her Baptist church members to back Measure E. Where else would they get the money for the expensive dinner fundraisers? And the expensive glossy mailers? When Bishop appears in a video with Ed Silvosio, and allowed her homophobic friends to impose prayer in a public school, we should be wary of measure E, very very wary


  10. October 22, 2014 @ 5:23 pm Sage

    Fanaticism, cults, evangelical religion and voodoo fill the vacuum left when people lack a good education. When people cannot think critically for themselves, they turn to others to be told what to think and believe. Osby Davis has a history of this: years ago he was trying to sell a ponzi life insurance scheme that was sweeping the country. Michael brown’s opening remarks grate on the ear of an educated English speaker. We are doomed……until this too shall pass without even a clap of thunder from God!


  11. October 22, 2014 @ 9:50 pm Anon

    This is racism toward Bishop, and I am making some bs.


  12. October 23, 2014 @ 4:56 am Bong Hit

    The LGBT community should be thanked for their sunlight and interest in the schools. No child, zero number of children, not one incident of random or premeditated violence against a child should be tolerated in the schools. Most first world countries follow a policy of strict discipline in their school system. What’s happening here in Vallejo and throughout the country is a politically important voting demographic, blacks, are allowed to commit all kinds of crimes against innocent children in exchange for democrat votes. It’s that simple folks. If you support this political structure by your votes or complicit silence then you are party to violence against innocent children. May you reap what you sow and may karma deal with you and your family.


  13. October 25, 2014 @ 12:31 am O'Baldy

    “Master” of the mansion apparently no longer lives there. If you look at it’s website, Asera Group, Inc. now sports a Philippines address. Word on the street is that lawsuits forced the company to move to the Philippines. Wiki seems to confirm the lawsuits. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Asera)

    Just curious. If Mr Asera now lives in the Philippines, does he still serve as a commissioner for the California Student Aid Commission? Does he still receive compensation from California taxpayers?


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