Watch: Angry Parents Stand Up To School Board Over Lessons On ‘Gay Marriage'; Room Erupts

The school board in Fairfax County, Va., overwhelmingly passed a measure last week concerning the district’s sexual education curriculum.

WTTG reported last Thursday that the board voted 10-2 to keep part of the Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum for K-10 students. This means students could learn about gender identity and sexual orientation in the seventh grade. Only members Patricia S. Reed and Elizabeth Schultz voted no.

According to an FLE Fact Sheet, parents will have the opportunity to opt their children out.

“Parents, do you want your children in Kindergarten to hear about same-sex marriage under the guise of families?” Andrea Lafferty, a Fairfax County parent and president of the Traditional Values Coalition, asked parents during the public comment portion of the meeting, according to CNS News. “No!” they shouted.

“Parents, do you want your children in fifth grade to hear about Gonorrhea and Syphilis? No! We want opt outs and we want to keep them safe,” she continued. “Do you want gender identity to be introduced to seventh grade? No! We want opt outs to remain.”

WTTG, coming out of the meeting, found some very divided opinions on the matter. “It’s certainly a step in the right direction of respecting more students and understanding the perspective of other students who have different gender identities or different sexual orientations,” said David Aponte. “The fact is not whether you opt out of the curriculum full of lies, it’s that you shouldn’t be using taxpayer money to develop a curriculum of lies in the first place,” said Kathy Healy.

The Washington, D.C., Fox affiliate caught up with Schultz, one of the board members who voted “no” after the meeting. “I am very concerned that we’re watching a legacy of an environment that is setting this board at odds with parents,” Schultz said.

Certainly policymaking done on the fly without consideration of the people on whom the policy has the greatest level of impact –and to do so without a great degree of care and to make sure that we’re representing the people who have elected us to be here — can only yield bad policy.

“Now our time is going to be distracted and taken away from the real work of the board,” Schultz added. “We should be worried about educating 186,000 students and not about all of this peripheral political stuff.”

h/t: The Blaze

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WATCH: It’s Not About Waving A Confederate Flag; It’s WHO Is Waving It That Will Shock You

While the debate over the Confederate battle flag is reaching its peak, one Virginia woman doesn’t seem to have any problem with it at all.

In an interview for the documentary Battle Flag, New York native Karen Cooper described the difference between growing up as a member of the Nation of Islam and living in Virginia. “The Nation of Islam thinks you know the races should be separate, you know black and white,” Cooper said. “And then I came down here, and we were more together, and I just realized ‘Well that can’t be right because there’s a lot of nice white folks.’”

I mean, people waved to me that I’ve never known. The north, they claim that they like black people and they care about black people but it is so segregated, It’s not funny. I’ve felt more welcomed in the south.

Cooper said she joined the Tea Party because she believes in small government principles, that the federal government “should not be controlling every aspect of our life.” She is aware that many Americans link the flag to racism, slavery, and the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), but takes a different view:

Actually, most people don’t even stop to talk to me because I think they’re in such shock to see me out there with the battle flag, they don’t even have the nerve to ask why I’m out there. I’m not advocating slavery or think that it was right. It wasn’t and none of my friends think it was. It was just something that happened. It just didn’t just happen in the South — it happened worldwide.

“I think slavery was a choice,” Cooper continued, acknowledging she could be criticized for her opinion. “And I say that because of what Patrick Henry said: ‘Give me liberty, or give me death.’ If we went back to that kind of slavery — no I couldn’t do it. Give me death.”

I feel I’m a slave now because the federal government does control me. I can’t smoke what I want to smoke. I can’t drink what I want to drink. If I want to put something into my body, it’s my body, not theirs. That’s tyranny.

Cooper believes the flag doesn’t stand for tyranny but “represents freedom.” “It represents a people who stood up to tyranny. By me being out there, I hope you would see that this is not racist,” Cooper said. “How can it be racist if I’m out there with them?”

h/t: Opposing Views

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Watch: Homeless Vet’s Piano Skills Will BLOW You Away, But The Real Story Is Who He’s Playing For

Northern Florida has found its “Piano Man.”

A video of a homeless man in Sarasota has gone viral after he was captured flawlessly performing “Come Sail Away” by Styx.

Donald Gould, 51 is a retired Marine who was spotted playing on one of the seven pianos on the sidewalks in downtown Sarasota. “It is my passion. I just like to make people happy out there when I’m playing,” Gould told WFLA. “I put my hat out there and sit it on top of the keyboard in hopes of making tips because I’m homeless.”

You can watch the video in its entirety below.

The network explained the pianos are part of the Sarasota Keys project. “It’s an interactive public arts project in downtown Sarasota,” said Jim Shirley of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. “The whole idea is to give access to people who want to express themselves.”

More than 500,000 people had seen the video within 24 hours of its posting. “It’s overwhelming to me. I can’t believe it. I‘m still fighting off tears. It’s unbelievable. I never thought it would come to this. I’m a clarinet player,” Gould said. The former Marine explains to WFLA the hard times he has faced:

I had a wife pass away on me in ‘98 and I had a son and I was kind of heavy into the pill thing. They took our child away from us, and my wife took a handful of morphine pills and died. She just went to sleep. I couldn’t keep it together and eventually social services got tired of it and they terminated my parental rights.

Everyday it’s painful. There’s not a day that’s gone by since they took him from me that I haven’t thought about him. He turned 18 last August 24th. I wish he would come and find me.

While he appreciates the positive reaction his performance has been receiving, Gould told WFLA he hopes his son sees it and reaches out to him. “I’ve always loved him from the day he was born. I’m never going to stop loving him,” Gould said.

h/t: IJ Review

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Watch: It Only Takes 2 Minutes For This 12-Yr-Old To Completely Demolish George Takei

12-year-old conservative C.J. Pearson criticized actor and activist George Takei on his YouTube channel after the Star Trek star made comments critical of United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for his dissent in last week’s ‘gay marriage’ ruling.

Takei told KSAZ in an interview Tuesday that he was “angry” at Thomas for dissenting from the majority in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized ‘gay marriage’ in all 50 states. “He is a clown in blackface sitting on the Supreme Court,” Takei said. “He gets me that angry. He doesn’t belong there.”

Pearson, taking exception to Takei’s remarks, took to his widely popular YouTube channel shortly thereafter. “Some people that demand the most tolerance can be the most intolerant who you will ever meet in your life,” Pearson said. “And these racist bigoted comments coming from this man is just one more indication of that.”

“I am sick and tired of the left calling us racist, calling us bigots, and calling us people who don’t care about black people,” the boy continued. “But yet, when they say that ‘someone’s got a blackface.’ And well, it’s a okay. It’s not okay! It’s never been okay and it never will be okay. Understood, George?” Pearson took the rest of the video to address Takei directly:

Because guess what, George? I’m sorry, but if a man stands for what he believes, and for Clarence Thomas it was that marriage is between a man and a woman and the Constitution doesn’t grant that purview that’s between a man and a man and a woman and a woman. That’s his belief.

And for you to call someone a blackface is one of the most racist comments that anyone really could. And you are a disgusting tool. You don’t deserve a voice in the public arena. You don’t deserve a voice in the public arena, you don’t deserve to speak up, really. You’re disgusting. And you need to shut up, sit down, and think about what you said. This is outrageous.

Pearson announced Friday on his Facebook page he would be taking a “break from politics and political commentary” after noting a woman threatened to sue him for expressing his opinions. He did say he will have a team that will continue to monitor all of his social media platforms in the interim.

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White College Professor Just Said All Whites Should Do THIS Because of Slavery

An Illinois college professor suggested on Twitter last month that because white persons owned slaves over a century ago, white persons today “are complicit in it.”

Adam Kotsko, a professor of humanities at Shimer College in Chicago, tweeted out the following on June 25: “Whether or not your individual ancestors owned slaves, you as a white person have benefited from slavery and are complicit it it. Sorry.” One person responded, “What follows from this?” to which Kotsko answered: “We should commit mass suicide.”

Twitter/Young Cons

Twitter/Young Cons

Twitter/Young Cons

Twitter/Young Cons

Kotsko, whose Twitter account remains active but restricted to confirmed followers, received some blowback for his “mass suicide” comment.

h/t: Young Cons

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