Overheard: Teaching gay history is unnecessary
A new California law requires public schools teach about the contributions of homosexual, bisexual and transgender Americans.
July 15th, 2011
05:19 PM ET

Overheard: Teaching gay history is unnecessary

Comment of the Day:

“How is singling out one specific group or dividing history along sexual preferences treating people as equals?”—Bengali

 California governor signs bill requiring schools to teach gay history

On Thursday California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will require public schools in the state to teach students about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. The bill will also require teachers to provide instruction on the role of people with disabilities.

CNN.com readers had a strong reaction to the new bill and while some said that they don’t think gay history should be taught separately in the classroom others disagreed.

Lynne113 said, “If gays want equal rights then treat them like everyone else, just say what they accomplished. There is no need to discuss their sexual orientation. You don't see heterosexual people demanding to state in history their sexual orientation.”

Taurus1353 asked, “Aren't LGBTs included in Native Americans, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, and Asian-American groups? What is the special treatment for? Don't LGBTs want to be treated the same? Is segregating themselves as a special class of people really a way to see them as the same as everyone else?”

Omniahumut disagreed. “Teaching history as it actually happened, especially as it pertains to CURRENT EVENTS, is important. Teaching about Gay History, includes both activists in favor of and against, Gay rights.”

VincentOMo said, “Let me teach you...Gay people have their own culture and history. They are separate from straight people... or were. Because society ostracized gay people, they found community and solace amongst themselves and formed their own culture.”

FBI: Enraged flier pelts crew with peanuts

An airline passenger was accused of assaulted and intimidating a Southwest Airlines flight crew on Monday after he allegedly became furious when he was asked to put away his electronic cigarette. CNN.com readers agreed with the FBI’s decision to arrest the passenger upon landing.

Scarboni said, “If you can't use fake cigarettes on a plane I guess this means you can't take a fake gun on a plane either.”

Bookgirl2924 said, “I hope they fine him big time, or ban him from flying. Anyone who creates a stir in an airport or on an airplane sends alarms through people around them.”

Lurgy said, “You may laugh, but those Southwest pretzels are hard as concrete.”

KC3citizen said, “He should have lit a real cigarette up to make it worth the jail time.”

Conservativo responded to those making light of the situation:

“Amazing that so many commenters miss the point entirely and go off on tangents.  The issue in this story is simple – flight crew says "don't do that,"  then you don't do it.  If you continue to "do it," you get arrested.  Interfering with a flight crew, no matter how seemingly innocuous it is, is a very serious business.”

The ‘Harry Potter Generation’ opens at the close

Friday marked the end of an era for many Harry Potter fans around the world as the final installment of the blockbuster series opened in theaters around the world.  Andrew Slack, the president of the Harry Potter Alliance, penned an open letter to CNN.com.  In the comments, readers looked back on their favorite Potter moments.

gbswales said, "This was a fitting climax to the series – it was a pity that it had to be split into two parts but I guess cinemas were scared to run a four-hour film – Once I have both DVD's I want to try joining the two films to see it as it should have been.  I honestly felt this one of the best HP films."

DickRussell said, " 'Like Alice in Wonderland' or 'Peter Rabbit,' these wonderful stories will continue to delight future generations as long as humanity endures. This is not the end but merely the first decade of a long, wonderful life for our friends from Hogwarts."

K1llerteddyb said, "I grew up reading these books, and loving every moment of it. Literally absorbing their intricate story and life-lessons."

stormsunsaid, "Harry Potter is great literature!  A hundred years from now, they will be teaching college courses and writing dissertations on the Harry Potter books.  J.K. Rowling is every bit as good as Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), one of my personal favorite writers."

Wolfkin99 said, "And to think....the church had these books banned when they first came out for trying to lure children into a fantastical paganistic realm. No one can stifle the best of imaginations. Rock on, Rowley!"

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity

soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. Ohio Tea Partier

    I know Jeff seen this article and went into some kind of rant about Lev18:22. But he stuck with CNN community guidelines and did'nt cut on his fellow bloggers and he did'nt cuss. I guess like old Soviet Union, CNN censors what he says and does. They hate his extremist right position.

    July 17, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ohio Tea Partier "JF Just for you"

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7addd1-SY8&w=425&h=349%5D

    July 17, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. jerk

    When Jesus was talking about the last days he said what was good will be bad and what was bad will be good. Oh how true that is.

    July 17, 2011 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. RP

    The view that LGBT history is not necessary is identical to when black or other ethnic history was considered not necessary. Denying the achievements and contributions to society and culture that LGBT individuals have made is denying the history and culture of America. Ignorance breeds fear which can become anger and aggression towards any topic that is not well understood.

    July 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Concerned

    This is the same photo they used in the blog about Indiana schools doing away with cursive writing. Isn't that the greatest thing you ever heard? We have no need to teach cursive writing anymore, but we can teach about the fudge packers and leg lickers now. Does anyone wonder who's running the public education system in this country? No wonder we have fallen way behind other countries when it comes to education this is rediculous to say the very least.

    July 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • mommagrizz

      Very concerned also. Cursive writing is a personal accomplishment, a joy, and a beauty. lgbt is perversion that people can learn about or not at the psychiatrist office. Should not be dumped on children like it's all so innocent and worthy of everyone's time or focus.

      July 17, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mister pankers

    Dear people I have just one thing to say those who call themselves christians if we are truly who GOD (Great Omnipitent Deity) called us to be we should not shove and force our beliefs than these people`s throats without expecting the people were trying to save to fight back it is however important that we TALK to these people tell how their sin is wrong and ask if they want to get saved or not if they do than glory be to GOD another member has joined our family if not than walk away and pray for them and DO NOTHING ELSE. That is all

    July 17, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. humble horrace

    All the kweers contributed was A.I.D.S.

    July 25, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. genewest

    Why not just teach history?

    August 14, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
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