LETTER: Disagrees with petition for Lindquist’s removal

To the Editor:

I am disturbed to see front-page news concerning a petition to remove an appointed member to a group whose chairman (Heidemann) states “We look for a broad, cross-section of people for this task force.” Just because one’s opinion (Lindquist) differs from that of another, is not grounds for removal.

The issue of the task force is not to resolve sexual orientation or acceptance of the same. It’s about bullying and eliminating it in order to create an environment that cultivates the future talent of our world. School, while in some respects is social, is not a political platform to promote one’s sexual orientation.

In reading the article I suggest those opposed to Lindquist’s are initiating a form of bullying and their inclusion in the task force should be questioned.

It’s time to re-focus school on it’s true purpose (the 3 R’s) and incorporate an “A-Sexual” environment. Sexual orientation and discussion of the same, is not something to be discussed in school, but rather the home and at the parents discretion, not the schools.

Kurt Cavalier

Champlin

  • Stephen Berg

    Tom Lindquist is a member of the Parents Action League according to the Sun Press article. This organization was named a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The issues of bullying specifically dealt with the problems gay students had experienced in the district. It was these issues of sexual orientation and bullying that got the school district in hot water to begin with. The PAL and Lindquist actively fought against changing the bullying policy that caused all of the problems.

    It is inappropriate that a member of a group percieved as a hate group should be on a task force charged with eliminating bullying. By definition, hate groups are the perveyors of bullying. The PAL is on record as being passionately anti-gay. The bullying issues came out of students who were bullied because they were gay or percieved as gay. These led to students who committed suicide. That is why issues of sexual orientation are so intertwined in this debate, and are part of it, whether you want it to be or not.

    I think the controversy comes because those most affected by the bullying do not see an advocate in the PAL or Mr. Lindquist/

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