Reverend Franklin Graham, president of the influential Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, is lashing out at Houston ISD Superintendent, Richard Carranza after he proposed adding LGBTQ studies to the district’s existing U.S. history curriculum on Tuesday.
Graham, you might remember, has supported a constitutional amendment in North Carolina to ban same-sex marriage, has called gay individuals “the enemy”, supports Russia’s anti-LGBT policies, publicly stated he refuses to buy Girl Scout cookies because they support LGBT people and more.
Carranza argues that including LGBTQ and ethnic studies in the history curriculum will show students in the country’s seventh-largest school district a broader picture of America’s past, reports the Houston Chronicle. He also stressed that no concrete decisions have been made and that conversations about including LGBTQ issues within history curriculum are just beginning, which could take months or years.
“The LGBTQ movement in the U.S. has a history, and in many cases, many people would call it a civil rights history in terms of acceptance and in terms of who have been leaders of the movement,” Carranza said. “I think it’s part of the American history. To include that as part of what kids study is just a bigger picture of who we are as America.”
Graham, who delivered a scripture passage at the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, took to Facebook this weekend to condemn Carranza’s proposal, claiming the school district is just trying to brainwash kids to embrace gay and lesbian, bisexual and transgender lifestyles.
“I’m thankful for pastors in Houston who are standing up against the school superintendent as he is trying to push ‘LGBTQ history’ curriculum on students,” he wrote, a reference to the Houston Area Pastor Council’s condemnation of the proposal.
“The Houston Area Pastor Council is exactly right — this curriculum is not about education, it is about indoctrination.”
“This is Houston, not San Francisco,” the council’s executive director, the Rev. Dave Welch, said in a statement, The Christian Post reported.
“The proposal by HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza to introduce California-style LGBTQ ‘studies’ into our children’s U.S. History curriculum is not about education, it is about indoctrination.”
“Carranza is an import from San Francisco where this kind of propaganda that attempts to equate sexual lifestyles, gender confusion and hostility toward the traditional family has become the norm,” Welch said.
He added the superintendent should be mindful that “this is Texas, where the people of all ethnicities still believe that our children are to be protected, nurtured and educated, not used as a social experiment of a radical political agenda.”