Pastors in Houston were quick to express their discontent with Houston Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Richard Carranza wanted to add LGBTQ studies to school coursework.
In a meeting hosted by the Houston Defender, Carranza said, “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.” He added, “I think its 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.”
To this, Rev. Dave Welch expressed his discontent with the proposal and stated that Carranza and all those supporting his idea are in fact trying to use classrooms “as a social experiment of a radical political agenda.”
“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 in a statement. “The HISD Board of Trustees needs to remind Dr. Carranza 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.”
“Dr. Carranza, not in our city and not our children,” he continued. “The former mayor of Houston attempted to turn Houston into San Francisco with this same philosophy. Again, this is Houston, Texas, not San Francisco, California.”
Carranza, on the other hand, made it quite evident during his meeting that incorporating LGBTQ studies is only the beginning of the many changes that you would like to implement in the near future.