There is no end to the outrageous and egregious acts in public education (indoctrination) towards Christian students. In yet another graphic display of why it's time to pull your students out of government education, officials at Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, Florida are being asked to stop the bullying by a math teacher who is an open advocate for the LGBT lifestyle and has, among other things, banned students from wearing cross necklaces in her classroom. The nonprofit legal group Liberty Counsel said it would prefer for the district to rein in the teacher, Lora Jane Riedas, without the necessity of a court case. But Liberty Counsel is ready to take action – through a federal lawsuit – if it is needed “to vindicate the parental and student rights.” Read about it here.
Liberty Counsel said the teacher, known for being an LGBTQ “ally” and a member of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s Leadership Institute, has gone overboard in her advocacy for her chosen lifestyle. She features classroom décor that “blatantly promotes a pro-LGBT agenda,” reportedly retweeted during the school day “favorite queer web series for kids” and prohibited “at least three students from wearing Christian cross necklaces because she views them as ‘gang symbols.'”
Further, she put LGBT stickers on the notebooks her class uses. Her lesbian partner, also a teacher, “dressed as a nun for a school spirit week, complete with a ‘cross necklace’ made of skulls,’ and she singled out students for “false ‘misbehavior’ allegations” after they removed the LGBT stickers. Liberty Counsel noted the teacher’s propensity for bringing her outside interests into the public school classroom, such as promoting GLSEN’s “Day of Silence,” a national homosexual advocacy protest in public schools.
“The bullying behavior of Lora Jane Riedas is outrageous and unconstitutional,” said Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel. “A teacher cannot ban students from wearing cross necklaces when other students are permitted to wear secular jewelry. Nor can teachers retaliate against students who refuse to display rainbow stickers on their books to promote an LGBT political agenda. The classroom is for learning, not promoting the LGBT agenda.”
The antipathy of the militant homosexual movement towards any symbol of Christianity is reminiscent of the fear of movie vampires towards a cross. What's really happening is that exposure to any vestige of Christianity shines an unwelcome light into their darkness and brings an uneasy awareness of future judgment. They instinctively know that no matter how vociferous their claims on the supposed moral righteousness of their lifestyle, that something is not right. In Acts 24:25, the Roman governor Felix is afraid when Paul discourses on righteousness/self-control/judgment, and commands him to cease. In evidence that something is indeed amiss with the lifestyle, multiple studies repeatedly reveal that "that gay men, lesbians, and bisexual persons have higher rates of suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and completed suicides than do heterosexual individuals" - i.e., see here. Depression affects LGBT people at higher rates than the heterosexual population, and LGBT youths are more likely than heterosexual students to report high levels of drug use and feelings of depression. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is the third leading cause of death among people age 10 to 24 in the United States. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths in grades 7-12 are twice as likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. So much for the "gay" lifestyle (young people might need to research the original meaning of the word).
The darker our culture becomes, the more hostility we will inevitably experience simply by virtue of the light we shine. Just as movie vampires cannot stand sunlight, so too will faithful Christians be increasingly ostracized by a dark culture who cannot abide their presence.