Colorado Springs Magazine in Colorado-Springs, Colorado 1 Apr 1994
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Colorado Springs Magazine (Newspaper) - April 1, 1994, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Citizens project celebrate diversity citizens project a Box 2085 a Colorado Springs Colorado 80901 a 719-520-9899 if the words celebrate diversity done to ring any Bells chances Are you done to drive much. Fifteen thousand Blue and White bumper stickers sporting the phrase have been distributed and More than a few have found their Way onto bumpers in our Community. Who a behind the phrase and what do they stand for what is citizens project in our Mission statement we describe ourselves As a a grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the traditional american values of pluralism Freedom of religion and separation of Church and our vision statement outlines our goal which is a Community committed to working beyond ignorance prejudice and fear where differences Are respected individual rights Are protected and diversity is celebrated. A i guess to a certain degree i want to give citizens project the credit for being a Well organized Well put together not Small they re not anaemic they Are not powerless they re not the underdog and when they talk they re going to have to be contended a Kevin Tebedo Colorado for family value these guiding principles make Clear our commitment to the time honoured values of pluralism Equality and respect for differences. These traditional values Are behind our message of a celebrate paid insert what concerns citizens project we re concerned about a growing attitude of intolerance. When Public policy or misinformation is used to unfairly exclude demean or vilify those who Are different a whether based on gender race religion or sexual orientation a we re All threatened. Hostility toward those who Are different can be heard in the rhetoric of several National figures a you say a you re supposed to be Nice to the episcopalians and the presbyterians and the methodists and this that and the other thing a nonsense i Don to have to be Nice to the spirit of the anti Christ Rev. Pat Robertson Christian coalition a Hollywood and the theater world is heavily influenced by jewish anti Christian programming is intentional and by design. A Rev. Don Wildmon american family association a the feminist Agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist anti family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands kill their children practice witchcraft destroy capitalism and become lesbians. A a Rev. Pat Robertson Christian coalition a a Hope to see the Day when As in the Early Days of our country we wont have any Public schools. The churches will have taken them Over and christians will be running them. What a Happy Day that will be. A Rev. Jerry Falwell Liberty Alliance locally we see these attitudes reflected in current conflicts Over multiculturalism evolution outcome based education and sex education in our schools unauthorized baptisms performed by Cornerstone Baptist Church and exclusionary initiatives such As amendment 2 and English Only. We Are particularly concerned when we see the politics of exclusion practice in the name of religion morality or values. Those who disagree Are often falsely accused of opposing morality rather than opposing specific Polit ies which exclude others. Is All this the culture War Quot people Are talking about some see it that Way. Or. James Dobson president of focus on the family describes Colorado Springs As the a Gettysburg of the civil War of values a explaining a a you be got a very new age secular humanistic hostile Community there who hate everything we stand for. And then you be got about 50 Christian ministries and there Are a lot of Christian people. And i mean its the Bonier it s the Frontier of the Battle for the hearts and minds of children in this civil War of focus on the family s vice president Paul Hetrick adds a we sometimes refer to it As a continued on Page 2 i Civ targets the classroom gets right lie Middle of it switching targets from a militant homosexuals to a militant liberals a Colorado for family values Civ executive director Kevin Tebedo vowed his organization would be a a catalyst and a communications Center for thwarting comprehensive sex education in area schools. Attacking All programs not a abstinence Only As dangerous and a intellectually dishonest a Tebedo warned parents to be suspicious of what goes on in their children a school. A they could write a sex cd curriculum that would make focus on the family smile Ami then turn it on its head once it gets into the classroom a he said. Civ in the appearing on the March 3rd a on the carpet radio program with Chuck Baker. Tebedo joined a District 20 Parent in assailing what was described As an a extremely Liberal pro condom distribution pro homosexual Type sex education curriculum currently under review at District 20�?Ts challenger Middle school. Apologizing for Civ a a past inactivity in pubic schools Tebedo promised a stay with Civ we re going to be right in the Middle of the radio show a and Civ a a involvement a was triggered by a letter which appeared in the february 25 edition of the Briar Gate edition. Larry Stein a Parent at challenger Middle school accused the school s principal of unfairly stacking the sex education curriculum review committee and expressed a a outrage Over the Content of the curriculum under review. Spreading misinformation specifically Stein cites mention of Auto erotica asphyxia masturbation and homosexuality claiming the curriculum. A when the majority Speaks in District 20, this sexed thing is going Down in a Kevin Tebedo a every reasonable Effort has been made to address tile sensitive nature of this subject and the differing Points of Pete Cicatelli values and choices teaches about or endorses All three. Challenger principal Pete Cicatelli says Stein is spreading misinformation about the curriculum. In a letter published the following week Cicatelli responded to Stein s charges. Explaining that discussion of autoerotic asphyxia was included in a Section called a teacher s guide for Parent sessions a Cicatelli pointed out that the material was not a intended to in presented in student he also states that the Issue of masturbation and homosexuality As sensitive issues would be approached by a providing definitions of terms and refer ing students to their this is in marked contrast to Stein s accusation that the material taught a landlords should be forced to rent to committee members respond additional charges of a inflammatory remarks were levelled at Stein by members of the curriculum review committee. In a letter also published in the Briargate edition committee members echoed Cic Teui s remarks explaining that a nearly All of Stein examples fall under the controversial subjects that we be agreed to committee members also stressed that the curriculum is available to All challenger parents for review and that there an More Public meetings to come. Concern Over Stein s accusations was also expressed by other committee members. During steins radio interview a committee member describing herself As a extremely conservative a accused Stein of spreading information which was a not totally continued on Page 2 a Wick
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