Thursday, March 16, 2006

Public schools to welcome gay rights- from Pink News- all the latest gay news from the gay community - Pink News

Public schools to welcome gay rights- from Pink News- all the latest gay news from the gay community - Pink News: "The recommendations were drafted by Haynes and Wayne Jacobsen of BridgeBuilders, an organisation that helps schools and communities find common ground on religious issues. Representatives from the Christian Educators Association International (CEAI) and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) also served on the drafting committee and endorsed the process recommended in the guide.

“The strength of these guidelines is the focus to include all stakeholders impacted by this issue, which clearly includes the Faith Community. We need to be sensitive to listen and show respect for individuals with opinions on all sides of this issue even if we don't agree with them. In this type of environment, those expressing views based on religious convictions or personal experience can do so without violating their own personal convictions,” he said.

The new guidelines are the latest in a series of common-ground statements developed and published by the centre and endorsed by a broad range of religious and educational groups. In 2000, three of these consensus guides on religious liberty in public schools were sent by the U.S. Department of Education to every public school in the United States."

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