The President of Fresno’s Unified School Board, a strict Mormon and supporter of President Donald Trump, said he worried the California Healthy Youth Act would be used 'to mold' young adults into members of the LGBT community.
Brooke Ashjian, whose own children are not even in area public schools, claimed that the law's focus on fact-based sexual education would turn children into members of the LGBT community.
“We didn’t want someone else teaching our kids about morality, and what was right and what was wrong,” he said. “That’s the role of a father and mother: You bring a child into the world and you talk to them about things that matter. With society going away from church – whatever church that is – you’re not getting the first crack at that kid. Somebody else is. And that’s a problem.”
The law requires that all students in California public schools learn comprehensive, non-biased, science-based sexual education.
“My biggest fear in teaching this – which we’re going to do it because it’s the law – but you have kids who are extremely moldable at this stage, and if you start telling them that LGBT is OK and that it’s a way of life, well maybe you just swayed the kid to go that way,” Ashjian said. “It’s so important for parents to teach these Judeo-Christian philosophies.”
Ashjian has opted for his children out of the sexual education courses.