As we approach an election, activists from groups query candidates on their positions: pro-gun control, anti-gun control; supporter of abortion, against abortion; pro-gay marriage, opposed to gay marriage. You get the idea.
So when a friend who is a supporter of an unborn child's right to life asked school board candidate Charlie Kennedy if he was "pro-life or pro-choice," and did he support or oppose public funding of Planned Parenthood or any other agency involved in abortion, Kennedy responded: "I am running for school board and therefore do not think my views on abortion are relevant to the position."
His answer causes me to wonder whether there is any relevance of a school board member's personal views to the curriculum. Most of us are familiar with Planned Parenthood's dogged attempts to infiltrate the schools with their sex education programs.
A little digging online reveals this: The director of education and training for Planned Parenthood in Sarasota lists on her resume that she is a consultant for the Manatee County school board and a group called Healthy Teens Coalition (HTC).
The chair of Healthy Teens Coalition is also coordinator for It's Your Choice and Girl Talk, two in-school programs in Manatee County schools. She is a supporter of Planned Parenthood as evidenced by photos of her at their annual luncheon posted in the Bradenton Herald.
HTC's website is rife with links to sexually explicit websites for teens, and to Planned Parenthood. Mr. Kennedy's fiancé and the HTC chair are co-workers.
So, you the voter decide. Does this connection mean anything or not when it comes to Planned Parenthood's determination to insert their program into Manatee County Schools or to Mr. Kennedy who would like to sit on the school board to voice his input with regard to the curriculum?