Pamplin Media Group – Opinion: Is the West Coast becoming a breeding ground for intolerance?


David Pope: Parent groups like Oregon Moms Union seek to indoctrinate our children.

I’ve been surprised by recent news coming out of Oregon from parent groups like the Oregon Moms Union, who are fighting the “woke left” over school board indoctrination. As a visitor and potential new resident of the great state of Oregon, I can’t help but feel disheartened by the news.

Sexual orientation and gender identity are human rights. I have always found Oregon to be an inclusive and tolerant place for all people. The values ​​I encountered during my visits to Portland, Bend, Salem and all places in between led me to seek out Oregon as a place to raise my family.

As a father of two, I raised my boys to treat everyone fairly, regardless of skin color, religion, or sexual identity/orientation. I come from Georgia and know only too well the arguments and whistles used by intolerant people who seek to subjugate minorities to second-class citizens. It makes me wonder if Oregon is so different from where I seek to escape.

My hope is that the people of Oregon reject the false argument perpetuated by these groups about sexual orientation and gender identity. Teachers, administrators and school boards must ensure that all children are heard, seen and feel safe at school. Parents’ attempts to avoid facts they find uncomfortable for school will leave children unprepared to interact with people different from themselves.

As parents, we have a role to play in ensuring that our children are exposed to real situations and open to our differences, while focusing on what unites us. These groups of parents seek to indoctrinate our children about intolerance.

I hope Oregon will remain the open, inclusive, and loving place I’ve come to know.

David Pope is a resident of Woodstock, Georgia.

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