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Community Reacts to Fresno School Board President Ashjians Comments Equating LGBT Response to Ottoman Turks

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Post Community Reacts to Fresno School Board President Ashjians Comments Equating LGBT Response to Ottoman Turks

By Carmen George for The Fresno Bee

FRESNO, Calif. (The Fresno Bee)A Fresno Armenian pastor is among many now calling for the resignation of Fresno Unified School Board President Brooke Ashjian after he equated LGBT activists to Ottoman Turks.

(L to R) Rev. Ara Guekguezian and Brooke Ashjian

The Rev. Ara Guekguezian said the LGBT community, which is on the margins of society, should not be compared to Turkish officials who carried out the Armenian Genocide.

If the Ottoman Turks say, We are trying to silence you or marginalize you or demonize you, that is frightening because eventually they end up killing you, Guekguezian says. When someone in the margins says, Dont talk about that, it marginalizes me, it demoralizes me, its a very different thing. It doesnt come from a place of power.

Ashjians comments came at the end of a five-hour board meeting Wednesday night after dozens responded to comments he made last month about the LGBT community.

Here is video of the full statement http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/...169137202.html (Video courtesy ofFresno Unified School District/The Fresno Bee).

It is sad, they like the Ottomans are trying to be the thought police, Ashjian said, reading from a two-page statement he wrote. They are trying to make people of faith second-class citizens, as they seek to silence our voices in the public square. Just like what my grandparents and millions of other grandparents had to endure at the hands of the Ottomans before escaping to America.

Guekguezian said Ashjians comments also minimalize the horrors of the Armenian Genocide. As many as 1.5 million Armenians were killed from 1915 to 1923 by the Turkish government and its allies.

Guekguezian has strong opinions about the way Fresno Unified is doing business and caring for children. I cant believe how sensitive, how immature, how fenced in, how weak they are. If they are that weak, they shouldnt be in a position of leadership.

Guekguezian is pastor of First Congregational Church of Fresno, also known as the Big Red Church, which describes itself as an open and affirming church for all people. Guekguezian attended Wednesday nights meeting to support the LGBT community.

The controversy began when Ashjian talked to The Bee about the California Healthy Youth Act, a law requiring schools to teach unbiased and medically accurate sex education, including lessons on birth control, abortion, and LGBT relationships. In a story published Aug. 4 in The Bee, Ashjian said you have kids who are extremely moldable at this stage, and if you start telling them that LGBT is OK and that its a way of life, well maybe you just swayed the kid to go that way. Ashjian, who is Mormon, also said, Its so important for parents to teach these Judeo-Christian philosophies.

Mark Scoffield, a fellow member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Fresno, was among those at Wednesdays meeting. When asked if Ashjians decision to compare LGBT activists to Ottoman Turks was fair, Scoffield said he didnt know because hes not Armenian, but that he liked Ashjians comments about religious freedom and freedom of speech.

Jess Fitzpatrick, co-chair of Trans-E-Motion, said Ashjian has a right to freedom of speech, but that we have the ability as a community to come together and say, We dont want that [speech] to be representative of us.

The Armenian Genocide reference seems to be an attempt by Ashjian to pull the Central Valley heartstrings, but in a really nasty, cynical way, Fitzpatrick said. I hope that people can recognize it for what it is. Its a total prey on their emotions.

This article was published in The Fresno Bee on Aug. 24.


By Carmen George for The Fresno Bee FRESNO, Calif. (The Fresno Bee)A Fresno Armenian pastor is among many now calling for the resignation of Fresno Unified School Board President Brooke Ashjian after he equated LGBT activists to Ottoman Turks. (L to R) Rev. Ara Guekguezian and Brooke Ashjian The Rev. Ara Guekguezian said the LGBT community, which is on the margins of society, should not be compared to Turkish officials who carried out the Armenian Genocide. If the Ottoman Turks say, We are trying to silence you or marginalize you or demonize you, that is frightening because eventually they end up killing you, Guekguezian says. When someone in the margins says, Dont talk about that, it marginalizes me, it demoralizes me, its a very different thing. It doesnt come from a place of power. Ashjians comments came at the end of a five-hour board meeting Wednesday night after dozens responded to comments he made last month about the LGBT community. Here is video of the full statement http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/...169137202.html (Video courtesy ofFresno Unified School District/The Fresno Bee). It is sad, they like the Ottomans are trying to be the thought police, Ashjian said, reading from a two-page statement he wrote. They [...]
By Carmen George for The Fresno Bee FRESNO, Calif. (The Fresno Bee)A Fresno Armenian pastor is among many now calling for the resignation of Fresno Unified School Board President Brooke Ashjian after he equated LGBT activists to Ottoman Turks. (L to R) Rev. Ara Guekguezian and Brooke Ashjian The Rev. Ara Guekguezian said the LGBT community, which is on the margins of society, should not be compared to Turkish officials who carried out the Armenian Genocide. If the Ottoman Turks say, We are trying to silence you or marginalize you or demonize you, that is frightening because eventually they end up killing you, Guekguezian says. When someone in the margins says, Dont talk about that, it marginalizes me, it demoralizes me, its a very different thing. It doesnt come from a place of power. Ashjians comments came at the end of a five-hour board meeting Wednesday night after dozens responded to comments he made last month about the LGBT community. Here is video of the full statement http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/...169137202.html (Video courtesy ofFresno Unified School District/The Fresno Bee). It is sad, they like the Ottomans are trying to be the thought police, Ashjian said, reading from a two-page statement he wrote. They [...]
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