by Nathan A. Cherry, 07/12/2012
At one time schools served a purpose, they educated students on fundamental academic skills needed to succeed in the world as an adult. Things like math, reading, writing, science and social studies were important and students were expected to learn before they were promoted to the next grade; where they were once again expected to learn. But in recent years schools seem more like a battleground and testing site for social issues than a place of academic learning.
I wish I had time and space to get into the science issue. But my discussion of Creation vs. Evolution would take up far more space than is amiable here. Suffice it to say that this issue has led to more religious freedom issues in public schools than many others. And while I would love to discuss the revisionist history being taught and the blatant omission of America’s religious founding and Godly heritage, again, space is limited.
But what I do want to mention is the explicit sex-education taking place in our schools. The debate over whether explicit sex-education vs. abstinence education is most effective rages on in the halls of Washington (mostly because Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups are seeking to indoctrinate impressionable students into believing abortion is “no big deal,” but let’s move on).
Anyone with a shred, merely an ounce of common sense knows that the only 100% sure way to not get pregnant and not get an STD is to not have sex. It’s really a very simple matter of biology. But some genius has decided that our elementary kids need to know about sex, and masturbation, and contraception, because it will keep them “safe.” This liberal view is nothing more than a scheme to push students towards early sexual activity, which will result in teen pregnancy, which will lead to abortions. (No wonder Planned Parenthood supports explicit sex-education.)
A new study – by Congress – concludes that explicit sex education isn’t best for our kids:
“The House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee released a report on Friday entitled A Better Approach to Teenage Pregnancy Prevention: Sexual Risk Avoidance. The report makes it clear that abstinence education is the best approach when it comes to the different approaches for teaching sex education to teenagers…The report goes on to recommend that abstinence education: ‘is a better approach, because it is built on sound theory and empirical evidence.’”
What do you know? All of us that said abstinence education was best are right after all. I guess not having sex really is the best way not to get pregnant or get an STD. I’m so glad Congress confirmed that for us all. Now we can move on and talk about modeling our schools after Islamic madrassas with the Koran as the foundation.
Sure, we can’t have God or the Bible; politicians want to make sure there is a clear “separation of church and state.” But an Indiana Congressman believes it would be a good idea to implement a structure like Islamic madrassas with the Koran as the basis! The sheer hypocrisy of such a statement is greater than I care to address. But understand that unless Christians begin understanding their Constitutional and parental rights concerning their kids in public schools that we are not far from seeing this happen here in the U.S.
The mere fact that a sitting U.S. Congressman would suggest modeling our schools after Islamic schools is shocking enough (and you can bet I would not be voting for him come re-election time). But if you think we are beyond seeing this happen in the U.S. you are terribly naïve.
Speaking of parents getting involved, I was pleasantly surprised to read about a town in Illinois that told GLSEN to get out of their public schools. Their reasoning was that the material GLSEN wanted to teach raised concerns over religious freedom and parental rights! Woo hoo! You go Erie Community Unit School District! What did the material suggest:
“The ‘toolkit,’ according to CitizenLink, encourages teachers to invite students as young as kindergarten age to ‘draw pictures of favorite TV or storybook characters and dress them in clothes that are different … from what they would typically wear,’ such as ‘Cinderella in a knight’s armor’ or ‘Spiderman wearing a magic tiara.’ It also suggests that teachers incorporate examples of homosexual relationships into classroom activities, such as writing math problems to include ‘a variety of family structures and gender-expressions.’ Parents felt the material raised issues of religious freedom and parental rights.”
These parents believe it is their job to teach sexuality to their kids, not a homosexual advocate group backed by the Obama administration. They want to impart their convictions and beliefs to their children rather than let the public schools indoctrinate them. This is a great example of parents being informed and taking a stand rather than caving to political pressure. We applaud them.
By the way, what did West Virginia do when GLSEN wanted to come into our public schools? We opened the door as wide as we could and welcomed them. In case you missed it, you need to read this article by FPCWV president Jeremy Dys on what the WV Board of Education did concerning GLSEN. This homosexual advocacy group backed by the Obama administration seeks to teach kids as young as 5 and 6 about homosexuality, sexual experimentation, and other sexually explicit topics that violate the religious and moral convictions of most West Virginians. And our BOE helped them right through the door.
The time for silence is over. Christians, pastors, parents, anyone that cherishes the religious freedoms our country was founded upon need to wake up and begin taking a bold stand. If you don’t, you can expect more of the radical, liberal social agenda to sweep across West Virginia and the U.S.
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About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.