Children are being robbed today of their chance to be children. They’re being forced by adults to be exposed to things not age appropriate for them. Unbelievably, in Chicago they are now starting to mandate that kindergartners must go through sex ed classes---300 minutes’ worth.
Steven Ertelt reports in LifeNews.com (9/2/13): “Last week, the Chicago public school system caused a furor by announcing that it thought little boys and girls in kindergarten are ready for sex ed classes. It turns out President Barack Obama, before he became president, agreed.”
Ertelt amplifies that last point, noting that this fulfills “a proposal President Barack Obama supported in 2003 when he served in the Illinois state senate and later defended when he ran for president in the 2008 election cycle.”
Lest we accuse Ertelt of some right wing biased reporting, he adds: “ABCNews.com published a story about what Obama told Planned Parenthood. It carried the headline: ‘Sex Ed for Kindergartners “Right Thing to Do,” Says Obama.’”
Good grief. Sex education for kindergartners? Mandatory? One even wonders if they’ll be told the whole truth. For example, about the dangers of so many sexual lifestyles today.
A few years ago, a Massachusetts school board voted to allow elementary school students access to condoms. At that time, I interviewed Peter Sprigg, senior fellow at the Family Research Council, about the story.
He said, “Well, my understanding is that the school system wants to make condoms available in the schools, and they are not going to place any restriction by age on who may access them. So, the implication would be that if a first grader asks for a condom, that they could get one.”
He noted that at the time they were implementing this policy, parents could not opt out of this.
Sprigg added, “Now, obviously, first graders?---I don’t think are likely to use them for anything more than, you know, water balloon fights.” That would be funny if weren’t so tragic.
We have already seen in Massachusetts, after the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2004 by judicial fiat, that children in the public schools could not opt out of indoctrination on homosexuality. Parents were not warned about this, and their children are fair game.
One brave parent, Dave Parker, was disturbed by what he learned was being presented to his child, so he met with the principal to remonstrate. He was told he could not take his child out of the offensive, propagandistic lessons. He wouldn’t leave until the principal agreed to at least notify him in advance. Parker was then arrested and spent a night in jail. In these United States.
The founding fathers were very explicit about protecting the rights of conscience, even if they disagreed with someone. For example, George Washington did not agree with the Quakers for not backing the Revolution (as soldiers). He could have used their help, but in good conscience, the obedient Quakers were pacifists. And Washington respected that.
Meanwhile, on 8/31/13, comes this headline from Germany, on a story by Dave Jolly: “20 Armed Police and Social Workers Forcibly Take Children From Parents For Homeschooling.”
Why are Christian parents in Germany trying to homeschool their children? In part to avoid the mandatory type sex education, with only partially correct information---often leaving the devastating consequences that can occur with sex outside of marriage, which is God’s design.
There is a German family, the Romeikes, who have sought asylum in the U. S., so they can homeschool their children. The Romeikes took them out of public schools in Germany to avoid anti-biblical teaching and false indoctrination on human sex. Secular sex-ed classes fail to recognize God’s design for sex and the devastating effects of promiscuity. Parents should decide what’s appropriate for their children; they have to deal with the results of their children’s acts.
Yet the Obama administration is actively seeking to deport the Romeikes back to Germany, where they would face the consequences of violating an anti-homeschool law that was created in 1938 when Hitler was in power.
With all due respect to President Obama, forcing little children to participate in misleading humanistic half-truths about sexuality is not the right thing to do.
No wonder President Obama sends his two daughters to a private Christian school. Who would want their children exposed to the kinds of misguided programs often found in our public schools---like those coming soon to Chicago Public Schools?
Dr. Jerry Newcombe is a key archivist of the D. James Kennedy Legacy Library and a Christian TV producer. He has also written or co-written 23 books, including The Book That Made America: How the Bible Formed Our Nation and (with D. James Kennedy), What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? His views are his own. www.jerrynewcombe.com.
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