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Monday, July 02, 2007

The Homosexual Agenda in Schools is Unamerican: Neither Proselytizing About Religion nor Sexual Orientation Belong in School

Many of the same people who want to prohibit any mention of God in our schools are now attempting to ram the homosexual agenda down our throats. They see no inconsistency in repressing over 90% of our society who are believers in God while promoting a small, though highly controversial lifestyle of 1 to 2% of our population.

U.S. District Judge, Mark Wolf threw out a lawsuit filed in Lexington, MA by David Parker, father of a five-year-old kindergarten student. Mr. Parker wanted to shield his son from homosexual lessons. Judge Wolf said in his ruling against this father, “Schools are entitled to teach anything that is reasonably related to the goals of preparing students to become engaged and productive citizens.” “Gay Topics OK in School, Judge Rules”. Associated Press, Tampa Tribune, Feb. 24, 2007, p. 16.

In other words according to the judge the state, not the parents, has the right to decide on the moral values to teach to children. Our federal judicial system is overruling the will of the people in many school districts. Judges are decreeing what is appropriate in local schools.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has exploited the Equal Access Act to legitimize homosexual clubs in public schools as another non-curriculum club. These homosexual clubs are supposed to be educational and not encourage homosexual activity. More often than not this is not the case.

In the same way, using the same ACLU reasoning, Bible study clubs should be allowed in public school. However, very few Americans believe that a Bible instructor would not cross the line into becoming an advocate of a particular religion. This is the reason why even in the Bible belt, speaking about God is not allowed in public schools.

Children up until the young adult years are developing their sexual identity. They are often innocent and vulnerable to groups led by authorities that promote the alleged virtues of homosexuality. For homosexual clubs to have state sanctioned access to our children without presenting an opposing view, is not a forum for education, it is brainwashing.

Public education’s mission is neither to promote a particular religion or a particular sexual orientation. Public schools have been established to give all Americans an opportunity to become literate functioning citizens.

American government schools are distinguished from totalitarian government schools because we have refused to dictate a specific way of believing to our students. Religion and moral values in America have traditionally been up to the parents to decide not the government.

When our public schools develop curricula to change our moral values towards homosexuality we have moved into the realm of re-education camps of communist countries. This should send a chill up the spine and spineless alike.

General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on March 13th, stated that adultery and homosexuality were immoral. This caused a firestorm although Christians, Muslims and Orthodox Jews consider adultery and homosexuality immoral. The old and new testaments and Koran alike condemn sexual acts between people of the same sex.

Old Testament: “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman, such a thing is an abomination.” Leviticus 18:22.

New Testament: “Therefore God handed them over to degrading passions. Their females exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and their males likewise gave up natural relations with females burned with lust for one another. Males did shameful things with males and thus received in their own persons the due penalty for their perversity.” Romans 1:26,27

Koran: “For ye practice your lusts on man in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds.” (7:81)

Homosexuality to many secular people has no moral relevance as long as it is between two consenting adults. They view homosexuality as genetically determined although no definitive scientific evidence substantiates this claim, it is a belief.

In America we are free to believe in whatever manner we decide as long as it does not interfere with the rights of others. A discrete sexual act, homosexual or heterosexual behind closed doors is not the business of our government. It is a personal choice of our conscience.

Whenever the state is able to indoctrinate children into a certain belief system parents and all of us have been robbed of our basic freedom of teaching our children what we have learned through our own lives.

America has a long history of tolerance of different religious and personal beliefs. Our government schools cannot be hijacked by special interest groups to promote their agenda without undermining the essence of our freedoms, the bedrock of our republic.

All special interest agendas should be heard in the free market place of ideas, in books and open discussion amongst individuals. Certainly it is not a government right to spread the secular agenda.

Neither proselytizing a religion nor a homosexual orientation is acceptable in school. We must maintain separation of church and separation of sexual orientation from our children’s education.

Homosexual education does not belong in our schools.

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