Saturday, May 14, 2005

What Is Johnny Learning in School Today?

By Alexander Samuels

Suppose you are sitting in the living room of your home one evening and your 6-year-old son asks you to read to him a book he brought home from school. No problem, right? You notice, as you take the book, that the title is Who's in a Family. As you begin to read, you notice immediately that this book portrays . . . homosexual parents as morally no different from traditional parents.

This could happen to you. It happened to David Parker of Lexington, Massachusetts. After this incident, he met with the principal of the school his son attends on three occasions to try to reach agreement on how such materials should be handled. After the third meeting he was arrested for trespassing.

The school and the school system took the position that this book is about learning to accept differences. They explained that children should not be made fun of or bullied because their families are different. This seems very reasonable because children should not be harassed because of their parents' life decisions.

Mr. Parker, on the other hand, had a perfect right to question the use of these materials because they brought sexual issues and particularly homosexual issues to his 6-year-old son's attention. Mr. Parker only asked that parents be notified when such materials were to be used so that they could make a choice to opt their children out if they wanted to.

Books and materials about "acceptance" issues have been in use in the schools for many years. They have been used to advocate many just causes such as "racial harmony," understanding the "handicapped," and "diversity" among cultures. Groups that promote homosexuality and same-sex marriage are now using these same strategies to win full acceptance of their immoral lifestyle with the next generation. The true goal of this policy is not just "to live and let live." Like most political groups, they intend to make converts.

Do you believe that this couldn't happen in your school system? Many school systems across our country are requiring that administrators and teachers attend "Diversity Workshops." In the past, these workshops have been a good thing because they have promoted understanding between the races and awareness of other cultures. Recently, however, these workshops have added another prominent component: advocating for homosexuality. Unsuspecting teachers and school administrators are now being asked to suspend their own moral judgment concerning instructional materials and whether they promote civil tolerance or actually promote the homosexual lifestyle.

What many Christians do not understand is that if we do not take a stand on issues such as this one, what I have written above may one day be legislated to be a "hate crime." The truth of the matter is I do not hate homosexuals. As a Christian, I freely admit that I am not free of sin. To any homosexual who may read this article I say, as one sinner to another, reconsider Jesus. Please, reconsider Jesus.


At Sunday, May 15, 2005 5:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus didn't say anything about homosexuals.

At Monday, May 16, 2005 4:56:00 PM, Anonymous A. Samuels said...

To anonymous:

Jesus is not quoted in the Gospels as having said anything specific about the sin of homosexuality. There are, however, other sins that are named in the Bible concerning which He is also not quoted in the Gospels. The Bible clearly teaches that homosexuality is a sin. Since the Bible is the Word of God and Jesus is God . . . (well, I hope you see my point).

In my article, I was asking homosexuals to reconsider Jesus as our Savior and the only way we can be saved from the eternal consequences of our sins. He changed my life and I believe He can change yours.

At Saturday, July 23, 2005 7:22:00 PM, Anonymous Ben said...

Thank you for your thoughts regarding the use of diversity-encouraging curriculum in the public schools. While I certainly advocate parental involvement and awareness of their children's curriculum, it cannot be understated that schools must be safe places for ALL children. Safety (not moral or theological comfort) comes first. And if the school system has determined that a book that explains to Johnny that he shouldn't make fun of Susie because she has two moms... well perhaps we ought to consider Susie's safety from harassment as the paramount issue.

While it may be argued that books like that are yet another line-item on the 'homosexual agenda', I am uncomfortable with your characterization of the book as "bringing sexual issues" to a child's attention. I have read the book and it is only sexual insofar as any book about parents and children is sexual. How far would you be willing to carry your line of logic? Children are, after all, the product of intercourse.

Finally, since you ended your post with an address to any homosexual person who might read the post (and this one did)... I would invite you, as my Christian brother, to reconsider Jesus as well. There were many folks in his time who followed The Law to it's every dotted "i" and crossed "t". Yet he had little time for them and instead showed enormous affection, compassion, and preference for the people who hadn't quite yet gotten it right. I will happily extend to you the sort of patience and fellowship that I would gratefully recieve back from you... that is the fellowship of pilgrims with one another. And the patience of two people who are both hoping to one day get it right.

Thank you.

At Monday, August 01, 2005 5:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

visit the David Parker official website and consider supporting the Parkers as they mount a legal defense against the tyranny of the local school administration:


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