Will Southern Baptists protect children from
pro-homosexual U.S. schools?
by Linda Harvey (*)
from _WorldNetDaily.com_, May 27, 2005
At about the same time John F. Kennedy was winning the presidency, I
was learning my first Bible verses at a picturesque church in north
Florida. I'm not a Baptist now, but I credit that early education with
giving me a foundation that years exploring other paths couldn't
eradicate. Eventually, I reclaimed my Christian roots and, in doing so,
opened my eyes to the world as it really is. What a revelation.
So it's ironic that in a few weeks the Southern Baptist Convention
-- of which my original church home in Florida is a member -- will be
convening for its annual meeting. And, if all goes as I and others pray it
does, that powerful body of believers will vote on a measure to sound an
alarm to every member church about the out-of-control promotion of
homosexuality to our children and grandchildren in America's public
Much of the SBC church membership may be unaware of the radical
nature of what our children are learning. Not only are they being told in
K through 12 classrooms that homosexuality is an acceptable and even
defensible behavior, but this behavior is being described in the most
graphic terms imaginable in novels masquerading as literature, or in
so-called "health" education.
Our little children are reading picture books about homosexuals as
heads of families. They are being told early on that opposing this is
"hate." The current educational philosophy is quite solidly on the side of
escalating such messages. Despite the "church-state separation" card that
is played to block -- or mock -- traditional Christian teaching, many
schools boldly offer students "progressive" Christian viewpoints on
sexuality that validate "whatever" morality.
Is this deception a danger to not only the physical well-being of
youth, but their commitment to Christ? You bet it is. Many students never
recover the faith they claimed as a child, once exposed to endless twisted
messages about how "hateful" their parents' beliefs are, and how
undiscerning tolerance is the hallmark of any "real" Christian. Party on
down -- and let others do the same! Who needs a savior? That's the
takeaway for most students from today's public school.
The SBC and every other church in this country should be up in arms
about the threat to their present and future congregations, which will
dwindle -- probably quite suddenly -- at the moment this poisonous drip
fully penetrates the current school generation. Amazingly, the drumbeat of
this message pulses through school after school, day after day in the
United States, while Americans continue life as usual.
Well, this is not usual. This is the first time in the history of
the world that so many people have in such a short time been persuaded to
abandon common sense in favor of such a monumental, societally destructive
lie. One wonders: Where are the Christians, the churches?
Yes, many believers do see what's happening to our children. Some
have already removed their children from the government schools. Some have
stuck it out and attempted to change the system. Too often, they are
stopped by the vast chasm of education bureaucracy that swallows parental
concerns. They need support, ideally from their local congregation of
The resolution that has been submitted for the upcoming annual
meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in June, has a simple yet
powerful solution. Sometimes, Christians forget how much power they do
have. The problem can be eliminated in a matter of a few weeks, actually.
All it takes is for the mighty Baptist group to act, with a single
compelling directive: In those schools where homosexuality is promoted,
_remove your children_.
Schools with empty classrooms might reconsider such foolish
teaching. And children would not be thus corrupted.
As an example of what we're talking about, on June 23 in Columbus,
Ohio, the national Parent Teacher Association will meet, with numerous
workshops on a wide variety of subjects. One presentation, "Making Schools
Safe for All Students," is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, as part of the
group's anti-bullying focus. Sounds noble ... until one learns the
presenters are from the school "gay" activist group PFLAG, the Parent,
Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. They'll be training teachers
and parents to counteract bullying by forcing acceptance of homosexuality
as well as cross-dressing. This makes the schools more "safe" for those
practicing the behavior.
You see, they explain, since "GLBT" youth are more at risk of
suicide because they are bullied, then it only makes sense to affirm the
behavior. Never mind that logic has gone out the window here. Many people
attempt suicide, sadly, because of despondence over lives wrecked by bad
There are positive options students could be offered, but affirming
homosexuality -- dangerous and high risk in itself -- is not one of them.
Why don't well-educated educators know this? Traditional values become the
"bad guy," and by capitalizing on parental and student fears, another
activist group gets a firm toehold in the schools.
To make matters worse, the PTA turned down the request of a group of
former homosexuals, PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays), to exhibit at
the conference. Students are not to hear the "dangerous" message that
people can leave or avoid homosexuality.
It's gone way past the risk presented by the more than 3,000
homosexual clubs now operating in high schools and a few middle schools
(protected by a legal bully called the American Civil Liberties Union).
It's to the point that courtroom time is absorbed telling school districts
what they should know already -- that it's dumb to endorse this behavior.
A U.S. district court told the Montgomery County Schools in Maryland
to hold off on a sex-ed program where 10th graders were to view a graphic
video of a woman putting a condom on a cucumber. Students were also going
to be led to believe homosexuality is a biological trait. Since there's no
proof of this, many parents objected and eventually the school's bad
judgment landed them in court. The students were also to be told that
religions opposing homosexuality are "homophobic." See
Here in Columbus, Ohio -- not exactly the Bay Area -- we encountered
several years ago a "multiculturalism" unit being taught in our local high
school where students were given book recommendations about homosexuality
-- all in favor of it. One purported autobiography described two
14-year-old boys having graphic homosexual sex. The school did not
immediately remove the book, nor change the lesson, until concerned
parents spread the word throughout the community. Only after much public
pressure did the school relent -- and then only to place the book in the
In another instance, the same school published a 10-page insert in
the student magazine called "Growing up Gay." Among the stories were: the
detailed biography of a current student, including alleged abuse by his
father; an inaccurate analysis of the ex-"gay" movement that presented
only dismissive comments by prominent homosexual activists; glowing
coverage of same-sex commitment ceremonies performed by a local church;
and phone numbers for homosexual hotlines and local "gay" youth groups.
Maybe these are isolated instances, one might respond. If only that
were true. In 10 years of researching and following the trend, I've
amassed material that could fill several books with such events and only
skim the surface. These are daily occurrences in schools throughout this
country. I recently wrote an article compiling a list of "tolerance" and
"diversity" materials used in schools where homosexuality is included. The
list is extensive and yet incomplete -- it only includes those materials
we know about.
Some parents think, "Well, my children learn solid moral values at
home, and aren't likely to be endangered by this teaching." Yet Christian
children are much more likely to discredit the authority of Scripture,
traditional moral teaching and the Christian faith itself after a
childhood of exposure to these deceptive messages.
It is important to put your kids in Christian schools,
and teach them the story of Moses.
Story of Moses
Hopefully, the SBC resolutions committee will seriously consider the
vast evidence about this takeover of common sense in our taxpayer-funded
schools. I owe the Southern Baptists an enormous debt I can never repay,
but I along with many others ask for one more huge favor - not for
ourselves, but for the next generation and the next _congregation_.
Please use the tremendous influence you have, SBC, regardless of the
heat you will take, and do the right thing to protect children from the
evil in local public schools.
(*) Linda Harvey is president of Mission America
October 25, 2005
a pro-family organization which monitors homosexual activism in youth
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