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The author to this poem is unknown. It has been passed around the Internet through emails.

Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.

If Scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That's no offense; it's a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all
In silence alone we must meditate,
God's name is prohibited by the state.

We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the 'unwed daddy, ' our Senior King.
It's "inappropriate" to teach right from wrong,
We're taught that such "judgments" do not belong.

 We can get our condoms and birth controls,
 Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
 But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
   No word of God must reach this crowd.

      It's scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school's a mess.
      So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take! Amen

 

 

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Abstinence education banned
 

April 5, 2006
By Janie Shaw Crouse
 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

In Rhode Island, Education Commissioner Peter McWalters issued a directive forbidding schools in the state to use abstinence programs or materials. The official ban declares that abstinence programs violate student rights, contain sexist stereotypes and marginalize homosexual teens.

In a supportive statement, the president of Advocates for Youth, James Wagoner, claims that abstinence programs are "bad science" as well as "bad policy." Further, Wagoner declared that abstinence programs operate without "oversight" and that they are a "blatant violation of medical ethics and basic human rights." Unbelievably, Wagoner accused the abstinence initiatives of censoring and taking a position: "Stay pure or we don't care about you." Calling federal funding for abstinence programs a "national scandal," Wagoner asked Congress for an immediate moratorium on spending for the programs.

Supposedly, Mr. Wagoner and Commissioner McWalters are open-minded people who support diversity in education and want teens to have as much information as possible before making pivotal decisions that affect their lives and future. Yeah, right!

With such passionate, knee-jerk reactions, one has to wonder what motivates these two men and where they have been over the past 20 years (they are education experts, after all) when the results of teen sexual activity have so negatively affected teens' futures.

Since they care so deeply about teenagers, could it be that they haven't noticed the results of teen sexual activity: high pregnancy rates, skyrocketing rates of sexually transmitted diseases, and the integral relationship between teen pregnancy and school dropouts with subsequent poverty?

Or maybe they have not seen the dramatic increases in teen depression, violence, suicides and risky behavior that have increased as teen sexual activity increases.

Perhaps they haven't noticed that the long dominance of liberal programs produced increased sexual activity instead of curbing such emotional involvements and risky behavior.

Perhaps they have never made the connection between poor grades, alcohol and drug abuse, and other negative results that frequently accompany sexual involvement during the high-school years.

Perhaps they are unaware that since abstinence programs were instituted, sexual activity among high-school students has declined more than 10 percent. Would they want to go on record complaining about that decrease?

More likely, these two education experts have bought into the leftist myths -- that sex-education programs provide the motivation for "safe" sex for teens, while condoms (when teens are taught to use them properly) provide the actual protection. Never mind the data about inconsistent use of condoms -- even by adults -- not to even mention the unreliability of condoms and the lack of protection they provide against certain STDs. Perhaps they truly believe that teens will wait until they are "old enough" or are "really in love" before engaging in sex. Anyone who has been around teenagers knows that they think they are already old enough for anything and "puppy love" is, to them, as real as it gets!

I'd like to remind the two education experts that every year another 15 million young people are infected with STDs, more than one-third of all American babies are born out of wedlock and the percentage continues to rise every year, 45 million abortions are the legacy of so-called "free love," 20 percent of AIDS cases are among college-age young people, there are now more than two dozen incurable STDs and the fastest spreading one is HPV, which can cause cervical cancer that kills over 5,000 women a year. Do they realize that having three or more sexual partners in a lifetime increases the odds of cervical cancer by 15 times?

Sexual activity in high school can be a life or death matter.

There is a huge disparity between the funding for abstinence education and the funding for comprehensive sex education ($12 to $1). It is fair to say that the abstinence funding is a "drop in the bucket" compared to the comprehensive sex-education funding. Even so, there has been a significant drop in teen sexual activity since abstinence education has been encouraged, and 10 scientific studies have proved the validity of the programs. Further, 85 percent of parents believe in emphasizing abstinence.

Counselors tell us that sexually active girls are three times more likely to be depressed than their abstinent peers. Among the boys, sexually active ones are depressed twice as often. Sexually active teens are more likely to attempt suicide (girls 15 percent to 5 percent, and boys 6 percent to 1 percent). But the most telling fact is that fully 63 percent of teens regret early sexual activity and wish that they had waited longer.

Liberal experts who want to ban abstinence programs ought to have to sit in a school counselor's office for several hours every week to watch brokenhearted teens stream through, to see the emotional and psychological devastation -- lives shattered and hopes for the future crashed on the shoals of leftist ideology perpetuated by radical experts with nothing to lose and a lot of federal funding to gain!

Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., is a senior fellow of Concerned Women for America's Beverly LaHaye Institute, writes about cultural, religious and family issues.

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California homosexual activists' assault on schoolchildren

 

May 17, 2006
By Benjamin Shapiro

 

 2006 Creators Syndicate, Inc.

On May 11, the California State Senate passed Senate Bill 1437. The bill demands "no teacher shall give instruction nor shall a school district sponsor any activity that reflects adversely upon persons because of their ... gender ... sexual orientation." Current California law already prohibits discrimination in teaching based on "sex, color, creed, national origin or ancestry."

The addition of "sexual orientation" means that condemnation of homosexuality by public school employees would now be punishable by law. The addition of "gender," which substitutes for "sex," is defined according to California law to include "perception of the victim's identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that identity, appearance or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the victim's sex at birth" in other words, if a boy decides to come to school in a dress, teachers may not even request that he change clothes.

But that isn't all: Homosexuality is to be actively forwarded as a legitimate lifestyle. According to the California Senate Judiciary Committee, "The bill also would direct the school governing boards to include only instructional material that accurately portrays the cultural, racial, gender and sexual diversity of our society, and, in instructional material for the social sciences, include the contributions of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender to the economic, political and social development of California and the United States of America." Grade level is not specified in the bill, so presumably, third-graders may be learning about the sexual proclivities of Allen Ginsburg.

Naturally, the sponsor of the bill is radical lesbian Democratic state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, who explained in a letter to the editor of the Los Angeles Times, "The invisibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the history curriculum only exacerbates school climates in which homophobic bullying, harassment and violence are rampant."

Geoffrey Kors, of the homosexual activist group Equality California, told the Los Angeles Times that possible classroom topics include the assassination of homosexual San Francisco City Supervisor and three-time failed mayoral candidate Harvey Milk in 1978, as well as the sexual practices of the poet Langston Hughes. Milk's life and death are vitally important to the homosexual community, but basically, a historical footnote for the broader population; Hughes' sexuality is perhaps even less important than Lewis Carroll's pedophilia, especially since, despite the best efforts of homosexual activists to prove Hughes' homosexuality, they can find no clear-cut evidence that he was, in fact, gay.

But grasping at straws is what the homosexual community does best. In the past few decades, Abraham Lincoln (married), Alexander Hamilton (married and famously promiscuous with women), Emily Dickinson (no evidence), George Gershwin (carried on a long affair with Kay Swift), and Herman Melville (married) have all been held up as closeted homosexuals by the gay community.

Kuehl claims the gay community is short on role models. But so is the straight community: Role models are in short supply for everyone. The solution isn't to falsely "out" great men and women, especially when their sexuality is less important to their identity and achievements than their favorite color. Even if Lincoln had been gay (which he most assuredly was not) we would not teach about him because of his sexual preference, but because of his actions as president.

But the homosexual movement sees sexuality as identity. With that in mind, homosexual activists claim that pushing homosexuality in public schools will make "gay" children feel more accepted and tolerated. Their proclivities their identities, according to the homosexual movement will be granted legitimacy. Of course, normal anti-harassment policies already prohibit maltreatment, but that's not enough for homosexual activists they want the practice of homosexuality legitimized in the classroom.

This is antithetical to the very concept of parental authority. Homosexuality remains a controversial practice, and our public schools should not be a breeding ground for liberal values that may very well undermine parental wishes.

Kuehl can proclaim "it's all for the children" to her heart's content. But placing Milk and Hughes in the public-school curriculum when students can't even read (former Democratic California Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg has pointed out that Los Angeles schools have a 50 percent dropout rate, and that Los Angeles leads the nation in both "gang violence and adult illiteracy") says otherwise. Kuehl and her ilk aren't worried about education they're worried about re-education.

At the least, Senate Bill 1437 reminds us that this is indeed a culture war. Kuehl and her allies are the aggressors in this culture war. They are assaulting traditional morality, and they are targeting children first and foremost. And they don't care how many parents they have to force aside to assure the victory of their agenda.

Benjamin Shapiro is a recent graduate of UCLA and is currently enrolled at Harvard Law School. In "Porn Generation," he explains how mainstream acceptance of pornography is destroying his generation ... and our nation. Ben also shows how students are duped into becoming socialists, atheists, race-baiters and narcissists in "Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth." Both books are available now in ShopNetDaily, or if you prefer to order by phone, call WND's toll-free customer service line at 1-800-4WND-COM (1-800-496-3266).

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On the 'sin' of sending kids to public school
Author shares harsh campus realities, urges parents to pull children

Posted: February 7, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern

 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

The man who helped push the issue of public education onto the national agenda of the Southern Baptist Convention has written a new book that blows the lid off government schools, showing parents the kind of worldview and values their children are influenced by 180 days a year.

Bruce Shortt, author of "The Harsh Truth About Public Schools," presents myriad reasons why government institutions are failing America's children and thumbing their noses at parents with a religious worldview.

As WorldNet Daily reported, last year Shortt helped spearhead an unsuccessful effort to have the Southern Baptist Convention pass a resolution urging its members to remove their children from public school.

In "The Harsh Truth About Public Schools," Shortt, writing from a biblical perspective, presents rigorous research about the agenda and effect of government schooling on the nation's young people.

Shortt especially wants to educate Christian parents, millions of whom send their kids off to public school every day.

"Contrary to what many Christians have been led to believe, there is no such thing as a 'neutral' education," Shortt writes. "All education is religious and conveys a worldview, and there is no more important decision that we make as parents than how we educate our children."

Continues Shortt: "Unfortunately, Christian parents allow an aggressively anti-Christian institution to form the minds of their children, and the fruit of that choice is bitter. The overwhelming majority of children from evangelical families leave the church within two years after they graduate from high school; only 9 percent of evangelical teens believe that there is any such thing as absolute moral truth; and, our children are being forcibly indoctrinated to believe that homosexual behavior is acceptable."

While Shortt wants Christian parents who use the government schools to read the book, he also encourages home schooling parents to read it.

"Home school parents must have this book to minister to their Christian friends and neighbors, pastors and skeptical relatives. Our government-school habit is sowing the wind, and unless Christians turn from this gross sin we will reap a whirlwind that is unimaginable," Shortt says.

In the book, Shortt documents the pitfalls of public schools, saying the anti-Christian thrust of the governmental school system produces inevitable results: "moral relativism (no fixed standards), academic dumbing down, far-left programs, near absence of discipline and the persistent but pitiable rationalizations offered by government education professionals."

Shortt also urges pastors to read the book so they might "understand why the church can no longer abdicate its historic role in the education of our children."

Says Short: "'The Harsh Truth About Public Schools' makes it clear why no Christian child should be left behind in government schools. Our Christian children are perishing because parents and pastors lack knowledge. The information in this book exposes the 'salt and light' and the 'our schools are different' rationalizations for educating Christian children in pagan schools for the contemptible falsehoods they are.

"Any parent or pastor who genuinely desires to be faithful in the education of Christian children needs to find out what the public schools are actually doing, rather than relying on what they are saying they are doing or on memories of the public schools as they may have existed 10, 20 or 30 years ago."

Shortt makes his argument by citing a school district in Texas.

"There is no public school district in the country that has more Christians in the community or in the schools than that of Plano, Texas," he said. "In fact, the largest and most powerful church in the state of Texas, Prestonwood Baptist, is located in Plano. Yet, it took a court order to force the Plano schools to allow Christian school children to privately give classmates Christmas gifts that had a Christian message. Moreover, the school district had even prohibited schoolchildren from bringing red and green napkins to the school 'holiday' parties for fear the colors might remind someone of Christmas.

"The truth is that the public school policy and curriculum decisions that matter to Christians are not made locally. They are largely dictated by federal and state court decisions, federal and state legislation and regulations, and the teachers' union and other professional associations connected with the public schools."

But what about reforming the public schools? Isn't that a solution?

Responds Shortt: "Public schools cannot be reformed to provide a Christian education, and the evidence is overwhelming that even conventional secular reforms to reinstate traditional academic and moral standards will continue to fail. But even if you think that we should nevertheless try to reinstate traditional academic and moral standards in the schools, taking your children out is the most effective thing you can do to help the children whose parents have left them behind in the public schools. Only the threat of a collapse of the entire public school system offers even the remotest prospect of positive change. Traditional reform efforts are a waste of time.

"Even if you believe that there is nothing wrong with institutionalizing Christian children in public schools, you need to read this book because you may be wrong. Remember, you only get one chance to educate your children. There are no do-overs."

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