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of the individual. It must seek to give him understanding of
the transition to a new social order." - Willard Givens,
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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
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.
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
· Or maybe they have not seen the dramatic
increases in teen depression, violence, suicides and
risky behavior that have increased as teen sexual
· 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
· 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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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."