Since they have conferred life on their children, parents have the original, primary and inalienable right to educate them; hence they must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children… Parents have the right to educate their children in conformity with their moral and religious convictions… Parents have the right to freely choose schools or other means necessary to educate their children in keeping with their convictions.
– The Charter of the Rights of the Family, Article 5
Even if you don’t know anything about Alberta, Canada, there are two stories that came out of that province this week that Christian parents worldwide can’t afford to ignore. They expose just how far the radical sexual revolutionaries are willing to go in attacking the rights of parents as primary educators of their children. And they are a warning of things to come in the U.S. and other countries that have more recently passed same-sex “marriage”.
The first story is about a bill that just passed, mandating that schools in Alberta not notify parents when their children join so-called gay-straight alliances at school. I confess, it makes me angry even to think of professional politicians having the gall to so deliberately and directly attack the right of parents to know such crucial information about their own children! Those politicians are betraying vulnerable children into the hands of the radical ideologues who run the gay-straight alliances.
The second story is about a Christian couple in Alberta, Canada, who are claiming that they were denied their request to adopt a child because they believe Christian teachings on marriage. According to the lawyers for the couple, they were quizzed by social workers about their beliefs on homosexuality, and replied honestly that they believe homosexuality is wrong. It didn’t matter that the couple also told the social workers that they would unconditionally love and respect any child who declared that he or she was homosexual. “The casework supervisor explained that our religious beliefs regarding sexuality were incompatible with the adoption process,” states an affidavit filed on behalf of the couple. For the sexual ideologues, unconditional love isn’t good enough. Only unambiguous affirmation of sin will do.
One leading pro-life and pro-family activist in Canada, where same-sex “marriage” has long been the law of the land, says that this story is only one of many similar stories. Writes Jonathon van Maren: “I’ve spoken to many prospective parents and foster parents over the last several years who were either overtly rejected as a result of their views on sexuality, or otherwise found that they were suddenly and abruptly rejected when their views were made known.”
Think about that for a minute: By denying a Christian couple a request to adopt because they believe traditional Christian teaching on sexuality, the Canadian government is effectively telling every Christian parent in the country that they are, by definition, unfit parents. But while the government can prevent Christians from becoming parents by refusing adoption, they can’t prevent children from being born into Christian households. What they can do, however, is the next best thing: they can attack parents’ rights, placing a wedge between Christian children and their parents, and placing children under the authority of ideological bureaucrats on the things that matter most.
Own the Minds of the Next Generation, Own the Future
In 2015, in a rare moment of candor, a leading homosexual activist admitted in the Huffington Post that his sole purpose over 25 years as an activist was to “indoctrinate” children into the LGBT cause. That’s why he started writing children’s books that feature LGBT characters: because, he explains, “story” is the most effective way of indoctrinating children and changing their beliefs. “I am not even a little bit sorry,” he concluded.
He’s not the only one.
I’ll never forget another true story that happened a few years ago, in which a teacher posted a graphic poster, originally designed for homosexual bathhouses, in a 7/8 classroom. The poster, which hung in the classroom for months, depicted two men engaged in a sex act, alongside graphic sexual advice. This might be an extreme example, but graphic sex-ed curricula “educating” children about practices like sodomy, with absolutely no reference to the purpose and dignity of sexuality within marriage [between a man and woman], are becoming commonplace. And the professional sex-educators are doing their best to make sure parents don’t know, and can’t do anything about it.
Revolutionaries know perfectly well that whoever owns the minds of the next generation, owns the future. And that’s why radical leftist organizations pour millions of dollars into education. Little do many Christian parents know that wealthy, powerful, and extremist organizations like Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the ACLU may be directly behind the sex-ed curricula being taught in their children’s schools.
A Deceptive Agenda
One recent, eye-opening documentary, sought to expose what the creators called the “deceptive agenda” of many so-called “comprehensive sex education” (CSE) programs. “Parents need to know that many schools are no longer providing traditional sex education. Instead, their children are being targeted with graphic sexuality education programs intended to sexualize and radicalize them from an early age,” said Sharon Slater, president of Family Watch International and creator of the documentary.
Nowadays, many school districts are getting even craftier, developing official curricula which weave explicit anti-family messages throughout all their courses, and not just in sex-ed or health classes. This makes it virtually impossible for parents to know when something objectionable will be taught, and to pull their children from the class. That, of course, is the whole point.
In one famous case, in Massachusetts, one dad complained after his son came home with a “diversity” packet that included a children’s book depicting same-sex “families.” David Parker demanded that, as his child’s parent and primary educator, he be told in future whenever themes relating to sexuality come up in class. His request was denied, since, as the school pointed out, the topic of same-sex relationships could come up in any class at any time. That dad subsequently attended a meeting about the issue, and refused to leave until the issue was resolved to his satisfaction. Rather than do the simple thing and honor his parental rights, the school had him arrested. He spent the night in jail.
I realize that this is frightening information. Up to a point, I hope that you are frightened! With same-sex “marriage” now federal law in the U.S., we are seeing similar initiatives as those in Alberta happening here. Parents need to know that there are ideologues who are diligently seeking to turn their children away from their pro-family values, and lead them into destructive beliefs and lifestyles. In fact, just this week we heard about a teacher at a middle school in Virginia who distributed a worksheet in which students were asked to define terms like “boy toy,” “affair,” “trophy wife,” and “mistress”!
How to Protect Your Kids
So what can parents do to protect the innocence and the souls of their children? Quite simply: Get involved in your child’s education. Gone are the days when parents could sit back and reasonably assume that their child’s school was teaching them a rigorous curriculum more or less based upon age-old, commonsensical Judeo-Christian values. On the most important matters of morality and religion, there is simply no excuse for implicitly trusting anyone else: and that includes even teachers at your child’s Christian or Catholic school. Sadly, the sexual revolutionaries have infiltrated deeply even into the Church itself, while there is no escaping the influence of the wider culture.
Now, more than ever, it is crucial that parents develop a habit of talking openly and frequently with their children from the youngest age. In some cases, parents may feel called to home-school their children. This can be an excellent option, especially since there are so many resources available now! However, if your children do go to public or parochial schools, pay close attention to what they are being taught. Examine the curriculum and the books they are using. When your kids come home from school, ask them what they learned that day. If you have a knack for education and politics, maybe seek election onto your local school board. Or volunteer for the PTA, and be prepared to stand up for your views, and to represent other Christian parents.
Too many Christians are too meek, fearing that they will be labeled as “bigots” or “haters” or “intolerant.” But if you don’t raise your voice for the sake of the truth, and to protect the innocence of your own children, who will?