Children Indoctrinated into Moral Relativism, Unhealthy Understanding of Sexuality Under Louisiana Legislation
Math, reading, writing, history, and science are among the subjects most people would agree should be included in a public school curriculum. Now Louisiana State Representative Patricia Smith wants to add sex to the list. Representative Smith claims that failure to provide comprehensive sex education in schools is akin to child abuse. In order to remedy this, she is sponsoring House Bill 369 which will require every public and charter school in Louisiana to provide comprehensive “age appropriate” sex education beginning in elementary school. The stated goal is to reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases as well as the number of teen pregnancies.
Both Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops have come out strongly opposed to this legislation, and with good reason. It is one thing to teach basic biological facts. The proposed legislation moves beyond basic science and requires that public education address sexual relationships, gender identity, and family life. These are topics that belong in the home where parents can offer guidance in accordance with their moral and religious principles. When the school presents these topics it offers an endorsement to many behaviors and choices that Catholics find morally objectionable.
This legislation usurps a parent’s right to decide what information about human sexuality their children will receive and when they will receive it. The proposed legislation defines “age appropriate” as “topics, messages, and teaching methods suitable to particular ages or age groups of children and adolescents, based on developing cognitive, emotional, and behavioral capacity typical for the age or age group.” The decision about what is “age appropriate” is ceded to school administrators with no input from parents.
This approach mirrors that of a 2012 special report, “National Sexuality Education Standards,” published in the Journal of School Health. The committee that produced this report included representatives from Planned Parenthood, and recommended that between kindergarten and second grade, children should be educated about the unreasonable gender specific behaviors that are being imposed upon them by their parents.
By the end of second grade, these experts expect your children to be comfortable with all permutations of families, including same-sex parents. By fifth grade, your child should be able to define the various sexual orientations and see all possibilities as normal and healthy. By the end of high school, your son or daughter should be able to list all the advantages of the various methods of contraception. Again, Representative Smith’s proposed legislation is in line with these recommendations as it specifically states that the mandated curriculum will teach “proper use of contraceptives approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration to prevent unintended pregnancy and of barrier methods approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration to prevent sexually transmitted infections.”
As evidence mounts about the harmful effects of hormonal contraceptives, does Representative Smith really think it is a good idea to encourage their use among teens who are most susceptible to their side effects? Will the mandated sex education curriculum tell students that they double the risk of HIV transmission when they use contraceptives? Will young women hear that they may double their risk of the most aggressive form of breast cancer when they take hormonal contraceptives and this increased risk is greater the younger they are when they start using contraceptives? Will they be told that the latest guidelines from the American Heart Association on stroke prevention in women point to oral contraceptives as a major risk factor?
Rather than making young women healthier, hormonal contraceptives increase the incidence of serious sexually transmitted diseases, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
Louisiana House Bill 369 does offer a nod to the concerns of the Catholic Bishops by declaring that no lessons will endorse or advocate for abortion. Sexual abstinence will also be presented as an option. However, it will be just that, an option. Sexual promiscuity will also be an option. Homosexuality will be an option. Transgenderism will be an option. Nothing will be labeled as right or wrong. Everything will just be one of many options. The proposed mandated sex education in the public schools will be the equivalent of a multi-year indoctrination in moral relativism.
Under the proposed legislation, parents will be able to opt their children out of these lessons if they object to the program. However, they will only know the contents of the lessons if they request to review the material. There is no requirement to inform all parents of the specific information that will be included in the sex education classes. Why should supporters of this legislation be reluctant to publicize the details of the sex education curriculum if it contains nothing the average parent would find objectionable?
There is a great deal that could and should be taught in public schools about human development. They should learn that human life begins at conception when the ovum and the sperm fuse. They should be taught that this distinct human life develops under the direction of his own unique DNA, not his mother’s. This is settled science. This is the role of public schools as institutions of the state.
On the other hand, education about human sexuality and the nuances of human relations are best left to parents. Through the conversations and events of family life, parents are best positioned to transmit the lessons of virtue and chastity that lead to a healthy understanding of human sexuality.
see the article here: http://www.truthandcharityforum.org/children-indoctrinated-in-moral-relativism-unhealthy-understanding-of-sexuality-under-louisiana-legislation/
We agree wholeheartedly with Dr. Runnell! We can only hope and pray that the residents of Louisiana will rise up against legislation that seeks to harm and destroy our children by speaking up and supporting Sexual Risk Avoidance. Sign up for more information and stay in the loop on this hot button topic!