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Please read this article.

Here are a couple of excerpts:

“In effect, the law denies that there is any such thing as one’s biologically determined “gender,” any such thing as “male” or “female.” For the purposes of the law, you are whatever sex you say you are—and your claim, no matter how preposterous, must be treated as reality by school authorities.”

“The possibilities here are endless—Bible clubs, any activity, text, or teaching that portrays traditional families in a positive light, etc., could easily be argued to be either discriminatory because they ‘privilege heteronormativity’ or tend to foster a discriminatory bias against any group included in the definitions of ‘sexual orientation’ or ‘gender,’” Shortt said….”

“SB 777, he said, changes classroom instruction to put a positive gloss on homosexuality: for instance, “social studies” lessons would emphasize “gay and bisexual” historical figures….”

“If a child objects, or disagrees, then the other law, AB 394, takes effect,” Thomasson said. “The child will be labeled a ‘harasser,’ and made subject to ‘specialized training.’

“Dissent will not be tolerated. Neither will mere silence. In fact, sensitivity training may be required for the dissenting child’s parents. The law could be interpreted that way. School officials might be able to call in the child’s parents for a ‘conference….’

“Tolerance of sexual diversity,” according to the board, is a “civic virtue,” while insisting on adherence to God’s moral law is equivalent to Holocaust denial. Even more chilling is the board’s assertion that although “It is, of course, the fundamental right of a parent to control the upbringing of his/her children …that right is not absolute. It must bend to the state’s duty to educate its citizens” (emphasis added)….”

  • My question: Should Christians keep their children in government schools, especially when they are teaching such a blatant anti-christian message?

4 Responses to ““California Schools Must Push Homosexuality””

  1. on 08 Nov 2007 at 12:53 pmJohnO

    I think this is a very hard question. I used to think that I would send my kids to public school for a number of reasons. One, social interaction with kids their age is necessary. Two, I don’t think the Quaker-esque “keep them sheltered from all things” has a good result once they “leave the nest” (and I hope that when I have kids they leave the nest, quickly 😛 )

    I think it is a necessary burden that we carry to teach our children about our faith, and what we believe to be true. That obviously has to take place outside of school, and that has been true for at least a hundred years. I think parents would be hard-pressed to do that, and become math teachers, biology teachers, and english teachers as well.

    In a final remark that probably deserves its own space – I don’t think we can operate under the assumption that our children are Christian in all cases. Being a Christian is a choice (much like the issued discussed in the post). This choice is also a conscious one. If our children have not made, and are not making, this conscious choice – why do they get the label Christian? Isn’t a parents duty to raise a child into a Christian? Not watch a Christian get older?

  2. on 08 Nov 2007 at 2:56 pmKaren

    I think it depends very much on the public schools in your area and how they approach these matters. We sent one child, now in college, to private school for academic reasons and the other is in public high school. In neither case have they been bashed over the head with political correctness. There has been a lot more time spent talking about not doing drugs, drinking (the biggest problem around here), or bullying than there has been about sexual orientation. Our community is very concerned about educational achievement, so the school district spends more time on academic excellence than it does on social programming, thankfully.

    As John says, the right attitudes have to come from the parents at home, and it’s those attitudes which the children internalize much more than what they’re told by a teacher, *if* the relationship between the parents and children is a good one. It’s up to us as parents to make sure that’s the case.

  3. on 18 Dec 2007 at 7:03 pmRay

    Page 1

    I am not a writer, I don’t even enjoy reading that much, but I felt it necessary at this time in my life to get a few things down on paper. I have had a desire to know God as long as I can remember, however a lot of church doctrine has only left me with questions. I have had so many people tell me that it is all a great mystery and that no man can fathom the ways of God. In some ways that is true, but I don’t believe that the basic question of “Who Is God” can exist without answers.
    The Bible tells us that God is omnipresent. That means He is everywhere all the time. We all know about the billions of stars and vast galaxies out there where distance can only be measured in light years. If God is truly omnipresent does His Spirit span the entire universe at the same time? ….Psalms 139:7-8 Why do people pray for the Spirit of God to present at their particular worship service? It sounds like He’s already there filling that building and every other square inch of the universe! There’s just no getting way from God. This must be a hard concept to grasp. Man has a hard time breaking away from the confines of the five senses. We seem to have to assign three dimensions to everything and everything must exist in that space. I think this is why God is so blessed when we believe, because we have reached out to someone that we can not see.

    John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him: and without him was not anything made that was made.” Sounds like God and his Word are knit very closely together. What is God’s Word? … What is your word? It is your thoughts, your mind, and your will, all that makes you, you. If you write your words on paper, it is your thoughts recorded in a way that others can learn from.
    God is Holy. God is Spirit, John 4:24. If you could analyze the essence of God you would find two things, Spirit and Holiness. God is Holy Spirit as you and I are flesh and bones. So when we read the phrase Holy Spirit in The Word it refers to “what” God is in contrast to who He is. Where the confusion sets in is the fact that the term holy spirit is also used to describe the gift that the believers received on the day of Pentecost. This is also a gift that you and I receive when we are “born again”. The Word says that we are “new beings, created in Christ Jesus.” The word “created” is very important to understand. Whenever the word “created” is used it means to bring into existence something that was not there before. When God “created” the heavens and earth, He brought into existence something that was not there before. So when we are “born again” we receive the gift of holy spirit, something brand new, something that was not there before, it is “created” in us. The King James translators tried show this contrast by capitalizing the words “Holy Spirit” when they referred to God and using lower case “holy spirit” when referring to the “gift”. So any time we see these words, we must determine through the context if it is referring to the “Giver” or the “gift”.

    WHO IS JESUS CHRIST
    Jesus Christ is:
    1-Second in authority to God only, – John 14:28 I Corin. 11:3 and I Corin. 15:27-28
    2-The promised seed, son of Mary, conceived by God, Gen. 3:15 Matt. 1:18-20 Gal. 3:16
    3-Son of man, Luke 5:24
    4-A man tempted as we are, Hebrews 2:16-18 Hebrews 4:15
    5-A faithful high priest who fulfilled all the law, Hebrews 3:1-2 Matt. 5:17
    6-A man, the mediator between man and God, I Tim. 2:5
    7-Our brother, Hebrews 2:11
    8-Limited in knowledge, Mark 13:32
    9-Our passover lamb, I Corinthians 5:7
    10-Foreknown before the foundation of the world, I Peter 1:20

    Page 2

    As fathers and sons are similar, Jesus Christ and God are similar, but not identical.
    God cannot be tempted, Jesus Christ was.
    God sits on his throne.
    Jesus Christ sits on God’s right hand.

    Jesus Christ had his own will separate from God and could choose his own path as we see when he prayed to his Father before his crucifixion. Matthew 26:39. At that point, he knew what was going to happen, he had his own free will, the soldiers had not yet come, He could just of easily walked off into the sunset. But we know he chose to follow the will of his Father and not his own. We also see this very clearly in John 5:30 (Jesus speaking) “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
    According to the Church history the Trinitarian doctrine was formulated in 325 AD by the Nicaean Council of Consstantinople. Let’s take a quick peek at the originator of the Nicaean Council. Its promoter was an interesting young man named Constantine, a second generation Emperor of the decaying Roman Empire. Constantine was not only the promoter, but also the 100% financier of this little convention. He had a lot riding on the outcome of this council and the six documents that it produced. (Most only concern themselves with one document; The Nicaean Creed). Anyways, as I was saying, Constantine was an interesting fellow. He was certainly an able leader, a so-so diplomat and a loving son, but, it kind of goes down hill for him from there. He was loved by his ruthless army and by his mother (who proclaimed herself a Christian) but beyond that, most either feared or steered clear of him because of his nature. Today, over 1600 years after his death, Constantine is still listed by historians as one of the most disloyal, self-serving, treacherous and tyrannical leaders that the world has ever seen. The Bible is quite specific in warning about building a belief system based upon documents outside of the true Word of God.
    In the year 492 Emperor Theodosius made disbelief of the Trinity a capital crime. Today, things have not changed that much. “You can not be saved if you do not believe in the Trinity”.
    Years later, when Martin Luther broke away from the Roman Catholic Church changes were made in the Trinitarian doctrine. If this doctrine were true there would not be any need for changes. He didn’t seem to like the idea that Mary was the mother of God, but if Jesus Christ is
    God and Mary was his mother … well, why would you want to mess with it, if indeed this is “Biblical” doctrine.
    I can not find the following in scripture: Trinity, God the Son, Three In One, God-man, fully God and fully man, co-equal or co-eternal.
    I can only conclude that these terms were “made up” by someone.

    The Messiah of God Luke 18:19
    The Father who sent me John 5:37
    Christ Jesus, himself human I Tim. 2:5
    I am assending to my Father, to my God John 20:17
    No one is good but God alone Mark 10:17-18
    The Lord our God, the Lord is one Mark 12:28-34
    No one hath seen God at any time I John 4:12

    In John 14:28 Jesus states very clearly that he is not coequal with God his Father. “Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father, for the Father is greater than I.” The same is said in Mark 10:17-18 “And when He was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him and asked him, Good master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said
    unto him, why callest thow me good? There is none good but one, that is God.”

    Page 3

    In Luke 2:52 it says that “Jesus increased in wisdom.” How could God increase in wisdom? How could God increase in anything??

    Q. If Jesus is indeed the true Son of God could he have a God?
    A. Sure, his Father.

    Q. If Jesus is God, could this God Have a God?
    A. Ahhhhhh… Could you repeat the question?

    The Church claims to worship the God of Israel but all through history, Israel has never proclaimed a “three in one” God. What is wrong with this picture? God does not change.
    Should the coming of the Messiah have changed who we believed God to be?

    Who is the God of Israel?…. Hey, I’ve got an idea !!! Why don’t we ask Israel.

    The following is an excerpt of a letter sent to me by Rabbi Don Rossoff:

    ————————————————————————————————–
    God is one. The watchword of our faith – that which believing Jews have on their lips to their dying moment – is the declaration know as “Sh’ma” from the book of Deuteronomy: Sh’mah Yis-ra-ayl Ado-nai Elo-hay-nu, Ado-nai eh-chad! Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one!
    ————————————————————————————————-

    In conclusion, either God’s Word is Truth or it isn’t. There are doctrines of man and there is The Word of God.

    I choose to trust God.

  4. on 18 Dec 2007 at 8:37 pmSean

    Welcome to the site, Ray. You are indeed correct that the Bible is thoroughly unitarian. I think Jesus summarized it well when he said, that the Father is the only true God (John 17.3).

    You might enjoy our God is 1 not 3 resource site, or my paper on the Trinity. We also have a colorful tract here.

    just a minor note…the council of Nicea was in 325 and the council of Constantinople was in 381. At the latter the holy spirit was finally added into the godhead.

  

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