Sex Ed and Religion -- A battle in Washington State
Here are the issues with the bill.
Page 2, line 3. Consent is what determines if sex is right or wrong. As addressed above, all the major theistic religions of the world teach that sex between “two consenting people” is still usually wrong. For a plan that constantly claims to be “comprehensive,” it fails to truthfully tell our children that sex is about far more than just consent. If our children get the impression that consent is all that matters in their sex lives, they will have been horribly miseducated.
Page 2, line 7. Abstinence before marriage may not be taught exclusively. This means that even if the parents in a community want abstinence to be taught exclusively to their children, they will not have the right to teach exclusively on abstinence. This bill would forbid any public school in the state from doing so.
Page 2, line 12. “Protected classes” must be recognized in the instruction. Putting aside the inequality of only certain classes of people being protected by their government, and thus others not protected, this section will be used to advance an LBGT agenda and mandate its instruction. Students will be taught that homosexual sex is just as normal and good as heterosexual sex. They will be taught that sometimes people are born into the wrong bodies and should try to change their appearance/bodies to match their feelings about their gender -- a belief that implies God sometimes makes mistakes and gets gender and sex wrong. And they will not be taught that there are various beliefs on sex and gender, they will only hear the information from one side -- that of the LGBTQ advocates.
Page 2, line 28. The sex education will begin in kindergarten and last through 12th grade. The bill does call for “age-appropriate” teaching, but the anti-Christian views of sexuality and gender that many find objectionable will most likely begin with 5-year-olds and continue for 13 years.
Page 2, line 9. “Guest speakers” will be invited to speak on these topics in the schools. I know from personal experience of my own children at the high schools that the guest speaker is often a Planned Parenthood representative. The giant abortion provider is given a significant influential platform to market to our children - all high school age and younger - about their contraceptive and abortion services. Planned Parenthood’s goal is not simply to educate but eventually to turn these students into their customers.
Page 1, line 11 and Page 2, line 32. The bill calls for “scientifically accurate” and “evidence-based programs.” This part actually sounds reassuring. You can bet though that there will be no mention of what biology has to say about when human life begins after sex, or the biological impossibility of a third gender, or the fact that no man can become a woman and get pregnant. Inconvenient science is not likely to appear in the curriculum.
Page 3, line 31. Speaking of curriculum, the schools “must use curriculum from the list developed” by the state board, or “that complies with the requirements of” the bill. These teachings will no longer be optional. Furthermore, each school “must report, on an annual basis” the curriculum they are using to prove compliance.