Parents fire back, attacking school board for indoctrination
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COSTA MESA, Calif. (ChurchMilitant.com) - A California school board is indoctrinating children with its pro-abortion and pro-gay sexual education program, contrary to the permission of their parents.
This is according to a memo from Orange County Department of Education dated March 29, in which the board mandates that "parents who disagree with the instructional materials related to gender, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation may not excuse their children from this instruction."
But the board allows for parents to disagree with the program publicly, saying, "parents are free to advise their children that they disagree with some or all of the information presented in the instructional program and express their views on these subjects to their children."
The justification for this repressive intimidation method is the implementation of the California Healthy Youth Act that was passed in 2016 by the California Department of Education. This law forces school districts to teach "comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education" to all students in public middle schools and high schools.
The instruction includes recognizing "different sexual orientations and [to] be inclusive of same-sex relationships when providing examples of couples or relationships," while acknowledging "the effectiveness and safety of all FDA-approved contraceptive methods in preventing pregnancy (including emergency contraception)."
Pertaining to pregnancy, the law includes abortion as a viable option alongside parenting and adoption: "all legally available pregnancy outcomes, including parenting, adoption and abortion and California's newborn safe-surrender law."
The law, however, forbids "abstinence-only education," which "offers abstinence as the only option for preventing STIs and unintended pregnancy" in its public schools.
The memo stated that Education Code Section 51938 "allows a parent or guardian to excuse their child from all or part of comprehensive sexual health education and HIV education."
Pertaining to pregnancy, the law includes abortion as a viable option alongside parenting and adoption.
But Education Code Section 51932(b) says that Section 51938 "does not apply to instruction, materials or programming that discusses gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, discrimination, harassment, bullying, intimidation, relationships or family and does not discuss human reproductive organs and their functions."
The school board received backlash from parents concerning the memo, including Thomas Sanjurjo, who said, "Oh, thank you for the permission to tell my child that I disagree with your program. I'm glad you said I could. Of all things that liberty will die on ... this? This is the thing?"
Michael Orf insisted. "Yeah ... I guarantee this didn't go over well ... I can't be the only parent who would raise hell over this. I feel bad for the school employees if this is ever sent to my home."
Another parent, Stefanie Duncan Fetzer said on Facebook, "At least the guys in O.C. [Orange County] are generous enough to inform that parents still have the freedom to discuss this issue with their kids and let them know whether or not they disagree with the policy or the material. I'm sure it's just a matter of time before that freedom is gone as well!"
Heidi St. John, who labels herself "The Busy Mom," reacted to the memo, telling those in California to call the author of the California Healthy Youth Act, Shirley Weber, a member of the California State Assembly, saying, "916-319-2079 If parents pull their kids out, the money will dry up."
She continued, "Parents, you have lost your parental rights to the state of California. Stand up! This is our watch. Call your school board. Pull your kids out of schools that don't recognize your right to raise your children as you see fit."
Saint John also told parents to stand with her and Elizabeth Johnston, known as the "Activist Mommy," to participate in the global "Sex Ed Sit-Out" this coming Monday, in which parents in three countries will pull out their children to protest the graphic, immoral sex education in public schools.
On April 23, parents will be meeting in various places to hold press events and answer media questions.
They will be sending a letter to school principals explaining the absence of their children, saying, "Pornographic sex education and an anti-bullying curriculum is being implemented across our globe in an attempt to indoctrinate our children with 'sexual rights.' This is unacceptable and I/we am/are joining others both nationally and globally in taking a stand to say 'enough.'"
The United States has no federal standard for sex education but 24 states, including California, and the District of Columbia mandate that public schools teach it.