Reason #2,000,003 to homeschool your children?
A Wisconsin school district showed a film to students that not only endorsed the redefinition of marriage to include two people of the same sex, but also maligned people who opposed the ludicrous idea. An excerpt:
The video was selected by the school’s Gay/Straight Alliance and approved by both the club’s advisers and Craig High Principal Dr. Alison Bjoin to be shown as part of the Day of Silence observance on April 11. The Day of Silence is an effort to call attention to harassment and discrimination supposedly faced by LGBT high school students.
A student, whose parents taught him properly on this issue, walked out during the showing. “He was basically horrified by it,” the boy’s father said. His grandmother said she “felt it was very misleading and I felt it was propaganda.”
The real problem isn’t that school officials showed this film; it’s the atmosphere that encouraged the boldness in the first place. The film probably isn’t the first time such a thing has happened. Unchecked permissiveness gives root to these kinds of incidents.
One person interviewed for the story asked why the school didn’t present a response from a Christian point of view. (The superintendent’s apology specifically mentioned the one-sided nature of the presentation.) Can you imagine the uproar had the school showed a film that presented only the Christian (correct) side? Atheist groups would have made the story go international and threatened lawsuits citing a separation-of-church-and-state violation. And we’d have heard about it a lot sooner. (The incident happened in April.) On second thought, they might have done the same even if a Christian film had presented the other side.
The Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal organization that represents Christian interests, issued a statement about the school district’s apology.
“Student indoctrination is inappropriate, especially on an issue as important as marriage. Students and parents deserve better. The district recognized its mistake and deserves to be commended.”
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