KnoxNews.com broke an interesting story. Seems that the ACLU is suing the Knoxville and Nashville school districts because the schools have filters on their internet that block access to gay and lesbian information sites. The suit also claims that while informational sites are banned, what are not banned are sites that disagree with the homosexual/transgender lifestyle.
The suit is brought on behalf of students and a Knoxville school librarian. The librarian, Karyn Storts-Brinks, is the faculty advisor for the Fulton High School Gay-Straight Alliance. In her interview with KnoxNews.com she says:
…some students might be questioning their sexuality, some might already be confident in their sexuality and some might be getting harassed, and they need access to legitimate educational LGBT sites for information and support. (KnoxNews.com)
Thank you, ACLU. Not for leading another charge against traditional moral values, but for bringing this story to the forefront. I had no idea that there were such things as Gay-Straight Alliance clubs in our high schools and middle schools. I wonder how many parents know that at school-sanctioned meetings their teen can discuss sexual identities with other students and outside guests. There are a multitude of problems here, but let me focus on three:
1. Once again, parents are taken out of the loop in how their kids are raised. According to the Gay-Straight Alliance handbook, parents are the key, just not necessarily a student’s own parent:
First, you have to find a committed and enlightened parent. Start with your group or circle of friends: does anyone have an enlightened, supportive, committed parent?
If you can’t find a supportive parent among your group’s parents, contact a PFLAG chapter, a Unitarian church, a GLSEN chapter, or the ACLU chapter in your area, and ask if anyone there knows of a parent in your school district who is supportive. (Make It Real)
In other words, if a student’s own parents are not in agreement with the homosexual or transgender lifestyle, go out and find a parent who is. It is the duty of the parent to raise their children, and to address these issues, not the school’s. “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).
2. The Gay-Straight Alliance maintains that they do not promote alternative lifestyles, just provide a “safe-zone” for its discussion:
Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources. Through peer support, leadership development, and training, GSA Network supports young people in starting, strengthening, and sustaining GSAs and builds the capacity of GSAs to:
1. create safe environments in schools for students to support each other and learn about homophobia and other oppressions,
2. educate the school community about homophobia, gender identity, and sexual orientation issues, and
3. fight discrimination, harassment, and violence in schools. (Gay-Straight Alliance Mission Statement)
On its surface, GSAs seem designed to create an atmosphere of open discussion. However, they have teamed up with an organization called Frameline to produce a series of “free LGBT themed movies to GSAs” throughout California. Frameline definitely has an agenda:
Founded in 1977, Frameline’s mission is to strengthen the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and further its visibility by supporting and promoting a broad array of cultural representations and artistic expression in film, video and other media arts. (Frameline)
GSAs are not neutral in these discussions. They are actively promoting a lifestyle that is in full opposition to the values of many school parents.
3. Any kind of sexual activity outside of marriage is out of bounds according to Scripture. “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” (Hebrews 13:4) Homosexual practices receive an even stronger condemnation:
“…Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
Teenagers are sexually stirred up, but that does not mean that they have to be sexually active. Clubs like the Gay-Straight Alliance promote a sexual lifestyle that teenagers are not ready for, and are sinful no matter what the age.
If you are a parent with a child going into middle or high school, you should be worried. You should be angry. You should be saddened. The question is, what now?