Reading this article from Faith and Freedom Network today started to make my blood boil, then I realized a better response was to be thankful, and yes, even grateful (something that has been difficult for me the last month or so due to health challenges I have had) that we homeschool.
Parental rights are being blatantly attacked and I think it may well be a foretaste of what is to come here.
Ralph Waldo Emerson described the moment in 1776 when the Minutemen fired their opening shots of the American Revolution on the village green in Lexington Massachusetts as, “The shot heard ‘round the world.”
That’s also how parental-rights advocates describe what happened recently when a federal judge in Boston shot down a lawsuit by some parents who objected to what Lexington schools were teaching their children about homosexuality.
U.S. District Court Chief Judge, Mark Wolf told David Parker and Rob and Robin Wirthlin that they had no right to challenge the schools – none at all.
Brian Camenker, executive director of the Boston based group MassResistance, was so shocked by the judge’s response that he said, “It’s so absurd, you can hardly even discuss it.”
But we must both be aware of it and discuss it, because a similar situation may well be coming to your public schools.
The Judge said, “The schools have a right and obligation to teach about same-sex relationships, even in elementary schools – and the parents’ rights end at the school house door.” (emphasis mine)
The parental objections centered around a Kindergarten book on “diversity” called “Who’s In a Family,” which portrays same-sex couples as just a different type of family. The other concerned a second grade book called "King & King," in which one prince kisses another prince.
As Washington State legislators move toward passing Domestic Partnerships as well as the anti-parent SB 5297 sex-ed bill, they are setting the stage for, as Senator Swecker called it, “Catastrophic unintended consequences.”
For those of you feeling discouraged or needing new energy to keep on homeschooling, let this information give you new vigor to continue the good fight! Pray to our Lord to give you the manna you need for today and not to "worry" about tomorrow. He promises to give us the strength we need to do what He has asked us to do. Cling to that. It also doesn't hurt to realize what is going on in the world around us in public education, as a bit of a motivator, eh?