Gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people would be added to the lengthy list of social and ethnic groups that public schools must include in social studies lessons under a landmark bill passed Thursday by the California Senate.Has the whole world gone mad? Or just the left coast? When did a persons choice of sexuality enable them to become a distinct people group? Hey, I'm Irish. I'm British. I'm Gay? What? Man, woman, confused?
Look at me, I'm special
California law already requires schools to cover the contributions to the state and nation of women, African Americans, Mexican Americans, entrepreneurs, Asian Americans, European Americans, American Indians and labor.Everyone must be represented. But they need to try harder, they've left some out. What of the advancements in society brought forth by those with blond hair? What of those with green eyes? Don't forget those exceptional individuals who are left handed. We must be fair. Many who find themselves vertically challenged have reached great heights. Shouldn't we proclaim their greatness as well.
You will never fell special just being your self. We need to find one attribute, one preference, or one cause to exploit and classify ourselves by. Forget about individuality, I am my label!
I've got a crazy idea. If we want people to realize their self worth, and dignity, why don't we stop teaching our kids that they are nothing more than polished monkeys, the products of random occurrences, and teach them that they were individually and lovingly made by God. That our dignity and self worth comes not from our choices, but from our Maker, whose image we bear.
What happened to Abstinence?
Republican Sen. Doug La Malfa of Butte opposed the bill.Thankfully, someone has stated what has concerned me with these issues for years. We've tried so hard to teach kids the consequences of sex, and that it is safest, and in their best interest, to have sex within the confines of marriage, and now they want kids to sit in class and think about who they would most like to sleep with. Consider the possibilities. Timmy or Tammy?
"I'm deeply troubled kids would have to contemplate at a very, very early age, when many of us are teaching abstinence ... what is sexuality," he said.
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Before I'm accused of gay bashing, homophobia, or any other violation of political correctness, let me clarify a few things. Yes, homosexuality is a sin, but people who struggle with this particular sin are no worse sinners than I have ever been. We all fall short of God's glory. All of us, at our best are deserving of nothing more than death and hell. But none of us are without hope.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (John 3:16-17 ESV)We can be forgiven. We can be made clean. Jesus suffered the punishment of our sins so that we could be spared. Repent. Confess your sins and your shame and ask for forgiveness in Jesus' name.
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. (Romans 10:9-10 ESV)