Diversity Training: Coming to a School Near You

Summer vacation is squarely in everyone’s rear-view mirror and our children are adjusting to the academic demands of a new school year. By now everyone’s received their initial report card marking their progress over the first grading period. And whether they handed it to you or you received it by mail/email, I’m sure you studied it–line by line–checking off each subject and carefully examining the corresponding grade. “Reading–not bad. Writing–needs some improvement. Arithmetic–nice grade there, and… Diversity Training? What’s that?” If you haven’t heard of diversity training, just give your school board a little time. Unless something is done to stop this, it won’t be long until they bring it to your child’s school.

Gay Activism

In the early 1970’s, gay activists took a militant approach with psychiatrists by disrupting meetings at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual conventions for a couple of years until they got what they wanted–removal of homosexuality from the official list of approved psychiatric disorders. Until that time, the fields of psychiatry and psychology held that homosexuality was not only abnormal but treatable, a position based on the previous seventy years of research chronicled in numerous professional journals. The removal of homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) was based not on scientific evidence but the political activism of a few.

The Latest Battleground in the Culture Wars

In the 1990’s, gay activists set their sights on schools across America. Their vehicle–mandatory diversity training in the classroom using material developed by gay activists. The rationale given for the necessity of this special class was to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) students from harassment from their peers, ignoring evidence that showed they’re bullied no more than any other student. Despite the presence of existing laws and school policies, including Title IX, that already protected all students from abuse, these activists convinced school officials of the need for additional protection as well as diversity training to re-educate the young minds in our classrooms. Though most gay activists publicly denied that their real agenda was to indoctrinate children into accepting homosexual behavior as natural, normal, and healthy, others, such as Daniel Villarreal, author of a major gay blog, admitted, “I and a lot of other people want to indoctrinate, recruit, teach, and expose children to queer sexuality. We want educators to teach future generations of children to accept (homosexuality). In fact, our future depends on it.”

No Opting out of Pro-Gay School Propaganda

“There are six protected classes in California that cannot be discriminated against, harassed or bullied,” said Pacific Justice Institute Chief Counsel Kevin Snider. “Religion, race/ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability, and sexual orientation.” Despite there being six protected classes, diversity training primarily focuses on homosexuality.

In Vallejo, California, school children are forced to watch pro-gay propaganda videos under the guise of “anti-bullying” education. This indoctrination begins in the first grade and continues until the child graduates high school. When your child reaches a certain age, some of these classes include handing out condoms along with ‘teaching’ the actual mechanics of how men have sex with men and women with women. The worst part is that in many districts parents don’t have the choice to opt out their children, nor are they given parental notification when these topics are presented.

The following video presents such a case in which parents requested notification or the opportunity to opt out their child. Instead, the father was hand-cuffed and taken to jail, yes, an American jail. (Just a warning. Though censored, this video contains rough language.)

The Consequences of Homosexual Marriage

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Legal Liability of the School District

Despite the push for homosexual indoctrination through diversity training in the classroom, school districts are still legally liable for what they teach. Here’s a link to a publication you may find beneficial should diversity training come to your child’s school: The Legal Liability Associated with Homosexuality Education in Vermont Public Schools.

Another helpful reference:  Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth, by Jeffrey Satinover, M.D.

This book presents an excellent overview of how gay activists intimidated the American Psychiatric Association into ignoring decades of scientific research and existing psychoanalytic thought regarding homosexuality. Dr. Satinover discusses the research conducted on homosexuality since the 70’s and the supposed discovery of the “gay gene” as well as the impact this research has had on the media and our courts. He cites scientists’ published criticism of these studies and presents how this flawed research really supports the notion that homosexuality is a choice and not genetically determined.

Finally, prayerfully consider running for your district’s school board. As I said earlier, if your district doesn’t already have diversity training, a proposal for such a program will be presented to your school board some time in the next ten years. Only prayer will change our nation.

Out of the Heart the Mouth Speaks

This past month, the Supreme Court handed down a ruling in favor of Westboro Baptist Church‘s right to protest at a soldier’s funeral. Over the past several years, I’ve seen videos and news articles of this group’s hate-speech, sign-waving demonstrations primarily directed towards homosexuals and cringed each time, wondering what’s behind this method of presenting the gospel. This can’t be what Christ intended when He said, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News…” (Mark 16:15) And they’re not the only group or individual I’ve seen act in a similar fashion: That is, focus almost exclusively on a particular sin while condemning those committing that sin. When I compare the life of Christ to their actions, something just doesn’t add up.

Out of the Overflow of the Heart the Mouth Speaks

When an individual or church only focuses on one particular sin AND their emotional responses around that sin are consistently filled with anger, outrage and/or hate, this says more about the condition of the person’s heart (Luke 6:45) rather than the severity of the sin they’re attacking. Most of the time, Jesus responded to the lost with compassion (Matthew 9:35-38), not anger. Christ reserved the rough stuff for the religious leaders. There are many in the Church who feel called to speak out against specific sins such as abortion, alcoholism, or domestic violence. But they express a variety of emotions with compassion often leading the way. I’m not concerned with them, only with those who can’t let go of their anger towards a particular sin. This almost always is a red flag that something’s not right with their heart.

What’s Beneath the Anger?

Howard Olsen, a professional counselor with CrossWays Ministries, states that we only experience three negative primary emotions:  Pain, Shame, and Fear and that Anger, along with other emotions normally considered negative, is really a secondary emotion. Generally, we become aware of our anger long before other negative feelings as a means to help us regain control of the situation. With pain, shame, and fear, we feel vulnerable and exposed, unable to protect ourselves. Thus with anger, it’s always important to ask the question: What’s beneath the anger? What are the issues (wounds) and emotions I’m trying to avoid by hanging on to my anger? Matthew 7:3 gives us a clue where to start. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own…?”

What Wounds Am I Avoiding?

For example, if I consistently rage against homosexuality, hatefully attacking those committing that sin, maybe what’s simmering beneath the surface is a fear of my own homosexual impulses. Or maybe it’s the shame of past homosexual sins or the painful memories of a molestation at a young age by someone of the same sex. Maybe the homosexuality reminds me of a painful wound that I desperately want to avoid. And instead of pouring out my heart to God like King David did after he sinned,  and confessing my faults to those in the Body of Christ, I hide my wounded heart by pointing to the failures of others. I control my behavior by attempting to control yours. And when I do, my wound never heals.

Search Me O God

An unhealed wound blinds us to the condition of our heart and makes it easy to deceive ourselves into believing that we’ve moved past the sin or the traumatic event, past the pain-filled, shameful memories that defile our lives in so many areas. David knew this about himself when he prayed in Psalm 139:23-24 (English Standard Version), “Search me, O God! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous  way in me…” He knew that only God saw the truth of what was really inside his heart. So the next time I see a Westboro Baptist Church or other individuals rage against the sins of others, instead of cringing and shaking my head, irritated at the speck in their eyes, I’ll take the opportunity to have a ‘David moment’ and pray, ‘Search me O God and show me my heart and any unhealed wounds hidden inside.’

So How Did We Get Here?

This past weekend I attended the Texas Psychological Association annual convention and listened to seven ministers speak on the following topic:  Ethical Standards, Psychological Research on Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, and Transgendered (GLBT) Issues, and the Church. It sounds pretty dry, I know, however it was anything but. The panel included an Episcopal priest, a Presbyterian pastor, a Methodist minister, a seminary professor, a Lutheran pastor, a Baptist minister, and a Reformed Jewish rabbi, each of whom spoke in support of homosexuality. (An interesting side-note: Several of the ministers remarked that in those denominations holding to their view, the membership numbers were declining.)

Painful Struggle

I was moved when a young lady in her early thirties stood and shared the pain of growing up a lesbian without the support of a father who happened to be a Presbyterian minister. She had clearly struggled for years to find love and to love herself. My heart went out to her. Several passages flashed through my mind of instances when Christ, too, was touched by the pain in others.

A Different Kind of Homosexuality

One of the ministers commented that homosexuality in the Bible is not the same homosexuality we see today. That when the Bible refers to same-sex sexual behavior, it does so out of a “thorough ignorance” of what is now known about sexuality and its complexities,  suggesting that science, not the Scriptures, is the absolute final authority on what is truth. I mulled over what might happen to the absolute final authority of science if, in the next month’s research journal on human sexuality, a study came out that completely contradicted last month’s research. Science is forever discovering new things that invalidate what we proclaimed to be true yesterday. In the 80’s, for example, science declared that eggs were bad for you. And yet, based on current studies, the Diet Channel suggests that this not the case. Who knows, maybe in another thirty years eggs will be bad for you again.

What Has Driven This Change?

When I think of how our culture has changed in the past sixty years on issues such as abortion, prayer in school, attempting to legalize marijuana (as we recently saw in California), and homosexuality, I struggle to understand how we got here? What changed in the moral fabric of our society to the point that we rationalize away the Scriptures to bring Christianity more in line with the present culture? And what has been the driving force behind this push?

Steady Gradual Change

This change didn’t happen over night, though many predicted this day would come. One such individual was Dr. Francis Schaeffer who in 1982 spoke of the impact of secular humanism on the culture in America and the deafening silence of “Bible believing Christians” in speaking out against its influence creeping into the Church. He stated that “secular humanism has displaced the Judeo-Christian consensus that once defined our nation’s moral boundaries.”  While you may not agree with everything Dr. Schaeffer says, his words seem eerily prophetic for the day in which we live.

A Christian Manifesto

In A Christian Manifesto, Dr. Schaeffer speaks of the role the courts played in advancing this humanistic agenda. “The whole law has shifted,” he states. “Law is arbitrarily decided by a few people on what they think is good for society at that given moment and it can be changed.” Though these words were spoken almost three decades ago, they are as current as your most recent Twitter Tweet.

A Christian Manifesto – Part 1 of 3

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