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Less than a year ago, I wrote an article called "No Fundamental Right" about a ruling made by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California. In case that wasn’t enough of a jolt to wake up California’s (and the rest of the country’s) Christians regarding government education, here’s yet another shot. On Monday, August 28, Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 1441 into law and it has been virtually ignored by major media outlets. SB 1441 "requires ‘any program or activity that…receives any financial assistance from the state’ to support transsexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality or lose state funding. SB 1441 contains no exception for religious colleges and universities, child care providers, or after-school programs." In other words, anyone that receives state money for any reason must begin to support trans, bi and homosexuality, or risk losing said state money. Regardless of religious affiliation, regardless of mission statement, regardless of any prior commitments to the contrary. If you take state funds, you now must adhere to state doctrine—which happens to be pro-homosexual, transsexual and bisexual (others will be added later to be sure).

For those out there that weren’t convinced to get out of the state system by Fields v. Palmdale, SB 1441 is the next logical step. This is what happens when Christ’s people try to play by two sets of rules. Christ said that no man can serve God and mammon, and this includes Christian schools in California. He who pays the piper calls the tune, and Gov. Schwarzenegger has just put a quarter in the jukebox, baby. If you have ears to hear the tune, start dancing out of the system now. Since the article is still timely, here is a re-print of "No Fundamental Right," from November 9, 2005:

No Fundamental Right
11/09/2005

The most out-of-step and blatantly liberal court in the land has finally outdone itself. Up until last week I never would have considered the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to be an ally in hurrying along the exodus of Christians from the Pharoahs of the Public School system, but that’s exactly what the Court has become—an ally. If their bold ruling in Fields v. Palmdale School District doesn’t awaken “the sleeping giant” of ignorant Christians, then quite possibly nothing will.

So what exactly is Fields v. Palmdale and why should you care?  Here is a brief synopsis from Agape Press:

The case involves the Palmdale School District in California, which notified parents of its intentions to conduct an assessment of children ages seven to ten in order to “establish a community baseline measure of children’s exposure to early trauma (for example, violence).” What the letter to parents did not convey was that ten of the 79 questions on the survey would ask the children about the frequency of “touching my private parts,” “thinking about having sex,” “having sex feelings in my body,” and “can’t stop thinking about sex.”[1]

Six horrified sets of parents of children in the Palmdale School District sued when they found out what was actually on the survey. The parents claimed that “the school had interfered with their constitutional rights by surveying their elementary-age children without disclosing that the survey contained personal questions about sex.”[2] The ruling of the Ninth Circuit Court, which upheld previous rulings in favor of the school district opined that:

Parents have a right to inform their children when and as they wish on the subject of sex; they have no constitutional right, however, to prevent a public school from providing its students with whatever information it wishes to provide, sexual or otherwise, when and as the school determines that it is appropriate to do so. Neither Meyer nor Pierce [two earlier Supreme Court rulings] provides support for the view that parents have a right to prevent a school from providing any kind of information—sexual or otherwise—to its students.… Perhaps the Sixth Circuit said it best when it explained, “While parents may have a fundamental right to decide whether to send their child to a public school, they do not have a fundamental right generally to direct how a public school teaches their child.[3]

So there you have it. I couldn’t have written a better apologetic for home-schooling or private Christian schooling if I tried. The Ninth Circuit, in quoting the Sixth Circuit, is spelling out in crystal-clear terms that once you send your children off to the state for their education, you are in effect signing an unwritten contract giving them permission to teach your children whatever they want and deem necessary or expedient. The NEA’s agenda for that year will be taught and pounded into young minds, regardless of your protests. Next time, Palmdale will most certainly skip the gratuitous survey; it was a huge waste of time and school funds. With the blank check for indoctrination that the Ninth Circuit has written to California school districts, parents can expect to get less, not more, information about what their children are being taught and doing for 35-40 hours a week in the hands of state educators. And based on a recent story in The Washington Post, one of the things that the kids are doing is putting their school lessons into practical application:

Two students were discovered recently having sex in an Anne Arundel County high school gym. Four students at Col. Zadok Magruder High in Rockville were arrested in June after performing sex acts in the school parking lot. A boy and a girl at Springbrook High in Silver Spring were caught "touching inappropriately" in a school bathroom. Last year, three teenage boys at Mount Hebron High in Howard County were arrested after a student accused them of sexually assaulting her in a school restroom, but charges were dropped after the boys said the sex was consensual and the girl recanted.[4]

Were these students awarded extra-credit for their post-curricular activities? Is this really the environment that Christian parents want their own children “educated” in? How long will we turn a blind-eye to this open hostility to the values and morals of Christianity? If this isn’t the “wake-up call” to pull our children out of the state system, then just what will it take? When is enough, enough? Jessica Miller, a recent graduate of T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA, rightly asks the question regarding the promiscuity among teenagers in public schools, “Our parents are the ones who had the sexual revolution, so why are they surprised?”[5] Why indeed. Education doesn’t exist in a vacuum. If the public schools are going to teach safe sex, then they should also provide a safe environment for the kids to practice it. If you think this is far-fetched, read this again in five or ten years. Twenty years ago John Dunphy sounded like a radical, now, however, he sounds like a prophet:

I am convinced that the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes and respects the spark of what theologians call divinity in every human being. These teachers must embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever subject they teach, regardless of the educational level—preschool day care or large state university. The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new—the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism, resplendent in its promise of a world in which the never-realized Christian ideal of “love thy neighbor” will be finally achieved.[6]

Dunphy states that we’re engaged in a “battle for humankind’s future.” The Ninth Circuit Court has simply taken spray paint and made the battle lines clear for all to see. Dunphy and the humanists will not rest until victory has been attained. Our pathetic pleas and attempts to reform the state education system will never sway the worldview of an army of Dunphys. They are fixed on victory. It’s time for Christians to concede and let them have their churches back. They were never ours in the first place.

Endnotes:

[1] http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/11/32005a.asp
[2] http://www.family.org/cforum/news/a0038483.cfm
[3] Stephen Reinhardt, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Opinion: Fields v. Palmdale (Nov. 2, 2005), 14-15. Available online: http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data2/circs/9th/0356499p.pdf
[4] http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/05/AR2005110501414_pf.html
[5] http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/05/AR2005110501414_pf.html
[6] John J. Dunphy, “A Religion for a New Age,” The Humanist (January/February 1983), 26.

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