by Rusty Pugh
(AgapePress) – Pro-family activists in North Carolina are opposed to a bill that would increase the teaching of premarital sex and promote the homosexual lifestyle to school children.
North Carolina's Senate Bill 515 will allow curriculum to be taught off school campuses at Planned Parenthood or other locales where condoms and contraceptives are given to children and where their use can be promoted without parental knowledge, input, or consent.
Dr. Ann Frazier of the group Christian Action League says this bill is simply an attempt to indoctrinate children to premarital and homosexual sex. She also points out that while many citizens of North Carolina oppose such a bill, it has the support of the homosexual community.
“[Supporters of the bill] are from [North Carolina] communities that have large segments of the population that are homosexuals and have been demanding homosexual rights,” Frazier says, “and of course we're seeing the homosexual rights movement being pushed nationwide also. So we believe that this was an attempt to just tie-in with the [nationwide] homosexual movement and what's being taught in the curriculum.”
Frazier, an expert on adolescent sexuality, says the bill is an attempt to undermine traditional marriage and promote homosexual sex without counseling children on the consequences. The bill would also remove the current requirement to include instruction for health and emotional problems associated with sexual activity before marriage.
ACLU Threatens Another 'National Motto' Lawsuit in Mississippi
by Rusty Pugh and Jody Brown
(AgapePress) – The president of the American Family Association says there is no basis for the American Civil Liberties Union's threat to sue the State of Mississippi for displaying the national motto.
Last week, Mississippi Governor Ronnie Musgrove signed into law legislation requiring the state's public schools to display “In God We Trust” in every classroom, auditorium, and cafeteria. While pro-family groups in Mississippi and elsewhere are praising Musgrove's action, the Mississippi chapter of the ACLU has threatened a lawsuit, claiming the law violates the separation of church and state.
AFA President Don Wildmon says putting up such plaques has never been declared illegal.
“The national motto has always been upheld in all cases that the ACLU brought,” Wildmon says. “In fact, they brought one in Topeka [Kansas] not long ago, and … the liberal judge there just literally ripped the ACLU apart because they brought this lawsuit. So, what [the ACLU is] saying in essence is that … our national motto 'In God We Trust' is illegal.”
Wildmon says he wonders if a dollar bill, which bears the national motto, were posted in every classroom, would the ACLU threaten to sue?
Early last year, AFA launched a program encouraging its supporters to present framed copies of the national motto to local school and government officials. From that effort sprouted an initiative that resulted in framed “In God We Trust” posters being offered to most members of Congress, the majority of whom accepted the offer. In the Topeka case mentioned by Wildmon, a county treasurer in Kansas was taken to court by the ACLU last summer for displaying the national motto in her office. That case was eventually thrown out by a U.S. district judge, who ruled that the ACLU's suit was “patently frivolous, without any basis in law.”
One of the criticisms of the new law is that it mandates schools display the posters, but provides no funding for accomplishing it. Now a printer in Pearl, Mississippi, has offered to donate 32,000 posters and AFA, based in Tupelo, Mississippi, is taking the responsibility for getting those posters to the schools. The pro-family organization is hoping that churches, Sunday school classes, civic groups, and parents will essentially underwrite the cost of putting framed “In God We Trust” posters in the state's schools.
(This update courtesy of Agape Press.)