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There's a Monster Out There!

By Pat McIntosh

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With most adults, the word monster brings varying thoughts and images to mind. Along serious lines, we may envision the actions of serial killers, rapists, and child abusers. In regard to less "serious" matters, we might think along the lines of those images which cause nightmares for our children. These images will include fangs, grotesque claws or fingernails, and any number of terrible features designed to scare them.

The "monster" I am speaking of does not necessarily fit the mold of these descriptions. This monster may appear to be harmless and may also claim to be trying to help. The sad reality is that it is seeking to control society through our children! It wears several names, such as: "SIECUS" (Sex Information and Education Council of the United States), "APPAC" (Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenthood Advisory Council), and most importantly, "comprehensive sexuality education." Under the guise of concerned educators seeking to lessen our teenage pregnancy rate, we once again see "just plain" humanism rearing its ugly head.

Many will vehemently deny that any of these exist or, at least, constitute something which merits our concern as parents and Christians. This false claim can be refuted by an examination of some of the guidelines and recommendations forwarded by these groups.

SIECUS is a private organization established in 1960. A 50 plus-page booklet of proposed guidelines for comprehensive sexuality education shows startling information. Please notice a few of these things and the age groups they desire to target:

Level 1 - 5 to 8-year-olds

  1. Sexual intercourse and how babies are born.
  2. Living together without marriage.
  3. Homosexuality, "gay" and "lesbian" relationships.
  4. Divorce, masturbation, and abortion.

Level 2 - 9-to 12-year-olds

  1. "There are ways to have intercourse without causing pregnancy."
  2. Sexual orientation (implying the lack of control one has in regard to his/her sexual preference).
  3. "Homosexual love relationships can be as fulfilling as heterosexual relationships."
  4. Masturbation for sexual pleasure during, puberty.

Level 3 - 12-to 15-year-olds

  1. "People do not choose their sexual orientation."
  2. "Gay men, lesbian women, and bisexuals can lead fulfilling lives."
  3. Locating agencies that do not require parental permission, are confidential, and cost little or no money.
  4. Where to buy contraceptives.
  5. The right to make decisions about abortion, contraception, and other reproductive matters.

Level 4 - 15-to 18-year-olds

  1. "Women have the right to make the final decision about whether or not to have an abortion."
  2. "Some people continue to respect their religious teachings and traditions but believe that some views are not personally relevant."
  3. "There is no evidence that erotic images in the arts cause inappropriate sexual behavior."
  4. Communicating with "sexual partners" about needs and limits.
  5. "Teenagers who date need to learn to negotiate decisions about sexual behaviors and limits."

While these are obviously merely "touching the hem of the garment," enough is shown here to manifest the inclination of these groups to take sexuality education out of the hands of parents and place it in the hands of our education system.

APPAC is a committee having its establishment in 1987. The purpose of this group was to make a study concerning the teenage pregnancy problem in Texas and make recommendations to "cure" the source of that problem. Their recommendations include the following: K-12 sex education and school-based clinics which provide contraception (condoms and pills) and abortion referral. They have also recommended the implementation of what they call the Adolescent Bill of Rights, which will include the right to the provision of "confidential reproductive health services" and comprehensive, scientifically valid human sexuality education (offering a broad range of "scientifically acceptable" behavior). They also recommend an amendment to state laws concerning parental consent or notification in regard to students being absent from school in receiving reproductive health care (referred to as the "sneak rule") and receiving confidential contraceptive care (condoms, pills, etc.).

A matter of vital concern to Christian parents in regard to these groups and their recommendations is seen in the terminology they employ. "Comprehensive sexuality education" may appear harmless but includes the matters we have seen above. Whatever the name this "monster" chooses to wear, this phrase must be seen as a "red flag" and rejected as something intended to take control away from the parents. We must insist upon maintaining the right and responsibility as Christian parents to educate our children in a fitting manner (Prov. 22:6; Eph. 6:4). Further, we must be wary of their use of the ten-n abstinence. On the surface, many may support this effort if abstinence is taught. Their definition of abstinence only covers the ultimate act of sexual intercourse. Masturbation (alone or with a partner) and oral sex are viewed as "abstinence" when they are allowed to define this word.

Many concerned parents may ask, "How close are we to seeing these things being implemented?" In Texas, SB 20 has already been filed. This bill includes pregnancy prevention and AIDS prevention education alone with other terminology broad enough to incorporate SIECUS guidelines and APPAC recommendations. The 1993-94 Health Plan for Texas recommends the SIECUS guidelines for public schools and is supported by Governor Ann Richards. Some schools in Texas are already considering adopting them or have already done so. Texas is not alone in these considerations. The Southern Governor's Association is impressed with the findings of APPAC and is looking to introduce these things into other states. Many other states are moving rapidly in the same direction.

In conclusion, a valid and critical question to be considered is: What can be done about these things? Simply stated, we must act now! A bill is currently being considered that will abolish APPAC. Write the governor, state representatives, and senators and make your voices known. Many letters have already been sent and are beginning to change minds. Remember that abolishing APPAC is not enough. We must be aware of any group or legislation advocating "comprehensive sexuality education." Get in touch with your local school boards; see what they are planning to implement in your respective school districts.

Refusing to take a stand in regard to these issues is, in fact, an action condoning their practice and implementation. We as Christians cannot sit idly by but must "earnestly contend for that which is right" (Jude 3). May we all be determined that sex education be the ultimate responsibility of Christian parents. May we insist upon the right/obligation to provide a Bible-based standard of morality (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 1 Pet. 4:11; 2 Pet. 1:3). May we forever wage the war against the tool of Satan known as "humanism."

Published May 1993