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By Lisa Cherry

I didn't know until I read the front page of our local university's newspaper.

LGBTQ   (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer.)

That is what a local group says.

“Queer” used to be a derogatory term; it was not heard in polite conversation.  But certain groups have “reclaimed” it and now wear the label proudly.

Other resources say the "Q" stands for questioning. Whether it's questioning or queer, the idea seems to be the same:

  •  That individuals need to struggle to identify their own gender.
  •  And that individuals are free to declare which gender they are or want to be.

You can look at the definition of Q at several “hip” sites:  Click here for Wikipedia and here for Urban Dictionary.

This is an astounding shift from the days when pink and blue marked our world. Today our children are learning terms and ideas that are shameful and degrading. See Romans 1:24-26

Why do parents need to understand what Q means? Because it represents a central thought process of our kids' generation and it represents real life dilemmas for parents as we attempt to lead them through our culture.

What do you think?  Please click here and scroll down to leave a comment.

Next week I am going to share a shocking event that happened in our local community that is forcing that question to the forefront.

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Bully free zone 2500644518_da89dba048By Lisa Cherry

A high school student in Howell, Michigan spoke up in class defending his right to express his belief that homosexuality is wrong. The teacher berated him and told him he must “recant.”  When he would not, the teacher threw him out of class. 

Yes, it really happened.

Does this sound like bullying prevention?  

Here at Frontline Moms we have been doing a lot of talking about the issues surrounding sexual perversions. For good reason.

 It seems the culture has moved so many boundary stones so quickly that it can intimidate even the most diligent parent.

 I don't know about you, but I need some help in understanding how we got to where we are, and how to navigate a course of safety for my kids.

When somebody sent me Anthony Esolen’s article “A Pulpit for Bullies” this week, at first I didn't quite understand what the title meant. But I'm very glad I read this well-written article. 

The LGBTQ lobby is in full force in many of our schools. Students and staff who do not toe the line and affirm LGBTQ beliefs, participate in their school “Spirit Days,” and wear their t-shirts are often considered "hateful" and are subjected to disapproval or even punishments.

And even though we may be "sick and tired" of talking about this issue, it is not going away. And our kids are now left in the crossfire.

So here it is. Another important parent educational piece....and good insight for how to pray for your kids if they are heading back to a public school this month!

 Blessing, Lisa

Questions:  Does your child’s school sponsor a pro-gay “Spirit Day” or something similar?   What will you do to counter the LGBTQ dogma being spoon fed to your child at school?

Even if you homeschool, is that enough to protect your children from the evil influences in our culture?

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hannah pic for persecutionBy Lisa Cherry

Standing against the cultural flood is very hard for our kids! I was proud of Hannah and her hard fought battle to turn in a satisfactory argumentative English paper. Arguing that the children's book King and King should be banned from primary classrooms was a tough project when the teacher greatly disagreed with her stance.  

But Hannah had done all she had known to do. Grown the paper to fourteen research citations instead of the required five, added two extra pages of argumentation, and altered her wording to sound professional and unbiased. The only thing left was the final grade.

Did Hannah's paper alter her teacher's views that the book should be read to 5-8 year olds? Apparently not, as the final comments indicated. However, her work was not in vain. She learned a lot about strengthening her argumentation skills as well as how to stand up to

opposition pressure.

Please note Hannah was not able to use God or His word in this argument. Her three persuasive points were:

The book King and King should be banned from the public school classroom because:

  1.  It causes gender confusion
  2. It leads to homosexual experimentation
  3. It undermines parental rights

I have included below two excerpts from the paper. It seems this teacher was very concerned about Hannah's reasoning to the point of accusing her of quoting out of context, which she didn't.

In this culture, we will need to be able to counter the faulty reasonings of this paper. Are you ready? Have you and your family taken time to look at this issue of homosexuality from a Biblical point of view? Click here for a parent/child interactive book.

Her final grade???    93%!

Her final grade of courage and faith:   A also!

I was pleased about the way Hannah's grade worked out, though I realize not every situation like this works out this well. What I am most grateful for is that Hannah did not cave into the pressure to change her view.  She held her ground and stayed true to her convictions.

Here are two sample sections of Hannah's paper. You will note the teacher's comments in brackets. Below each section are the responses I would make to the reasoning. Hannah and I hope sharing this will help all of us to think about these important issues more!!!

 First excerpt:

In the book King and King, it depicts a picture of the two princes kissing.  [Misplaced modifier.] If by seeing and reading books children learn, then by seeing this picture in a positive light, children learn that it is positive. “…If a book is intended to serve an educational function, such as teaching children something new about the real world or having children use their real world knowledge to identify a picture in a book, then the nature of the pictures in the book should receive careful consideration. This is especially important, given the prevalence of cartoon books for very young children, even for books apparently designed to promote learning about the real world” (Ganea). Therefore, learning does not come just from the text in the book, but the pictures as well. Reading, hearing, and seeing books affect children’s development and learning, and must be done with great attention. [So?]

 This book can be viewed as a form of early sex-education, as it is introducing homosexual marriage to children who may or may not have seen it before. [Actually, it is more like introducing them to interacial marriage.]  Loosely defined, sex education is “the study of the characteristics of beings; a male and female”(qtd. In De La Mare). Therefore, any topic that falls under this guide can be considered sex education. [Kind of a stretch isn’t it?] However, this type of “education” differs from the teaching of reading or history because, according to writer of Brigham Young University Law Journal, Dean Byrd, “A strong case can be made that sexuality education is not simply limited to the transfer of information to children but extends to other areas of development such as social/emotional and moral development”(Byrd). Sex education differs from other education is this manner and therefore should be approached with caution and attention.  [The book does not teach about sex or include any sexual content.]

            For years[,] arguments have ensued over the sensibility of sex education in general and to young children specifically. Dean Byrd says, “According to science, we make discoveries through the building and testing of hypotheses with a concerted effort to be unbiased”(Byrd). If this is true, and discoveries are made through testing, than [then] children who are introduced to homosexual relationships will have more of a desire to “test” them. [This doesn’t make sense. I think the quote is taken out of context.]  Unlike many other basic learning tests, this one can have serious ramifications on young lives.

My thoughts on the teacher's points in the first excerpt:

1. Is she seriously saying homosexual marriage is like interracial marriage? This is what our culture is buying now!!

2. Kissing is called foreplay in sex ed books. Fore to sex. To say kissing and marriage are not sex ed!!!! Oh My!

3. The quote on testing behaviors was not out of context. Interesting that someone well-versed in scientific reasoning did not recognize or understand this argument. Why??

  Second excerpt:

The American society has been based on the family since its founding. Traditionally a family has been defined as a father, mother, and children.  Today, the U.S. Census Bureau still defines a family as "…two or more people (one of whom is the householder) related by birth, marriage, or adoption residing in the same housing unit.” (United States). Through the book King and King, the public school is teaching a concept of gay marriage that is still illegal in forty-two states (March 2013). A scene of someone smoking a cigarette, which is a legal act, in a children’s movie is highly discouraged; yet, this book is promoting an act that is most likely illegal in a specific child’s state and therefore not appropriate for a public funded school to recommend. [But we have history books filled with details about horrible atrocities.] Law abiding citizenship has always been the foundation of proper child education, and should continue to be so. [No comma here. So those who taught that slavery was wrong should have been censored?]

In the past, the public school systems were charged with specifically teaching children school related activities and other moral and value teachings were left to the parent. Through the book, King and King, being read in the classroom, the school has taken over more responsibilities from the parent, attempting to shape them in controversial topics which are still being debated by the adults. It is undermining parental rights by teaching concepts that are too difficult for children to understand, likely illegal in their state, and often unapproved by parents. [I think you are underestimating children.] If this book is read in the classroom to children, then it will undermine parent’s authority by stepping over the boundary of specific moral teaching.

 My thoughts on the teacher's points in the second excerpt:

1. History books calls wrong things atrocities and do not recommend them. How did the teacher fail to acknowledge the book King and King was not calling it wrong....but right! So her own logic fails!

2. Underestimating 5-8 year olds???? Do we think they are not impressionable anymore?!!

 

You can find the other parts of this series here:

What to Do if Your Christian Child is Persecuted Part 1

What Would You Have Done? Part 2: What to do if Your Christian Child is Persecuted

How Much Should we Intervene? Part 3: What to Do If Your Christian Child is Persecuted

Would My Response Backfire? Part 4: What to Do if Your Christian Child is Persecuted

What’s the Worst that Could Happen? Part 5: What To Do if Your Christian Child is Persecuted

failure success streetsigns meZaC80By Lisa Cherry             

My daughter Hannah was at a crossroads.  As high school junior taking her first college course, she wanted to succeed. She had only hours before the final draft of her essay was due.

But no matter how many changes and upgrades she had made, it was not looking good for Hannah's grade.

The teacher did not like her argument that the children’s book King and King depicting homosexual marriage and homosexual kissing should be banned from public school classrooms.

I had emailed the teacher asking for some clarification of her expectations. I did not hear back from her that day.

That is when the most important thing happened in this long drama. Sure, it had been good for Hannah to have to learn to argue and defend her faith views in a hostile environment. It had been good that Hannah had learned to approach her college professor humbly asking for more help to complete the project satisfactorily. But now it was time for the big question.

"Hannah," I began my response to the now crying teen, "What is the worst thing that could happen to you with this assignment?"

"Mom, I could fail it and ruin my first semester in college!" was her impassioned response.

"No Hannah. That is not the worst thing. The worst thing is that you could fail to honor the Lord, cave in under the pressure, and change your views!" I responded.

"Yeah, you are right, I guess," she quietly agreed.

Then I helped her to play out the worst case scenario in her mind. Did you know one of the best ways to defeat fear and walk in courage is to imagine your worst fears and see what the Lord can do even with them?

Here is what we determined was worst case:

Hannah fails the class. Gets a bad grade. Has to take the class over. Pays extra money. Works extra hard. And has to explain to people why she failed freshman English.

OK. None of that would be fun. But if people can die for their faith, couldn’t we endure all those pesky hardships?  They sound like “light and  momentary troubles” by comparison. 

Suddenly, I became keenly aware of the benefits of a little persecution!! We were truly learning to stand on what we had always said we believed to be true!

How about you and your kids? How will you handle the pressures in schools, workplaces, and the community? Do you have the courage to suffer....even just a little for the cause of Christ??

Are you sharing this series with your kids? It is a great training ground. Next time, we will conclude with the teacher's final comments on the paper and....the grade!

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You can find the other parts of this series here:

What to Do if Your Christian Child is Persecuted Part 1
What Would You Have Done? Part 2: What to do if Your Christian Child is Persecuted

How Much Should we Intervene? Part 3: What to Do If Your Christian Child is Persecuted

Would My Response Backfire? Part 4: What to Do if Your Christian Child is Persecuted

Boy scout memorial 8434451514_661e653301By Lisa Cherry

My heart is wrenched by what happened in the recent decision by the Boy Scouts. We have moved so far since my father-in-law was an Eagle Scout!!

As we attempt to make sense of the implications of their decision, I encourage you to read Laurie Higgins' article Boy Scouts of America: Goodbye, Farewell and Amen.  It explains how dangerous this turn is.  It is hard hitting. But it teaches us to think this thing through!!

Parents of boy scouts, I am so sorry for what you are now in the middle of. But I urge you to take careful heed as you make decisions for you and your family. Our boys need us to stand strong!

I am working hard today on our new book, NOT OPEN, and it is stretching me to think about these types of decisions. We are truly at a turning point in our history!!!! 

Prayer, anyone???

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