What do you do if your kindergarten child came home from school one day carrying a library book that praised a pair of lesbians raising a family while at the same time portraying someone who opposed them as afraid and uninformed?
That’s exactly what happened to a mother in Kaysville, Utah, about twenty minutes north of Salt Lake City. After reading through the book, In Our Mothers’ House, that told the story of a pair of lesbian parents and how wonderful their household is. When a neighbor of the lesbian pair tells them that she does not appreciate what the couple are, they explain to their kids that the neighbor is full of fear and that she just doesn’t understand them.
The Utah parent complained to the Windridge Elementary School about the book and then collected twenty-five signatures from other parents who were against the book. The matter went before a parent-teacher board who then voted 6-1 to keep the book in the school’s library, but to place it behind the counter where only a parental permission would allow a student to check the book out. In making their decision, the board said that state law forbids the avocation of homosexuality in any school curriculum.
The Davis School District had added the book to five school libraries, including Windridge Elementary School because they had learned that a student at the school was being raised by a lesbian couple. Now the American Civil Liberties Union has gotten involved in the case. They believe that a library book does not equate to curriculum and thus the book should not be restricted from student access. They also site the First Amendment rights of the students to free speech.
In response to the ACLU, the Alliance Defense Fund sent a letter last week stating the book was not removed from the library and that the board was completely within their rights to require parental permission for a student to check it out. Part of their letter read:
“The District is right to leave such decisions to them. It is ‘established beyond debate’ that ‘parents have the primary role…in the upbringing of their children.’”
Again I ask you, what you do if your child brought home a library book promoting homosexuality as good, wholesome and the right way to live and that anyone that doesn’t agree is afraid and non-understanding?
If you ask me, this is one reason I believe in private school or homeschool. Either one can provide better moral teaching along with the education. After all, education without morals is like driving cross county without a map. You can make the journey, but it’s going to take a lot longer to get there and the paths taken can be rockier than necessary.
The other thing that gets my goat with this whole thing is the way homosexuals portray anyone who disagrees with their lifestyle. They lump all opponents into one category of fear and misunderstanding. They completely ignore the fact that millions of Christians, Jews and Muslims look at homosexuality as an abominable sin. They completely ignore God’s own words in Leviticus 20:13:
“If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.”
These aren’t my words, they’re God’s Word and ones that we have gotten away from following. And if God feels that strongly against homosexuality, I certainly would not want my child reading a book that promotes homosexuality as being normal and acceptable.