July 23, 2018
What kind of country would fund a group whose best advice is "F*** everyone?" Ours. Last week's ad from Planned Parenthood was the perfect example of the pornographic messages conservatives are fighting to stop in America's sex ed curriculum. Every day, the headlines are full of horror stories about what students are learning with -- or more likely, without -- their parents knowledge. And at least one political party is doing something about it.
From Fairfax County to East Penn Schools, moms and dads are flooding districts with complaints for glamorizing dangerous sex acts, gender confusion, and the LGBT agenda. In some cases, like Pennsylvania, parents are suing just for the right to see the videos their kids are watching. In others, moms and dads have absolutely no idea what's being taught because the school refuses to tell them. That needs to end now, the Republican National Committee has declared. In its summer meeting that wrapped up this weekend, the RNC passed a unanimous resolution demanding that state legislators do more to protect kids from the outrageous curriculums sweeping the nation.
It's time, said Virginia's National Committeewoman Cynthia Dunbar, to put sex-ed decisions back where they belong -- in parents' hands. Under the RNC's new language, the party will put its energy into "parents' rights" provisions that would force school districts to get moms' and dads' written permission before moving forward with any sex-ed material. "I'm thrilled this resolution passed," Cynthia said after the vote. "This should not be a partisan issue. Parents everywhere deserve the right to know what their children are being taught and afforded an opportunity to consent to it."
Of course, Americans' frustration over sex ed have been boiling over for quite some time. When "Activist Mommy" Elizabeth Johnston floated the idea of a protest, she was overwhelmed by the response. Thousands of people from around the world joined in her Sex Ed Sit Out in April, a sign of the growing irritation over how states are handling such a sensitive topic.
For the last several years, FRC's Cathy Ruse points out, liberal school boards have tried to use "opt out" provisions to shield themselves from criticism. ("Hey, we don't force it on anyone, you can always opt-out!") But in reality, most parents have no idea that they can pull their kids out of class -- or worse, that they'd even need to. A lot of parents trust their local schools -- and the districts have taken advantage of that trust by misleading them about the true content of sex ed. In Fairfax County, for example, some of the lessons labeled "abstinence" weren't about abstinence at all!
Forty years ago, when sex ed was two hours on the basics of human development and reproduction, the opt-out system might have worked. But it's completely inappropriate for today's radical, graphic, and age-inappropriate sex ed. Thank goodness the Republican National Committee agrees! It's time to stop letting schools exploit parents, who would never dream that their son's eighth grade teacher would give him a lesson with 18 mentions of "anal sex" or tell their seventh grade daughter that she was born in the wrong body because "biological sex is meaningless."
The Republican National Committee made sure to address these "family planning" sex-ed programs in its 2016 platform. Together, the delegates called for sexual risk avoidance (abstinence) education that makes saving sex until marriage the responsible and respected standard. But this is the first time the RNC has directly taken on the tactics of the far-Left, so our hats go off to the RNC for joining us in this fight and demanding parents have a say!
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.