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[This letter to the Editor appeared in the Merrill September 15, 2010 in regards to Comprehensive Sex Ed in Merrill Public Schools.]
The founding fathers crafted the foundation of our country with Christian principles placing Life first, then Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. In that order due to the importance of each. Without Life, the other two principles don’t matter. We cannot claim to believe in our country if we deny this thinking as it is the very foundation and bedrock of our country’s birth certificate.
The recent decision for the MAPS district to move forward with the mandate to teach comprehensive sex ed causes one to question how many citizens understand this basic truth. The two main authors of the sex ed bill, Taylor and Grigsby, were endorsed by Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is the state’s largest abortion provider and they already receive $11 million of our tax dollars annually ($6 million is from the Family Planning Waiver – the teen birth control program). Let us not forget, teenagers can receive services without parental consent or knowledge. Is this what we, as Christians, believe to be acceptable? If we believe in the foundation of this country and what it stands for then we cannot support and defend organizations such as Planned Parenthood (the largest abortion provider in America), Family Planning Health Services (FPHS), Wisconsin American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), NARAL Pro Choice and Milwaukee LGBT Community Center. The legislation they support drives a wedge between parents and their children by confidentially providing contraception and referring for or providing abortions.
When Neville Chamberlain declared “Peace in Our Time” after appeasing a man like Hitler and selling out the Czechoslovakian people, Winston Churchill was asked what he thought of Mr. Chamberlain’s statement. Winston Churchill said, “You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war.”
We cannot appease anyone or any organization who proclaim one thing, claiming to keep our children health, while their actions speak another, providing contraception, which gives our children a false sense of protection, and abortions. We complain the morals in this country are going down the tube, however, when we have the opportunity to adhere to our morals, we didn’t side with our moral authority and bent to the pressure of pop culture. Why didn’t the Superintendent and the five board members take a “leap of faith” and trust the parents and the community members who have spent months researching this legislation and what it means for our district?
It seems their decision was made up before the meeting even started. In fact, President Jeff Verdoorn, instruction the board members to speak first to express their thoughts prior to hearing community comment, which set the tone and confirms this intuition. Why didn’t the five board members look at the real numbers of pregnancies and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) for Lincoln County? The official government statistics reveal that between 2005-2008 Lincoln County had a yearly average of just five births to under 18 year olds and that is ALL of Lincoln County. Also, for our county’s demographic, the government statistics show an STD rate of 1.8 percent (ages 15-19). Do these numbers qualify as a “crisis?” Why didn’t the board members believe a new study showing, once again, abstinence education does work? Why would the board approve a curriculum before there is a curriculum? There isn’t even a properly formed committee to make recommendations to the board on what the curriculum will be or for that matter is mandated to be by the new law.
This is an issue of whether to teach comprehensive sex ed as mandated by Madison versus opting out, forming our own curriculum and teaching what our community wants, terfore, maintaining local control. 321 community members signed a petitioun stating “no” to this mandate. There were not near as many in favor of approving it. The board had a decision to make. A lack of morality becomes a morality unto itself. What is proposed to us through this new sex education course is that our schools are to become not only a school, but also a parent, and a church. We are now, in effect, throwing virgins into the volcano of popular culture. “Peace in Our Time?” Hardly. Moral corruption? Absolutely.
Paul & Karen Cournaya,
Joe & Dorly Dahlke,
Joe & Carole Fink,
James and Mary Litschauer,
Tim & Pam Moat