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A resolution urging churches to investigate the level of homosexual advocacy in their local school districts will be presented to the Southern Baptist Convention Resolutions Committee for possible consideration at the denomination’s annual gathering.
Dr. Voddie Baucham Jr., a Southern Baptist lecturer, preacher and author, and Bruce N. Shortt, author of “The Harsh Truth About Public Schools” announced yesterday they have submitted the resolution for consideration at the SBC’s 2005 Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., next month.
According to a statement from Baucham and Shortt, the resolution “encourages every SBC church to investigate whether the school district in which it is located has either a homosexual club or any curriculum or program that attempts to influence children to accept homosexual behavior as a legitimate lifestyle. If the school district has any of these, the resolution urges churches to inform parents of this fact and encourage them to remove their children from the district’s schools immediately.”
As WorldNetDaily reported, last year, Shortt was part of an unsuccessful effort to get SBC approval of a resolution urging church members to pull their children out of government schools.
Besides calling for the local school investigations, the resolution:
- commends Christians working in government schools;
- asks Baptists to make a greater effort to provide and support Christian educational alternatives to government schools, especially for the benefit of children from low-income and single-parent families;
- calls upon Baptists to pray for homosexuals; and
- rebukes homosexual activists for slandering minorities by claiming that homosexual behavior has any authentic connection with the civil-rights movement.
The new effort appears to take one issue brought up in last year’s debate over government schools – homosexual advocacy – and focuses church members’ attention on it.
Said Baucham: “I am convinced that if government schools had to recruit students by sending out brochures outlining the academic, moral and spiritual aspects of their curriculum, most Baptists would throw it in the trash without a second thought. However, when these schools can hide behind stealth phrases like tolerance, safe schools, multiculturalism and safer sex, parents are often unaware of the dangers lurking beneath the surface. Moreover, parents who speak up are often branded as narrow-minded bigots with outdated values.
“This resolution is an effort to shine the light of truth in the dark corners of our schools and force our brethren to take a long, hard, honest look at what we have tolerated for far too long.”
Added Shortt: “Homosexuals need our prayers and concern, but Christian parents must make sure that their children are not being endangered by false teaching in government schools. …
“Government schools are influencing our children to regard homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle and silencing those within the schools who disagree. Education officials who would never dream of engineering acceptance of smoking among children are all too often complicit in promoting acceptance among children of a lifestyle that evidence indicates is at least as deadly and self-destructive as smoking.”
Linda Harvey, president of Mission America, is supportive of the resolution.
“Based on my 10 years of tracking and researching the growth of homosexual activism in public schools, I know that very few parents are aware that the majority of public school districts are selling our children the dangerous and false notion that homosexuality is a normal and acceptable lifestyle,” Harvey said in a statement.
“Because most Christian parents and churches have been silent about this out of ignorance or apathy, they are essentially saying to their children that what the schools are teaching is accurate and acceptable; they are also saying to schools, we give you permission to proceed, to count on our silence, and to count on our children continuing to fill your classrooms.”
A copy of the resolution is available on the website of Exodus Mandate, an organization that advocates for private Christian schooling and homeschooling.
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