Whether it’s the seven-year-old boy whose school sent a police officer to his home after he distributed Bible verses during free time or the eighth-grader prohibited from making references to God during his middle-school graduation speech, public school students are getting the message loud and clear: Your biblical beliefs are offensive and any expression of them should be banned.
So it’s no surprise that students like Lettie A.—a 13-year-old who attends a public school in Virginia—would assume she’s safer by staying silent about her faith. And for a long time, she did.
But then something happened that radically changed her perspective—a family member told her about Bring Your Bible to School Day.
Sponsored annually for students by Focus on the Family, the event empowers youth to take their Bibles to school as a visual way to share God’s hope with friends and celebrate their right to free speech. Last year, an estimated 356,000 students participated; this year half a million are expected to join the movement on Oct. 4.
As we reported last week, following public outcry the Lafayette Public Library has moved its Drag Queen Story Hour! The event will now be hosted at a local community college.
This is an encouraging development which ensures that the safety of most children. The great news is that families visiting the library will not stumble upon a hyper-sexualized situation. At the community college, it is unlikely that a child would be exposed to this sexually oriented material unless it is the intention of the parents.
However, there are still some disturbing facts and questions surrounding this event:
- The Lafayette Parish Library/Lafayette Library Board of Control are still sponsoring, programming and promoting an event in which adult material is being marketed directly to 3-6-year-olds. The only thing which has changed is the location of the Drag Queen Story Time.
- The books: The books proposed for the reading encourage “gender fluidity.” This is the purpose statement from proponents. The proposed reading leads children to believe they may change gender. The individual set to read has stated they will read “Jacob’s New Dress.” Described here on Amazon: “Jacob loves playing dress-up when he can be anything he wants to be. Some kids at school say he can't wear "girl" clothes, but Jacob wants to wear a dress to school. Can he convince his parents to let him wear what he wants? This heartwarming story speaks to the unique challenges faced by boys who don't identify with traditional gender roles.”
- The readers: The library has stated over and over again that the members of the University of Louisiana Lafayette (ULL) LGBTQ fraternity, Delta Lambda Phi, will be doing the reading. However, several individuals making public comment stated that the fraternity interviewed drag queens from outside the University community. The ‘man’ selected to read is a performer at two sexually-oriented adult nightclubs and created this video explaining his motivation for participating in the event. The library has not been forthright about this! It is not appropriate to seek, promote or provide sexually oriented “entertainers” to 3-6-year-olds!
- If anyone doubts the library’s political advocacy: consider Delta Lambda Phi – a fraternity for gay, bisexual, and progressive men, and a host at the South Louisiana Community College (SLCC). This isn’t about children - this is about a sexually-oriented agenda.
The issue is not whether free people should be able to make choices about their own lives or affairs. What adults do in their private lives is their business. This is also not about teaching children to be kind to people they differ from. The issue is whether innocent children should be subjected to misguided adult agendas and at taxpayer expense (Public Library, Public Community College).
The question before you is: Why bring little kids into an adult conversation?
CALL TO ACTION: Contact the Lafayette City-Parish Council and the Lafayette legislative delegation and ask them to make sure that public boards are accountable and transparent in the decisions they make. They should be held to the same community standards and expectations as any other entities.
Lafayette Legislative Delegation: Representatives - Taylor F. Barras, Stuart J. Bishop, Jean-Paul P. Coussan, Julie Emerson, Nancy Landry; Senators - Page Cortez, Gerald Boudreaux.
David Barton at WallBuilders explains that voting is an important activity for each person, especially a Christian! In fact, voting was long considered an American privilege and responsibility, but sadly, many Americans today do not feel as if they should, or even need to vote in any election whether federal, state, or local. Americans must reclaim our understanding of the absolute duty and necessity of voting, and of getting others to do so as well.
The voter registration deadlines in Louisiana are October 9th for in-person, and October 16th for online at geauxvote.com. It is our duty to vote and to vote well.
Click here for important 2018 election dates and information. A voter registration drive will also take place at the event.