Three conservative Christian activists have offered to provide expert testimony to the Southern Baptist Convention Resolutions Committee supporting a resolution recommending that churches investigate whether their school districts have clubs, programs or curricula promoting homosexuality.
The three leaders voiced support for a resolution offered by Voddie Baucham, author of The Ever-Loving Truth, and <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Bruce Shortt, co-sponsor of a 2004 resolution on Christian education that failed to make it out of committee.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />
According to a Wednesday press release, the three wrote SBC Resolutions Committee chairman Gene Mims “offering to provide information and testimony regarding how a growing number of public schools are collaborating with homosexual activists to influence our children to regard homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle and to silence those within the schools who disagree.”
“Far too few pastors and parents are aware of the extent to which many schools districts are collaborating with homosexual activists and the risk which that collaboration poses for our children and our culture,” said Robert Knight, director of the Culture & Family Institute, an affiliate of Concerned Women for America.
“As the recent incidents involving the sex education curriculum in Montgomery County, Maryland, and the ‘Little Black Book‘ in Massachusetts clearly demonstrate, homosexual activists are becoming much more aggressive,” Knight said. “I would be happy to assist the committee in any way I can to provide the facts they need as the members consider the Baucham-Shortt resolution.”
Linda Harvey, president of Mission America, a pro-family group that previously endorsed the resolution, said: “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. I believe that the committee should be fully informed about this in its deliberations.”
Regina Griggs, executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays, also offered her services to the committee.
“The only hope for our schools and our children is for parents to be fully informed and to take a stand now,” Griggs said. “We must demand that our public schools be held accountable for what they are teaching our children about homosexuality. The committee that reviews the Baucham-Shortt resolution needs to be fully informed of the scope and seriousness of the problem.”
The resolution “encourages every Baptist church to investigate diligently whether the school district in which the church is located has either one or more homosexual clubs or curricula or programs in any of their schools that present homosexuality as an acceptable ‘lifestyle.'”
It further recommends that churches located in a school district where homosexuality is promoted “inform the parents of this fact and encourage them to remove their children from the school district’s schools immediately.”
It also “rebukes homosexual activists for slandering minorities by claiming that homosexual behavior has any authentic connection with the civil rights movement.” Baucham, a popular lecturer and preacher from Texas, is African-American.
It also calls on Southern Baptists to pray for homosexuals and to work to provide Christian alternatives to public education.
The resolution received another boost on Wednesday when it appeared as an action item in a semi-weekly e-newsletter by Rick Scarborough, president of Vision America and Patriot Pastors.
“I commend the spirit of the resolution,” Scarborough, former pastor of First Baptist Church of Pearland, Texas, told readers of The Rick Scarborough Report. He encouraged readers to “give the resolution whatever support they deem appropriate.”
The Resolutions Committee has also been asked to consider another education-related resolution alerting Southern Baptists to the “toxic spiritual nature” of public schools.
The Southern Baptist Convention has previously passed resolutions affirming home schooling and private Christian schools, but it has never formally renounced pre-1979 resolutions affirming public education.
Bob Allen is managing editor of EthicsDaily.com.
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