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1. ICYMI: Watch the #SexEdSitOut Event
Despite wind, rain, and cold temperatures, almost 100 people came out to encourage parents to be vigilant in making sure their children's schools are not teaching their kids graphic, gender-bending, promiscuity promoting lessons in sex education or anti-bullying programs. The Activist Mommy, Elizabeth Johnston, shared how parents are not going to stand for schools taking their places by promoting early sexualization of their children or causing them to question their own gender.
Specifically, Tami Fitzgerald and several CMS parents called out the Charlotte school board and Superintendent for disguising LGBT promotion as anti-bully training. They urged CMS to stop this promotion of gender ideology. Area pastors Bonnie Chavda and Gabriel Rogers talked about the spiritual implications of these programs and how parents need to intervene to protect their children.
When you vote, we want to encourage you to cast your vote for candidates who have stood strongly in favor of family values like limiting abortion, protecting religious freedoms, allowing school choice, and ensuring privacy and safety for our children.
Visit our Champions of the Family scorecard at https://www.parents.vote/champions_of_the_family_scorecard to find out how your legislators scored on championing pro-family legislation.
3. Benham brothers endorse school walkout to protest sex ed: ‘speak up now’
"Pastors, parents, and other concerned Americans have a duty to stop the “perversion” that is being foisted upon innocent children through “sex ed” and “anti-bullying” programs, Jason and David Benham wrote in a new op-ed endorsing today’s “sex ed sit-out” protest.
Parents in America, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Americans are joining together in pulling their children from school today to protest radical sex education curricula that teaches young students about anal sex, masturbation, and transgenderism. Supporters urge parents to ensure schools record their childrens’ absences as unexcused, because the schools lose state and federal money that way."
4. School District Forbids Parents From Opting Kids Out of LGBT Lessons
Another example of robbing parents of their rights, and robbing children of their innocence.
"Parents in Orange County, California may not opt their children out of lessons related to gender identity or sexual orientation, according to a memorandum written by the school district’s general counsel.
“Parents who disagree with the instructional materials related to gender, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation may not excuse their children from this instruction,” read the memorandum from Ronald Wenkart to the Orange County Board of Education."
5. California Assembly votes to ban books on treating unwanted gay attraction
"The California Assembly passed legislation today broad enough to ban the sale of books that address helping people overcome unwanted same-sex attractions.
AB 2943 cleared the chamber by a “bipartisan” vote of 50-14, CBS Sacramento reports.
The measure adds “[a]dvertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual” to the state’s list of illegal “unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices undertaken by any person in a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer.”
“Sexual orientation change efforts” are defined as “any practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation.” Other states have enacted narrower bans on “conversion therapy,” also known as reparative therapy, for minors, but CBS Sacramento that California’s is the first in the nation that would also prevent adults from voluntarily obtaining the treatment."
WEEKLY PRAYER: LIFE
LORD, we recognize that you are Sovereign over all creation. We recognize you made man from the dust, and in your mercy crowned creation with man and woman made in your image. What a wonder it is that you would bestow upon us this blessing and responsibility!
We pray LORD that we would not take this for granted. We pray that both this great responsibility, and this great dignity, may motivate us to love you more, love our neighbor more, and love ourselves more.
We pray that such a great dignity--to be made in your image--may sober our minds and hands. LORD, let us work and love towards respecting and protecting the dignity of your human creation. Be with us as we champion this dignity in public by calling for the protection of human life in the womb; a life that you tell us you knit and know. Be with the efforts of the pro-life movement in abolishing the inhuman savagery of terminating human life in the womb. Be with our families, churches, and ministries as they work through pregnancy centers or adoption and fostering to care for the orphans and needy. Be with us in loving mothers and caring for widows.
LORD, we also bring these specific prayer requests to you, and pray that your Spirit may empower and protect our labor: LORD, thank you for blessing the #SexEdSitOut event this week and we pray that our voices be heard. Be with the voters as they select new leaders in the primaries on May 8th, and guide them to choose the best leaders for NC who are Champions of the Family. LORD, we pray for California and the bill that might stop parents and pastors from getting the resources they need to help people address sexual issues. GOD we thank you for all your blessings and ask that you guide us in raising children who walk in the path you have for them.
"Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. 5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court." (Ps 127:3-5)
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