This fall California will become the first state to mandate a LGBT curriculum—all the way down to 2nd graders as a part of a new history and social science curriculum. Tom Torlakson, California Superintendent of Public Instruction remarked, “This is a big win for our students.” (see http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/07/19/lgbt-history-california-first-to-teach/) This new curriculum is in response to the new framework proposed by common core standards. Jane Robbins, attorney and senior fellow at American Principles Project observed, “California has decided to include people in the curriculum and celebrate them (no criticism allowed, apparently) based solely on their sexual behavior,” she asserts. She continued, “it’s only a matter of time until this propaganda spreads to the public schools of other states.”

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to share a lesson on same-sex marriage and debunked the false science that claims homosexuality is genetic. During the question and answer session that followed a young millennial—about 22 years old—complained that during my lesson I mentioned that the younger generation had been taught tolerance. He assured me this was not true. I asked this young man a series of questions in response:

  1. Do you currently watch television programs with homosexual characters? Are they glamorized in the T.V. show?
  2. Have you been assigned a book or reading assignment that glamorizes homosexual characters?
  3. Have you seen books/media that espouses having two moms or dads is normal?
  4. Have you ever been taught that homosexuality is just an alternative lifestyle?

This young man answered yes to every question. He had been indoctrinated with tolerance and didn’t even realize it.

Two things come to mind immediately upon reading the headline about 2nd graders having LGBT material in their curriculum. The first has to do with the direction of our nation. In 2 Chronicles 28:19 we read, “For the Lord brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel, FOR HE ENCOURAGED MORAL DECLINE in Judah and had been continually unfaithful to the Lord” (emp. added). One would be hard pressed to deny this new “curriculum” is not encouraging moral decline.

The second has to do with what is going into the minds of our children and grandchildren. This “curriculum” has nothing to do with history and social science education—but rather, is all about indoctrination of a specific ideology. Are we as parents really considering what we are allowing into the minds of our children? Paul declared, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8). How does this passage stand up to the curriculum your children will return to this fall?

(If any of this surprises you, I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of Jack Wilkie’s book “Failure: What Christian Parents Need to Know About American Education.” )

By Brad Harrub, Ph.D.