SPRINGFIELD – "While the Christian faith does not stand in the way of the LGBTQ community having the freedom to live as they please, their choices must not be imposed on us…"
Words from a fundamentalist pastor's sermon in southern U.S.? How about from a right wing extremist website?
It's from neither. It's from a British parent group called "Our Children Our Faith Our Rights" [OCOFOR] that is not sitting back in anticipation of a law that will affect their children's education in Fall 2020.
The group is circulating an online petition that goes on to say the OCOFOR group is "fighting to protect the rights of people of faith to peacefully live out their beliefs according to the Holy Bible (a book that dates back more than 2000 years) in the U.K. without fear of persecution or prejudice especially as it relates to the LGBTQ agenda currently in full swing."
Next fall, U.K. parents will not be allowed to remove their children from classes that teach "lessons about LGBT activities that conflict with the family's religious faith in the government's bid to "normalize" the LGBTQ lifestyle."
The U.K. Department for Education claims the lessons are "age-appropriate and take into account the religious backgrounds of pupils." But they still teach as normal all of the various configurations of the LGBT lifestyle, WND comments.
In the state of Illinois, a similar law will take effect when government schools open in 2020. (ED correction from original story: The bill goes into to effect July, 2020)
The measure signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker earlier this year requires all students in K-12 public schools be taught about the “roles and contributions” in American history of persons, based on their sexual identification.
Little protest was noted in Chicago or statewide media.
However, Illinois Family Institute writer Laurie Higgins spelled out what the law means for Illinois children. Higgins said Leftist are centrally concerned with fostering approval of particular sex-related behaviors – the ones the Left deems "moral."
"They want to use cultural contributions as a means to transform the feelings and moral beliefs of students about homosexuality and cross-sex identification, " she wrote in a column entitled "Illinois Lawmakers Advance K-12 'LGBT' Indoctrination Bill."
"Homosexual and 'trans' activists know that if positive contributions are associated with homosexuality or cross-sex impersonation, the good feelings students have about contributions will transfer to homosexuality and opposite-sex impersonation," she wrote.
Illinois parents, however, are technically allowed to remove their children from these classes – but the new Illinois law says 8th graders must show a proficiency in specific history topics, including LGBT historic figures.
UPDATE: At the end of the section on history topic requirements ranging from African-American topics to labor unions, the law says, "No pupils shall be graduated from the eighth grade of any public school unless he or she has received such instruction in the history of the United States and gives evidence of having a comprehensive knowledge thereof."
Opting out will become a choice many are unable to make as more and more the LGBT mindset is woven into more and more curriculum topics and less and less segregated into easily-identifiable sex education classes.
At this time, Illinois Review is unaware of a petition similar to the one based in the U.K. available upon which Illinois taxpayers may register their views.
The state of Illinois is deceiving the citizenry with this bill. It is based on a lie; the lie of being the “born that way”, they are treating LGBTs as a genetically born race of people, comparing them to an ethnicity. Nothing could be further from the truth! LGBT people are NOT born that way, there is absolute NO scientific proof of that being remotely true. Who else is in the history books because of some behavior? Christians are discriminated against in Illinois history books because of their behavior. The LGBT activist left is immorally propagandizing and teaching OUR children to accept their LGBT ideology uncritically; in direct defiance of our constitutionally protected rights. Specifically, our free exercise of religion and parental rights. It is well documented that retained rights are our natural rights and parental rights are without question a natural right. It is a parental right to teach our children our Christian based morals and values. That is part of our constitutionally protected free exercise of religion.
ARTICLE 1, Bill of Rights SECTION 24. RIGHTS RETAINED
The enumeration in this Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the individual citizens of the State. – (Source: Illinois Constitution.)
ARTICLE 1, Bill of Rights SECTION 3. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination, shall forever be guaranteed, and no person shall be denied any civil or political right, privilege or capacity, on account of his religious opinions; but the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be construed to dispense with oaths or affirmations, excuse acts of licentiousness, or justify practices inconsistent with the peace or safety of the State. No person shall be required to attend or support any ministry or place of worship against his consent, nor shall any preference be given by law to any religious denomination or mode of worship. – (Source: Illinois Constitution.)
The LGBT activists go after the minds of our children with their indoctrinating myths! Now they are trying to force a lgbt history onto our children. Russian dictator Lenin, is credited with stating, give me your children for four years and the seed I have planted will never be uprooted, the state legislature mirrors that philosophy. The Illinois state government pushes the LGBT “born that way” ideology onto our children as scientific fact, like they are a race of people; when it’s nothing less than indoctrination by use of LGBT propaganda at the expense of our religious freedom. The anti-Christianity, democrat-controlled state legislature operates like oppressive communists, denying both our parental and religious rights. The state of Illinois holds up lgbt behaviors & same-sex marriage as something good. In direct defiance of the teachings of many Christian parents and of parental rights.
. Even though several years ago, about 150 genetic scientists from around world mapped the human genome and did NOT find a lgbt gene. Genes determine skin color, there is no scientific proof lgbt behaviors have a genetic causation. The lgbt “born that way” claim is liberal ideology and not objective, evidence-based science. All behavior is a choice, unless a mental disorder or mental illness is involved. These public schools violate the wall of separation between church and state with their unlawful and immoral proselytization of our children. Parents have a constitutionally protected religious right to teach their children LGBT behaviors are sins. The public schools will work to undo the moral Christian teaching of parents with liberal propaganda. In my opinion that is psychological abuse of children and it’s evil. Schools have no lawful right to attempt to convert our children from Christian beliefs to LGBT activist ideology. It violates our constitutionally protected free exercise of religion, which necessarily includes freedom of worship, right of conscience, freedom of speech, and parental rights. Public schools need to teach the core subjects and stop the progressive social engineering.
There is absolutely no reason to mention that a person in history is a homosexual, bisexual, or gender confused. Doing so is progressive proselytizing and it is cruel psychological abuse of children. It is a basic human right for parents to instruct their children on the true Bible Christian religion without interference from government. That is the law!
Proverbs 22:6 6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth
2 Timothy 3:15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
Should man be ruled by God’s law or are they to be ruled by the whims of a dictatorial democrat-controlled state legislature. Are children the property of the state as in Russia, or are they and their parents free under constitutional law.
The misery & bitterness index for true Bible believing Christians is off the scale… because the oppressive democrat-controlled Illinois state legislature thinks they are above the law
Illinois is one of the most home school friendly states in the nation. The easiest solution for most is to enroll your children in a virtual school and use that as your homeschool.