A book that’s been popular among teens in
But please, don’t run out and buy it for the kids you know. Here’s why.
The book is a rambling, nearly incoherent collection of dark and depressing tales featuring sad kids in corrupted circumstances. That’s not how it’s presented, of course. This is all supposed to be “edgy.” But all the stories feature disturbing elements of child neglect and or corruption.
For instance, the story “Dragons in
“No other kid at school lived with two women who slept in the same bed and kissed on the lips all the time.” And she suddenly longed to find her real dad. As a reader, your heart breaks at this moment of truth amidst a story of contrived chaos. But then Tuck takes off by her little self to
And what does she find at the end of her lonely quest? Her “dad” is really one of her two moms, who had a sex change operation following her conception.1 Everyone is smiling and it’s all okay, though, by the end of the story.
Our kids are lost in a free-fall culture, and are being sold poison packaged as perfume. As if foisting “gay” rights on them wasn’t enough, now they are supposed to accept the artificial change of a person’s biological sex as a good thing. The “transgendered” agenda is suddenly emerging everywhere.
In Fall , 2006, the New York City Board of Health announced they were considering allowing New Yorkers to alter the biological sex on their birth certificates without undergoing sex-change surgery and without medical treatment. Maybe this was a crazy whim by some wild-eyed activist, one is tempted to think. But no, this was a four year study by a panel of “experts.”
When public comment was invited, questions began flying. It seems four years wasn’t long enough for the experts to cover some very important bases, particularly about how this might infringe on the rights of others. Can a woman who suddenly “becomes” a man marry another woman? What about imposters, and the potential for abuse? What about housing these “transgendered” individuals in prisons? After adverse publicity, the “experts” who were making this proposal withdrew it—for the time being. There is no doubt it will be back, there and elsewhere.
Those individuals who have undergone sex-change surgery may alter their birth certificates, however. This is, in fact, law in many states now. Sometimes, you can go back and change history, it would seem.
Is the public up in arms about the gender variance movement, which is advancing rapidly, just as “gay” rights did in the last two decades? Not really. But it is no longer simply an adult issue. Amazingly, transgenderism is advancing quickly in our schools and in youth culture. And it will soon be legitimized at the federal level if current legislation passes.
Hate Crimes Law Will Include “Gender Identity”
The proposed federal “hate crimes” law —the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 (H.R. 1592 and S. 1105)—would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to existing civil rights’ statutes. This legislation will probably succeed under the new Democratic regime and that would be a huge threat to the rights of people to continue to verbally oppose homosexuality, cross-dressing and sex changes.
The bill is named after 21- year- old homosexual Matthew Shepard, murdered in
But facts seldom get in the way of the virulent climate opposing orthodox Christian faith, heavily driven, again, by “gay” rights. The misinformation and outright bigotry against conservatives and Christians is especially intense in high schools and colleges. How has it gotten this far? Why aren’t parents objecting?
Schools Pushing “Trans” Agenda
I truly believed that the last straw, the “wake up” call, would be the push for equal rights in schools for “transgendered” teachers and students. And here and there, outrage has been the response on the local level.
In 2006, in a school near Toms River, NJ, a substitute kindergarten teacher in his 70’s who calls himself Lily McBeth came to school dressed as a woman after a sex change operation. Yet even after an outcry from local parents, the school board refused to fire him. He is still employed and still teaching.2
Last fall, a male high school teacher in
In 2001, a male middle school principal in
But it’s not just teachers who are being encouraged to alter God’s created order.
And this spring in
Media Spotlight: “Trans” Children
Suddenly this past year, numerous stories about children and teens who are gender switching have appeared and it’s always a “good” thing. Barbara Walters did a program in April on ABC-TV about a ten-year-old boy who was “born in the wrong body.”6 His derelict parents, supported by misguided doctors, have been allowing him to dress as a girl since he was three.
In yet the most recent outrage, we’ve recently learned that a 12- year- old boy in
We will catch up quickly in the
For years, groups like PFLAG, Parents, Families and Friend of Lesbians and Gays, have been supporting sex change among teens and gender variance even among young children. A pro-family group in
“Right now, PFLAG and Planned Parenthood are busy holding seminars across Massachusetts encouraging parents to accept and help their ‘trans’ children. And how scary is this: PFLAG has the largest representation of any group on the new Massachusetts Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth.” 9
That Youth Commission is funded by the
Yet the enormity of the disaster of legalizing “gay” marriage in that state cannot be overstated. For one thing, it has given tremendous credibility to the homosexual rights movement, especially in what is taught to kids in schools. Lawlessness abounds and everyone is doing what is right in his or her own mind.
Christians in Corrupt Public Schools?
Yes, some are outraged, but not enough, it seems, to slow this speeding train. The majority of Christians in this country still educate their children in these public schools. The products of such education are too often students who lose their faith, or who embrace a neopagan, false “christ.” That’s what I encounter most of the time at Mission
One in five of 18 to 25 year olds in a recent Pew Research Poll said they were atheists or agnostics, which is double the number in the late 1980s. And 58% believe homosexuality should be accepted. This compares to just 50 % of over 26 year-olds- interviewed in the same survey.10
The lead story in USA Today recently was, “Gay Teens Coming Out Earlier to Peers and Family.” In that story, Gallup Research was reported to find that 62% of 18 to 29 year olds consider homosexuality acceptable.11 The approval rates in this survey declined a few percentage points for each decade of age, pointing again to current youth indoctrination.
What I think we are not getting, is that the muscle of this movement may be beyond us. Can the
In some ways, Americans are quite behind the trend.
Why should we be surprised at the embrace of perversion by children and even their parents? Not only is the secular culture closing off every avenue for truth on this issue, but deception is flourishing within Christian churches, while silence reigns among the faithful.
We can to some extent applaud
The boldness of compromise within the church goes to the very top.
I stood outside the convention center in
What is increasingly happening, and deliberately so, is that the public’s understanding of what “Christianity” is all about is being shaped by this lobby of sexual anarchy. We can’t continue to ignore that this is happening.
And so, in more and more public policy matters, you see that sexual orientation rights trump religious constitutional rights and the reason? We’re not the “good” believers. Biblical Christianity is being marginalized and may soon be illegal. In
If something has been labeled “hate,” it can then be outlawed. So the Ninth Circuit upheld a ruling against a student in a
What is the Christian church doing to prevent this? God has blessed us enormously in this country that, as believers, we can have great influence on this culture. We are surrendering that God-given opportunity.
The reality is that it this has to be fought, and it’s really everyone’s job. Satan knows how we are trying to dance away from this, so he has turned up the heat, and made ever more outrageous demands. The latest is for our children. And--we are silently handing them over, for the most part. This cannot continue.
Because from what I’ve seen, failure to address homosexuality on biblical grounds and to equip our people and our youth against secular lies, means we are losing people sometimes forever to Christ.
Our kids don’t believe the Bible is our authority, because they’ve been taught to doubt what it says about homosexual sin. Our youth don’t read and study the Bible, but use their time on more important things like “American Idol.” They don’t accept that this is an abomination, but rush to declare, “I’m not anti-gay,” and to showcase their homosexual friends. Further, they laugh along with sitcom writers about “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and cross-dressers. Satan wants us to first, laugh.
Of course, the faith that emerges from such hearts is one that doesn’t believe Christ is the “way, the truth and the life.”(John 14:6) Neopaganism goes hand in hand with Christian compromise.
So how can we address this? Just as we would never send children out in a boat without life vests, we must not let them free in this culture without being thoroughly armed and protected regarding this issue. That arming must be with the truth of knowing Christ as Savior, and believing His word.
1. Francesca Lia Block, Girl Goddess #9, Harper Trophy Books, 1996, pp.36-93.
2. 365 Gay.com
6. ABC News
10. Pew Research
11. USA Today, February 8, 2007, pages 1-2.
13. Faith In America
14. Albert Mohler