In the past couple of years, I have had a lot of news items in my free e-mail homeschooling newsletter ( email@example.com or http://groups.yahoo.com/group/biblicalhomeschooling ) and this homeschooling blog (such as that posted yesterday) on the subject of homosexuality and the radical homosexual rights agenda. People may wonder why I would give so much attention to it since it is not specifically a homeschool related subject. I believe that homosexuality is probably the next great moral issue to face our culture, and I also believe that it will affect homeschooling families, particularly those of us who have Biblical objections to homosexual activity as unnatural sin and wish to pass these values on to our children. The radical homosexual rights advocates are not just looking for a "live and let live" situation. They want to force the government, schools, and even churches to recognize and endorse their behavior as a legitimate "alternative lifestyle," and to silence anyone who would speak or teach against it. In their minds, even saying that homosexuality is sin is tantamount to violating their civil rights, and they will work and work and work to make that illegal if they can–and if they are not stopped, I suspect that they will go after homeschooling parents. Already, there is a body of leftist academics who believe that the duty of the state is to make sure that children are exposed to views that are essentially different from those of their parents, thus seeking to destroy the age-old tradition of parents’ discipling their children (i.e., bringing them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, Eph. 6:4). Hence, there is an important parental rights issue imbedded in this problem. Because of this, I want to share with you the following items on the subject. And I personally want to thank all the folks who generally oppose homosexuality but went ahead and voted for Obama anyway because "he can’t be all that bad," and even those who just didn’t vote for McCain because he wasn’t ipse-pipse pure and perfect enough (he certainly would NOT have done what Obama has already done) for this. Some of us kept saying that this would be the result, but we were brushed off.
Another take on the same subject: Illinois Family Institute was not the only one to report this. Also on Jan. 21, Donald Wildmon of the American Family Association, in an e-mail headlined, "Obama acts quickly, lays out his abortion and gay agenda: One of his first moves pushes social issues to the top, said, "It didn’t take long for President Barack Hussein Obama to move his social issues to the top of his to-do list. His agenda can be found here, taken directly from the White House home page. This is only the beginning of Obama’s plans to reshape society. His view is that unborn babies aren’t worth protecting and that homosexuals deserve special rights. Now, not later, is the time to let President Obama know that you oppose his efforts. People like you who oppose taking the life of the unborn and who oppose giving special rights to those who practice of perverted sex need to take action now! It is time to ask your friends and family who have not been engaged to get involved. This is not the time to quit. It is a time to act! Our children and grandchildren are counting on us!" Here are some of the items taken from the new White Hous Home Page. "Supporting Stem Cell Research: President Obama and Vice President Biden believe that we owe it to the American public to explore the potential of stem cells to treat the millions of people suffering from debilitating and life-threatening diseases. Obama is a co-sponsor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007, which will allow research of human embryonic stem cells derived from embryos donated (with consent) from in vitro fertilization clinics. These embryos must be deemed in excess and created based solely for the purpose of fertility treatment. Supports a Woman’s Right to Choose: President Obama understands that abortion is a divisive issue, and respects those who disagree with him. However, he has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women’s rights under Roe v. Wade a priority in his Adminstration. He opposes any constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in that case. Support for the Homosexual Community–Fight Workplace Discrimination: President Obama supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and believes that our anti-discrimination employment laws should be expanded to include sexual orientation and gender identity. While an increasing number of employers have extended benefits to their employees’ domestic partners, discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace occurs with no federal legal remedy. The President also sponsored legislation in the Illinois State Senate that would ban employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples: President Obama supports full civil unions that give same-sex couples legal rights and privileges equal to those of married couples. Oppose a Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage: President Obama voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2006 which would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman and prevented judicial extension of marriage-like rights to same-sex or other unmarried couples."
And one more: Under the headline, "White House outlines Obama’s pro-homosexual agenda," Fred Jackson of OneNewsNow reported on 1/21/2009 that the Barack Obama administration has wasted no time in announcing what his pro-homosexual agenda will include. Just hours after becoming president, the Whitehouse.gov website has laid out Barack Obama’s agenda. Under a section of that agenda titled Civil Rights is a very detailed outline of what Obama plans to do for the homosexual community. First on the list is the expansion of "hate crimes" statutes to include extra punishment for crimes committed because of sexual orientation and gender identity. Highlighted is the president’s political history of support for hate crimes legislation. Obama also supports full civil unions and federal rights for homosexual couples, and calls for repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). According to the agenda explanation, the president also is opposed to a constitutional amendment to protect marriage as only between a man and a woman. As expected, the Obama agenda calls for the repeal of the military’s "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy to allow open homosexuals to serve. "The President will work with military leaders to repeal the current policy and ensure it helps accomplish our national defense goals," says the website. Obama also wants to expand adoption rights for homosexuals. The 44th president, states the website, "thinks that a child will benefit from a healthy and loving home, whether the parents are gay or not." Elsewhere on the Whitehouse.gov Agenda section (The Agenda – Women) is a statement noting Obama’s longstanding support for abortion rights. On that issue, the "consistent champion of reproductive choice" — as Obama is described on the website — promises to stand against any effort to overturn Roe v. Wade, increase funding for "family planning and comprehensive sex education," and remove any insurance restrictions against contraception.