Monday, July 16, 2012

From Cookie Jars To Condom Jars--- For The Kids

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The city-run Teen Wellness Center at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia (just across the river from Washington DC) offers health and family planning services to “teens” ages 12 to 19 who are residents of the city, services that include free, made-in-India condoms for any patient who wants to take them from a glass jar located in the lobby.

CNS News asked Dr. Haering, the director, if the condoms are for anyone who comes to the center, which could be age 12 to 19.

The answer: "Yes, that's correct."

This is another case of public education and its affiliates usurping parental rights.

This is yet another situation where if a child needs treatment for a minor illness, immunization, physical examination for sports, etc., or even to participate in sports, they must have parental consent.

However, the Teen Wellness Center provides health "education," behavior change counseling, pregnancy testing, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, so-called reproductive health services and mental health and substance abuse counseling---all without parental consent.

This center, as more are beginning to do, says publicly that they tell the children that abstinence is the best behavior, however their business model is built around indoctrination and parental exclusion.

When pressed, Haering told CNS, "If a minor comes in and prevention hasn't worked and they're already pregnant, Title X requires that we discuss the three options of parenting, of adoption services and of termination."

And, "We can't tell the parents."

So with parents shut out of the process, kids are weaned from the cookie jar and given a condom jar---even if they are 12 years old. All without parental knowledge, much less consent.

There are dozens of ways in which progressives are putting a "pretty" face on this process of redefining the culture. Here's one of them.

They support and work hard to see passage of these kinds of laws using isolated stories of a child being fearful of telling their parent and then suffering a tragedy. Therefore, they conclude, public schools and their affiliates must step in fill the parent void. Elected officials pass the laws, then the progressives say they would like to involve parents, but according to law, they cannot.

Some would say there are more cases of children needing the surrogacy of the state than you think. No there isn't. There are some---too many, and we must find ways to help them. This is not the way.

I spent years working with youth in Seattle, Salem and Hollywood---thousands of kids. I haven't seen it all, but have seen enough to know that undermining parental influence and handing it over to the state and its public education is not a solution, it's a disaster. It's intellectual and moral abuse.

Public education is assuming more and more authority over children, by creatively getting more and more laws passed that accelerates the process.

This, in its most basic form, is a loss of freedom.

Thomas Paine wrote about the loss of freedom in Common Sense. He said, "The sun never shone on a cause of greater worth." What is at stake in our time is the freedom and right of parents to see to the upbringing, well-being, and education of our own children. That right and responsibility has been usurped by our public school system. In The Rights of Man, Thomas Paine also states:
"All power exercised over a nation, must have some beginning. It must either be delegated or assumed. There are no other sources. All delegated power is trust, and all assumed power is usurpation. Time does not alter the nature and quality of either."

The following was sent to me anonymously by one of our readers. I did not write it, but I do agree with it:
"The public school system has assumed, and therefore usurped, the responsibility for the education of our children -- a responsibility that rightfully belongs to the parent. But assumed authority is not necessarily legitimate authority. First and foremost, just as our Creator endows each of us with unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (among others), we believe that God has also given parents the unalienable right to see to the upbringing and education of their own children. Unalienable means the inability to be transferred. Just as our right to be free can and should not be transferred to another person, so our responsibility as parents can and should not be transferred to another. We can delegate our authority, but never our responsibility."

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.