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Planned Parenthood an Inappropriate Field Trip

Posted by thelamp on June 18, 2007

The library. The Boys and Girls Club. Planned Parenthood. What do these three entities have in common? They all were places children in a Manchester, N.H., YMCA program for at-risk middle-school students visited last week as part of a field trip to social service agencies in the city. Visiting an abortion mill is hardly an appropriate outing for middle-school children, particularly those who probably come from a fractured home life and are more susceptible to getting pregnant before marriage.

The counselor who spoke to the students said she did not mention abortion, but she probably didn’t mention abstinence, either. Nevertheless, New Hampshire Right to Life is asking for equal face time. Advocates for life should have had the opportunity to talk to the kids, and it’s troubling that the pro-life perspective is only now being considered as an after thought.

With all of the social service organizations in Manchester, why would the school district allow the YMCA to take a group of adolescents to Planned Parenthood as a school-sanctioned activity? Understandably, the field trip has caused quite a stir in Manchester.

Early Tuesday morning, the city school board voted for an investigation into last week’s field trip. School authorities were correct to call for the probe. When the investigation is completed, steps must be taken to make sure other programs that “help” youngsters don’t repeat the YMCA’s missteps.

It’s worth noting that the trip to Planned Parenthood doesn’t seem compatible with the YMCA’s mission. Keep in mind, YMCA is an acronym for Young Men’s Christian Association; and the organization claims” to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.”

Abstinence is an important Christian principle, one that would serve at-risk youth better in the long run than an endless supply of condoms. Last year, New Hampshire was among the states where the General Assembly killed a parental notification bill. Thanks to the state legislature, parents no longer have to give permission for this kind of visit.

source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

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Texas Protects Students From Secularists’ Harassment

Posted by thelamp on June 18, 2007

Texas students will have greater freedom to express their religious views on school campuses under the Religious Viewpoint Anti-Discrimination Act, a measure signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry on June 8.

Under the new law, religious beliefs expressed in homework, artwork and other assignments are to be judged by traditional academic standards. Students can’t be penalized or rewarded because of the religious content of their work.

Supporters say the measure is needed to protect students from censorship and school districts from lawsuits. There are plenty of cases to illustrate the degree of religious discrimination that exists in America’s public schools.

Perry earned the respect of many Christian parents in April when he acknowledged at a news conference that teens’ religious speech was quashed at public school. The governor cited examples of students being prohibited from wishing troops overseas a “Merry Christmas” or told they couldn’t distribute religious bracelets at recess.

Along with granting students freedom of religious expression, the new law also requires schools to establish a “limited public forum” at all school events in which students speak. Of course, schools will have to develop a neutral method for selecting pupils to speak at school events and graduation ceremonies, and officials must provide a written or oral disclaimer that the student’s speech was not endorsed by the school district.

It all seems like a lot of unnecessary machinations just to extend a basic right that’s already guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Still, Texas lawmakers should get a gold star for going the extra distance to make sure school is not a place where children are harassed by secularists who can’t respect Christian views.

Source:  www.centerformoralcalrity.net

Posted in Anti-Christian attitudes, Anti-discrimination, Center for Moral Clarity, christians, civil rights, CMC, Education, Equal Rights, Evangelism, freedom, Freedom of Religion, Mission / Evangelism, moral, moral values, Preaching, public school, Recent News & Events, Religion, Religion/Politics, Rod Parsley, school, texas | Leave a Comment »

Utah Vacillates on Vouchers

Posted by thelamp on June 18, 2007

Residents of Utah are embroiled in a contentious fight over the future of vouchers to allow parents to use tax dollars to enroll their children in private schools. Observers have estimated that as much as $5 million will be spent in efforts to influence voters, who will determine the fate of school choice in the November election.

Many people thought the state legislature already resolved issue. It did – sort of. In February, the Utah General Assembly passed a bill creating the voucher program, which allots up to $3,000 for any public school student to put toward private-school tuition. The measure is one of the broadest voucher plans in the nation, and Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. signed it a few days after it cleared the legislature.

The $3,000 voucher is a bargain, considering that the public school system in Utah invests an average of $7,500 on each student. After spending that kind of money, 25 percent of “graduating” seniors cannot pass a basic 9th-grade-level competency test of core subject material – even after five attempts at taking the test.

Yet parents are willing to take half of that money for the privilege of educating their children elsewhere – particularly in a school that best meet the individual needs of the particular student. This is a good deal, fiscally and socially, for the taxpayers. It is a great opportunity for parents and students. It is even good for teachers, who are likely to see the number of different employers needing their services increase.

Still, nearly every education organization in the state, especially the teachers’ union, opposes the program. They’re sticking with the lame reasoning that tax dollars should not be spent at private schools – even if taxpayers and parents get better results for half the cost. The battle has become so divisive it landed at the Utah Supreme Court, which ruled June 8 that voters should decide whether the program is implemented in the fall, or scrapped altogether.

All elections are important, but this is one issue that will impact families and determine whether children get access to a meaningful education.
 

Source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

Posted in Center for Moral Clarity, congress, constitution, Education, Equal Rights, Family Matters, public school, Recent News & Events, Rod Parsley, school, teacher, utah | Leave a Comment »

On Second Thought

Posted by thelamp on May 17, 2007

The state of Pennsylvania is allowing a Christian college and a coalition of faith-based, non-profit service organizations to use government-funded job placement services after previously denying the request.

Geneva College and the Association of Faith-Based Organizations (AFBO) had been denied access to the state’s job placement services, which are funded by the federal government. State and federal officials said they were concerned about violating a governmental “non-discrimination policy” that prohibits listing of religious staffing requirements.

Geneva College is a four-year private Christian college in Beaver Falls, Penn. The Association of Faith-Based Organizations, based in Springfield, Va., works to protect religious organizations’ constitutional right to staff and select members on a religious basis.

Prompted by a lawsuit last December, the federal government and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have conceded that “the policy did not apply to Geneva College or AFBO’s members, and they will no longer be prohibited from posting job listings.”

Government officials, both state and federal, must recognize the constitutional right of religious organizations to hire employees who share their beliefs and values. This right is as central to a faith-based organization’s mission as other qualifications are to non-religious businesses. It shouldn’t take a court order, or threat of one, to enjoy the guaranteed protection of Constitution.

source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

Posted in afbo, Anti-Christian attitudes, association of faith-based organizations, Center for Moral Clarity, Christianity, christians, civil rights, CMC, constitution, Education, Equal Rights, geneva college, God, pennsylvania, Recent News & Events, Religion/Politics, Separation of Church and State, Separation of Church and State--the First Amendment | Leave a Comment »

Give Parents and Students What They Want

Posted by thelamp on May 4, 2007

Educating their children has always been a passionate issue for parents. Knowledge and character are two of the most important qualities any contributing member of society must possess, but public education has failed miserably at producing graduates who’ve mastered them.

Despite its good intentions, the No Child Left Behind mandate hasn’t fulfilled its mission, but some lawmakers are willing to change national policy. The Empowering Parents Through Choice Act, a bill introduced by Sen. Lemar Alexander, R-Tenn., proves someone on Capitol Hill has been listening to parents’ pleas.

Click here to ask your senator to support S. 1014, the Empowering Parents Through Choice Act.

If passed, parents nationwide would finally be allowed to pull their children out of failing schools, with the federal government’s blessing – and up to $4,000 in financial support. Instead of fighting for their lives in bathrooms or studying from outdated textbooks in inadequate facilities, inquisitive, bright kids can go to a place where they can learn.

Advocates for school choice understand that in far too many cases, the basic problem lies not with the student, but with inadequate government-run schools. Unfortunately, the patchwork of policies across the United States has left some children without the same access to a quality schools as their peers in states embracing choice. No child should be locked out and denied access to a successful future, and a good education is the proverbial key to opening doors.

Despite the perception that poor, minority or immigrant children don’t value education, there are stories coast to coast about the significant sacrifices families are willing to make for education’s sake. In South Carolina, for example, 16-year-old Rontrell Matthews doesn’t squander the money he earns making sandwiches at the local Subway in the afternoons. Instead of buying bling-bling or DVDs, his earnings contribute to the $400 tuition his parents pay for his schooling.

School choice is a hotly debated issue in South Carolina and elsewhere in America. In Ohio, the governor wants to pull the plug on the state’s fledgling school choice voucher program. The Center for Moral Clarity is collaborating with parents and like-minded organizations in a fight to maintain it.

Parents in New Jersey are anxiously awaiting a judge’s ruling, which will determine whether a class action lawsuit on behalf of students in failing schools can proceed in Superior Court. Mothers and fathers – taxpaying citizens – are suing for the right to use public funds to enroll their children at the school of their choosing.

Similar scenarios are playing out in other states, such as Utah, Minnesota and Florida. In Texas, a commission has recommended expanding school choice in that state, although a similar push for expansion died in New Mexico’s General Assembly at the end of its last legislative session.

All of this is offered as evidence to underscore the obvious: parents value the education provided in a religious environment, and they demand access to it.

Click here to ask your senator to support S. 1014, the Empowering Parents Through Choice Act.

Source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

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