Bishops Issue Call to Action

Bishops Issue Call to Action Regarding Public School Textbook

Bishop Peter J. Jugis of the Diocese of Charlotte and  Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Raleigh have issued a joint alert due to their concern about some proposed wording for a public school textbook on civic and economics.  The proposed text asserts that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that legalized abortion and struck down state and federal laws that regulated and limited access to abortion, is an example of how the Supreme Court has upheld rights against oppressive government.  The implication of this proposed text is that opposition to Roe v. Wade is wrong.  Let Your Voice be heard on this issue by writing directly to the committee of the state Department of Public Instruction that is seeking feedback on this matter.  Click here to read the bishop’s letter and to take action
Visit the Department of Public Instruction web page on this issue

The document in question is civics-economics.doc located at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/acre/standards/phase2/social-studies/civics-economics.doc

Equally interestingly, the documents under the category “Healthful Living – Health Education“ are also full of what we could only call “social indoctrination.”  I ask this question, Why should the public school make it part of its curriculum to ask 6th graders to:

“Analyze the influences on responsible reproductive health and safety decision making.”

and

“Demonstrate, through practice scenarios, the analyzing influences skill to distinguish healthy from harmful influences, including media/social networking, on reproductive health and safety.”

I am curious as to what the secular culture (and so the school) would call a ‘healthy influence’ on the ‘reproductive health’ of a 6th grader.   What exactly is a ‘safe decision’ concerning ‘reproductive health’ that a sixth grader should be making?

The Bishops’ call to action letter is at:

http://www.catholicvoicenc.org/index.html

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2 Responses to Bishops Issue Call to Action

  1. Aaron says:

    This is a good point. While I’m not catholic, I do respect the bishop’s call to action, as I question that text book. If we would educate our kids that premarital sex is wrong, then maybe we wouldn’t have this issue of abortion like what we have currently. But then, we go in the class room and say that premarital sex is wrong and abortion is murder, the ACLU would have a cow, of which my two cents worth says the ACLU can get over it.

    What it all boils down to, is that our kids are not being educated on the subject of sexual immorality, and if they are, then they’re getting the wrong messages from our public school system.

  2. Laura says:

    Good points. Why 6th graders are being tacitly instructed to experiment with sex is something all responsible parents ought to be protesting with all their energy.

    It’s also interesting that the SCOTUS’ legislating from the bench, as they did in Roe, is being held up as a responsible exercise of jurisprudence.

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