Capturing Children’s Minds

What better way to capture a child's imagination than with a heart-warming story about cute, fuzzy little animals?

That's the latest method sexual advocacy groups are using in their efforts to reach the youngest minds in our public school system.

Whether it's stories about penguins, guinea pigs or even elephants, they've figured out how to use fun anecdotes about animals to familiarize children as young as preschool with the idea of homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

After all, they know if they can capture the hearts and minds of the next generation, they can permanently change the culture.

Take, for instance, what happened to parents in Alameda, Calif., where the school board brazenly mandated a homosexual-themed curriculum for elementary kids. It told parents they could not opt their kids out of this teaching—even if it contradicted their most deeply held religious convictions. Or even if they believed their kids were too young to psychologically handle sexual topics.

The curriculum defined family as "a group of people living together and functioning as a single household." First-graders were to be introduced to this concept through a storybook called Who's in a Family? featuring images of same-sex couples interspersed with pictures of animals, including an all-male elephant herd depicted as another type of family. In the second grade, the kids would listen to And Tango Makes Three, a story about two male penguins who supposedly fall in love and hatch a baby chick.

But let's think carefully about this. Can we really afford to teach the next generation that there is nothing distinctive or particularly beneficial about having a mother and a father? That a family is nothing more than a group of individuals—no more unique than a herd of elephants in the jungle?

Haven't we already reaped enough of the consequences of cheapening the value of the traditional family and of man-woman marriage in this society?

But the latest news is that we've moved beyond penguins to guinea pigs: There's a new book cropping up in elementary classrooms called Uncle Bobby's Wedding. For kids as young as four-years-old, the book shows two male guinea pigs wearing bow ties, celebrating their "wedding."

To learn more about how books are being used in classrooms with young children, see Capturing Children's Minds.

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