Skip to comments.Planned Parenthood gives kids 'porn' book
Posted on 07/17/2004 3:01:55 PM PDT by wagglebee
Planned Parenthood held a conference for children, without their parents, that included distribution of a book deemed pornography by critics.
The "Nobody's Fool" 2004 conference in Waco, Texas, this week was from start to finish a "thinly veiled attack on parental rights, public morality and the health and well-being of our children," asserted Jim Sedlak, executive director of American Life League's STOPP International, a group that monitors Planned Parenthood.
Parents were not permitted to attend the conference, which was limited to children in the fifth through ninth grades, ages 10-14, Sedlak said.
"Planned Parenthood barred mothers and fathers from attending the actual sessions because Planned Parenthood knows that parental participation would have hampered its efforts to indoctrinate these children into its world of lies and propaganda," he contended.
Children in grades seven through nine received a free copy of the book, "It's Perfectly Normal."
The controversial sex-ed primer contains detailed explanations on how to perform sexual acts and masturbation, accompanied by sexually explicit line drawings.
"This so-called 'educational text' is nothing more than pornography in comic book form," stated Sedlak.
This is irresponsible at best and child abuse at worst," he added.
On its website, Planned Parenthood of Central Texas says the purpose of the conference is "to provide teens and pre-teens with factual information about growing up, puberty, dating, relationships, sexual issues and sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS."
The group says, "We hope this education will encourage better communication between teens and their parents. Most of all, we want your teen or pre-teen to learn how to make the most of his or her strengths and approach relationships of all kinds responsibly."
One year ago, John Pisciotta, a Baylor University economics professor, led a successful boycott of the Bluebonnet Council of the Girl Scouts in Waco because of its co-sponsorship of last year's "Nobody's Fool" conference.
Planned Parenthood passed out a book, that included the Girl Scouts logo and chapters on masturbation and homosexuality, to young girls. The book also had images of couples having sex and a boy wearing a condom.
Pisciotta took action after the council named Texas Planned Parenthood Executive Director Pam Smallwood its 2003 "Woman of Distinction."
As a result of national attention gained by the boycott, parents began removing their girls from the Scouts, leading to the closure of several troops and a decision by the council to not sponsor future conferences.
In an editorial in the Waco Tribune-Herald, Smallwood responded: "The children of Central Texas now have been given the clear message that the bullying tactics of a few are more successful than an informed democracy."
STOPP International has worked closely over the past several years with Pro-Life Waco to reduce Planned Parenthood's influence on their community, notes Sedlak.
But the problems will persist, he says, "until parents and all people of good will across the nation stand together to oppose Planned Parenthood's continued assault on our families and children."
as a libertarian i can see your point believing all libertarians are sissies... we believe in personal responsibility, if parents think planned parenthood is the right venue for their children than so be it. however, libertarians do not feel the government should be in the business in funding such organizations... as some republicans have been doing.
we sissies also believe that the free market will decide a good deal more than any democratic or republican official could ever do, from minimum wages to abortion... no government funding for the practice, and the majority of libertarians stand up for the right to life of the unborn...
yes the libertarians are shackled with a drug culture fringe... but have a far better solution than what is being presented by the dems or pubbies...
as for your insistance that libertarians are sissies, it is well within your rights to express such, for sticks and stones may break my bones, yada yada yada...
atleast we are consistant in our quest for liberty...
Libertarians don't support the troops and want open borders. Next question.
First warning sign of a leftist indoctrination group on the loose.
America's Godly Heritage
The last three generations of Americans simply have not been told the truth about American history. Active humanists and the liberal media have for years undertaken a concentrated effort to misinform the American public by attacking the "Religious Right" and rewriting America's Judeo-Christian history in a humanistic tone. The motto at the heart of the American experiment "in God we trust" has been exchanged for "in Man we trust."
Most people do not realize that the First Amendment says nothing about the "separation of church and state." It simply states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...."
In the Constitution of the Soviet Union, however, the doctrine of the separation of Church and State is found: "In order to ensure to citizens freedom of conscience, the church in the U.S.S.R. is separated from the State, and the school from the church. Freedom of religious worship and freedom of antireligious propaganda is recognized for all citizens" (Article 124). Article Twelve of the 1918 Soviet Constitution decrees that no church or religious organization "shall enjoy the rights of judicial person." Instruction of children under age 18 in religious matters, whether in public or private, is against the law.
The concept of separation of church and state in our Constitution is not there to protect Americans from religion. It is there to protect Americans from the government. But in their desire to promote their secular humanist philosophy using the power of government, many liberals today want to alter America's heritage and remove religion from its history. Their desire is not to safeguard denominational neutrality by the state. It is to eradicate every vestige of religion from our public institutions.
In the 1892 Supreme Court ruling in Church of the Holy Trinity vs. U.S. (citing 87 precedents), "Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of Mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian." Throughout history, the U.S. Supreme Court continually cited previous cases in order to maintain our Christian Constitution. However, in 1962, for the first time in American history, the court cited no previous cases and ruled in Engel vs. Vitale that; because of Separation of Church and State, the government needed to be separated from Christian principles. So, the simple school prayer, "Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon thee and we beg thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers, and our country" became unconstitutional and the eradication of Christianity from public institutions began.
The Supreme Court, the President, or Congress do not shoulder the entire blame for these profound changes in the American cultural fabric. Far from it. Indeed, past generations of Christians and other religionists who were not involved in society or who sat silently by as the culture embraced the secular worldview are also greatly responsible.
The Educational Establishment
One reason we have lost so many of our religious freedoms is that the liberal educational establishment has worked hard to eliminate our knowledge of the Judeo-Christian heritage of America. The facts nonetheless reveal the true convictions of our founders. Without question, they believed that although no one Christian denomination should dominate the nation, the principles of the Bible and Christianity should underlie our government and American education as well.
"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ." - Patrick Henry
"Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers." - U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Jay
Americans Go To War for Their Schools
Despite media smear campaigns against them, Middle American parents are waging a valiant political battle against left-wing elites and their bizarre ideological indoctrination programs in the public schools.
By Robert Holland
Middle American News, September, 1997
One of the first symptoms of the contagion spreading through American education in the late stages of the 20th Century is the brain-numbing, often invasive probing of students' attitudes through new forms of testing. One name for this replacement for objective tests is "performance-based assessment," a technique popular with multinational corporations because it supposedly assesses how well a youngster will perform as a docile worker in a demographically diverse workgroup.
This form of assessment -- common in Goals 2000 plans being funded by the federal government this year in all 50 states to the tune of $450 million -- drives the dumbed-down curriculum that is replacing all remnants of academic rigor. Some questions call on students to respond not as individuals but as members of a collaborative group, as though in a Total Quality Management setting in industry or government. And such questions typically have no absolutely right or wrong answers. (See the examples from Kansas and Kentucky at the bottom of this piece.)
The good news is that there are courageous Middle Americans who refuse to accept meekly this radical transformation of their local schools. Parents and other concerned citizens are informing themselves, speaking up, and working for changes in school policy-making bodies -- at the risk of being smeared as "extremists" by establishment elites seeking to preserve their monopoly of power. And these everyday citizens are making a difference across the United States -- although the larger war they are engaged in is far from being won.
Consider what's been happening in that heartland state -- Kansas-- and in particular with regard to its 10-member elected State Board of Education, which exercises much power over education independently of the governor. On a 5-5 vote, the board recently refused to renew Kansas' infamous performance-based assessments. The system comes up for annual renewal and a tie vote is enough to block it.
For more information:
Christian Home Educators Confederation of Kansas
Family Research Council
As recently as four years ago, that result would not have been possible. All 10 members of Kansas' board supported the Quality Performance Accreditation assessments that were at the heart of the state's shift to attitude-prescribing Outcome-Based Education. But grassroots activists got busy in encouraging candidacies, informing the public, and getting the vote out.
In 1994, those efforts paid off when the first two education "conservatives" -- Kevin Gilmore and Dr. Steve Abrams -- won election. In the 1996 elections, the pro-academics, anti-OBE side scored a real break-through when its ranks increased to five (half of the 10 seats are up for reelection every two years.) In 1998, the "conservatives" or traditionalists have a strong chance of gaining a working majority because only one member of their block of five -- Kevin Gilmore, who is now the chairman -- will be up for re-election.
One of the busiest and most effective grassroots activists is Cindy Duckett, president of the pro-academics Project Educate. Ms. Duckett, a Wichita homemaker who daily uses the Internet to network nationally on education issues, has showed that citizens can be effective by carefully documenting their case and calmly presenting it. Her group has invited some of the nation's most eminent education researchers to analyze the state's OBE-style standards. This is part of what Sandra Stotsky, of Harvard and Boston University, wrote about the English (or "language arts") standards:
The document is "written almost completely in unintelligible educationese...the language in this document often reads like an unintentional satire of politically correct pedagogy...Standards for demonstrating knowledge and skills are regularly mixed with standards that deal with behaviors, values, and attitudes...Incomprehensibly, students are expected to demonstrate 'respect for differences in attitude, behavior, values and beliefs within formal and informal groups' without any consideration of what and when the attitudes, behaviors, values, and beliefs of others may not be worthy of respect."
Ms. Duckett distributed a news release, widely reported by Kansas media, in which she made the point that Ms. Stotsky's evaluation justifies the move by five State Board members to abolish performance-based assessment. "If the standards are bad, the tests will be flawed, too," she said.
Struggle in Kentucky
Performance-based assessment also is taking its lumps in the first state to implement it comprehensively -- Kentucky.
Under the 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA), the Bluegrass State instituted such assessment to measure students' "thinking skills" as opposed to their grasp of verifiable knowledge. The Kentucky Instructional Results Information System (KIRIS), hearalded by U.S. Department of Education bigwigs as a model for the nation, called on students to perform test-day "performance events," and also judged portfolios of student projects. Despite independent studies showing KIRIS' unreliability as an indicator of student achievement Kentucky used it as a high-stakes test, with schools getting rewards or penalties according to their students' scores.
For seven years, Kentucky's people have struggled against great odds to roll back this plan put in place by government, big business, and foundation swells -- with limited success. But this summer they had the pleasure of seeing the whole rotten system begin to self-destruct. On June 25, education commissioner Wilmer S. Cody announced that Kentucky was terminating its contract wit the KIRIS creator -- Advanced Systems in Measurement and Evaluation of Dover, New Hampshire -- because of errors grossly affecting the scores of most of the state's elementary and middle schools last year.
Incongruously, Cody said the company has "helped Kentucky raise standards and achievement," and in the next breath said, "but we cannot live with errors that have profound effects on the lives and careers of people in our schools." Given the millions that have been wasted on KIRIS, the state's legislative watchdog commission is not sure the ed-agency is blameless, either. Its own performance will be audited.
"It has been a hard seven years," observed Donna Shedd, one of the Louisville area anti-OBE activists. "The successes have been elusive. But so much sweeter the taste of it now." She believes the activism has had an impact in educating the public about KERA/KIRIS so the groundwork has been laid for more decisive action now that the system is crumbling. Prospects are much improves for "reforming the reform" when the legislature convenes in January.
Another major success recently has come in Tennessee, where grassroots activists and Senator David Fowler fought a rear-guard action to force hearing and an investigation of the School-to-Work system before the Volunter State spends any money on it.
Middle Americans fighting OBE, Goals 2000, School-to-Work, school-based clinics, whole language, the new-New Math, or other dumbed-down school programs find themselves branded by elites and the corporate media as "radical right" or "religious right" extremists, regardless of their true faith or political leanings. But that charge is hard to make stick against one of the most effective grassroots groups in the country, Mathematically Correct, which was formed in the San Diego area and has had an impact across the country in promoting rigorous standards for math.
The founders of MC are prominent scientists, mathematicians, and engineers who are appalled at "whole math," which encourages pupils to construct their own mathematics rather than learning the basics. The group's members, said Mike McKeown, a molecular biologist, are concerned that children will not acquire the foundation in math that is necessary for the kind of real "problem-solving" the scientists do in their jobs.
Three of the four founders of Mathematically Correct are liberal Democrats.
(Robert Holland is a writer and editor based in Richmond, VA.)
You betcha lj. With pingers to you of course!
I thought they just had the schools giving away 'books' like that in the second grade?
I heard a blurb on the local news the other night about this and was wondering what the real scoop would be.
There was something said about the parents could come the night before and be show the lesson plan IIRC
Check out the thread I just posted called "Letters From The Enemy." It's more garbage from the pro-choice crowd. It's informative, though.
Unfortunately, the "Oath" is no longer required!
Here's another example of a lib distorting sexual abuse and crying "I'm a victim."