Sunday, December 4, 2011

Genderless classrooms—coming to a school near you?


Honor and Protect the God-Given Distinctions Between Genders









CitizenLink® Report


Resisting Efforts to Blur Male and Female.
Should boys and girls be taught there is absolutely no difference between them? On this week's CitizenLink Report, Stuart Shepard and Glenn Stanton discuss where that line of cultural thinking leads. Watch >





Dear Friend,

Have you heard about the recent report from Sweden about the staff of a preschool no longer using pronouns like "he" or "she" when referring to students? It's another example of what happens when marriage is redefined to include same-sex couples.

The preschool's approach to gender is a reflection of Sweden's national school curriculum that includes the mission of breaking down gender roles. For example, when playing "house," teachers suggest students role play with two or three taking the role of "mom."

These attempts at social engineering—impacting kids directly—aren't just happening overseas. An Oakland elementary school recently spent two days on "Gender Spectrum Diversity Training." Their reading list for second and third graders includes My Princess Boy and 10,000 Dresses, in which boy characters wear tiaras and magical dresses.

Bearing the Image of God
As Christians, we have a great deal of compassion for those struggling with gender confusion; they should be treated with respect, dignity and love. At the same time, however, we stand against the idea that gender is meaningless and that men and women are really no different from each other.

The book of Genesis tells us that God created humans in His image as male and female. Part of our role here at Focus on the Family is to help individuals and families honor and protect the God-given distinctions between male and female, and to help our kids grow into healthy men and women.

A few years ago, we crafted this guiding principle for our ministry's work:


We believe that God created humans in His image, intentionally male and female, each bringing unique and complementary qualities to sexuality and relationships. Sexuality is a glorious gift from God to be offered back to Him either in marriage for procreation, union and mutual delight or in celibacy for undivided devotion to Christ. Christians are called to proclaim the truth and beauty of God's design and the redemption of sexual brokenness in our lives and culture through Jesus Christ.


Will you continue to join with us in prayer for the family—and that our culture will understand the importance and beauty of God's design for human sexuality?

For faith and family,
Signed: Tom Minnery
Tom Minnery
Senior Vice President, Government & Public Policy

P.S. If you're interested in additional information about God's design for gender and the need to help our kids grow into healthy men and women, I recommend a new book by one of my colleagues, Glenn Stanton, titled Secure Daughters, Confident Sons.






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