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|NUMBER 234||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||JULY 2005|
|Southern Baptists To Parents: Monitor Public Schools|
Parents should become more vigilant over school curriculum in light of a gradual moral decay of public education, urges a resolution passed by the Southern Baptists' annual convention in late June.
The resolution also expressed concern over the approval of alternative lifestyles in public schools, but stopped short of suggesting that parents should take their children out of public schools. Instead, the resolution called for parents to be the primary educators of their children.
"Homosexual activists and their allies are devoting substantial resources and using political power to promote the acceptance among schoolchildren of homosexuality as a morally legitimate lifestyle," the resolution states.
"Basically, what it said was, 'Parents, be involved,'" said the Rev. Ray Jones of Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Dothan, AL, who attended the convention in Nashville. "Understand what is being taught in your schools and be willing to question morally offensive or immoral kinds of materials, and, if need be, be ready to take a stand on issues that could be morally compromising."
"There are a lot of good Christian teachers in public schools, but the curriculum and federal laws that mandate openness to any lifestyle are not compatible [with] our basic doctrinal beliefs," said the Rev. Bob Ledlow, minister of education at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, who also attended the convention. (dothaneagle.com, 6-23-05)