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New Jersey schools turn to LGBTQ promotion instead of teaching important lessons about the past

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Starting in September, New Jersey public schools will be teaching children in grades five, six, eight, 10, and 12 about the great historical contributions of LGBTQ people to United States history.

What are these great historical contributions, you ask? Well, for example, that Barbra “Babs” Siperstein was the first transgender person to serve on the Democratic National Committee. Yes, it’s true! You may have lived your whole life in deplorable ignorance, but your children will never again be deprived of this knowledge.

Nor that Siperstein’s name is on legislation allowing trans people to change their birth certificates. (Which, come to think of it, sounds a lot like changing the past, a thing we once took a dim view of when Stalin air-brushed Leon Trotsky and Lev Kamenev from photos of Lenin’s speech at Sverdlov Square.)

Don’t look for much detail about Lenin or Stalin in the new New Jersey school curricula—or perhaps even about Washington crossing the Delaware. I mean, something will have to be sacrificed from the syllabus to make room for “Babs.” Children’s textbooks can only be so big.

In vain you console yourself that only ‘History’ class will be infected.

The Garden State joins Illinois, California, and Colorado in mandating that our pedagogical institutions henceforth teach the social, political, and economic contributions of men who like to have sex with men, women who like to have sex with women, folks who like to swing both ways, and those who have breasts and penises surgically removed or installed.

For myself, I struggle to see the relevance of what individuals do in their bedrooms to their accomplishments in the fields of management, finance, real estate, marketing, and civil engineering. Is the invention of a lightbulb any more to be celebrated because it is made by someone who checks “gender-queer” on government forms?

Well, if that’s how it is, then I say we go all the way and pass laws ensuring that left-handed people get their due acknowledgment. Also, what are the great achievements of Freemasons? Or freckled citizens? Or redheads? Or tobacconists? Or aficionados of fly fishing? Or makers of reflective orange street cones?

And when the pendulum has swung its furthest from priggish morality toward sexual “liberation,” let us update New Jersey’s educational materials to include the category of pedophile, that last of all civil rights victims. We’ll rehabilitate tarnished British author Oscar Wilde, who pleaded heroically at his 1895 trial on charges of “gross indecency”:

“‘The love that dare not speak its name’ in this century is such a great affection of an elder for a younger man as there was between David and Jonathan, such as Plato made the very basis of his philosophy, and such as you find in the sonnets of Michelangelo and Shakespeare. It is that deep spiritual affection that is as pure as it is perfect. It dictates and pervades great works of art. … It is in this century misunderstood, so much misunderstood that it may be described as ‘the love that dare not speak its name,’ and on account of it I am placed where I am now.”

Beautiful sentiments, eh? So your children will be made to think, especially if they hear it in the fifth grade, then are told again in sixth grade, and are reinforced in the opinion in the eighth grade, 10th, and 12th. In vain you console yourself that only “History” class will be infected: Teachers of math, music, and science will be tutored by curriculum coaches to make their own disciplines more “inclusive.”

Oscar Wilde is wrong about David and Jonathan, of course. And Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias says that before his untimely death, Wilde asked a friend and fellow pederast, “In loving one of those boys, did you ever love any one of them for themselves?” The friend replied, “No, I never did.” Wilde said, “Neither did I.”

I dare say you won’t find that in a textbook in a high school in New Jersey.

Andrée Seu Peterson

Andrée is a senior writer for WORLD Magazine. Her commentary has been compiled into three books including Won't Let You Go Unless You Bless Me. Andrée resides in Philadelphia, Penn.


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Yes, the radical LGBTQ “things” are crazily desperate to get acceptance in society.  Since most adults see through their fakery they have sunk to trying to brain wash the children.  I like that you point out the fact that they are basing their entire identity on a single facet of their existence, sex.  I think the insanity of that will eventually lead to their undoing.   “Things”, is probably not right, but I fear calling them human, because they seem to be doing everything they can to avoid being human.     

William Peck 1958

/Joel Belz.


Oh, Andree, this article breaks my heart for the truth of what is happening and for the young minds that will be affected by such lies.  They are being shaped everyday, in every way possible, to explore boundaries where God said, "Don't go there, don't eat that fruit, for it will lead to death!"  

Is there no one in the liberal camps that cares about these precious minds and bodies that are being altered, tortured and, yes, abused.  We should be screaming it from the rooftops.  When I tell people what is being done to children as early as 3 years of age and up, they are shocked and stare at me in disbelief - kind of how some folks reacted to what Hitler was doing.  

Instead of the press doing their job and reporting what is really taking place, these changed lives are celebrated in shows like "I am Jazz".  I have not watched it but have read the descriptions of some of the shows and my heart grieves for this boy who has been restaged as a girl.  The complications of the physical changes are many but what is happening to his mind?  Who nurtured this metamorphosis? Parents? Friends? Teachers? Counselors? Doctors?  The answer is all of the above and they do this with pride for the progress they have made at the cost of a child's early life and the future, now forever changed

Lord, have mercy on us as a nation and as believers who must continue to stand for what is right in His eyes.  He never minces His words and I am not confused, just very heartbroken.