PARENTAL DISCRETION ADVISED AS THIS PODCAST CONTAINS LANGUAGE FROM WA STATE SEX ED CURRICULUM. Last week, I went by myself to a school district meeting where parents could review the new sex-ed curriculum that activists are hoping to get into schools next year. What I found was alarming. Listen in to see what activists (disguised as educators) are teaching our children and pray about how you can get involved to stop it.
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Hi you guys. This is Heidi St. John, welcome to the podcast, I’m so glad you guys have joined me. Today is Wednesday, October 2nd, this is episode number 826. It’s MomStrong International Day here at the podcast. We’re going to be kicking off our study on prayer, but first there are some important things I want to talk to you about regarding what’s happening in our schools.
Stick around, I think you’re going to be encouraged.
All right, lots of stuff happening. I am just thrilled and enjoying hearing your comments and what the Lord is doing as you guys are studying along with this at MomStrong International. If you haven’t done that yet and you’re still going, “I wonder if this is good for me, I wonder if I should be doing it,” can I just encourage you? This is something that’s been in my heart for a very, very long time, and when we decided to go ahead and do it, I did the first year almost entirely by myself, the Bible study. And then my daughter and her husband came along and they were helping, and Savannah was doing KidStrong.
And since that time, it’s grown tremendously, and there are a staff of people that are helping us write out the studies each month.So I just want to encourage you guys to join us, I’m hoping to see a whole bunch of you get off the bench and onto the battlefield as it relates to understanding what’s going on in the culture and your role in it. Because you’re not here for no reason, right? You’re here for such a time as this. We read the story of Esther and we think about how God used her in the time that she was born into.
And He wants to use you. There’s no difference between God calling Esther off the bench and onto the battlefield, this young teenage girl, having her literally risk her life to save the Jewish people from certain extinction, certain death… and God’s saying to you today, “Get off the bench, get onto the battlefield, know my voice.” The Bible says, “My sheep hear my voice and follow me.”
And part of the way we learn to hear the voice of God is through the study of His Word, and so that’s what we’re doing at MomStrong International this month. We’re covering the topic on prayer, this is a passionate discussion that we’re going to be having. I want to teach you a little bit about prayer and why it’s so important, I think oftentimes we forget the power of prayer.
But before I jump into all of that … Well, first of all, head over to momstronginternational.com, sign up. If you’re not a member there, you can become a member and download the Bible study, it’s a beautifully written, beautifully illustrated study that we will do every single week. And as the membership there grows, we’re coming up on 14,000 members at MomStrong International, we’re watching you guys growing in your knowledge of God’s Word and training your children to understand the times that they are living in and to be able to recognize what’s from the Lord and what isn’t.
And there’s never been a more important time for you to do that. Our children are absolutely under assault in the culture, absolutely under assault. I’m not going to spend the amount of time that I normally would on the Bible study today, I’m going to give you little snippets from what we’re studying, because something happened last week that I have been wanting to address this week, and today’s my first chance to do it and I don’t want to let any more time go by before I do it.
And that is this. So I’m always telling you guys, “Get off the bench, get onto the battlefield.” We’ve got our own battles happening here, where I live, in Washington state, and right now the Battle Ground School District is poised to adopt a brand new sex education curriculum. It is comprehensive sex education, it’s what I’ve been warning you guys about for several years. I’ve seen it in Ohio, I’ve seen it in North Carolina, I’ve seen it in Florida and Pennsylvania, and obviously it’s in California.
And I’ve said if it has FLASH attached to it, it’s not sex ed, it’s activism. It’s activism being disguised as education. And so I got off the bench and I went to review the curriculum. They don’t make it easy, you have to RSVP for it, and then you show up and they give you what looks like a 400-page manual, and you’ve got about two hours where they give you instruction and they tell you what’s in it and blah, blah, blah, and then you get to fill out a form. Or you can go home and get on a website.
If you’re in Clark County, particularly in Battle Ground, which I realize isn’t a lot of you compared to the 100,000 of you that are going to listen to this, but I’m going to tell you what’s going on here because I guarantee you it’s going on where you are. This was my second time to see the curriculum, but the first time that I’ve seen the new one. The school district says, “We’ve heard the complaints from parents, and so we’ve put our own curriculum together, which is a hodgepodge, some of it’s FLASH, some of it’s our own thing.”
First of all, let me just say, sex education is not what you guys remember it to be. A lot of us remember sex ed as the birds and the bees, we’re going to talk about how our bodies work, and how babies are made, and how to take care of our bodies, and how they’re different, how women’s bodies are different from men.
This is a lot of gender information, how your gender changes. It’s three weeks of instruction, I actually call it three weeks of de-struction, because it’s three weeks of literally undermining what have been thousands of years of settled science, and really drawing kids into very, very unhealthy practices. So parents, I’m going to warn you right now, I’m going to get hardcore on the podcast because I don’t know another way to do it. If you’ve got kids listening to this, I’m going to give you an opportunity right now to just switch it off and come back later when you’re by yourself, if you don’t want your little ones, especially, listening to this. Because I’m going to tell you what’s actually in the curriculum, and I want you to understand the seriousness of this.
And parents, if you don’t get involved … I’m a homeschool mom, and I am going to these meetings, I’m going to the education service district meetings. We’ve got to be involved, because I promise you, most of the parents that are in these schools don’t know this is happening, and if they did, they wouldn’t want it. The school district knows the parents don’t want it and they’re pushing it anyway. Why? Because it’s not education, it’s activism. This is not sex education, this is redefining social norms. They are trying to redo the culture, and they are, they’re being very successful at it. So when you go to these meetings, don’t be a jerk, but please go with your information, go with something that you want to say. I think it’s totally appropriate to say, “Listen, I understand you guys are up against a lot. I understand that you’re being pressured to adopt a new sex ed curriculum that’s going to be quote ‘in line with the times’ or whatever. But this is an affront against parents.”
And so I’m going to tell you … It’s actually an affront against parents, and it’s also an affront against our children, it’s an assault on our children. I told you, I think a couple of days ago, Mattel has a new Barbie doll out now that’s gender-neutral, and you see this reflected in the curriculum. So I want to kind of walk you through how the meeting went so that you guys can understand.
First of all, I went by myself. So I went to a public school curriculum review meeting by myself, I didn’t have a friend with me, I kind of wished I did, not going to lie, I wasn’t sure what to expect. All of the administrators that I met were very kind and listening, and so I think … I mean, I’m sure there are school administrators that are pushing this stuff, but I think for the most part these are activists that are pushing it.
One of the first things that happened is I walk into the room, there’s a huge binder, you sit down, everybody that comes gets their own binder. I would say there were maybe 25 parents there, maybe 25, 30 at the most, and we’re talking about a district that represents thousands of kids. So this is a very, very small number of parents who actually found the time to RSVP and show up to this event and go through it. Then the second thing they tell you is you can’t take pictures of the curriculum because of copyright law.
So can I just say right now, as an author, I can tell you that’s not how copyright law works. There’s nothing wrong with taking pictures of curriculum. What the copyright law there is for, they don’t want you to copy something and then take it out and take it down to your local copy store and make copies of it and sell it. They’re trying to prevent you from copying their stuff and selling it and making a profit off of it. But you should be able to take pictures of pages in the curriculum, because there’s really no other way to rightly say, “This is what’s in it.”
So I did that, I took pictures of the table of contents. The first thing that they’re going to study is anatomy and reproduction and pregnancy. Now, as far as I’m concerned, anatomy and reproduction and pregnancy, which is the first unit, and then the second unit, which is development, puberty development, that could have been enough. That’s what we’re trying to do. But it’s not enough, so the third unit is self-identity, which is really where they go into gender. A lot of this is FLASH, too, where they go into gender, pages 450-455 is kind of a warm up to it. Sexual attitudes, they give you a survey. Traditional gender expectations, a gender box worksheet, thinking about gender “stereotypes”. And then they have a series of videos that they want your kids to watch. One of them is called “Shh! Silence Helps Homophobia”. The next one is “Stand Up For Your Friends”, “Queer Bullying Victims Sit Down With Former bullies”. These are videos that they want your kids to watch. “If It’s Not Gay, It’s Not Gay”, and “OSPI”, which is the equity and civil rights video. And then they talk about prevention of pregnancy. So before they get into prevention of pregnancy, they’re going to talk about gender.
They talked about the opt-out, I don’t even know where to start you guys, I was so frustrated and so discouraged. I was so discouraged when I left, I wanted to just get up in front of the room and say, “You guys don’t actually have to subject your kids to this. You can pull them out. This is ridiculous.” They talk about the opt-out program, they say parents can opt out, but then my question was… but you have to have an alternate assignment in order to get credit, and you can’t graduate without credit for the sex ed curriculum. So my question is, “What constitutes these alternate assignments?” And nobody had the answer for that. So, like I told you, three weeks of instruction, and they’re telling you the students can opt out of one or they can opt out of all of them.
But I’m here to tell you right now, as God is my witness, the comprehensive sex ed is bad by itself, but the fact is this is woven into every subject that your kids are going to be learning in school, every subject. And you’ve got to understand what they’re being taught so that you can stand up against it. This is hurting our kids, it’s absolutely hurting our kids. So I started asking questions in about unit three, and I said, “The language in this stuff, let’s take the video ‘Silence Helps Homophobia’. Homophobia automatically is assuming that the student who’s watching that who disagrees with homosexuality somehow has a problem. Their problem is that they’re homophobic. And I have a real struggle with the language here. They go right on to say “undoing gender identity stereotypes”, and so I said to one of the people that was there, I said, “Listen, you’re saying that this is inclusive, but it’s actually not inclusive. It’s exclusive, it’s excluding anyone who disagrees, which frankly is still the majority of us, who disagrees that gender is fluid.” And so they say “undoing gender stereotypes” and they say, “We’re trying not to promote it,” but the very wording does promote it.
When you say “undoing gender stereotypes”, and this is the name of a unit, then you’re telling the children who had a traditional view … or a healthy view, I’m not even going to say traditional, let’s just say healthy because it’s ridiculous to call it traditional … a healthy view that men are men and women are women, and that gender isn’t something that you think up in your head, it is what you are. It’s the sex that you’re born with. And so the very fact that you’re telling the kids, by the name of this unit, which is “undoing gender identity stereotypes”, you’re telling them that somehow they’re wrong, that their idea that men are men and women are women is wrong and needs to be undone.
This is not education, this is activism. This is activism. And I want to say, what is the percentage of the population that is transgender versus the emphasis that is given in this comprehensive sex education? And I’m telling you what, it isn’t right. It’s massively lopsided. Then they give gender expectation scenarios, and it’s … It’s just so upsetting, talking to these kids about how gender changes throughout their life, and sexuality and sexual expression change throughout the lifespan. It’s basically giving kids permission to be as confused as they could possibly be.
And then in the midst of this, they said, “Oh, and by the way, we’re not going to segregate the kids anymore. We’re not going to have the boys do sex ed here and the girls do sex ed here.” Now, call me a prude, call me old fashioned, call me backwards, call me whatever you want, but when I was in school and we were talking about things like your first menstrual period and how to get pregnant and how to avoid getting pregnant, if I had a question about that, I certainly don’t want to ask it next to the boy who’s been making oogle eyes at me for the last two weeks.
And so one of the parents rightly said, “Why are you putting the kids together?” To which the administrator said, “Well, because we teach the girls in this room and we teach the boys in that room then they go out into the hallways and they mix up the information. So we’re just going to put them all together.” Which I find ridiculous. I mean, sex is precious. It’s a precious, precious part of our humanity, and we’re making it un-precious by the moment. We’re making it so common that we can just talk about it and pretend like it’s no big deal, when every single person listening to this podcast right now knows the preciousness of sex. You don’t know it? Ask a rape victim. To me, this is absolutely unconscionable.
Then they go on to talk about how they’re going to talk about birth control and basically … The next part of it is a manual for how to have sex. All of this is in the FLASH curriculum. All right, so they’re talking about how to have sex, but they spend an awful lot of time on condoms, and the benefits of condoms and the drawbacks of condoms. And I thought it was really interesting, so here in …
Well, let me go back for just a second. In lesson five, in unit five, “undoing gender stereotypes”, which again, the language is inflammatory, that tells your student that somehow, if they believe that men are men and women are women, somehow it’s wrong. Here’s how a typical day is going to go: They do an activity, a warmup, then the teacher introduces the lesson. Then they define what a stereotype is. So now, if you believe that men are men and women are women, somehow this is a bad stereotype.
Then they show the video “Queer Bullying Victims Sit Down With Former Bullies”. Then they do the gender box brainstorm, that’s 12 minutes. Then they analyze gender pressure, that’s seven minutes. Then, for 18 minutes, they work out a scenario and they watch the video, “If It’s Not Gay, It’s Not Gay”. Then they assign homework to the kids, and then they send them home. When they move on to the next unit, they’re talking about family life and sexual health as it relates to birth control in particular. And they spend an awful lot of time on condoms. So they’re basically going to tell you how to put on a condom. Now, you guys, listen. I’m not against educating our kids, I understand that some kids are going to have sex anyways. I just don’t understand, why are we not talking about self-control? Why this fixation? I don’t understand. So they had these cards, they’re pretty big cards, you make copies of them, you give them to the kids, and they do like a relay race. You break the kids into groups of I think six or whatever, everybody gets a card, and you’ve got to see how fast can you put these in order— check the expiration date.
So this is an activity: distribute the set of condom lineup cards to volunteers and ask them to arrange the steps for using a condom in the right order. They can tape the cards to the board or hold them up. Invite the rest of the class to give feedback until the steps are ordered correctly. All right, so here’s step number one. You ready? Here we go. Check the expiration date. Step two: carefully open package. Step three: pinch the top of the condom. Step four: roll condom down erect penis. Step five: intercourse with condom. Step six: ejaculation with a condom. Step seven: then they explain how to hold it on while the man pulls out, then you take it off, then you throw it in the garbage.
Now here’s your activity, here’s another thing. You can divide the class into six small groups, give each group a set of nine condom lineup cards in random order, and let them compete to put the steps in order the fastest. They can arrange the cards on the floor or on tables. Then six: demonstrate correct use of female condoms. Listen, you guys, I am so sorry to be talking about this, but if this doesn’t make you angry, you’re not paying attention. These are our children, these are 14-year-old kids. Step six: show the class a female condom and demonstrate how a person would insert it by squeezing the inner ring and inserting it in a tube formed by your other hand.
They’re talking, by the way, also … and I hope your kids are not listening, please turn it off.
They’re talking about anal sex. Is this really what we want our kids … Okay, Heidi, relax. This isn’t right. It’s not right. Now they’re going to talk about drawbacks of abstinence, so they spend a very little tiny amount of time talking about abstinence. And what’s the drawback for abstinence? The drawback for abstinence, and I’m quoting, “Not a good choice if you want to have sex.” That’s the drawback. Here’s another drawback, and there’s only two by the way, “If you slip up and have sex, you might not be prepared.”
I’m like, “What does that have to do with …” It’s mind-numbing to me. And then the benefits of condoms: they can be used by men, they protect against pregnancy. Here’s a drawback: they can fail. Duh. You might sometimes forget to use it. I’m sorry, that’s not the drawback of the condom, that’s the drawback of the child, the man child that they’re trying to tell to use the condom. Sometimes people won’t like to use them. Again …
Oh, here’s another drawback: if you don’t get them free at the clinic, they can be expensive. What are they telling your kids right there? They’re saying, “Hey kids, we’re going to give them to you for free, go down to the school clinic and get it.” And then finally, the drawback of a condom is they can be found by parents. Well, we can’t have that. We can’t have that.
This is an assault against parents, it’s an assault against our children. And parents, I’m going to encourage you, please get off the bench, get onto the battlefield. These are our children. These are our children. There were two other things that I think are worth talking about with regard to this. I mean, there are so many things, so many things wrong. If you see FLASH anywhere on your curriculum, pull your kids out of school, because it’s not just in the curriculum. And I said to the guy that was there, to the administrator, I said, “You know what, can we just agree? This quote-unquote ‘curriculum’ was not written by educators. This curriculum is written by homosexual transgender activists who are trying to indoctrinate our children to think that these kinds of things are normal and healthy.” When in fact they’re not.
They’re removing the preciousness of sex, they’re treating our children as if they were animals with no way to have self-control at all. I asked, “Why are we not teaching self-control to our children? Why are we not teaching them self-control?” Listen, self-control goes a lot farther than, “Am I going to have sex with my girlfriend?” It might keep me from stealing from the till at Taco Bell. It’s going to keep me from eating too much or staying up too late. Self-control is something that we need to teach our children to have, but we’re not teaching that. No, no, we’re way too enlightened for that. And we’re hurting our kids in the process.
Here’s a typical homework assignment, this is an individual homework assignment, and I’m going to read it to you verbatim. This is what they’re sending your kids home with in the FLASH curriculum. It’s a worksheet. Are you ready?
Here we go: Put your name at the top and the period. A friend needs some advice about his relationship. His note to you is provided below. Make sure to mention at least one bottom line statement, and use the communication tips or refusal tips from your handout in your response.
Here’s the note: “Hey, I think I need some advice.” Okay, so we’re pretending that your kid, this note was handed to him in school. “Hey, I need some advice. You know, Sophia and I have been going out for a while. I was really hoping she would want to have sex by now, but I can’t tell if she does or not. She hasn’t said anything and I don’t really know what to do. Can I just make a move on her? I feel like I should talk to her, but I don’t even know what I would say. I know you are good at this kind of thing, I really need some help.”
This is garbage. This is garbage, and I am 100% committed to fighting it with everything that’s in me, and I hope you guys are too. I’m going to link back to some of these things in the show notes today. If you’re in my neck of the woods at all, we will be linking to when the next meetings are so you can come and talk to school administrators, and basically beg with me on behalf of our children: Please do not adopt this into our school system, it will affect hundreds and hundreds and thousands of kids in the days to come.
By the way, I did not say this, they do give benefits for abstinence, there are three of them. Here they are. 100% effective against pregnancy and STD. I’m going to say that again, 100%. 100%. There should be three units on this. Here’s how you can participate in abstinence. Here’s why self-control is necessary. Number two of the benefits: align with values. That just makes me angry. And three: the benefit of abstinence is saving yourself for love, or marriage, or graduation, et cetera. Anyway, yeah, I don’t even know where to stop on this, so I guess I’m just going to make kind of a hard stop, full stop.
You guys, we need to be in prayer. I realize I went longer today, I did not go over the MomStrong International study. I can just encourage you, I’m going to put some of the study in the show notes today, and actually we’ll put pictures of it so you guys can see.
I’m just going to encourage you, please be in prayer. Please be in prayer for our children, please be in prayer for the children here where I live in Battle Ground, Washington who are literally at the jumping off place of having this garbage introduced to their school next year. And please pray that God would give parents the courage of their convictions to get off the bench and onto the battlefield for the sake of sharing the truth and protecting the innocence of these children. We are doing irrevocable harm, and we need to pray that God would help us to know what to do.
This month at MomStrong International … by the way, if you guys haven’t seen yet, I have a brand new shirt, off the bench. It says “off the bench”, it’s really cool-looking. Check it out, the hashtag #offthebench is on the front. Anytime you see somebody with that shirt, you’ll know that that person is off the bench and onto the battlefield. Lots of really great gift ideas at the website, which also make a statement. I don’t like to wear t-shirts without making a statement, because that’s just who I am. So I want to encourage you to check that out.
Also, I want to invite you to join us as we study the power of prayer. And I know some of you are unfamiliar with prayer, you haven’t been engaged very much in prayer, and it stresses you out just a little bit. Maybe you’re new to it, maybe prayer makes you feel uncomfortable. I think for some, it might be uncomfortable because we just don’t know how to do it, we didn’t learn, it wasn’t taught to us when we were children.
This is going to be an excellent, excellent resource for you, not only to figure out what the power of prayer is, but who is behind it. It’s the Lord that you’re talking to when you pray, it is the Lord of heaven’s armies, and the Bible says that he listens and answers our prayers.
At KidStrong this month, we’re going to be studying the Lord’s prayer, which is found in Matthew 6, and this is a great time for you to work on memorizing it with your kids, if you haven’t done it already. We suggest that you read it with your kids out loud together, and have them repeat each line after you. Do it daily as you work through this study with your kids. Spend time with them, you guys, in the mornings or in the evenings with your children. It’s so important.
You’ve probably heard it said that reading is one of the most important things that you can do with your children in their early years to help them develop into good learners, to help solidify good values into the hearts of your kids. And praying together is the same thing, it’s one of the most important things that you can do to help your children grow into spiritually mature believers. When you pray with your kids, you’re reminding them where you are as a family, where you’re anchored.
And you’re modeling them your submission to Christ, you’re teaching them what it looks like to have a strong relationship with the Lord that is both open and real. And as you do that, you equip them to follow suit. So we’re going to teach you how to engage your children in prayer with you, we’re going to teach you kind of the theology of prayer, and why it’s so important, and why it’s so powerful. And I’m telling you, it’s going to be a study that you won’t want to miss.
I really appreciate you guys listening to my impassioned plea to say, “Please get off the bench and onto the battlefield.” I appreciate you leaving reviews for the podcast and for my books over at Amazon, and more than anything, we appreciate your prayers for the ministry that is Firmly Planted Family. We’ve had a lot of things going on here lately that I cannot go into on the podcast, but can I just say we need your prayers. We need your prayers, and that’s all I’ll say.
So we love you guys, I hope you have a great day, and I’m looking forward to seeing what God is doing as you study this with me, and as we dig into God’s word, and as we get off the bench and onto the battlefield together. All right, have a wonderful day you guys, and I’m going to see you back here on Friday with my friend, author Kristi Clover.
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