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7/11/13 at 12:02 PM 18 Comments

Public Schools Impacted by Supreme Court Marriage Decisions

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Author: Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco

Do the Supreme Court’s marriage decisions really impact kids who attend public schools? You bet they do! They demand respectful activism by Christian students defending and promoting biblical marriage (learn how by downloading a brochure created with several allied partners: What You Need to Know About Marriage or contact our offices to receive a copy).

Public schools focus as much on shaping a student’s values as they do on teaching the three Rs. Indeed, in a recent student speech case (Morse v. Frederick), Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Anthony Kennedy observed that schools are increasingly “defin[ing] their educational missions as including . . . whatever political and social views are held by . . . the school administrators and faculty.”

All too often, the values public schools instill in our children are informed by a secular worldview that is hostile to key tenets of the Christian faith, including that marriage is a sacred, life-long commitment between a man and a woman. Consider, for example, the two largest teachers’ unions statements in support of the Supreme Court’s marriage decisions:

“What we have witnessed today is a major milestone in American history—a monumental decision and a huge step forward for civil rights. . . . I am reminded of the struggle, and I think of how far we, as a society, have come to let love overcome hate and bigotry. . . . The fight for social justice goes on, and because of what we do and who we serve, we will always be on the frontline of this battlefield.” – Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association.

“Today, we took a giant leap forward in the march for equality and justice for all. . . . While we wish the court had acted to extend marriage equality for all Americans, make no mistake that the momentum for equality is building and there is no going back.” – Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers.

While not all public schools, and not all public school teachers, agree with the above statements, you can be sure that these views will increasingly find their way into your child’s classroom. As a matter of fact, they already have. Schools have pushed the normalization of same-sex relationships and the view that they are equivalent to heterosexual marriage on kindergarteners and first graders. And groups like GLSEN and the ACLU are demanding, both in the media and the courts, that school districts incorporate such teachings into their curricular materials. Now, with the Supreme Court (sadly) saying in the DOMA case that merely defining marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman is rank bigotry, we can expect these groups to increase their efforts.

The NEA President’s words — “because of what we do and who we serve, we will always be on the frontline of this battlefield” — should be chilling to any Christian parent with a child in public school. This is an unabashed acknowledgement that the NEA sees its members’ role as indoctrinating students with its pro-homosexual, anti-marriage views. Now is the time for Christian students to boldly and respectfully defend biblical marriage at school. We should not — cannot — shy away from this critical, nation-shaping issue. Rather, we should encourage our children to be like Isaiah who, when God asked “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” answered, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8.

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