Evangelical leader’s ‘prayer of the day’ condemns the ‘egregious sin’ of sex ed in public schools

Late last month, the Austin Independent School District in Texas approved an overhauled sex-education curriculum for third to eighth grade students. But according to some on the Christian far-right, it’s a covert ploy to teach kids how to be gay. Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council apparently agrees, so much so that he called upon God to “protect our children” from learning about the birds and the bees.

In his “Prayer of the Day” posted on the FRC’s Watchmen on the Wall website, Perkins started out by giving a rundown on the new curriculum, which he says rapidly will “impact our culture, whether we opt our children out or not.”

“[In] addition to sexual orientation, the curriculum includes lessons on pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted diseases, and consent, and will be taught beginning in May,” Perkins warned. “Gender identity and expression, attraction, and sexual orientation lessons would begin at the fifth-grade level. Are you ready in your community for a curriculum like this?”

Terrifying stuff. Then came the prayer.

“Father, may each of us rise to our responsibility as parents and require that anyone we delegate authority to educate our children fear God and teach them truth that is compatible with your commands — truth and not lies. If our schools teach and promote egregious sin in any of their curriculum, can they be trusted to teach truth in the rest? Lord, you have given us a charge to teach and train our children. Teach every believing parent and show them what they must do. Protect our children. Grant our teachers, administers, and government official repentance and faith. May they be used to teach and protect our children and not be subject to the harsh judgment you promise those who bring harm to any child. Only you can send revival that will impact our entire nation.”

We’re gonna get through this, Tony.


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