As we get increasingly closer to Election Day, blogs and Web sites all over the Internet are ramping up with articles and opinions on the same-sex marriage issue now being brought up in California. We've seen how things have progressed in Massachusetts to the detriment of the traditional family, and now we face the same thing happening in California and most likely, eventually the rest of the nation.
One of the statements frequently made by those who are voting in favor of same-sex marriage is that to vote against it is an act of hate. I want to state quite emphatically at this time that I don't hate homosexuals. In fact, in my opinion, if a couple of the same gender has fallen in love and wants to spend their lives together, that's great -- send me your address and I'll mail you a toaster. (No, not really -- I can't afford all those toasters.) I don't consider it any of my business how another person conducts their love life, just as I don't consider my love life any of your business. But it becomes my business when the government insists that my children be taught contrary to my beliefs, and homosexuality is contrary to my beliefs.
Lest that be taken to be a hateful statement, let me once again explain. I am vehemently opposed to the idea that school children are being taught how to perform homosexual activity at school. But I am also vehemently opposed to the idea of school children being taught how to perform heterosexual activity at school. Sex, of any nature, is something to be taught by parents, in the home, at the time the child is ready. Some children simply aren't ready for the facts of life until they're a little older. Some are ready to know a little earlier. To take this information, which is most sacred in nature, and to present it in a way that does not take the individual child's level of maturity into consideration, and to offer it with no moral underpinnings at all, is to create epidemics of unbelievable proportions. Epidemics of STDs, teenage pregnancies, abortion. All of which could be avoided with proper moral instruction, and as schools have removed God from the classroom and are no longer allowed to teach anything with a moral foundation, that moral foundation must come from parents in the home.
This lack of religious instruction in the schools is only one of many reasons I've chosen not to send my children to public school. I'm doing everything I can to make sure that my children enter this world with a moral compass. When they go out into the work force and to college, I want them to know who they are, and to have the courage to take a stand. If the lawmakers continue on their current path, and things that are moral are deemed to no longer be issues of morality, what is that going to do to all the other standards we have held so dear? They are going to erode. That's just how it is.
You know, I can't think of any other law ever made that has received so much press in the schools as same-sex marriage. I don't recall new driving laws or tax laws being made into booklets and distributed to school children. Why is that, I wonder?
I urge you wholeheartedly to keep a close eye on the candidates in these last few days before the election. Candace Salima has written a series of political blogs which are informative, well-researched, and intelligent. I encourage you to visit her blog and read every single political entry. This election may be one of the most critically important we've ever had. The outcome of Proposition 8 is going to set a precedent for the rest of the nation. Even if we don't live in California and can't cast our ballot one way or the other on that proposition, we need to be aware of it and to realize that it won't be too much longer before that same type of vote is brought to our own states. We need to stand up and protect our freedom of religion, our freedom to teach our children morals, and to keep God in our lives.