A child advocate along with a group of public school parents plan to hold a "Sex Ed Sit Out" in protest of the sexualization of children in classes. The planned action will take place across cities in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia on April 23.
Elizabeth Johnston, the "Activist Mommy" with a substantial following on Facebook, is asking fellow parents to join in the protest action. The mother of 10 homeschooled children believes that the sex education curriculum in public schools is explicitly dangerous to young minds.
"I kept stumbling across viral videos online of concerned parents sharing the graphic nature of sex education and anti-bullying curriculums," Johnston told The Christian Post. "I personally homeschool my children but felt sorry for the parents who feel helpless to stop the stranglehold of special interest groups who are funding and pushing these graphic and dangerous programs in public schools," she added.
In recent weeks, school districts in California and Virginia drew controversy over its graphic and gender-bending sex education classes. Among the lessons allegedly included in the curriculum are anal and oral sex, masturbation and transgenderism, which has been aimed at anti-bullying. Parents were not informed that these topics would carry graphic and sensitive content, and taught to kids as young as 5 years old.
Rhonda Miller, an organizer from the Indiana Liberty Coalition, stated that LGBT interest groups like the Human Rights Campaign sponsor these comprehensive sex education programs in America. The HRC, however, replied in a statement: "Comprehensive sexual health education is proven to reduce rates of unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and sexual harassment in schools."
The organizers of the "Sex Ed Sit Out" drafted a letter that other moms or dads can send to their kids' principal enumerating why they will be sitting out sex education classes on April 23. The organizers also set up a petition for those who want to support the cause of ending the program in schools. Over 21,544 people have signed the petition as of press time.
At least 24 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have mandatory sex education, while 36 states and the District of Columbia grant permission for parents to remove their children in the classes, as per the Guttmacher Institute.