Monday, February 14, 2005

Swearing off recall

On this blog, I won't be talking about the recall group—ever again. I have given them far too much attention, and I've focused far too much energy on their claims, their arguments, their representations. But I'm not interested in fighting against something...I want to stand for something. I want to stand for something that has nothing whatsoever to do with what the opposition does or says—I want to stand for the rights of parents and the rights of public school students to choose education over indoctrination.

The recall folks can say whatever they want, they can do whatever they want, and it won't matter one whit to me. None of that will distract me from the real work I have to do—promoting fact-based education, and affirming my right to not have someone else's personal religious beliefs interfere with my childrens' ability to keep themselves safe in an unsafe world.

In this world, there are too many pitalls, too many dangers, to not at least provide our children with roadmaps so they can have a decent chance of arriving safely at the fulfillment of their hopes and dreams...and not have their hopes destroyed by unintended pregnancies or STDs.

Parenting is always a gamble. We put our hearts and souls, our money, our time, and our deepest love into caring for the young people God has gifted us with. We make major sacrifices and go to great lengths to ensure that they are properly educated. And yet, we never know with certainty how our children will handle some challenges until they're actually faced with them. We could all take a chance and tell our kids to "just say no" to sex, and hope they will listen.

Or, we could show them the trust and respect they deserve, by arming them with actual knowledge. My children deserve nothing less.


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