Letters to the Editor

Message of love

February 7, 2012

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To the editor:

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and we’ve got trouble right here in River City.

Sex is more common than love and romance.

I did not come about as a result of sex, but, as a result of dishwashing, mowing, plowing, laundering clothes, etc.

Love and romance come as a result of sacrifice.

How can schools teach this? Education about private matters is not the responsibility of classrooms. Some classrooms teach anatomy to young bodies that aren’t ready to let go of coloring books. This leads to confused sexual identities as is apparent in a world where sex is common but romance is not. We go so far as to teach the youngest children about the household with two mommies (terminology indicative of the targeted age group). How unfair to call upon children to cast lots when adults don’t have courage to face each other.

For Valentine’s Day, I’m comfortable just being in the arms of God, aka, arms of love. Love is here. Love is strong. That’s the lesson that ought to come first. Wouldn’t it be something if the testimony of Lawrence was about love and not about sex or sexual orientation?

Lessons. If you stood ‘em all up in a row and asked me, I’d say sex and sexual orientation are the least of these. But... the greatest? Is love.

I hope children of today will know in their hearts that they are products of love and sacrifice when parents are memories. The best memories.

Comments

Ragingbear 3 years, 3 months ago

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Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 3 months ago

"Sex is more common than love and romance."

In alphabetical order, that would be love, romance, sex. Maybe marriage should be tossed in for good measure, then it would be love, marriage, romance, sex. That would be better.

Kendall Simmons 3 years, 3 months ago

"I did not come about as a result of sex, but, as a result of dishwashing, mowing, plowing, laundering clothes, etc." Uh, no, Julie. You came about as a result of sex.

"Love and romance come as a result of sacrifice." Uh, no, Julie. Sacrifices are made because of love and romance.

And, no...teaching anatomy to kids who still play with coloring books does NOT lead to confused sexual identities. And, no...romance is not uncommon.

And, no...teaching kids that there are all kinds of loving families does not require them to "cast lots"...just to be accepting of people who are different from you, Julie. After all...that's what Jesus would do.

Katara 3 years, 3 months ago

Julie must not be aware that parents can opt out their kids from sex education courses in the Lawrence school district.

JulieD 3 years, 3 months ago

Really? Take a look at the flip side of the coin. Consider prayer.

If one child (actually, it's probably the parents) might be offended by someone praying in class, at a graduation ceremony, etc., then all of the children must refrain.

If one child (parents) does not want to participate in sex education class, my guess is that they are are separated from peers, possibly ostracized. In fact, a young man (don't you like that I called you a young man?) indicated to me this morning that it's not that simple to opt out of these classes. If all of the peers are still participating in these classes, you're still effecting the child that opts out, not to mention the effect on society. If this is not the case, then apply this rule to prayer and dealing with issues of faith in the classroom. Would you consider removing the one who might be offended by things pertaining to prayer or faith so that other children might benefit from this education? I'm guessing that would never be heard of.

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