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Here is the founder and chairman of the Citizens for America Foundation, Dr. Chris Hughes. We're talking about the crazy indoctrination, homosexuality, and graphic graphic sexual stuff that's being talked to our kids. And so you're going to want to listen in today. You may not want to have the little ones in the room, because we're going to talk about what's going on in our school system.
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And that's really what this show is all about today, is trying to impact the culture for Jesus. If you haven't registered yet, I want to remind you that the Culture Engagement Summit is coming up on April 30th. It's a one-day event on Saturday, April 30th, on the campus of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee. We're going to have the Culture Engagement Summit where some of the biggest speakers in the Christian world and in the world of politics will come and teach us how to develop a biblical worldview and then engage the culture for Jesus with that biblical worldview.
You can register at citizensforamericafoundation.com, at citizensforamericafoundation.com, and tickets start as low as $15. So I hope that you'll be there. Somebody that's playing an integral role in the Culture Engagement Summit is my guest today, Sharaya Coulter. You may remember we had Sharaya on Valentine's Day, so she's not new to the show, and we're always excited when Sharaya or her husband Scott can come on and talk about issues more than our culture today. Sharaya Coulter owns a media and public relations company called Culture and Company, and she is a journalist really at heart.
I think that's probably where your heart is. I don't know, Sharaya. I know being a wife and mom are in your heart too, but Sharaya is a gifted journalist.
So Sharaya Coulter, welcome to Christian Perspective today. I'm happy you could be here. Thank you so much for having me, Chris. I really appreciate it. Well, I always know I can call on you when something crazy is going on in the culture because you're keeping up on things all the time.
You always know what's going on. And particularly, I know as a mom, you're so concerned about what's happening in our school system. And you recently wrote an article entitled Four Things You Can Do to Keep LGBTQ Plus Pride.
Goodness, they've got so many different initials. It's hard to keep up with it out of your child's school. And I know that this is something you're concerned about. What spurred you to write this article?
Well, you're right, Chris. I do keep a pretty close eye and pulse on what's going on in the culture. And really, like you said, my kids are a huge part of that. I have a vested interest in knowing what's going on and being aware of what they're going to be exposed to.
It's going to be a drastically different life than even the childhood I had not that long ago. And so I want to keep aware as a parent to know what I need to protect my kids from, how I need to be training them, how I need to be praying for them. And other kids too, because a lot of our kids don't have parents that are really praying for them either. So we, as Christians, really need to stand in the gap for those kiddos too. So yeah, when I see things going on in culture that are concerning, that are against the biblical values that I and many other people have, things that were used to be mainstream in our country that are slowly going to the wayside, that's concerning to me. And I want to look into those things and find out what can I do as a Christian parent to combat those things on behalf of my kids. Because as a five-year-old and a two-year-old, it's not their job to protect themselves from that. That is my job. And I want to be found faithful as a parent to do that and to do it well.
Boy, you hit the nail on the head there, Sharaya. So many parents today have abdicated the responsibility of training up their children and the way they should go to the public school system. And that's not what God intended. God intended for the parents to raise their kids and determine what their kids would be taught and how they would be taught it. But it's almost like not just culture and society, but even our federal government and the current administration think that parents have no right to decide what education their children receive or what they're taught or when they're taught it. And it's really becoming scary.
And I don't know of much good that came out of the pandemic or the so-called pandemic and shutting down schools and businesses, but one good thing that came out of it is parents' eyes. It's almost like the scales have been removed from their eyes and now they see what's going on in public school systems as teachers and administrators and so forth are being told not to tell parents what's going on in schools. In Oregon right now, there are some places in Oregon right now, Sharaya, where kids can be given hormone therapy to change their sex or to inhibit what would happen in puberty without parents being told. And birth control is being handed out in public schools across the country without parents being told. And now, under a curriculum that is supported with our federal tax dollars, public school systems the age of five and six years old, kids are being asked to identify their gender and if they claim to be other than their biological sex, school teachers and administrators are being told not to tell parents. And I think that might be something I know when I was reading your article that grabbed your attention when parents are being told something different than what's going on or teachers are being told not to tell parents what's going on in the school system. I know something happened in Austin with a gay pride parade and then how that filtered into the school system.
Can you tell us a little bit about the community circles and what's going on in the school system in Austin, Texas? This was very concerning to me when I saw it and a lot of other parents too, which is why the school received quite a bit of backlash publicly and why they went back to change a few of their guidelines retroactively. But in the Doss Elementary School in the Austin Independent School District, they began getting national attention on March 21st when a video came out that they have been doing a gay pride parade in their school. And this wasn't something they were embarrassed about. One of the assistant principals had shared this video, very proud of it, no pun intended honestly, but she later took it down.
But they were celebrating gay pride with a parade and part of their week celebration included an activity called community circles in which they got children together and they sat in groups with a leader, probably a teacher or administrator. And they discussed things like families, respecting differences and no place for hate. And you and I know that what they call hate is not necessarily the definition we call hate because when they say hate, they're saying ideas that they don't like. Because of course, you and I are against hate. We don't want to have a place for hate, but we are for truth. And oftentimes what we know to be the truth, they view antagonistically.
So we have to be understanding there that there's a difference in definition there. But they are trying to teach the children no place for hate, their term of hate. And what they told the students in their written directions was, quote, respect privacy. What we say in this room stays in this room, end quote. Now, you tell me, Chris, but that sounds like a Las Vegas philosophy to me and that does not sound like something that belongs in a elementary school classroom.
If a student is being told something at school, they ought to be able to and be encouraged to loop their parents in on what they're learning at school. Well, I like what you said where they're telling them that there's no place for hate. That's an indoctrination that has taken place in our society where there's a whole generation now where they don't want to get their feelings hurt, they don't want to be embarrassed, and they certainly don't want to be accused of hating somebody. But just because you say that a certain lifestyle is wrong doesn't mean that you hate those people. Jesus loves all of us.
We're all sinners. But you shouldn't be shut down or canceled out for things that you're saying just because somebody else determines it to be hate. I mean, I think it's hate in how they treat our God and our Christian faith. You know, I get offended when I watch movies. I remember when a—you're too young for this, Sharaya—used to, if someone used the Lord's name in vain on TV or what it could do it on TV, in a movie, the movie would be rated R for that.
And it happens on TV now. Well, as a Christian, you know, that's hate speech to me, but they don't care about what we see as hate speech. Well, I think what we're seeing, Trey, is they're just trying to destroy families. I mean, I really believe that there is a motive of some within our current administration and the federal government who want to destroy the traditional American family. I mean, that's why they now have homosexual marriage and people, even people marrying animals and doing crazy things like that. And then now what's happening within school systems where they're asking kids to identify themselves as homosexual or straight or transgender at an early age.
And if you have to tell a kid, like you said, the Las Vegas mentality, if you've got to tell a kid not to tell their parents or families, anytime you've got to hide something, something done in secret is probably not a good thing. And we need to wake up and pay attention. Folks, we're talking to Sharaya Coulter about what's happening in our school system today and how the schools are hiding issues away from parents and trying to keep parents from getting involved in the school system. We'll take a quick commercial break. We'll come back.
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This is Chris Hughes. My guest today is Sharaya Coulter, and we're talking about the culture in school systems across the country, how things have changed, and how there's a mentality within the National Education Association, the National School Board Association, and in many schools across the country to keep things secret from parents. Sharaya, I've even heard stories of people, boys and girls, who would go to school dressed one way with their biological sex and have a different set of clothes in the locker, and maybe a boy dresses up and becomes a girl for the day and then changes clothes before he goes home. And they're told not to tell parents, the administration of school are told not to tell parents about it. And this is really scary with what's happening in schools across the country where parents who have the responsibility and the call from God to raise those children to not know what's happening. And I think it's really anti-biblical values that have been creeping into the school system.
Why do you think this is happening in schools across America today, and do you think the church has maybe played a role in this? You know, I think it's happening just because we are turning as a whole further and further away from God. And so our faces as a country are set toward the darkness. And when you're walking away from the light that is Jesus Christ and toward the darkness, it's only going to get darker and darker and darker. And I think we are seeing that very sad reality in the school, in all of culture.
And you're right. The example you just gave about children going to school, changing clothes, and wearing something different during school and their parents realize, it's even worse than that, Chris. Some schools now have what they call a trans closet, and other terms for it too, where the school itself is setting up a closet and filling it with other clothes so that when students come, they can pick different clothes to wear at school. So it's not just even accepting what a student wants to do, but it is pushing it. It's facilitating it.
And really, it is a pushing. There's a story also that came out this week about another school district in Texas where they had been focusing on gay pride. And as a side note, the teacher didn't even think that the gay pride parade was enough because it was just kind of tolerating.
It wasn't allyship, thereafter allyship. But what she said was, of her fourth grade class, she had 32 students, I believe, and 20 of them came out to her afterward and have now expressed to her that they would like to be homosexuals. 20 out of 32 fourth graders. Now, I'm really of the opinion that a fourth grader shouldn't be having anything to do with sex at all, whether that's homosexual sex, heterosexual sex, any kind of sex, anything.
That should not be on their radar. So if you have 20 out of 32 children in a fourth grade classroom, this is being pushed by adults. This is not something that kiddos are coming up with on their own. And for adults to be pushing this, honestly, three years ago, five years ago, ten years ago, if you would have said adults are pushing for children in fourth grade classrooms to have any knowledge or discussion about sex, you would say those adults are perverts. Today, because of the walking toward the darkness, a wave in the light of Christ, and just watering things down and desensitizing the public to these ideas, now you are slowly being able to see the culture just accepted and not say in great repulsion, don't talk about our kids like this, don't talk to our kids about this, it's inappropriate. Instead, many, many people are not only letting it slide, but they're welcoming it, and that is really tragic. Yeah, there's been a slow indoctrination, and that's why it's so important. We need to control, you know, I heard a preacher years ago say the best thing on the television is the knob, or I don't know that they have knobs anymore, but the button to turn it off.
Right. Because everywhere they see it, Trey in commercials right now, I mean, I don't know how much y'all watch TV in your home, but openly homosexual couples, I mean, you know, five years ago, even, that would have never been on TV. But they are trying to normalize sexual deviancy, and so yeah, I'm going to get letters for this, I'm calling homosexuality, transgenderism, pedophilia, all this stuff, I'm calling it sexual deviancy, so go ahead and get mad at me, it wasn't Trey, it was me that said it. And so they're trying to normalize that. It's in movies, and they have these big gay pride parades in town, like you say, and even, you know, St. Patrick's Day was not too long ago, and St. Patrick's Day was a day to recognize the growth of Christianity in the country of Ireland, but today there are many St. Patrick's Day parades that have really become gay pride parades.
And then a few years ago, they started having these what they call drag queen story hours in schools across the country where men would dress up like women and look like beautiful princesses that go around three, four, five, six-year-olds, and the kids think, oh, they're wonderful. And those people are allowed in the school system. Now, you and I couldn't go read a book about God in a school system, but these people can dress up like the opposite sex, and they read books that are indoctrinating books that glorify the transgender lifestyle. And so what you have is a generation that's being trained right now that there's nothing wrong with this, people should be how they feel, there's no truth, there's no right or wrong, and you can just be whatever you want to be. And they're encouraging five and six-year-olds in school and classes, as you said, even the fourth grade class you're talking about, where they ask them to identify whether they're straight or homosexual. And like you said, Shreya, kids don't know. Your brain's not even fully developed until after the age of 25 years old. Kids don't know what gender and sexuality is at that age, and they have no comprehension of what they're saying or what they're doing to themselves. It's crazy. No. They should still think that the other gender has cooties at fourth grade. Yup.
Yup. And most of them do. And you know, Chris, the thing is that people don't always come right out and tell you what their game plan or their agenda is, but sometimes they do.
And when they do, we should really believe them. There's some words that I think they haunt me, and I don't think a whole lot of people saw them because this video got taken down really quickly last year when it started getting a little bit of publicity. But let me read you just a couple lines from it, if you don't mind.
Sure. Because this is straight from—this is what they say. This is what the gay agenda says about themselves and their goal for your children. This was in the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus in 2021. This came out in July.
And this is a video. They wrote a song, and they sang it, and they were very proud of it. They said, you think that we'll corrupt your kids if our agenda goes unchecked. Funny, just this once, you're correct. We'll convert your children, happen bit by bit, quietly and subtly, and you will barely notice it. We're coming for them. We're coming for your children. We'll convert your children.
We'll make an ally of you yet. To me, that is just really—it's just haunting that that is their goal. And we should just be aware that that is the goal. And so the whole infatuation with the gay agenda and children is not a coincidence.
This is part of the plan. And so all the more that we must be on our guard as Christian parents to protect our kids, because we can't take them out of this society. You know, God has put whoever is living here on earth here at this time. He knows it.
He's not surprised by it. So we have to be ready to be the defense for our kids, knowing that they're in this very hostile culture, a culture that is not respecting their innocence and certainly not respecting the truth of God. And we have to be doing our best to be aware of what's around us, aware of what's around our kids, and protecting them and their minds and their honor and their innocence. You know, that Gay Men's Chorus where you read those words from, they're really evangelists for the homosexual and transgender identity movement. Can you imagine, Sharaya, what it would be like if Christians at the Church of Jesus Christ, the followers of Jesus, if we were as excited about Jesus as these people are about their homosexual or transgender lifestyle? Because they really are being evangelists. They're allowed, you know, what's evangelist?
Proclaim something, tell people about something. And they are pushing and proclaiming their agenda each and every day. And we're just being quiet and letting it happen.
It's terrifying to see what's happening. I really worry about the next generation of kids coming out because so many pastors never address these issues. And even your generation, I mean, I'm a little older than you, even in your generation, a lot of people your age think, oh, it's okay to be homosexual or maybe they were just born that way. But that's not what God tells us.
God tells us that we were created in His image. And these young, impressionable kids don't get that and they don't know it. Well, share with us about a story in Broward County where an elementary school took their kids on a field trip. Now, I used to look forward to going to field trips, but I got to tell you, we never went to a gay bar when I was a kid. Tell us about that story.
Yeah, another unbelievable one that you would really think was just too far-fetched to be reality, but it wasn't. And once again, this wasn't something that someone else found out and outed them about it. A school board member was saying she took part in this as a chaperone and so she was proud to have taken the kids to do this.
So she was boasting about how great it was. So what they did was they took the kids to a gay bar and some of the things listed on their menu at the bar, the Big Girl Burgers, Rota Cowboy, Ivana Hooker, Young Ranch Hand, Willy Cheesesteak, I mean, lots of things like that. The whole bar is decorated, obviously, in the rainbow, which is very sad.
Of course, they're using that rainbow, but you can obviously tell they've got the Gay Pride book. But to me, honestly, Chris, not only is it a problem that it's a gay bar, but why are you taking children to a bar at all? That doesn't seem like the kind of place you take a child on a field trip. What happened to the zoo? What happened to the aquarium?
Or the farm? But a gay bar is no place for a child. So these are the kinds of things that are happening right under our nose and that we just need to be engaged because parents in that community, they need to know, and probably a lot of these parents did know. So you have to then ask, why is a parent okay with that? And like you're talking about, this is why it's so important that in our churches, our pastors and our teachers are teaching the Bible and are showing people how to work out their faith with fear and trembling, as the Bible says, in their daily lives, in the culture, in the community in which they live. We have to speak to these issues because every issue is a biblical issue. And these parents, let's just say they were a member of a local church in that town, if they're being trained in the Word of God to know right from wrong, and to understand what it means to stand up and defend those who are not to be speaking for themselves, who can't speak up for themselves, to be guiding their children in all love of truth, then they would know how to combat these things. And they would stand up and they would say no. You know, a lot of times all it takes is a couple parents to say, no, we don't have to be unkind about it.
We don't have to cause a ruckus. But sometimes it just takes people to say, no, and to push back a little bit and say, we're just not going to do that. And so we're going to put teachers or administrators or school board folks in charge that are going to respect parents' rights, that are going to respect the innocence and the age of the children. You know, these kinds of things, they're a part of our culture.
You can't deny that they're there. But we as parents can say they don't belong in our kids' schools. And we have that right and we have that duty to be involved in that way. We sure do.
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Welcome back to Christian Perspective. My guest today is Sharaya Coulter. Sharaya owns a public and media relations company.
She's also a journalist, a mom and a wife. And we're talking about issues that really should concern every parent in the United States today and that's the indoctrination that's taking place within the school systems and the things that are being taught to our children. Before the commercial break, Sharaya was telling us about elementary school, believe it or not, in Broward County, Florida that took elementary school kids to a bar. Now, I don't know about you, but I don't want my kid going to a bar. But wait, it's not just a bar.
It was a gay bar where they ordered things off the menu that was a very suggestive, sexually suggestive menu. Sharaya, my youngest graduated from high school three years ago and so I don't know how it is today, but when my kids were in school, in order to go on a field trip, they had to bring a permission slip home for me to sign or their mom to sign, for one of us to sign, for them to go on a field trip. My question is, if these kids went on this field trip, and that's still the regulation, and I'm sure it is because people are always scared of getting sued, why in the world did not a single parent do anything about this? Why didn't pastors in the community rise up?
Where were the churches, Sharaya? This is crazy. Do you know if anybody protested to this before it took place? I don't know, so I couldn't speak definitively about it, but there was nothing I saw where parents had raised the issue with it ahead of time, but I agree. It seems like the likely scenario that they would have signed something allowing their kids to go on that. It really does come into play of parents need to be aware.
You definitely don't want to be signing these permission slips while you're looking the other way trying to fix a sandwich at the last second. We need to be involved, engaged, and very clear-headed to know what are we letting our kids do? Where are we agreeing for them to go? We cannot just go along with it. We just need to be thinking critically and saying, you know, we're not going to be a sheep and a mob.
We do whatever everyone else is doing around us, even if it's to walk off a cliff. We need to be, you know, in our right mind enough to say, um, no. No, I'm saying no to that. We're not going on that field trip.
We're not going to do such and such. And if we just have enough parents, honestly, who use common sense, not even biblical sense, but just common sense of what is appropriate for a school-aged child, then many parents would have been saying no to that. And then on top of that, obviously, if you are a parent that has Christian values founded on the Bible, you would absolutely be saying no to that. So we do need pastors and teachers encouraging us to live in a way that reflects the Bible, that reflects our Christian values.
And when we do that, then it's contagious. And it will encourage our peers around us, our other fellow parents, to say, oh yeah, I'm not going to say yes to that either. Sometimes it just takes one courageous parent to stand up. And you're seeing that a lot now in school boards across the country, which actually is very encouraging to see the resurgence in parents' involvement in school boards. And it's unfortunate that it has been the certain scenarios that are leading to that, but it's great to see parents engaged. And you see some of the most encouraging and inspirational speeches from some of these school board meetings where you see one parent get up and really give a very moving speech before their peers, before the school board folks, to let people know, like, hey, we are here and we're listening and we're paying attention and we're standing up for our kids. And here we are willing to be bold and be courageous and be kind, but to tell you that we're not okay with these things.
Yeah, it's scary. And I think there are a couple of reasons that parents are not taking a stand. One is we have a generation of just, excuse the term, a bunch of wimps that are parents that don't realize God gave us the responsibility to take care of our children and to educate our children. And they're more worried about being embarrassed than they are protecting their child from the sexual perversion that's going on in so many school systems across the country.
The other is, I think people just aren't engaged. Like you say, until COVID, many of them just didn't have a clue. And that's sad also because parents need to be involved. You should know your kids' teachers. You should know the administrators at school. More importantly, they should know you. And if you're visible in the school, and I know some people have to work, or both parents might have to work, but you can find a way.
Go have lunch with your kids, which you're allowed to do, or go talk to the teacher, set appointments after school. And certainly today with Zoom and so many other of these online ways to meet, there's really no excuse anymore for not knowing who the teachers are and them not knowing who you are. And they're going to be more cautious if they know parents are around. They've had free reign where parents never came around, that parents never did anything. So they just started sneaking some of this stuff into the school system. And it's time for parents to get engaged.
It's time for churches. I mean, I know in the area where I live, Sharaya, there's a woman and she's running for school board, but she, like you, is a parent who's concerned. And so she's been trying to find other moms throughout our county. She's assigned one for every school in our county to have that parent go review the curriculum of what's being taught in these schools. So they can determine if there's something that is ungodly or offensive or heavily sexually suggestive that it shouldn't be in the school system. I'm from North Carolina and my kids, so I guess from the time my oldest entered high school to where my youngest left, was a five-year span. And one of the courses in North Carolina that they're required to take requires two weeks of pretty in-depth sexual education.
But it's just like that GABAR field trip you were talking about. There was notice sent with some of the homework, but probably most kids never show their parents. I mean, I always made a point, not that I'm super dad, but Vicki and I always looked at our kids' homework and reviewed what was being done and looked through their school books and that kind of thing. You are the parent. So your kid tells you, don't get in my stuff, mom.
Look, you've got a responsibility to take care of your kids. And so we found out this course was being taught and under the state law in North Carolina, parents had the option to opt out. Now it is a little bit embarrassing for the kids, Sharaya, because in this case it was a two-week course, so both times both of my kids had to go sit in the library for two weeks while this pornography, which is really what it was, was taught in the classroom. But to my knowledge and to my kids' knowledge, the entire five years my kids were in high school, not a single other kid ever opted out or their parents never pulled them out of that class. And there are a lot of Christians in our community, Sharaya, and that is scary to me. Why would you want your kid?
It is not some person who you probably don't even know. It's not that person's job to teach your kids about sex, and they certainly are not going to be teaching it from the aspect of how God designed sex to be between one man and one woman and only in the confines of marriage. I just don't understand why parents are not getting involved, and what would happen across the country if enough parents pulled their kids out of those classes, they would quit teaching that garbage, because there would be nobody in the classrooms to teach it to. The church has got to get educated, and Christians need to take a stand, not worry about who is going to get offended or whether or not they're embarrassed.
If you love your kids, you better wake up, because your eternal souls are in danger here. Right. And the same thing goes with entertainment. If enough parents decide to say, no, we're not going to watch the upcoming light year movie because it includes a same sex kiss, then eventually when money talks, and that's just the culture we live in, so eventually the companies will realize, hmm, if we continue making these movies, we're going to lose money.
Now, either at that point they will say, it's too important to us, we're willing to lose money, and they will keep on doing it, or they will say, money is very important to us, and certainly to shareholders, and then they will change the content. So absolutely, the decisions we make by either opting our kids out of those classes, opting out of watching certain movies that we know are going to be detrimental to our kids, those things matter. And even with social media, I know largely, there's a saying that I kind of like, that Twitter is not real life, which is good because it's not. There's a whole life out there outside of social media, and I believe that is about 20% of people actually are engaged with social media on Twitter. So it's not really an accurate sampling. However, it is a part of our society that does move things.
Even with that small number of engagements, that was the last statistic I had seen. But there was a law recently, or some legislation, where some babies, this was dealing with pro-life issues, some babies were going to be allowed to be born after an abortion, but left to die for several weeks, and then there would be a period of time in which they could just be left to die. That would not be illegal in this legislation.
Well, they got a lot of pushback on social media, and so much so that they pulled the legislation back down and did not have a hearing and decided to rework it because of the backlash about it. So I just say that to say that you sometimes think what you say on social media might just be into an echo chamber and might not matter. At the same time, in some cases, it really does matter.
If enough people say, no, that's not right, then sometimes that does move the needle. And so I think, as much as we can, I follow the thought of Psalm 19 that talks about, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer, Psalm 19, 14. That's how we should operate on social media. We should be honoring to God. We should want our speech to reflect Him, but part of that is the truth also. We can speak the truth in love, but we need to speak up and say what is the truth so that we can be promoting things that are good.
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This is Chris Hughes. My guest today is Sharaya Coulter. Sharaya and I have been talking about the school system and crazy field trips where kids are taken to a gay bar in Florida where kids are sitting in a classroom after a gay pride parade and asked to pick their gender and discuss homosexual ideas but being told not to tell their parents what's going on in the classroom. As Sharaya said, some of the classrooms now are like Vegas, where they say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, and now that seems to be the mentality in our public school systems across the country today. Sharaya, so much is going on. In the area of books, and this really started before my kids were in school, it shocks me, I don't know, I guess about nine years ago in our community.
And I didn't live there at the time. There was a book that I guess created a big stir in our community and a bunch of parents and churches got involved to keep that book from being used in the school. But by the time my kids were in high school, you just wouldn't believe, Sharaya, the smut, literally. I mean vulgar pornographic stuff, particularly in AP English and AP history classes.
There's so much great literature in the world today, Sharaya. There is no need, unless you're pushing an agenda, to force kids to read garbage and smut. Now, I know your husband is a preacher, and two of the books that my daughter was required to read were really to kind of, I believe it was to brainwash kids to turn them against churches and against pastors. And both of those books, they were very sexually graphic and involved pastors having adulterous affairs with other women, basically creating preachers to look like hypocrites.
And that was several years ago. But now, Sharaya, it's not just in an AP English class where an older kid, but in five and six years old, there are terrible books that have very graphic sexual pictures of kids having sex together. There are books teaching five and six-year-olds, excuse the term, audience, so you've been warned here over the years, to masturbate, and books that our federal government's curriculum is pushing in the common sexuality education curriculum. By the second grade, they're teaching kids, hey, not only is it okay to touch yourself, and does that feel good, but do anything that gives you pleasure, and you'll have more pleasure if you let somebody else touch you.
Now, why are we teaching second graders mutual masturbation on each other? And I know you've got some books. I think you were telling me about one called, I think it was Genderqueer and some other things. Tell us about some of the books you found out about in the school system. Absolutely. It's really astounding, the books that can be found in some of these libraries. And what's even more astounding is that there would be even any at all opposition to removing those books from the library. Now, people can do what they want in their own life, but when we're deciding that this is a group of books that we should put in front of the whole community's children when they're away from their parents all day at school, that is not a good idea. And parents have every right and duty to say, no, we don't put that in our kid's library. These books that they have in some of these libraries are things I wouldn't have in my house, nor would I ever look at them as an adult, let alone would I let my little child be exposed to them. I mean, these books are, you know, they have things in them that are so grotesque and so, like you said earlier, sexually deviant that I wouldn't even repeat them. In fact, I didn't even link to them in the article I wrote because they are so obscene.
People can certainly do their research. One of the books is called Genderqueer and I would encourage you to, as a parent, check it out to make sure you are understanding the level of the depravity that's being put before your kids. But it is really horrendous and it does not belong in our schools at all, whatever.
I agree. And parents would be shocked. Is there, when you were doing your research, is there a source that you know of, possibly I'm putting you on the spot here, where maybe parents could learn about some of these book titles and go look in the libraries and see if they're there?
You know, the best thing I would say is that you can see a lot of this on social media. Honestly, if you were just to Google, or not Google, but if you type in that phrase, genderqueer book into, let's just say, Twitter, for example, you will find several conservative news outlets who have covered these books and the push to remove them from schools. And also you'll see very clearly that there was a push, unfortunately, against removing them and you wouldn't believe the number of parents that are advocating for these to be available. That's really appalling.
As usual, the church is silent on this and so many other issues that are destroying our culture today. So parents, if you're listening, I encourage you to have a legal right. I mean, your tax dollars are paying for these school libraries and you should go to these school libraries, take a list of those books. If you can't get it, email me at Chris Hughes at citizensforamericafoundation.com.
That's Chris Hughes at citizensforamericafoundation.com. And I have a whole list in my computer I can send you of books that you might want to see if they are in the local library in your school. Sharaya, the scary thing about this is, you know, at an early age, when I was in school, even today, it's a big deal when you get to go to the library. You know, teachers build it up and we're told that smart people read and leaders read and it was always great to be able to go to the library and pick out a book. And I never worried about what smut was in the library when I was a little kid.
I thought my school library was a safe place. So these kids could go to the library completely innocent, just pull a book off the shelf that has these wonderful, beautiful pictures and open it up and it's pornographic. I mean, literally some of the stuff in these books that are in, and parents, I'm not kidding you, it is pornography. The stuff that is in some of these books in these school libraries, and we're not just talking high school, we're talking elementary and kindergarten, would shock you how sexually graphic, oral sex, again, I'm not trying to be mean on the radio, but the kids learn it in the school, anal sex, why do first and second graders need to know about that and need to see pictures of that? It is an indoctrination of our kids and Sharaya, we got to do something or it's going to destroy our nation.
Right. You know, they're really, if you look at it, it's like they're taking every place that is a safe place, like you mentioned, and they're trying to make that corrupted. You think about the school library. Yes, that should be a very sweet and safe place for a child.
School in general, that should be a safe and good place for a child. Their family, you know, you talked about the attack on the nuclear family in America, we know that one of the stated goals of Marxism is the dissolution of the nuclear family. So there is an attack on the family, and one of the most important things for us to do is to be aware of that so that we can, as we're walking through our daily lives, know that that is the goal, and then all the more stand for what we know to be good and true and right, because we know that God has instituted the family, we know that God has created man and woman in his own image, and that he made them one for another to live in harmony in a marriage and a monogamous relationship for life, and that we would honor him through that relationship. And so we know that God has set up a good system, and we also know that Satan, the only thing he can possibly do is destroy things that God has already set up. He can't create anything on his own.
All he can do is tear down what is already there. So we just can look around, and anywhere you look and see a good thing or a good system that God has made and designed, you can look, and next to it you will see a way for the devil to try to pervert that and to corrupt it and to turn it for evil. And so all we need to be doing is upholding what we know to be good and true and right according to Scripture, which tells us very clearly what God has made good and how he has designed things, and to know then and be aware, knowing that our enemy the devil prowls around like a hungry lion looking to whom he can devour.
We need to know that. We need to have the armor of God protecting our minds and all of our faculties, so that we can be aware, looking out for those things on our behalf and on behalf of our children, so that we can seek to live a life that does honor God, that brings many to him, because that's the most important thing we need to be doing right now is letting people know that amidst this dark, dark world, there's a light that shines so brightly. You know, there was a verse I put at the bottom of my article that I just wrote that you're talking about. This is the message which we have heard from him and declared to you that God is light and in him is no darkness at all, 1 John 1-5. And that's a really heartening verse to me because we can, as people who live in a very dark time, we can take joy in the fact that our God is light and when he is raised up, he will draw all men to himself. So if we can just promote God and his goodness, then we can be shining that bright light in the darkness.
Boy, and that's something we've got to do, Sharaya. So I want to thank you for being with us today. Can you tell our listeners if they want to read what you write or follow you? I know that you have a couple of different companies and that you do a great job. If you're looking for someone to develop a social media program or a website or help, I know you publish books. How can people learn more about you and the work you're doing?
Yeah, absolutely. Well, my two main websites where I write is Sharaya.org, really simple, and I'll spell it for you, S-H-A-R-A-Y-A-H.org, and that's where you can find my articles, most recent articles. And then we have our company website, culture and companies website, cultureco.com, C-O-L-T-E-R-C-O.com, and that's where you can connect with our team in the various ways that we serve our various clients. Well, Sharaya, I'm so glad that you're following what's going on in the culture, and we need to have you on again real soon and keep us posted on other things that are happening. Thank you so much for being on The Christian Perspective today. Thank you for having me, Chris. I appreciate it. Folks, tune right in here every day to your favorite radio station at the same time to learn more about what's going on in the culture and how you can get engaged.
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