Commenting on the Sexual Health Education Program implemented in the San Diego Unified School District -- a sexually graphic "education" curricula for 6th grade, 8th grade, and high school students -- Christian leader Franklin Graham said California, like many states, is trying to "lure" children into sexual "promiscuity" and accept "lifestyles" contrary to "God's Word."
Many parents who have children in the San Diego public schools have objected to the program and sought to opt their children out of the class. The program includes graphic descriptions of anal, oral, and vaginal sex presented to kids 11 and 12 years old, according to the Concerned Parents of San Diego, which wants the class suspended until more age-appropriate material can be crafted with parents' input.
"There’s an agenda in California and every other state to target the minds and hearts of children," said Rev. Franklin Graham in a June 3 post on Facebook. "The agenda is to lure them into promiscuity and condition their minds to accept lifestyles that are against the teaching of God’s Word."
"What do we do?" he said. "Parents have to be involved and not accept curriculum such as the sex-ed curriculum these San Diego parents are fighting. Using smutty language and imagery to taint the minds of elementary school children—or any age students for that matter— is wrong."
"Teaching 6th graders about sexual pleasure and how to go to websites to learn to 'ask for consent in a sexy way' should not be happening," said Graham.
He continued, "This is an example of why we need men and women who believe in God to run for school boards at the local and state level. It’s also imperative that Christians vote in every election for candidates who support biblical principles, including the legislators who make these laws."
"I hope that every pastor will encourage the members of their congregation to let the Christian voice be heard in the elections," said Graham. "Let’s be salt and light as Jesus commanded and make a difference for our children and grandchildren!"
Franklin Graham, 65, is the son of the late-Pastor Billy Graham. Franklin Graham runs the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and oversees the international Christian aid group Samaritan's Purse. Franklin Graham is married and has four children and numerous grandchildren.