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According to the Pocono Record in Stroudsburg ( May 15, 1996), parents of a sixth grader were suing the East Stroudsburg Area School District for what they claim as subjecting their daughter to a compulsory strip and body cavity search. It turns out that their daughter and 58 other J. T. Lambert Intermediate School girls were summoned to the infirmary. The school nurse instructed them to strip down to their underwear in preparation for a gynecological examination.
Some parents said their daughters asked not to have their genitals examined but were told they "had" to. Some of the girls started to cry and at least one was denied the right to call home!
The school was greeted with a storm of parental protests. The doctor who performed the exam said she was looking for "warts or lesions." She said, "I want to do what's in the best interest of the children," adding later, "Even a parent doesn't have the right to say what's appropriate for a physician to do when they're doing an exam."
This type of arrogance seems to be becoming more and more the part and parcel of today's education and medical fields. Thomas Sowell's "Inside American Education" gives numerous examples of schools usurping parental authority, i.e.: doing what they, as opposed to the parents, think is best for the children. Often what they do is unbeknownst to parents. Fifth and sixth graders are shown films of child birth and pornographic scenes under the subject of "Health." Concealed agendas are often clothed in the terms "health education" and "gifted students."
Maybe the problem of America's youth is found on the inside rather than the outside. Maybe this is why, in 1940 the number three problem in public schools was "making noise" and, in 1992 was "pregnancy." In 1940, the number five problem was "out of line" and in 1992, was "rape"! Perhaps the sex education course stimulates instead of educates!
Parents pay schools to teach their kids how to read, write and do arithmetic. They don't pay them to undermine and challenge parental values and authority! It's time that is made clear. It's under Communism that the government has more authority over children than parents! America has gone from a Republic to a Democracy and maybe we're not as far away from being Communistic as you may think!
This decline in a society is described in Romans Chapter 1 verses 18-32. It is the result of suppressing God out of a society! Think about it!
Tom Edwards, a lay Catholic evangelist, will present a Lenten Mission at Holy Name of Mary Parish, Montrose, March 31 through April 2, beginning at 7:00 p.m. each evening. Monday evening will begin with Mass, followed by Toms talk on "The Personal Touch." Tuesdays talk is "Heart Transplant," followed by individual confessions with visiting priests. Wednesday will also begin with Mass, followed by the mission talk, "Forgiveness."
Tom Edwards has given his "Journey into Scripture Parish Missions" throughout the United States, England, Wales, Canada, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Kazakhstan, Jamaica, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa. Toms goal is always to bring the Word of God alive and applicable to ones life today.
Father Nash and the parishioners of Holy Name of Mary invite all to attend. For further information, call 2781504.
The First Universalist Church of Brooklyn will be hosting its first annual "Lenten Spiritual in Music, Word, and Poetry" on Sunday, March 23 at 3 p.m.
Address and meditations will be given by The Rev. Janet Kraft of the Springville, United Methodist Church and The Rev. David Riley of the New Milford Baptist Church. Rev. Kraft was a Biology Major at St. Rose College in Albany, NY and took her Masters in Theology at the University of Scranton and Duke University. In addition to her duties at the Springville church she also pastors the Dimock Community Church.
Rev. Riley is continuing his studies at the Practical Bible University in Binghamton, NY and adds special spiritual elements to his services.
Favorite hymns of the spirit will be accompanied by the Penn Gospel Jazz Band led by Ben Wilkins. The Penn Gospel Band has an eclectic group of musicians that bring a special light to outstanding spiritual services in this area of Northeast PA.
The public is encouraged to join in the singing during this unusual approach to the Lenten Season.
The Church is centrally located in Susquehanna County on Maple Street, off Route #167 in Brooklyn, PA. All are invited.
Word of Life Bible Institute's Second Year Vocal Ensemble, The Victory Ensemble, will be performing at South New Milford Baptist Church, 7 p.m. on April 5 and 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 6. The Victory Ensemble will present a rally and concert, singing traditional and contemporary Christian music. Mr. Brian Donley, Director of Music at Word of Life Bible Institute, has a master of music degree and has directed the music at Word of Life since 1977.
The Victory Ensemble, a group of men and women in their second year at the Word of Life Bible Institute, travel to churches, schools, and special events testifying in word and song of their love for Jesus Christ. Don't miss The Victory Ensemble singing in concert at South New Milford Baptist Church on April 5 and 6! The church is located on Rt. 848 approximately 1 mile west of Interstate 81.
On Sunday, March 30, at 7:00 p.m. the senior high school youth group of Holy Name of Mary Parish, Montrose will be presenting "The Living Way of the Cross," a dramatic reenactment of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Special music will enhance the presentation. Everyone is invited to attend. Father Jim Nash serves as Pastor.
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