Tuesday, October 14, 2008

First Grade Field Trip

We’ve all been on school field trips when we were young skulls full of mush. One of the blessings of being raised in New Jersey is the historic sites to visit. I’ve been on school trips to Batsto Villige, where Revolutionary Cannons were made. I’ve been to Valley Forge and Independence Hall in Philly. In high school I even went in a field trip to Ancora Psychiatric Hospital. I serenaded my fellow students with Paul Simon’s “Still Crazy After All These Years” on the way back.

But this is one I missed.
In the same week that the No on 8 campaign launched an ad that labeled as “lies” claims that same-sex marriage would be taught in schools to young children, a first grade class took a school-sponsored trip to a gay wedding. Eighteen first graders traveled to San Francisco City Hall Friday for the wedding of their teacher and her lesbian partner, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. The school sponsored the trip for the students, ages 5 and 6, taking them away from their studies for the same-sex wedding. According to the Yes on 8 campaign, the public school field trip demonstrates that the California Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage has real consequences.
This is a press release from the folks in favor of the marriage amendment, and to be fair, other news reports say that parents could opt out. But would a grade school in your town do something like this?

Are the people of San Francisco like you and I? In Genesis 18:20-33, God and Abraham are looking over Sodom and God tells Abraham of His plans to destroy the city. In an attempt to save Sodom, Abraham debates with God. “What if there are fifty righteous in the city, will you not spare it for their sake?” Abraham manages to negotiate God down to ten. Sadly, that didn’t save Sodom & Gomorrah.

If God and Abraham were looking over San Francisco, what kind of conversation would they have?

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