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Reap What You Sow

 

Reap What
You Sow

When a 13 year-old boy raped an 8-year-old girl in a McDonald’s play yard, the incident raised questions as to how such an unthinkable thing could happen. The shocking fact that the boy was charged shook a complacent community.
Because the rational for spending billions on education is that it influences behavior, it is fair to see if what we can teach today may play a part in such behavior. In science class he learned he is not created in the image of a holy God but is an animal, an accident of nature. Is it any wonder he acted like a brute beast? In Social Studies, he learned that it is wrong to pass judgment on the behavior of others and he must accept everyone regardless of how they live. Thus, he learns that all behavior is equally acceptable.
He was taught that all life styles are equally valid ways to live, freeing him to choose the one giving him the greatest pleasure. He was encouraged to demand the right to decide for himself what is right and what is wrong. Is it any wonder he took for himself the right to satisfy the pressure of his newly developing sex drive in this destructive way? In health class, he learned that it is natural, healthy and good to release their sexual needs without the restraint of moral repression, that moral repression is evil, destructive. Is it any wonder he felt it permissible to express these new and powerful feelings? If we teach young people they are animals we ought to expect them to act like animals. If we teach them that sexual morality is a matter of personal preference, we ought to expect them to live without moral restraint, that uniquely human quality that distinguishes us from animals. If we teach them they are expected to become sexually active, we should expect they will aggressively force themselves on the helpless. The 13-year-old boy is the product of the logical conclusions drawn form the teaching of evolution. What we believe is true is the the major factor in how we behave. We reap what we sow.
Don Fay
Dry Ridge