Monday, March 19, 2007

I Am SO Glad We Homeschool!!

Every once in a while, something comes up that makes me so thankful that our children are not in the public school system. Today I am probably more grateful than I have ever been. Struggles? Sacrifices? They all just disappeared. They became just a minor itch, if anything.

It all started with an email from my sister-in-law. She forwarded me some information and asked if I was giving my daughter theHPV vaccine. Well, that was the first I had heard of it, and, spurred by what I read in her email, I did a little research. I am seriously appalled.

From the small amount of research I did, it seems that HPV is a sexually transmitted disease. That is what I gathered from the first statement made in this article. Other articles addressed the question of whether or not HPV could be contracted from things like toilet seats, but from what I have seen so far, it is a very remote chance... The first article stated: "According to the CDC, the only way you can totally protect yourself against HPV is to avoid any sexual activity that involves genital contact." Um, really.... Isn't this one of the reasons (besides the obvious, "this is God's way - WAIT!") that we teach our kids ABSTINENCE?! And, in Texas, Governor Perry signed an order making this vaccine "mandatory" for girls entering the sixth grade in the public school system. How scary is that?! With orders like this, how long will we have the freedom to choose what to do with our own family? And isn't an order like this once again saying that "we know you are going to sleep around. Here, get safe." That is just the moral side of it.

What about the effects of the drug? Not all vaccines are the greatest gift to mankind. In case you didn't check out the first link about what SIL's email contained, here it is, seriously, check it out. Research this on your own. I am not normally one to write posts like this, nor am I really an "anti-system" person, but this situation made my blood run cold, for all sorts of reasons. As parents, regardless of the fact that we homeschool , it is our job to raise our children in a Godly fashion and to protect them. This new mandate sends the wrong moral signals and it also has the potential to harm our daughters in a very real way.

God, thank You that You directed us to teach our children at home. Thank You for the wisdom and strength to do what is right.

Edited to add: 11/15/07 - If you are visiting from Teaching the Truth: a Homeschooling Perspective, go HERE for clarification.

10 comments:

Darryl and Jami said...

my mother has a t-shirt with a picture of a group of kids at a bus stop, one is smoking, one is pregnant, one is all punked out...and the tag line?
"yes, we homeschool. And what was your question about 'socialization?'"
it's ridiculous. Apparently they start mandatory pregnancy testing as early as 13 when females go to the ER for anything...13!!!
*sigh*

Mrs. Guthrie said...

nice. Yeah, T so is not getting that shot.

Pia said...

thank you so much for praying. God bless you and your family. i hope you'll remember us still in prayer even after today. again, thank you.

Darryl and Jami said...

Yeah, can't say as I blame you! nice that they advertise all the risks when they shout out "one less" on TV....Darryl and I were having a good laugh at a commercial for a sleep aid...the warnings "may cause drowsiness" well, I sure hope so!! but the sobering thought is that a lot of these side affects are devastating....and really....are they worth it? Even so, COME LORD JESUS!!

mira said...

my doctor cuz would tell you it's a GOOD thing they do the tests on girls and that it's alarming how many turn up positive for std's and pregnancy...

yeah, freaky. the worst part is, SO many people make choices every day based on the status quo or what's "easiest" without ever considering the long-term impact it'll have on those affected. Those crunchy moms are on to something, I'm telling you...

Mrs. Guthrie said...

I know... once again very grateful for homeschooling... and what's with the crunchy moms?? Point the way!! Sounds fun.

Anonymous said...

"Given our culture's commitment to people's right to practice safe sex at any age, and our culture's assumption that human beings, like animals, are utterly subject to their passions, mandating this vaccine makes sense."
from another article:
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/
2007/april/18.26.html

Brenda

Mrs. Guthrie said...

nice.... what happened to walking in holiness? (or striving for it?) oh, the depths our culture is falling to...

Recovering Wino said...

I have enjoyed reading your blog, and I would love to hear your perspectives on homeschooling as I am considering it.

Sometimes, despite all our prayers and teaching, things happen and children can become lost. I would like to think that my daughter might be protected and not contract cancer (which the HPV virus can produce) if, God forbid, she enters into territory for awhile that is less than holy. I do not see the vaccine as encouraging promiscuous behavior; rather, it is there as a safeguard developed by God if evil somehow tempts my daughter to do something against what she knows is right.

Recovering Wino said...

Also regarding the vaccine, I read something by a man who gave his wife (a virtuous woman who did not engage in premarital sex) the HPV virus because of his sexual background before his conversion. He was saying that he wanted his daughter to have the vaccine just in case of similar circumstances. It is not just our children we have to be concerned about or even whether they wait until marriage, but the circumstances surrounding life in general and their partners. It's worth thinking about.