'Perfectly Normal' needs new name

Friday, April 22, 2016
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Charlie Butts, Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

sex educationAn explicit sex-ed book for children is still causing controversy in school systems nationwide.

The book "It's Perfectly Normal" was first published 20 years ago, and it's still raising the ire of moms and dads.

This time, parents in Oregon were upset when fourth-graders were given access to the book at Hudson Park Elementary in Rainier.

Meanwhile, Tennessee moms and dads will have to wait until the next legislative session to determine whether they can depend on the state to insure the privacy and safety of their children in public schools.

A bill was before lawmakers to require students to use the bathroom of their born gender, not the one they may identify with on a particular day.

Many school administrators say "It's Perfectly Normal" is appropriate for those as young as 10 but Dr. Karl Benzio of the Christian Medical Association disagrees.

Benzio

"Even though the pictures aren't incredibly graphic -they're not live people, they're sort of characters and cartoons - some of them are pretty explicit," Benzio tells OneNewsNow. "I think a 10- or 12-year-old would be a little bit overwhelmed and potentially traumatized by seeing those pictures."

A Christian psychiatrist, Benzio agrees the book provides valuable information about anatomical changes to young bodies. Still, he says it's bereft of any moral or spiritual principles.

"Being able to build healthy understanding of their self and relationship skills that are grounded in solid biblical truths as the foundation is essential," Benzio says. "This book just doesn't deliver that."

The book implies that homosexuality is also "perfectly normal," while presenting abortion as a valid alternative to pregnancy.

The school issued a letter of apology to the parents of the fourth graders.

In Tennessee, meanwhile, the gender bill has been withdrawn by Rep. Susan Lynn and won't be carried by other House members.

David Fowler of Family Action Council of Tennessee says Gov. Bill Haslam opposed it in part because it would invite a lawsuit. But the bill was intended to invite a lawsuit against the state.

"At least one local school system has already been threatened with a lawsuit by the ACLU, and without a state law the state cannot be involved in defending local school systems," Fowler explains. "So we needed a state law in order to insure that the state attorney general could defend a bathroom policy."

Moreover, local school districts who cannot afford to be sued could truthfully say they were just following state law, putting the burden then on the state.

"This was really about respecting the right of parents who entrust their children to our government schools," Fowler says, "and protecting the privacy of their children in those public schools."

While no further action can be taken until next session, Fowler encourages people to monitor their school district and demand it defends student privacy if threatened with legal action.

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