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By Rod Kackley January 10, 2016
Omaha Parents Fight ‘Perverted, Pornographic’ Sex Ed Classes
John Dockery is retired — so he doesn’t have to worry about any backlash from a liberal boss. As a result, Dockery told PJM he is going where others who need a paycheck may fear to tread.
Dockery is fighting to stop the Omaha Board of Education from enacting what is being billed as a “research-based," comprehensive sex education curriculum.
Dockery and others in the group leading the charge against the proposed comprehensive sexual education classes — Nebraskans for Founders’ Values — argue the new sex ed curriculum is“perverted” and “pornographic.”
“What it is really all about is promoting recreational sex amongst kids and taking values totally out of the equation,” Dockery said.
As evidence, Dockery and others on his side of this debate that attracted hundreds of people to the usually sparsely attended Omaha school board meetings point to an Omaha Public Schools event in October 2015 that was billed as being about “teenage empowerment.”
A parent said it was more like a “sex concentration camp” during which goodie bags of condoms were handed out to the kids — by Planned Parenthood volunteers — and the teens were invited to participate in a relay race that featured condoms and sex toys.
The debate boiled over most recently during a Jan. 4 Omaha Board of Education meeting. Parents and students spent three hours asking the school officials to reject the proposed curriculum while board members pleaded for understanding.
One woman said the sex ed curriculum would “rape children of their innocence,” while another who admitted kids “are going to do things” wondered why it would be best to give a sex-crazed teenager a condom if it wouldn’t be wise to buy a bottle of liquor for an alcoholic.
The most controversial elements of the new sex ed curriculum, as might be expected, are gender identification, reproductive health, condoms, birth control pills, and gay sex.
Dockery said Nebraskans for Founders’ Values believes there is a need to have sex ed in public schools. But the group argues there should be a limit on what should be taught in classrooms.
“The schools could teach the issues that we all agree on,” Dockery said, “and parents could explain the controversial issues like contraception, abortion, gender identity, and homosexuality to their children.”
Following the Jan. 4 meeting, Omaha Public Schools board member Marque Snow told KETV-TV that concept wouldn’t work for every family.
"Not every parent is going to know what to talk about. It’s up to the school district to make sure that if a parent doesn’t feel safe enough to educate their kid about sex ed, they have an opportunity to opt their kid into this subject or opt their kid out," Snow said.
There is something of a conspiracy theory running through the opposition to the new sex ed classes. Dockery believes the comprehensive sex education program that seems poised for approval in Omaha Public Schools on Jan. 20 is ideologically driven and is actually a creation of Planned Parenthood.
Angie Remington, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, told PJM her organization had nothing to do with it.
“I don’t know where that rumor started,” she said. “But of course, it is not a secret that Planned Parenthood supports research-based, comprehensive sex education.”
Dr. ReNae Kehrberg, an assistant superintendent of Omaha Public Schools, assured people at the Jan. 4 meeting that there was no agenda behind the proposed sex-ed program.
"What we’re proposing tonight is to include LGBT as well as current information on STDs, HIV-AIDS, as well as healthy decision-making abstinence and contraception," Dr. Kehrberg said.
Kehrberg also said the promotion of sexual abstinence would continue to be the foundation of the Omaha schools’ sex ed classes, a concept that Dockery decried as fictional and a failure.
Dockery said Nebraskans for Founders’ Values would continue speaking out against the new sex-ed curriculum before the school board vote later this month.
If the board, as expected, approves the new program, and the new sex-ed curriculum is in place in the fall, Dockery said he and the Nebraskans for Founders’ Values would continue protesting just as they have consistently demonstrated against abortion even after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.
“You just go on and on and on, and continuing opposing it,” he said. “The Supreme Court decision on abortion came in 1973 and we are still opposing it.”