Illinois Senate Bill 818
“Comprehensive Personal Health and Safety and Comprehensive Sexual Health Education”
John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.
In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world”
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,
On May 28th, with the bare minimum of 60 votes required, the Illinois General Assembly passed Senate Bill 818, simply entitled “an ACT concerning education”. The Governor has promised to sign this bill into law. In essence, Sec 27-9.1a of the legislation establishes what it calls “comprehensive personal health and safety and comprehensive sexual health education.” Legislators inserted language into this bill for which they could not get sufficient support to pass as independent legislation, formerly known as House Bill 1736, “the REACH ACT”.
Link to legislation:
Prayerfully consider contacting the Illinois Governor and request that he veto SB818.
Office of the Governor
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: 217-782-6830 or 217-782-6831
SB 818 mandates that sex education be taught to children beginning in kindergarten. A non-governmental consortium of three organizations developed the National Sexuality Education Standards. Illinois schools by law must comply with these standards if they are teaching sex education to their students.
Websites of the developers of the National Sexuality Education Standards:
• SIECUS (Sex Ed for Social Change): https://siecus.org
• Advocates of Youth: https://advocatesforyouth.org
• Answer: https://answer.rutgers.edu
By law the curriculum must align with the “National Sexuality Education Standards” https://siecus.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/National-Sexuality-Education-Standards.pdf This is not just anatomy, physiology and sexual development, but also teaches about sexual desire, sex outside of marriage, birth control, abortion, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation that undoubtably conflicts with the will our Lord and our Christian faith. SB 818 is an initiative of Planned Parenthood Illinois Action, ACLU of Illinois, Rainbow Café LGBTQ center, Peoria Proud and other LGBTQi organizations.
There is some good news: (1) public schools can choose to opt out and (2) if a public school board adopts the curriculum, parents or guardians can opt out their children. It is essential that public school boards are addressed and strongly encouraged to opt out. Due to the graphic nature of this information you’re welcome to contact me for additional resources that may be helpful when speaking with your public school board.
This bill has enormous implications for the life of the Church, the future of our families, children and our neighborhoods. Go with a good conscience in Jesus to your school boards, prayerfully commending the matter to the Lord.
Psalm 82:4 “Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”