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3/17/2005 10:11:42 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Rhode Island--Overflow Crowd Opposes Sex Education Bill

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March 17, 2005


Rhode Island--Overflow Crowd Opposes Sex Education Bill


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Yesterday an overflow crowd of nearly 100 homeschoolers made a stand
for freedom and opposed Representative Elizabeth Dennigan's bill,
House Bill 5354, which would force government-controlled sex education
on homeschool families.

Representative Dennigan found herself constantly on the defensive
during the hearing before the House Health, Education and Welfare
committee. She even went out into the hall to try to win the
homeschoolers assembled there to her cause. Her efforts were
fruitless.

Witness after witness testified that the bill should be defeated, or
at the very minimum, amended to exempt homeschool families.
Unfortunately, Representative Dennigan never seemed to fully
understand the inconsistency of forbidding sex education from being
taught from the point of view of Biblical morality, but mandating that
undefined "community values" and "cultural sensitivity" be elevated to
the supreme guiding authority.

The committee discussed several possible amendments, but did not vote
on any of them. We will watch this bill closely. If the committee
votes in favor of the bill without an amendment that fully protects
homeschool families, we will carry our message to the full House of
Representatives.

Thank you for your phone calls. They immediately gave Dennigan's plan
to invade family privacy a high profile. At least one radio talk show
discussed her scheme at length. With your continued help, and God's
grace, we believe this threat to family integrity can be turned back.

Sincerely,


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney


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