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Franklin Graham urges Christians to run for office, school boards to control sex-ed classes

Franklin Graham on Tuesday took to Twitter to urge Christians to run for office.
Franklin Graham on Tuesday took to Twitter to urge Christians to run for office. Charlotte Observer file photo

Franklin Graham on Tuesday urged Christians to run for local and state school boards to help stop public schools from offering certain sex education materials.

Responding to a report out of Jay, Okla., last week that seventh-graders recently were given graphic materials on different ways to have sex, Graham went on social media to alert followers to what he said was a dangerous trend.

“Parents beware and listen up,” Graham wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday morning. “Here’s an example of how dangerous our public schools have become for our children. This Oklahoma middle school was teaching 7th and 8th graders topics in their sex education class including mutual masturbation, oral, vaginal and anal sex as the ‘4 types’ of sex. It disturbed one 12-year-old student so much that she was in tears and asked to be taken out of the class. Another student said, ‘Mom, it’s like instead of telling us how not to do it, it’s like they gave us a road map.’ 

A worksheet said to have been handed out in the class that has been circulated online asks, “What is sex and is it safe,” and asks students to fill in blanks to describe four types of sex, using the phrase “underwear zones” to refer to pelvic regions. News9.com, a television news station in Oklahoma City, Okla., reported the story on Oct. 16.

Tuesday afternoon, Graham went on Twitter to link to the earlier post and to say, “I urge Christians to run for local & state school boards where you can help put a stop to content like this.”

Thousands of people commented on the posts, most in agreement. A few challenged Graham and his followers, saying children need to be given factual information about sex and sexuality.

Graham is president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, started by his father, and of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief group based in Boone.

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