At a recent homeschool convention, one of our NCLL attorneys spoke with two different homeschooling mothers whose children had been victims of male sexual predators. As in many cases of sexual abuse, both of these moms had increasingly experienced a “bad feeling” about the abusers before learning of their actions, but they had said nothing. Surely, they both felt, they were overreacting to innocent behaviors. Nothing inappropriate could possibly be happening. As we gently inquired into the identity of these predators, we were saddened to learn, through the many tears of these mothers, that one of the predators had been a child’s uncle, who repeatedly sought out opportunities to be alone with his nephew. The other was a teenage boy in charge of babysitting during choir practice.
Recently, the North Carolina Supreme Court upheld their state’s school voucher program, adding the state to the growing number of those offering this educational alternative.
The North Carolina program, called the “Opportunity Scholarship,” provides a limited number of taxpayer funds to low-income families who wish to send their children to private school. The program began in 2013 but was put on hold in 2014…
It seems as though news reports in recent days have been heavily focused upon life—but not in a good way. The headlines scream with stories of slaughter in the Middle East, senseless shootings here at home, and the ongoing tragedy of abortion with the added outrage of Planned Parenthood harvesting body parts to sell to the highest bidder.
If churches across the United States have doubted whether or not they should be affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America [BSA], a resolution passed on Monday may provide some clarity on that decision. Following on the heels of a monumental change two years ago that permitted open and avowed gay youth to become members, the BSA has now officially lifted the ban on openly-gay Scout leaders. The decision also extends to staff members.