Several parents from Childress, Texas, are talking about their outrage at two area churches after their children were exposed to sexually explicit material without their consent.
Kayla Evans is a mother who shared her annoyance on social media after learning what her 13-year-old daughter was taught atChildress First United Methodist Church, and the terminology the child was exposed to.
“I’m seriously at a loss for words and just completely confused what our daughter was taught at church tonight. I’m outraged,” she wrote in a Facebook post later deleted.
“It’s been a while since I’ve been at church but is this really what’s being taught to youth now? I had to ask my 8 year old just to be sure he hasn’t had some kind of talk without my permission. I didn’t get this kind of sex talk. Hell I just learned some of it in my adult life, what is this world coming to? I’ve been protecting them as much as possible from freaking YouTube I had no idea I’d get this from church!!!!!!!!” she added.
The controversy sparked after KCBD 11 published a report, in which it released a handout that was given to students of a Church of Christ youth program in Childress.
That lesson was intended for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18, and it dealt with topics about relationships and sex, which also included a conversation about pornography, using terms such as “cunnilingus” and “fellatio” (practice of oral sex on women and men).
“I went back in forth on sharing but what **** said about [how] they want to reframe the definition of sex has me mind blown and concerned it’s being taught in other churches so I think other parents need to be aware!!” Evans wrote.
The news portal The Christian Post reported that it approached Childress First United Methodist Church, receiving a response from a representative.
Apparently the congregation had teamed up with the Church of Christ in Childress to teach those classes, ensuring that they were not trying to do it in a bad way.
According to the representative’s statements, the controversial handout was created from questions that some young people had; implying that the classes were only trying to answer the questions asked by students.
“We joined with another church, and it is a curriculum that they’ve developed over the last 15 years,” the representative said. “The actual specific handout that was given out was compiled from questions that youth had over the last several weeks. It was answering questions that the kids brought up.”
Regarding parental consent, when asked why they did not consult with them before, the epesentatve said: “I cannot answer that. I dont know”.