Virginia School District Sparks Outrage Over Plan to Remove Clergy From List of ‘Trusted Adults’

A Virginia school district is raising eyebrows this week for their plans to remove clergy from their suggested “trusted adults” and begin using the phrase “sex assigned at birth” instead of “biological sex” in their Family Life Education curriculum.

The Fairfax school district is expected to approve the curriculum changes on Thursday.

Catholic Bishop Michael Burbidge

The list of “trusted adults” are members of the community that students are advised to speak to on matters concerning sex or sexuality.

“I take that as a personal insult,” Catholic Bishop Michael Burbidge said in a statement about the changes. “What a great insult to our clergy who give their lives in service to God’s people, to God’s young people (helping) them to do what is good and right.”

Additionally, the changes will stop the practice of teaching that abstinence is the only 100-percent effective method of preventing sexually transmitted diseases, Todd Starnes reports.

“It is truly regrettable that a public school curriculum would deny scientific truth, the reality of how we are made,” Bishop Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington wrote in a letter to the Fairfax County Times. “As a society, we must never forget the dignity of the human person, the true meaning of human sexuality, how God created us and taught us to live.”

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