An Exalted Depravity Addendum
This page is not for potential readers of the book. You can find out more about my books on the “My Books” page. This is for those who have read the book, to see some of my motivation from the real world for writing it. (Note: some of the excerpts below are explicit in nature).
Writing any book is a long and, at times, emotionally draining process. The project is even more so when the book in question is one of a subject matter that you consider to be supremely important, with serious impacts for future generations. That has been the case with An Exalted Depravity. I don’t claim to be George Orwell, Alduous Huxley, Ray Bradbury, or any other number of important dystopia writers. But I have written about what I believe to be a very concerning trend with very troubling indicators for the future.
My biggest fear when writing this book has been that a reader will not take the very first premise seriously. Anyone can write a fiction novel about a particular bad world, but that doesn’t mean the bad world in question reflects reality. In an attempt to dispel this doubt, I have compiled a series of actual events from the real world–our world. Some of these I came across while writing this book, but some of them directly influenced the story itself. It is my hope that the reader will glean something from them, and hopefully place this story in a more applicable, tangible context.
November 20, 2014
“A police raid on the home of a Missouri homeschool family involved the use of a Taser and pepper spray. The children were ultimately removed from the home and placed in the custody of social services. A Nodaway County Sheriff and an officer entered the home without a warrant. …The police raid was prompted by a social services workers requesting an investigation into the home because it was allegedly “messy.” The family complied with the first inspection, but objected when a second visit soon followed.”
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1623697/homeschool-family-raided-by-missouri-sheriff-parents-tasered-and-pepper-sprayed/#Bx2RiT46ieYjRHZ7.99
“If a parent asks for his or her child to be exempted for any discussions of LGBTQ family issues as a religious accommodation, this request cannot be made because it violates the Human Rights Policy.”
Challenging Homophobia and heterosexism, a k-12 Curriculum Resource Guide
December 27, 2015
A judge dismissed a former University of New Mexico student’s lawsuit alleging she was ostracized by professors for anti-gay remarks made in a paper, federal court documents revealed.
Monica Pompeo and her attorney, Bob Gorence, filed an appeal to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver and a hearing on the matter is set for next month, according to court records.
Pompeo claims the university violated her First Amendment right to free speech and kicked her out of a class in 2012 for describing lesbianism as “perverse” in a critique of a lesbian romance film. The Albuquerque Journal reported that the lawsuit alleges the teacher violated her own syllabus, which called for “open minds” to examine “representations of a plethora of genders and sexualities.” Instead, Pompeo says, she was accused of resorting to “hate speech,” and the professor refused to grade her paper.
Pompeo alleges the professor also made it clear that it would be in Pompeo’s best interests not to return to the class.
Read more at http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/appeal-filed-free-speech-case-anti-gay-essay-35961932
May 27, 2015
Welcome to “Spring Fever” week in primary schools across the Netherlands, the week of focused sex ed classes… for 4-year olds.
Of course, it’s not just for 4-year-olds. Eight-year-olds learn about self-image and gender stereotypes. 11-year-olds discuss sexual orientation and contraceptive options. But in the Netherlands, the approach, known as “comprehensive sex education,” starts as early as age 4.
Read more at http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/spring-fever/
“Both boys and girls have body parts that feel good when touched.”
” Vaginal intercourse – when a penis is placed inside a vagina – is the most common way for a sperm
and egg to join.”
“Human beings can love people of the same gender and people of another gender”
” Bodies can feel good when touched.”
“Touching and rubbing one’s own genitals to feel good is called masturbation”
Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education, Level 1 (Ages 5-8). Read more at http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwche/Sex%20ed%20class/guidelines.pdf