published : 2023-09-16

North Carolina Pastor Challenges Education Board Over 'Graphic' Sexual Education Materials in Schools

Pastor Ronald Gates alleges sexually explicit materials in Asheville school system

A photo of Pastor Ronald Gates passionately addressing the Asheville City Board of Education, expressing his concerns about graphic sexual education materials. (Taken with a Nikon D850)

Renowned North Carolina pastor Ronald Gates has taken a stand against the Asheville City Board of Education, accusing them of exposing children to 'graphic' and sexually explicit materials in the local school system.

Gates, known for his outspoken nature, recently shared a video on social media where he vehemently expressed his concerns about what he perceived as inappropriate content being taught to students.

The video was originally shared by another pastor, Rev. John K. Amanchukwu, who has been a vocal critic of the Asheville School Board in the past.

In the video, Gates can be seen addressing the school board, describing specific instances of what he considers graphic sexual education materials.

An image of Rev. John K. Amanchukwu sharing the video in support of Gates' concerns, emphasizing the importance of appropriate education for children. (Taken with a Canon EOS R)

He recounted the presence of a handout containing graphic images of genitalia, as well as reading materials that discussed explicit sexual acts.

Gates passionately argued that such materials were unsuitable for middle school-aged children and accused the board of promoting pornography and engaging in sinful behavior.

'You want them to read it, you want them to do the diagram, but you don't want to listen to it,' Gates exclaimed in frustration.

Rev. Amanchukwu, who had previously criticized the Asheville School Board for allowing a controversial book in school libraries, also shared the video in support of Gates' concerns.

A picture of parents and community members gathered outside the school, engaging in a heated discussion about the controversy surrounding sexual education materials in schools. (Taken with a Sony A7 III)

The Asheville City School Board of Education has yet to respond to requests for comment on the issue.

This incident comes on the heels of another controversy in Florida, where parents objected to graphic passages in books available in school libraries.

The ongoing debate over sexual education materials in schools continues to spark heated discussions across the nation.

As concerned individuals like Pastor Ronald Gates and Rev. John K. Amanchukwu raise their voices, the question of what is appropriate for children's education remains a subject of intense debate and scrutiny.