OMAHA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The venue for a talk Sunday by a sex-education skeptic has changed.
Dr. Miriam Grossman, a psychiatrist and author of four books, including "You're Teaching My Child What? A Physician Exposes the Lies of Sex Education and How They Harm Your Child," is slated to speak from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Victory Church, 56th Street and Sorensen Parkway.
The free, adults-only talk is sponsored by Nebraskans for Founders' Values, a group that opposes the Omaha Public Schools' sex-education update. Parents and community members have gone back and forth on what should be included in that curriculum, including proposed new topics such as abortion, sexual orientation and gender identity.
The talk was originally slated to be held at Liberty Christian Center in South Omaha via a verbal agreement, but the church decided Wednesday that it wouldn't be able to host.
"We wonder what happened here," Nebraskans for Founders' Values board member Maris Bentley said at a press conference Friday previewing Grossman's talk.
This summer, OPS bought Liberty Christian Center and its surrounding 26.5-acre property for $5.8 million. The district plans to use the land in the future for another South Omaha high school. Jim McGaffin, the senior pastor of Liberty Christian Center, said OPS's new ownership had nothing to do with the venue change.
The organization has to vacate the property by the end of the month and is busy with moving to a to-be-determined new home, he said. As crowd estimates for the Sunday speech grew, McGaffin and other church members began to worry about having enough space, security and volunteers to man the event.
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