John on February 26, 2007 at 8:01 pm
It’s official! Anyone who doesn’t want their 6 year old taught about lesbianism is a bad citizen.It’s official! Anyone who doesn’t want their 6 year old taught about lesbianism is a bad citizen. When did we vote on that? I missed it.
Despite a Massachusettes law mandating that parents be notified when the issue of homosexuality is to be discussed in class, Federal District Judge Mark L. Wolf has just issued a decision stating:
In essence, under the Constitution public schools are entitled to teach anything that is reasonably related to the goals of preparing students to become engaged and productive citizens in our democracy.
The teaching in question is material on homosexuality being presented to elementary school children. This case began when a concerned father named David Parker met with the principal of the local school where his daughter was a kindergartener and demanded that he have the right to be notified when such material was to be taught. His demand was denied and when he refused to leave the principal’s office until she reversed her decision, he was arrested. Charges were later dropped, but Mr. Parker filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in April 2006 again demanding his right to be notified before such material is taught.
Judge Wolf’s decision is the result of months of legal wrangling. National gay groups, such as Glad, filed briefs in the case, as did the Massachusettes ACLU. Essentially, Judge Wolf has instantiated in legal language the mainstreaming of gay culture which gay lobbyists and Hollywood (but I repeat myself) have been promoting for the last decade and a half. The real bottom line for parents is this: Public schools can do what they want with regard to this issue and parents have no right to withdraw their children or even be notified that such material is being taught.
To be as fair as possible, I’m sure the intent of many well meaning individuals involved in this is to teach tolerance of differing views. That’s a reasonable goal for a public school; however, there is a difference between tolerating and accepting gays — who after all are citizens, not to mention fellow human beings — and teaching kids who don’t know any better that gay families are equivalent to heterosexual marriages. The former is civics 101, the latter is a moral/ethical conclusion that goes beyond the realm of general education. Judge Wolf is undoubtedly smart enough to know the difference. He no doubt also knows which way the political wind is blowing. And in Massachusettes it’s always blowing to the left.
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