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Superintendent's orders to worried dad: Butt out!
Elementary lessons on 'gay' issues
now tied to reading, social studies
Posted: April 04, 2008 5:38 pm Eastern
The superintendent of a public school that sparked a federal lawsuit by
teaching homosexuality to children as young as kindergarten has told
another worried parent he can review course material, but he has no right
to withdraw his child from class during lessons.
The lawsuit, on which
WND has reported extensively, was filed by David Parker, whose child
was in a class at Estabrook
Elementary in Lexington,
Parker's strenuous objection to not being notified when lessons
concerning homosexuality were presented landed him in jail overnight. His
subsequent lawsuit resulted in a court verdict that essentially concludes
parents have no rights to control what their children are taught.
The court ruling adopted the arguments submitted by several
pro-homosexual organizations that stated they had rights to children in
public schools. However, Parker
has confirmed for WND the case is being prepared for appeal to the U.S.
Supreme Court because of the far-reaching impacts of the ruling.
Unless the case is overturned, Parker told WND, "it now would allow
teachers in elementary schools to influence children into any views they
wanted to, behind the backs of parents, to a captive audience, and against
the will of the parents if need be."
In the latest confrontation, publicized by the traditional values advocates at Mass
Resistance, Lexington Supt. Paul Ash told a parent who also wanted to
be advised when homosexuality was being taught to children that the school
would not cooperate.
"We are not required to inform parents in advance of teaching units
that include same gender parents or required to release students when such
topics are discussed," Ash told the parent in an e-mail posted by Mass
Resistance. "The appeals court dismissed the claim that parents have a
right to require the school provide advance notice or the right to remove
"In addition, the school committee has decided that teachers must be
able to teach topics they feel are appropriate without the requirement
parents be notified in advance," Ash wrote.
The e-mail was in response to parent Shawn Landon's request to be
notified when such material would be promoted. His concerns, in return,
followed an announcement from the school that it was "creating an
inclusive environment and embracing diversity" by expanding its promotions
of such alternative lifestyles.
"A group of administrators, teachers, and community members formed the
'Windows and Mirrors' subcommittee to develop a comprehensive, inclusive
K-5 Diversity curriculum … [which] promotes acceptance and understanding
of the diversity of our town, country, and world, and includes both
historical lessons on civil rights and contemporary lessons of families,"
Ash had announced.
Those "contemporary lessons of families," Ash continued, will include a
focus on "gay and lesbian parents."
Landon, after getting word of the school's plans, wrote Martha Batten,
Estabrook principal, "I will absolutely require prior notification to any
discussion, education, training, reading or anything at all related (even
remotely) to homosexuality. It is quite clear by the e-mail I just
received that you have a very specific agenda and my family will be
exercising our rights to be notified and not to participate. This goes
against everything we believe and practice…"
Batten forwarded the e-mail to Ash, who responded that the court's have
"established Lexington's right" to teach diversity units, including
stories that show same gender parents. He also said there's no need for
the schools to let parents know, or even to permit parents to withdraw
their children if they would somehow happen to find out.
He did offer a solution: Landon could review the material ahead of
time, so he would know what indoctrination would be presented at some
"If your child happens to be placed in a class with a teacher who will
be teaching the four of five diversity units, you will then know what will
be taught and will be able to talk to your son or daughter about the
topics at home," the superintendent said.
Landon responded with his "disappointment."
"Your complete rejection of my basic rights as a parent is nothing less
than outrageous and discriminatory," he said. "It is entirely
unacceptable. I must insist that I be notified prior to my child being
exposed to this horribly offensive material."
"Good for you, Mr. Landon!" officials at Mass Resistance posted. "It's
about time more people stood up and were counted. It's actually amazing
and outrageous that people like Paul Ash … are allowed to be educators…
What kind of human beings would do this to parents and children?"
Parker and his lawyers say they will be seeking permission to submit
the dispute to the U.S. Supreme Court over such indoctrination.
Parker said the ruling from the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals
essentially concluded that it is no burden on parents' free exercise of
religion to have their children taught ideas at a public school that
violate the parents' religious teachings.
"But that ignores the fact that the most basic free exercise is your
teaching your children right from wrong in their formative years," he
said. "That is completely being undermined by the rulings of these federal
courts so far.
"Teachers are being postured to have a constitutional right to
coercively indoctrinate little children [into whatever they choose to
teach,]" he said. "It's not just exposure to an idea, to the [offensive]
books, It's the teacher's manipulating the mind of children to embrace
dangerous ideologies, because the teacher happens to believe it's a good
"It brings these battlegrounds to the psyches and minds of little
children," Parker said. "Their little minds should not be the battleground
for culture wars.
"Proper boundaries have to be established. This is absolutely of
national significance. No parent wants to put their very little children
in positions in which they're minds are being used as battlegrounds," he
He warned pursuit of such agendas would cause public schools to
an issue that California already is facing, as WND has reported.
There, a coalition of organizations is encouraging parents and providing
resources for them to be able to remove their children from public
schools. The coalition's goal is to take 600,000 children from
California's public districts, because of a new state law there requiring
indoctrination that not only is pro-homosexual, but also affirms
bisexuality, transsexuality and other alternative lifestyle choices.
"The human secularist religion of the [National Education Association,]
buttressed by the power of the state, will now turn public schools into
the next secular synagogues," Parker said. "[They say], 'We're just
preparing the kids to be citizens.' But it's a religion. It is a devious
and evil form of religion."
The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Lexington, Mass.,
school district can teach children contrary ideas without violating their
parents' rights to exercise religious beliefs.
"Public schools," opined Judge Sandra L. Lynch, "are not obliged to
shield individual students from ideas which potentially are religiously
offensive, particularly when the school imposes no requirement that the
student agree with or affirm those ideas, or even participate in
discussions about them."
reported in 2006, U.S. District Judge Mark L. Wolf originally
dismissed the civil rights lawsuit, concluding there is, in fact, an
obligation for public schools to teach young children to accept and
Parker said if this topic is approved, why not any other topic, up to
and including Nazism?
The Parker dispute began in the spring of 2005 when the Parkers
then-5-year-old son brought home a book to be shared with his parents
titled, "Who's in a Family?" It came in a "Diversity Book Bag" and
depicted at least two households led by homosexual partners.
Previous stories (From World Net Daily):
challenging 'manipulation' of kids
'Gay' exposure OK for kindergarteners
boots parents from son's schooling
lessons violate civil rights, man says
ripped as 'too queer for school'
orders 'gay' agenda taught to Christian children
interest' argued in teaching homosexuality
groups: We have rights to your children!
file federal suit over 'gay' readings
reads 2nd-graders story about 'gay' wedding
lifts ban on parent over pro-'gay' book
dropped against jailed dad
over pro-'gay' book set to begin
notice to parents in 'diversity' classes
trial over homosexual book
faces trial over school's 'pro-gay'
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