Thursday, May 04, 2006

MA School Sued for Refusing Parental Rights

A few days ago I wrote about an elementary school in Lexington, Massachusetts which is refusing to notify parents or obtain their consent before exposing young children to the concept of homosexual relationships. Needless to say, some parents don't wish to have their children taught about sexual matters at an early age, or to have homosexuality portrayed to their impressionable children as an acceptable social "norm." This has been an issue at this school with children as young as kindergarten and 2nd grade.

Four parents have filed a federal lawsuit alleging the school is ignoring their religious beliefs and parental rights. The school will likely claim it's in compliance with state law since same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts.

At stake: "Do parents or public schools have the final say in deciding what morals, values, and principles should be taught to children, and at what age should those lessons take place?"

My biggest concern is that, as happened in California a few months ago, parents may find their rights further undermined after the court rules. In California, the 9th Circuit ruled "There is no fundamental right of parents to be the exclusive provider of information regarding sexual matters to their children . . . Parents have no due process or privacy right to override the determinations of public schools as to the information to which their children will be exposed while enrolled as students."


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