Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Judge rules sex-education curriculum violates First Amendment rights

From Methuselah's older and more conservative sister, Phyllis Schlafly, at Town Hall:

A federal judge in Montgomery County, Md., has issued a temporary restraining order to stop the teaching of a sex-education course because it violates the First Amendment. I can't remember any other case in the last 30 years in which a judge sided with parents against a curriculum adopted by a school board.

This sex-education curriculum was scheduled to be taught in three high schools and three middle schools despite parental protests and petitions with 4,000 signatures. After the court decision, the board voted 7-1 to scrap the curriculum - at least for the coming school year - and dissolve the advisory committee that recommended it.

Judge Alexander Williams Jr.'s decision found that the curriculum "presents only one view on the subject - that homosexuality is a natural and morally correct lifestyle - to the exclusion of other perspectives." This "one-sided information," he said, threatens parents' and children's First Amendment rights.

Two questions:

1. Does this mean those of us who firmly believe that Hobbits played a crucial role in winning the Revolutionary War will finally get our say in American History classes across the country?

2. If homosexuality is not biologically based, Mrs. Schlafly, then what did you and your husband do to raise a gay son?


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