Skip to comments.Schools Could Be Sued For Teaching About Homosexuality, Report Claims
Posted on 09/06/2002 4:38:31 AM PDT by kattracks
CNSNews.com) - Two California parental-rights groups say schools that address homosexuality in their curriculum or in after-school programs face an increasing risk of being sued by parents.
The Pro-Family Law Center (PFLC) and the United States Justice Foundation released a report Wednesday that will be distributed to parents, school districts and the state education department. The 15-page document cites court decisions, which the groups claim could be used in lawsuits to challenge schools that seek to "normalize homosexuality."
"We're in the early stages of a national campaign to homosexualize American schools," PFLC attorney Scott Lively said. "Ten years ago this was not happening. We have a generation of school kids who are the official guinea pigs in a social experiment that we believe is going to have dramatically harmful effects."
Lively, who called the report "groundbreaking," said it gives parents an avenue to challenge schools. Once parents have the document in their hands, he wants them to distribute it to teachers and administrators.
The report highlights what it claims are liabilities associated with incorporating homosexuality into a student's education. It encourages schools to abandon any discussion of homosexuality.
Lively said lawsuits could arise from any number of factors, but overlooking parental concern is chief among the risks that schools take.
"Parental rights are some of the most fundamental of all rights recognized under the Constitution," he said. "Using the general principles of law and looking at the facts as we see them unfold, it's very easy to predict what's happening here. We are going to see some of these things being decided over the next few years."
But requiring parental permission for all discussions about sexuality, as the report suggests, carries parents' rights too far, especially when it involves after-school programs, said Wayne Besen, spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual advocacy organization.
"Parents don't have the right to stop young men and women from receiving the help they need," Besen said. "The parents themselves are often the threat. These [homosexual student] groups are there to help vulnerable people who are subject to humiliation and harassment get the services they need."
The Human Rights Campaign was mentioned in the report as an organization that promotes such practices in schools along with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG).
Officials at GLSEN declined to comment on the report and calls to PFLAG were not returned.
Besen said the report is the latest attempt by anti-homosexual groups to advance their political agenda. Besides, he said schools are not doing nearly enough to protect students from classmates who harass them.
"[Schools] should have a zero-tolerance policy," he said. "Any student who gets caught harassing a gay or lesbian student should be punished appropriately. [Schools] need to teach people they are entitled to their beliefs, but they should be tolerant to all minorities, including gay and lesbian students."
Lively countered Besen's arguments by claiming homosexuals exaggerate concerns about school safety to advance their own political cause.
"There is no problem with school safety," Lively said. "Schools have the authority to stop harassment by students, but you don't solve that problem by dividing them up into groups."
He suggested the best way to address the liability problems would be for schools to stop addressing homosexuality in the classroom and in after-school activities and instead to concentrate on the more traditional subjects of reading, writing and arithmetic.
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Not shocking to see in print, but it certainly underscores the concern of many parents that these groups believe they are entitled to indoctrinate their children with whatever morals/behaviors they deem fit, regardless of the parents wishes.
The heart of the public school system. You can't control children's minds if they have access to their parents. The more you cut off that access, the better. You wouldn't have any luck simply announcing a plan to cut parents off from their children so you can practice your mind control, so continually tell people that parents are a threat to their children. The "enlightened" parents, the ones who know that it is only other parents who are a threat, can be counted on for support.
Get your children out of public school now.
I don't own a weapon. I'm challenging the wisdom of my decision more and more every day.
How do you enforce this? Must it be proven that the "harrassed" student is actually gay or lesbian? How do you do that? Do you accept their say-so?
What of the "harrassed" student thought he was homosexual at the time of the alleged offense but has become inclined to heterosexuality when the time comes to execute punishment on the alleged harrasser? No offense?
And if the "harrassed" student is confused about his sexuality, do you hold punishment in abeyance until he makes up his mind?
If the "harassed" student firmly decides he is bisexual do you give the alleged tormentor a pass based on the heterosexual component of the aggrieved's sexual inclination? Do you cut the punishment in half? What do you do?
If the "harassed" student later repudiates his homsexuality alogether after punisment has been meted out, do you grant the alleged harasser a pardon and restore his privileges? Do you grant him reparations?
If the "harassed" student was lying from the start, e.g., it is discovered he is dating only girls from another school--but secretly--and is posturing as gay to gain special minority privileges or to gain sympathy and a PC ugly-stick to beat his teachers and other students with at his own high school, what do you do?
I think it's even wors. I think the NEA has been hijacked by idiots.
The queers find them useful idiots.
It only takes one man to hijack a plane, no matter how many men are in the passenger seats.
I don't know if the RCC has been "hijacked" by queers, but the American seminaries may have been, and that would have a profound impact on the Church in America no matter what the rank and file priests think.
In the same vein, back in the 1980s you could still go to an Episcopal church and think it would be most likely conservative. But the denomination had already been hijacked. Now it is the minority of Episcopal Churches where the faith of our fathers is taught or practiced.
Political Correctness = we will force you to be a useful idiot
And just what have the sodomites and lesbians been doing? How anyone can offer such obvious hypocrisy as an argument is waaay beyond me! Apparently, the perversion has corrupted his basic reasoning ability (. . . now a disability).
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