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Massachusetts Families Fighting Gays For Their Parental Rights and Children’s Conscience December 15, 2007

Posted by Daniel Downs in children, civil rights, Constitution, family, First Amendment, freedom, Freedom of Speech, gay politics, law, morality, news, parental rights, public schools, religion, secularism, sex education.

On December 5, the appeal hearing for David Parker’s federal civil rights lawsuit lasted less than an hour this morning, and both sides seemed to be taken by surprise by the tough and thorough question- ing by the three- judge panel, according to a report by family advocates MassResistance.

The Lexington School System and their allies in the homosexual legal community want the appeal to be denied. They do not want it to go to trial. The Parkers and Wirthlins want to take their case against the gay indoctrination of their children by the Lexington Schools all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.

David Parker has been fighting for the conscience of his young child for two years. All he asked public school officials to do was to notify him before they exposed his children to curriculum promoting gay behavior. He wanted to exercise the option of removing his 5 year old from the class. Opting-out is a standard public school policy for sex education. Because he refused to leave the principals office until he got their assurance, the police arrested him for trespassing and threw him in jail. District Judge Mark Wolf told him that it was the moral responsibility of the state and schools to indoctrinate Massachusetts children about the so-called gay lifestyle. If parents didn’t like it, they could home school their children or send them to private school.

Apparently, Judge Wolf does not believe adherence to state law is as important than forcing kindergarten children into gay diversity training against the wishes of their parents. Instead of upholding the law requiring schools to notify parent regarding sexual related curriculum give parent the opportunity to exempt their children from sex-education, Judge Wolf attempted to legislate from the bench.

With such blatant disregard for parental rights by public officials, my question is why Massachusetts parents and their children have not exited public schools in masses? One reason probably is money. There are millions of single and dual-family wage earners who can neither afford to home school or send their children to a good private school. Another reason is state law is clearly on the side of the Parkers and Wirthlins.

Parent rights are inherent and natural. The state did not give people the right to be parents, but the state does have the right to enforce responsible parenting. The state did not give parents authority over the care and upbringing of their children either. Because parental rights are inherent and inalienable, parental authority over their children is above state authority. Current Massachusetts law concerning morally questionable curriculum supports parental rights.

The state assumes a right to coerce by law all children into public education. As does most states, Massachusetts also supports the right of parents to educate their children at their own expense whether at home or at a private school. The state does have a right to demand and provide education of its citizens. How else can good lawful citizenship and productivity be ensured? As addressed by Judge Wolf, state education is indoctrination. At minimum, the state indoctrinates its citizens in the meaning of good citizenship, which included beliefs, values, attitudes, expectation, responsibilities, and the like. The problem today is whether the contemporary meaning of good citizenship violates principle rights and Constitutional citizenship. More specific, many people like the Parkers and the Wirthlins view the imposition of secular beliefs and humanistic values as evidenced by gay curriculum as a violation of their First Amendment rights, their religious beliefs, and their moral values.

The fight of parents like David Parker extends beyond gays attempting to force their unconstitutional right to unnatural behaviors onto society. The fact is natural law and constitutional law gives gay feelings (sexual orientations) and behaviors no right or special protection. Because of this fact, those parents face judges and legislators who prefer to violate the constitutionally protected rights of non-gay society to serve the special interest of well-organized, corporate funded, gay organizations.

As New Jersey Judge Andrew Napolitano wrote in his recent book A Nation of Sheep, our rights were not given by the state. They are inherent in our nature as given by God. Therefore, the state cannot take them away. Judges and legislatures cannot legitimately rule and pass laws violating them. However, Massachusetts legislators, judges, and gay special interests apparently think they can.


The David Parker Fund website.

David Parker federal civil rights appeal heard before 3-judge panel in Boston Federal Court, Mass Resistance (15 December 2007).

Bob Unruh, ‘Gay’ lessons violate civil rights, man says: Case of dad handcuffed and jailed for objecting moves to appeals court, WorldNetDaily 24 August 2007.

David Parker’s first-grade son surrounded and beaten up at school, Mass Resistance (15 December 2007).

Tania Ralli, David Parker, at odds with his community, Boston Globe 22 December 2005.

Maria Cramer and Ralph Ranalli, Arrested father had point to make, Boston Globe 29 April 2005.

Andrew P. Napolitano, A Nation of Sheep (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007), pp. 2-9.

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