Friday, November 04, 2005

Parents Have No 'Fundamental Rights' in Their Children's Sex Ed

So says a three judge pannel of the 9th Circus....

What's next, parents will soon be thrown in jail if they teach their children something contrary to what the school's line is?

Like telling your own kids that men should only have sex with women.


As much as I agree that the court's decision is wrong, the parents in this case are idiots for bringing the case.

The Parental consent letter says:

"You [the parent] may refuse to have your child participate or withdraw from this study at any time without any penalty or loss of services to which your child is entitled."


"I [the parent] understand answering questions may make my child feel uncomfortable."

If these idiotic parents would have just taken the time to READ the consent forms brought home by their kids they wouldn't have given these insane judges the opportunity to hand down this decision!

Court's opinion

"We ... hold that there is no fundamental right of parents to be the exclusive provider of information regarding sexual matters to their children ...."
Judge Stephen Reinhardt, Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

By Allie Martin and Jody Brown
November 3, 2005

(AgapePress) - A Christian constitutional attorney says Wednesday's ruling in a case dealing with a survey administered to elementary-age children essentially undermines parental rights in determining when, where, and how children are exposed to sexual topics in public schools.

The case involves the Palmdale School District in California, which notified parents of its intentions to conduct an assessment of children ages seven to ten in order to "establish a community baseline measure of children's exposure to early trauma (for example, violence)." What the letter to parents did not convey was that ten of the 79 questions on the survey would ask the children about the frequency of "touching my private parts," "thinking about having sex," "having sex feelings in my body," and "can't stop thinking about sex."

Six parents sued the school district after they discovered the contents of the survey, alleging the district had interfered with their constitutional rights by authorizing the survey be administered without disclosing to parents the sexual nature of portions of the survey. Yesterday, a three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco unanimously sided with the school district.

Judge Steven Reinhardt, writing for the panel, stated: "We hold there is no free-standing fundamental right of parents 'to control the upbringing of their children by introducing them to matters of and relating to sex in accordance with their personal and religious values and beliefs ....'" Continuing, he wrote: "We conclude only that the parents are possess [sic] of no constitutional right to prevent the public schools from providing information on [sex education] to their students in any forum or manner they select."


Kevin McCullough

6:43am EST


So according to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco (insert tawdry joke here) the public school systems now have the right to ask your first grader - if they have ever thought about touching someone else's private parts. Infact they can go beyond that to even demonstrate someone doing it. They could even ask two first graders in the same class to demonstrate it - and parents now officially have no voice over whether they approve of such "education" or not.

If you missed THAT fairly big story yesterday, my new column deals with it today "Parents have no fundamental rights".

Besides the fact that I may want to keep my first grader somewhat innocent and protected from such sexual material, and as a parent I don't believe a court has any business putting such thoughts into the heads of first graders. It is also important to point out - that this is now the law of the land and can not be stopped unless or until an appeal is eventually heard either by the full 9th Circuit Court, or the U.S. Supreme Court.
Here was one gem of a quote from the ruling that I mention in the piece:

"There is no fundamental right of parents to be the exclusive provider of information regarding sexual matters to their children."

Here's another:

"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."

Please take the time to read the entire column.