A group of concerned parents in Maryland have filed a lawsuit (PDF) against the Montgomery County Board of Education, the superintendent, and others for violating their right “to opt their children out of classroom instruction regarding family life and human sexuality.”
Becket Law announced that the board denied them notice and the right to out their children out of “Pride Storybooks” that “champion gender transitioning, pride parades, and preferred pronouns for kids.”
One family suing the board is Muslim. The other family is Christian.
According to Becket Law, the county announced a series of so-called inclusivity books for children K-12. Whenever you see that word, you know it includes something sexually perverse and definitely not for children. From Becket Law:
But rather than focusing on basic principles of civility and kindness, these books push a one-sided ideology on sensitive issues around gender identity and human sexuality.
One book, Pride Puppy, tasks three- and four-year-olds to search for images from a word list that includes “intersex flag,” “drag queen,” “underwear,” “leather,” and the name of a celebrated LGBTQ activist and sex worker.
Becket Law said the schools include another book called “Born Ready,” which “advocates a child-knows-best approach to gender transitioning, telling students that a decision to transition doesn’t have to ‘make sense’ and that students are the best ‘teacher’ on such matters, not parents or other adults.”
I’m surprised other parents with children in these schools haven’t filed lawsuits. Perhaps many parents in this county homeschool or send their kids to private and parochial schools.
As bad as all of this is, here’s the atrocious part:
If students question any of this in class, the School Board tells teachers to correct their “hurtful” language, and make clear that, at birth, doctors and parents simply “guess about gender and label us ‘boy’ or ‘girl’ based on our body parts.”
Students who object to this mess have to sit there and not express “wrong” opinions about these immoral and unscientific ideas?
According to Becket Law, the school board assured parents they would be notified of these aberrant teachings and could opt their kids out. But that’s not what happened. The county stopped the notice and opt-out options in March. Children were now subjected to forced indoctrination with no parental input.
Becket Law said the school board can’t deny parents the right to opt their children out. The board is violating the U.S. Constitution, state law, and its own policies.
“The Supreme Court has held that children are not wards of the state, and that parents have the right to make key decisions about the education of their children on such critical matters concerning family life and human sexuality.”
These parents want the court to protect their free exercise of religion, their freedom of speech, and their right to due process. They also want the court to award them nominal damages, actual damages for being forced to look for other schools for their kids, and attorneys’ fees.
Photo credit: By J. Verkuilen – IMG_0051, CC BY 2.0, link
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