BOSTON, MA (FRIDAY FEB. 23) This morning, federal judge Mark Wolf issued an outrageous and horrific 38-page ruling dismissing David Parker's federal civil rights lawsuit against Lexington, MA school officials. David Parker had filed the lawsuit, along with his wife and Rob and Robin Wirthlin, last April after the schools refused to notify parents when teaching about homosexuality and transgenderism in the elementary school. School officials, aided by national pro-homosexual groups, had filed a motion to dismiss the case which was argued before Judge Wolf on Feb. 7.
Local TV news coverage of judge's ruling
A pretty balanced report, worth watching
(New England Cable News, 2/23/07 - May take a few seconds to load.)
The ruling goes to extraordinary lengths to legitimize and reinforce the "right" (and even the duty) of schools to normalize homosexual behavior to even the youngest of children. In the ruling, Wolf makes the absurd claim that normalizing homosexuality to young children is "reasonably related to the goals of preparing students to become engaged and productive citizens in our democracy." According to Wolf, this means teaching "diversity" which includes "differences in sexual orientation."
In addition, Wolf makes the odious statement that the Parkers' only options are (1) send their kids to a private school, (2) home-school their kids, or (3) elect a majority of people to the School Committee who agree with them. Can you imagine a federal judge in the Civil Rights era telling blacks the same thing -- that if they can't be served at a lunch counter they should just start their own restaurant, or elect a city council to pass laws that obey the US Constitution?
Wolf's reasoning uses the Goodridge ruling on same-sex marriage as well as Mass. Dept. of Education "Frameworks" and a flawed interpretation of the state Parental Notification Law -- to effectively trump the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of religious freedom.
He bolsters his decision with a patchwork of statements from other court decisions - some going back over a decade - and declares that these past decions are "law" which much be enforced when making his own ruling on this case.
Parkers will appeal the case!
The lawyers representing the Parkers have already announced that they will appeal the decision in Federal Appeals Court. They continue to be upbeat, passionate about this case, and confident they will prevail.
Stunned reaction in Mass. and across America
Boston Globe celebrates ruling in lead editorial
BOSTON, MA (SATURDAY, FEB. 24, 2007) Parents and citizens in Massachusetts and across the country have reacted in sadness, outrage, and anger over the ruling Friday by Federal Judge Mark Wolf to dismiss the civil rights lawsuit by David Parker against the Lexington school system and other officials. MassResistance has received calls and emails from people; one man said he was actually crying after he heard it; another said he intended to leave the state; another said he's contemplated acts of civil disobedience! MassResistance promises to keep up the fight, and keep you informed. Some of the early media reaction:
Boston Globe Editorial: Upholding Diversity Lessons.
Lead editorial in Saturday's Boston Globe. An absurd piece of writing by one of the most pro-homosexual editorial staffs in America. They claim that state "sexual orientation" laws and (non-mandatory) state education guidelines trump Constitutional freedom of religion.