US Supreme Court turns down David Parker's appeal. Validates state's right to teach homosexuality to young children over parents' objections!
Allows outrageous lower court rulings to stand. Anger across Massachusetts. No justice on this issue.
October 7, 2008
After spending nearly a quarter million dollars of his savings, supported by thousands of parents across America and several foreign countries, covered by national and international media from The O'Reilley Factor to National Public Radio, David Parker could only watch as the US Supreme Court announced Monday that it is refusing to hear his case.
The Court did not even bother to notify the Parkers or their attorneys. On Monday, October 6, the US Supreme Court simply posted a list on the Internet. (See David Parker's statement below.)
David Parker is led into court in handcuffs on April 28, 2005.
At issue was the Lexington Schools' aggressive policy of normalizing homosexual behavior to elementary school children and not allowing parents to be notified before or after, or being able to opt-out their kids from it. On April 27, 2005 David Parker was arrested and thrown in jail by school officials over his insistence of being notified regarding his son in kindergarten being taught about homosexual relationships by adults. It immediately made national news. But the school officials would not stop. Months later, Rob and Robin Wirthlin discovered that teachers were reading a book about homosexual romance to their second-grader. In 2006 the Parkers and Wirthlins filed a federal Civil Rights lawsuit against the school.
During that time the school became more hostile to the Parkers, and local liberals and homosexual activists did their best to harass the family.
Links to: Parker's arrest, harassment by liberal activists, filing of lawsuit.
|September, 2006: Liberals and homosexual activists lined the streets of Lexington, MA, for a "hate David Parker" rally.
Outrageous and insulting rulings by lower courts
The liberal judges in the Boston federal courts reacted harshly. The rulings by the two federal courts on this case were so bizarre that it boggles the mind. The judges denied the Parkers a trial and stated that schools have the right to teach homosexuality to children without parental interference. They also pointed out that gay "marriage" in Massachusetts gives the state the right -- and even the obligation -- to promote homosexual relationships to young children.
On February 23, 2007, Federal District Court Judge Mark Wolf dismissed the case, stating that teaching homosexuality is necessary for to prepare kids for citizenship, and that if parents don't like it they can elect a different school committee or just home school their kids. Judge Mark Wolf dismisses Parkers' suit.
The Parkers appealed. On January 31, 2008, Federal Appeals Court Judge Sandra Lynch issued a rambling decision agreeing with Wolf, and claiming that kids can always just ignore the teachers, and that if parents don't like it they should try to elect different politicians! "If the school system has been insufficiently sensitive to such religious beliefs, the plaintiffs may seek recourse to the normal political processes for change in the town and state." Yeah, right. Judge Sandra Lynch denies appeal.
(Despite the outrageous nature of the issue and the obvious First Amendment implications, there is speculation the Supreme Court judges were reluctant to take on the homosexual movement, taking a cue from many Republican leaders.)
Parker supported far and wide
In the meantime, David Parker was wholeheartedly supported by parents and citizens across the country. He appeared on numerous national television shows and gave speeches on parents rights in several states.
Last year David Parker was invited to speak at a pro-family event in Puerto Rico where over 20,000 people thronged to hear him, giving him a huge show of support. He also was on television and radio throughout the island.
MassResistance report on David Parker in Puerto Rico(with photos)
Parkers have taken their kids out of school - are home schooling
The unrelenting action of the Lexington schools to push homosexuality in the lower grades, as well as the ugly hostility of local liberals toward the Parkers and their children over this incident, has taken its toll. This year the Parkers removed both of their children from the Estabrook Elementary School and have been home-schooling them. Last year the Wirthlins removed their children from the Lexington schools. However, this did not deter the Parkers from pursuing the lawsuit.
Homosexual activists celebrate Supreme Court rejection in juvenile fashion
The immediate reaction by homosexuals has been taunting and derision. For example, one homosexual activist who had often appeared at Parker's court appearances wrote the following on the left-wing "Blue Mass Group" website right after the news broke:
"This case has been one of my obsessions and I can't restrain a giggle. In January, when the two couples lost in U.S. District Court in Boston, they said they were headed to the high court . . . by the time this dirty snowball rolled into federal court, they hoped to establish the right of parents to determine what their kids are exposed to in public schools. Today's Supremes decision could be a resounding clank of a closing lid on that."
Expect a lot more of this.
David Parker's statement: Nothing will stop us
Shortly after the announcement, David Parker released the statement below. Clearly, he does not believe anyone should back down or give up.
"The Federal Supreme court of the United States has tragically decided to deny our case from moving forward. We have exhausted all our legal options in the Federal system for the protection of young children in the public schools.The Supreme court has cowardly turned their backs on a parental rights issue that clearly has national significance with profound consequences.
"We believe that parents have the right and sacred responsibility to defend the psyches of their young impressionable children against such child predation. This includes more forceful measures to defend against, the inculcation and penetration, of perversion into their minds, behind the parent's back and against their will.
"All public school administrators are hereby on notice that efforts to seduce children into the acceptance and affirmation of homosexual conduct and "gay marriage" will be met with the full force of the citizenry.
"This despicable ruling is not of the people, nor for the people, and nor by the people--but against them. We, the people, must take back our government for the sake of our children and the sake of this nation."
Many parents now feel that there is no justice left in America on this issue. We can't help but agree.
What do parents do now? Fight even harder!
David Parker said that he's not stopping this fight. On the contrary, it's time to step it up to new levels.
At least one major pro-family activist told MassResistance that maybe this is what was needed to take real action. Parents have been sitting around waiting for the courts to protect them, he said. And that's not going to happen. We've got to do it ourselves.
Let's face the fact: The real problem in Massachusetts lies with the Legislature. They have passed the laws that give homosexual activists legal carte blanche to children in the schools, and allow parents no rights. All that the courts dis was refuse to stop it or recognize that parents have overarching constitutional rights. But over the last several years, it's the Legislature that set it all in place, and continues to fund it and encourage it.
And we're not going to "elect better politicians" any time soon. We've got to confront them -- and simply not quit.
The NEW Parents Rights Bill. Too many "pro-family" people don't want to get their hands dirty. Last year, when MassResistance introduced the new Parents Rights Bill, S321, the other major pro-family group in Massachusetts refused to endorse it. (It was too aggressive, they felt.) And when the homosexual lobby put on the pressure, politicians like Jeffrey Perry, Lew Evangelidis, Paul Donato, Bruce Ayers and others caved in and decided to oppose it - after previously having been co-sponsors! Are they getting any heat from parents for their cowardly betrayal? Not yet. But MassResistance will file the bill again next session. We're not stopping.
Don't be afraid of telling the truth. The incredibly predatory nature of the homosexual movement and its obsession with children in the schools cannot be ignored any longer. Too many parents - and too many "pro-family" organizations - think that if they're "nice" and "reasonable" it will go away. It won't. And the time has come for real action.
We will continue to stand with David Parker and with parents.