by John Hawkins | May 5, 2005 11:58 pm
I shudder to think what the “moderates” will make of this:
A federal judge on Thursday blocked Montgomery County public schools from instituting a new health curriculum that includes discussions of homosexuality and a videotaped demonstration of how to use a condom.
U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams issued a temporary restraining order that prevents the system from using a pilot program in six schools. The pilot was set to begin Friday.
Evidence of creeping Christianity in the classroom? Not quite.
…the curriculum’s frank discussion of homosexuality amounted to preference of one religion over the other, taking the viewpoint held by some faiths that gay and lesbian lifestyles are acceptable. That would discriminate against members of religions that are opposed to homosexuality, argued Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum and the Virginia-based Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays, the two groups that filed the suit Wednesday.
Williams noted that the program depicts some Christian sects, notably Baptists, as unenlightened and Biblically misguided.
So who is the party on offense in this situation, and who is the party on defense? True enough, the judge is ruling in a lawsuit filed by groups opposed to the curriculum. But if the curriculum hadn’t been implemented in the first place, there would have been no lawsuit. And as the judge notes, the curriculum dove headlong into religious sectarianism. Separation of church and state, anyone? The schools also blocked parental involvement–it was written into the curriculum that parents were not welcome in the classroom when these lessons were underway.
The judge didn’t rule on that, or even on the frankness of the lessons themselves. He ruled on the sectarianism contained in the lessons (and why the authors felt the need to slap that stuff in there is curious, to say the least). Which means, naturally, that once the Montgomery County schools take the anti-Baptist rhetoric out, the frank promotion of all things sexual can go right back into the classroom. These days schools consistently fail to teach reading, science or math–but they’ve got the frank discussions of sex down pat.
For what it’s worth, Montogomery County is the most leftwing county in Maryland, itself a state of the deepest blue hue. Every year around Christmastime, local agitators hire attorneys to sue just about anyone who can work up the nerve to utter a “Merry Christmas.” Every. Year.
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