Skip to comments.Dad on trial over homosexual book [Parent jailed for objecting to school curriculum]
Posted on 09/22/2005 4:13:25 AM PDT by grundle
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Dad on trial over homosexual book
District banned him from property after dispute at meeting
Posted: September 21, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern
© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com
The trial of a Massachusetts man who was arrested after disputing the teaching of homosexuality in his son's kindergarten class has been continued until next month.
In April, David Parker, of Lexington, spent a night in jail and was charged with criminal trespassing after refusing to leave a scheduled meeting with officials at the Estabrook Elementary School unless they gave him the option of pulling his child out of certain classes.
Parker says the officials had indicated they would agree to a notification policy then suddenly refused. He insists he has done nothing wrong and is willing to contest the charge rather than plea-bargain.
The Lexington School Board contends Parker deliberately set out to be arrested and make national headlines.
Parker's attorney, Jeffrey Denner, rejected that claim, arguing Parker engaged in extensive communication with the school, at the invitation of officials, intending to "establish a dialogue to protect his own children and other children as well."
The dispute began last spring when Parker's then-5-year-old son brought home a book to be shared with his parents titled, "Who's in a Family?" The optional reading material, which came in a "Diversity Book Bag," depicted at least two households led by homosexual partners.
Article 8 Alliance, an advocacy group supporting Parker that opposes same-sex marriage, says that with the national publicity the case already has generated, the District Attorney's office appears reluctant to go forward with a trial, and would probably prefer to have Parker accept a plea-bargain that includes probation.
But Parker insists he has done nothing wrong and represents a danger to no one.
A no-trespass order issued against him by the school which includes all district property is "simply an intimidation tactic" against anyone who might protest the school's pro-homosexual policies regarding elementary school children, Article 8 says.
Parker cannot drop off or pick up his children from school; attend his children's sports events or other school activities; meet with his children's teachers at parent-teacher conferences; attend or participate in school committee meetings; or even vote on election day at his local polling place, a public school.
The illustrated book, according to Article 8, says, "A family can be made up in many different ways" and includes this text:
"Laura and Kyle live with their two moms, Joyce and Emily, and a poodle named Daisy. It takes all four of them to give Daisy her bath."
Another illustrated page says:
"Robin's family is made up of her dad, Clifford, her dad's partner, Henry, and Robin's cat, Sassy. Clifford and Henry take turns making dinner for their family."
Article 8 says the book "uses subtle but powerful emotions to normalize homosexual relationships in the minds of the young children."
A backer of the Lexington School District, Laura Tully, argued, according to WCVB-TV in Boston, "A 5-year-old who is coming to the classroom with two moms deserves to be in a classroom that includes books that show his family."
The jury trial was to begin today at 9 a.m. at Concord District Courthouse, but the judge postponed the case another month. Why?
"The Superintendent of Schools has said he hasn't had time to make a decision yet," Article 8's Brian Camenker points out in an Agape Press report. "Now, one has to think, it's been all summer. It's been in the news. How can he not make a 10-minute decision? But this is what he claims."
Thus, the judge has given the superintendent one more month to decide whether to keep the no-trespass order in place, adds Camenker, or whether to discontinue the ban preventing Parker from setting foot on school grounds.
speaking of a salem witch hunt...
Thank God my children are done with the corrupt reprobate government school system. I pray it will be totally destroyed from within befor emy grandaughter is of age to be indoctrinated by the atheistic humanists,in rebellion against God and embracing the wickness of the world.Being a christian in America today -makes one an enemy of the godless State.
Hillary would approve. After all, it takes a village.
This may be actionable under the civil rights statutes. It is sort of moot if no election takes place while the order is in force. But a case probably could be made that this is a denial of his right to vote, and a conspiracy charge might also hold water if the school board used the order as an intimidation tactic.
Typically, the school taxes come out of the local property taxes. He could end up losing his house if he withheld the school portion of the property tax. Counties can be merciless when you short them their viggerish.
Bravo dad !!!
This needs to be on the front pages. If this is the whole story then it's really time to exercise that Second Amendment.
It takes a village because Hillary (the smartest woman in America) is not competent to raise her own child without confiscating resources that she is not competent or willing to earn.
This irks me. He could pull his kid out of school and homeschool, but he shouldn't have to. He's paying for the public school but they are so often times idealogically driven that they won't budge on something like this unless forced. I hope the parent wins or we all lose a little more liberty.
For even more details concerning Mr. Parker's plight go to the following link. Read Mr. and Mrs. Parker's emails pleading and then demanding their parental rights with the school. Watch the O'Reilly segment.
I am speechless. And that is a good thing as I am very PO'd and my remarks would come across explicitly expressing the disdain I have towards the Queer agenda and those who support it.
A rather mixed message. Some families have snakes and rats for pets. Some even cockroaches.
Recently signed a note opting my kid out of sex and AIDS education at school. Fourth grade is still too young for this stuff...and I want to control how this information is taught rather than having a pro-homo agenda.
Around here, if you don't pay your taxes, they take away your house.
I thought he was jailed for refusing to leave the principal's office, not for objecting.
Slippery slope indeed!
The litigation tactic works best if you have different parents from each school in the district file separate suits. The district gets tired of trying to defend 20+ lawsuits simultaneously...even attempts to consolidate the cases are relatively expensive.
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