A central Missouri school district is the target of a campaign by the American Civil Liberties Union to grant public school students access to pornographic websites. The ACLU has filed suit against the
Camdenton R-III School District demanding that the district remove Internet filters blocking access to sexually explicit websites.
The ACLU lawsuit is part of a nationwide campaign called "Don't Filter Me." It is a project of the ACLU's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Project. The ACLU contends that school districts are improperly censoring student access to information from websites promoting the supposed virtues of the homosexual lifestyle.
However, the ACLU is insisting that school districts completely disable filters on entire categories of content
such as "homosexuality," "sexuality," and "LGBT," which would provide unlimited access to thousands of sexually explicit websites.
"The ACLU cannot mask its attempts to turn school computers into porn portals for children by expressing a supposed concern for censorship," says Jeremy Tedesco, legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund. "Parents expect schools to be places where their children learn--not places where they access pornography."
The Alliance Defense Fund has sent letters to the Camdenton School District and seven other school districts targeted by the ACLU in Texas, California, Arkansas, Virginia, New Jersey, and Georgia. The letter points out that "a school district's decisions regarding what web content to make available to students are curricular decisions, and that case law is clear that school districts have broad authority over curricular matters."
"The ACLU's 'Don't Filter Me Initiative' would be better named the 'Public School Porn Initiative,' says David Cortman, Senior Counsel for ADF. "The ACLU is pushing its radical sexual agenda for children by intimidating school districts with a long string of scare
tactics disguised as a concern over censorship. School districts shouldn't be bullied into exposing students to sexually explicit materials. Our children come first."
Camdenton school officials say they use the same process to review controversial websites that they do when a textbook or library book is challenged. "We take a look at it, and our track record has been that we have opened those websites," says Tom Mickes, attorney for the Camdenton R-III district, which is located in the Lake of the Ozarks region.
Yet Mickes says after reviewing the ACLU's claims, the district decided to keep its "sexuality" filters in place to protect students from inappropriate materials. "No
offense to the Easterners," Mickes says, "but we want to run our school district based on what our citizens and kids in Missouri need, not what somebody in New York wants."
The ACLU campaign is part of a continuing crusade by homosexual activists to force local school districts to affirm and promote homosexuality as a morally acceptable and admirable lifestyle. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control, at the behest of the militantly pro-homosexual Obama administration, recently announced a new "gay rights" initiative in American schools.
The CDC's Department of Adolescent and Sexual Health has awarded a five-year renewable grant to GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network. GLSEN seeks to establish clubs in public schools to advocate for
the normalization of homosexuality. GLSEN says the goal of its federal grant project is to reach 4 million students and nearly 15,000 school personnel with its message, and increase the number of schools that establish so-called "safe spaces" for homosexual students.
Candi Cushman, education analyst with Focus on the Family, says that the GLSEN grant is an example of a one-sided "diversity" campaign being propagated in the nation's public schools. "While we can all agree that every single child--including those who identify as gay and lesbian--should be protected from harm, too often these programs go way beyond bullying prevention into flat out indoctrination."
The State of California recently enacted a law requiring that all public school curricula (beginning in kindergarten) positively portray "lesbian, gay, bisexual,
and transgender" individuals and organizations in American history. Randy Thomasson, president of Save California, says the new law will result in the "sexual brainwashing" of children. "This revisionist history will make more children believe the lie that homosexuality is biological, which it isn't, and healthy, which it is not." California parents are not allowed to exempt their children from "educational" programs or classroom activities that glorify homosexuality.
The ACLU lawsuit against the Camdenton School District was filed on behalf of the groups Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFFLG), Dignity, Inc., Campus Pride, and the Matthew Shepard Foundation. The Alliance Defense Fund is filing a friend-of-the court brief in the case, and the Missouri Family Policy Council is participating in that brief.
Focus on the Family maintains an impressive website on the subject of homosexual advocacy in the schools which is called TrueTolerance.org.
It is an excellent resource for parents concerned about this issue who want to address their concerns with principals and school administrators in an educated and Christ-like fashion. We encourage you to make your local school superintendent and school board members aware of it. You can check out the site by using this link:True Tolerance