Daily Archives: November 2, 2005

9th Circuit

According to the 9th Circuit :

…we hold that there is no free-standing fundamental right of parents “to control the upbringing of their children by introducing them to matters of and relating to sex in accordance with their personal and religious values and beliefs” and that the asserted right is not encompassed by any other fundamental right.

also:

We conclude only that the parents are possessed of no constitutional right to prevent the public schools from providing information on that subject to their students in any forum or manner they select.

This is from Flopping Aces who also has a link to the .pdf of the opinion.

Parents brought suit against the Palmdale school district over a survey that was taken of elementary students asking questions about the frequency of the childrens’ “thinking about sex” and “thinking about touching other people’s private parts”.

The court has said that what a parent thinks about sex education for their children doesn’t matter in the least and that the schools can provide information on that subject in any forum or manner that they select.

These are elementary school students. Elementary students are first grade through eighth grade. Elementary students are six to thirteen years old. Most are prepubescent.

Why is there a need for public school sex education for children in this age group?

Curt notes:

The only bright spot is that it’s from the 9th Circuit. The bench whose opinions get overturned regularly by the Supreme Court.

According to the ACLU and many on the bench it’s ok to take God out of the pledge, erase Christmas and Easter from the calenders, but it’s ok to teach a child about sex without the Parents consent. What a world we live in.

More at Confirm Them The children involved were between the ages of seven and ten. Definitely prepubescent. Schools should not be asking these types of questions, or discussing this subject, with children of that age. The parents were asked to sign a permission slip for a survey to be given to children in first, third and fifth grades.

While parents were informed that the survey would cover “baseline . . . exposure to early trauma (for example, violence),” it specifically did not mention sex. In fact, the survey asked seven year olds to “rate the following activities” among which were these:

8. Touching my private parts too much
17. Thinking about having sex
22. Thinking about touching other people’s private parts
23. Thinking about sex when I don’t want to
26. Washing myself because I feel dirty on the inside

34. Not trusting people because they might want sex
40. Getting scared or upset when I think about sex
44. Having sex feelings in my body
47. Can’t stop thinking about sex
54. Getting upset when people talk about sex

Parents found out about the questions when the children came home and told them.

Cross-posted at Oh How I Love Jesus

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NYCLU Does Its Own Searches – And They Are Not Random

On O’Reilly’s “Most Ridiculous Item” tonight, the text of a sign at NYCLU headquarters reads:

Please have photo ID ready for inspection. All packages are subject to inspection upon entering and leaving the premises.

The New York Sun wrote an editorial about it.

Either the NYCLU believes its headquarters are at greater risk of a terrorist threat than the city’s subway system, or it believes ordinary New Yorkers don’t deserve the same safety precautions that they do.

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Malkin vs Wolff

Michelle Malkin was on Dayside today with Michael Wolff of Vanity Fair as her “opponent”. I think Michelle won hands down. Here follows the transcript of the session.

Mike Jerrick: We are back with the CIA leak investigation, the Supreme Court confirmation process and the ongoing war in Iraq. Criticism from the left has reached a fever pitch. Michelle Malkin, the author of the new book Unhinged Exposing Liberals Gone Wild. Michael Wolff is here too. He’s a columnist for Vanity Fair magazine. He wrote a pretty good article, in fact it was a very good article, in this month’s issue, Inside the White House Meltdown. Before we get into this topic here, I was looking at the back of the book Michelle. It’s always great to have you on the program. But my goodness. Some reaction to this book. She “ought to be shot between those Viet Cong eyes!.” Number two there, “this is what happens when you send a yellow woman to do a white man’s job”. And they get worse and worse. She’s “dishonest”, she’s a “shill”, “race-baiter”, “war profiteer” and a “fascist”. Welcome to the program. What in the world? Now these reactions to your book came from where? Off the internet? Bloggers, etcetera?

Michelle Malkin: A lot of email readers and liberal websites. People who fashion themselves serious political commentators.

Mike Jerrick: Why did you put them on the book?

Michelle Malkin: I thought that these quotes speak for themselves. I mean I’m exposing the myth of liberal tolerance and civility and really turning a caricature on its head. Because it’s conservatives who are always portrayed as the ones who are angry and racist and sexist and hatefilled. And I think it’s time that the other side confront their own ugly portrait.

Mike Jerrick: So we’re talking about meltdowns and people becoming unhinged. {to Kiran} Kiran, what’s going on? Are a you all right?

Kiran Chetry: I’m feeling great. {laughter} {to Michelle}Actually, I think it’s terrible when you see just how personal the attacks got. And Michael, let me ask about this, because even, we just saw it yesterday, within the Senate, the one that’s supposed to be the refined arm of Congress. They were going at each other and even Senator Bill Frist was making some personal statements about fellow democrats. What is going on in Washington?

Michael Wolff: Well, I think there’s a lot going on in Washington. But also, I mean there’s an interesting point about this, these kinds of, those kinds of comments because anybody who is in a public role of any kind, left, right, it doesn’t matter who you are, the stuff that comes in through your email box is um…

Michelle Malkin: Vicious sometimes.

Michael Wolff: Is breathtaking. And I don’t think it has anything to do with left or right. It has to do with some people are crazy and some people are not crazy.
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