The Massachusetts father who spent a night in jail amid an attempt to stop instruction to his children that violated his Christian beliefs says his court case ultimately accomplished its goal.
David Parker says he was successful even though the U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up the case. The high court’s decision left standing an appeals court ruling essentially concluding parents who object to such indoctrination should either change their school board or start homeschooling.
“It is the end of the line in the federal system,” Parker told WND in an interview. “But this case is now being used in Arizona, in Florida, in California [in support of traditional marriage.]”
Those are three of the states where voters will decide next month on proposals to define marriage as being between one man and one woman only. In 27 of 28 states where the issue has been on the ballot, voters have endorsed the one-man, one-woman definition.
“The objective of this lawsuit has been met. We asked for parental notification, and God has put us in a position to notify tens of millions of people,” Parker told WND.
“If I had to do it all over again, I would, even knowing this would be the outcome,” he said.
WND reported earlier this week when the Supreme Court refused to intervene. That left the dispute arising from the indoctrination program at Estabrook Elementary school in Lexington, Mass., virtually over for Parker and his family.
Parker and his wife have withdrawn their children from the public school because of the case and the resulting harassment it has generated for them. They had objected to the school’s advocacy to children as young as kindergarten on behalf of homosexual advocates.
Not only did school officials set up and pursue the program, they specifically refused to tell Christian parent when the teaching would take place.
The decision by the Supreme Court leaves standing the ruling from the appeals court for Massachusetts, where Judge Sandra Lynch said anyone concerned about such civil rights violations “may seek recourse to the normal political processes for change in the town and state.”
Previously, District Judge Mark Wolf ordered that teaching about homosexuality is needed to prepare children for citizenship, and if parents don’t like it, they can elect a different school committee or homeschool their children.
According to a new report from MassResistance, a pro-family organization following the case, the dispute was over 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.”
The dispute grabbed headlines when Parker, on April 27, 2005, was arrested and thrown in jail by school officials over his insistence on being notified regarding his son in kindergarten being taught about homosexual relationships by adults.
Another family eventually got involved over similar school actions, and Parker told WND the school’s practice continued, because he still gets e-mails from parents upset over what they see happening in the public school.
In an earlier interview with WND, Parker warned allowing the appeals ruling to stand would set up teachers “to have a constitutional right to coercively indoctrinate little children [into whatever they choose to teach.]”