A federal judge yesterday blocked Montgomery County, Md., schools from implementing a controversial sex-ed curriculum regarded by opponents as “gay-friendly” and factually inaccurate.
United States District Court Judge Alexander Williams Jr. issued a temporary restraining order against the Montgomery
County Public Schools Board of Education, responding to a suit filed by Florida-based Liberty Counsel on behalf of parent-backed groups, Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum and Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays, or PFOX.
“The judge’s order is a huge victory for parents and students,” said Liberty Counsel’s president and general counsel, Mathew D. Staver. “The ruling by the judge blocking this radical, pro-homosexual, one-sided curriculum sends a message to every school that they must not trample the rights of parents nor may they use our children as human experiments.”
As WorldNetDaily reported, groups charged the curriculum, scheduled to be tested in six schools beginning today, crossed the line from education to indoctrination.
The opponents say the curriculum, with approved teacher resources used to create lesson plans, contains
factually inaccurate information concerning the health risks associated with same-sex sexual contact, espouses a theological viewpoint that was “gay-friendly” and discriminates against ex-gays and those who believe people can overcome same-sex attractions.
The curriculum presents statistics concerning condom use that are flatly contradicted by the U.S. government, the opponents contend. The complaints include the district’s failure to inform students that condoms are only 87 percent effective in preventing transmission of HIV in male-female contact, and may be 0 percent effective against human papilloma virus, HPV, which causes cervical cancer.
The parent groups also say the curriculum does not explain the substantial and unique health risks associated with same-sex sexual conduct.
Liberty counsel said, “The curriculum also ventured into the realm of religion, explaining what Jesus allegedly did and did not say about homosexuality, portraying evangelicals as intolerant and prejudiced, and referring readers to gay-friendly religious organizations.”
The public-interest law firm said that while the district has a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, and requiring objective, factual presentation on controversial subjects, “all materials submitted for inclusion in the curriculum by PFOX were squarely rejected because they
presented the ex-gay perspective.”
The school district argues it had the right to pick a side on this controversial subject and suppress opposing viewpoints.
Liberty Counsel’s Staver added, “In allegiance to the agenda of homosexual advocacy organizations, the school board was willing to convey a message that carries substantial physical and mental health consequences. Given the epidemic levels of sexually transmitted diseases, the district was essentially playing Russian roulette with the lives of the students entrusted to them.”