The Montgomery County School District in Maryland has decided that parents have no rights to opt out their children from some controversial curriculum and have ruled that LGBT-themed books are now required reading.
“MCPS keeps painting these books as rainbow unicorn which they are not,” Moms for Liberty Montgomery chapter president Lindsey Smith told Fox News.
Smith said her three-year-old was assigned a book called “Pride Puppy” and an ABC book with images of drag queens under “Q for Queen.”
The policyreport explains, “while several parents requested a policy to opt out of these books, a recently updated policy by the school board insisted that students will be required to ‘engage’ with these materials. In addition, parents will no longer be required to be informed on which books will be included on the lists.”
“Students and families may not choose to opt out of engaging with any instructional materials, other than ‘Family Life and Human Sexuality Unit of Instruction’ which is specifically permitted by Maryland law.
As a result, teachers will not send home letters to inform families when inclusive books are read in the future,” MCPS’ policy reads.
It’s not just conservatives who oppose the required materials.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Montgomery County Muslim Council also oppose the district’s decision.
"We asked them to just leave an opt out in place because it goes against a lot of family values; many have a lot of religious values it goes against," Smith told the Washington Post. "There’s a lot of parents that just think that their kids weren’t even mature enough to handle some of these readings and then have to explain some of these words."
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Montgomery County Muslim Council also criticized the school district for violating their beliefs.