• Judge Holds Parents Have No Control Once Their Children Enter Public School

    December 24, 2023
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    Carolyn Martin

    December 24, 2023

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    Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.

    Alexis de Tocqueville

    We, as a people, have clearly lost our moral grounding. We have relegated the threads of our foundational fabric to the confines of the four walls of our homes. The God-given rights given to parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children and our rights of conscience have been frayed to the breaking point through a rogue judicial system.

    US District Court Judge Wang held in her dismissal of the Lee et al v Poudre School District R-1 et al case, “parents have no constitutional right to exercise control over a school’s curriculum or extracurricular activities or to demand information about the same.” Bolstering her opinion, the judge further cited a recent opinion out of the US District of Ohio saying, “a parent has a right to control where their child goes to school. But that is where their control ends.” This should send a chill up every parent’s spine.

    The case against the Poudre School District stems from an incident where the Lees’ and Jurichs’ daughters were lured into a Gender Sexualities Alliance club meeting under the rouse that it was an art club. After attending only one meeting, where the girls were encouraged to transition to the opposite sex and told not to tell their parents, their daughters became depressed and suicidal. The Lees have produced a free movie telling their story, hoping others will not have to endure the nightmare they went through. (See our original story on the Art Club Movie.)

    The plaintiffs plan to continue the fight. We received this statement from the Lees’ and Jurichs’ attorney, Brad Bergford of Illumine Legal LLC: “The Lees and the Jurichs are disappointed in, and disagree with, the dismissal. Our top-notch legal team put together an excellent complaint, and we are planning our next steps. The legal battle is far from over.” And he continues, “Parents must be able to direct the care, upbringing, and education of their children. See Troxel v Granville, 530 U.S. 57 (2000). To do that, they must have access to information necessary to make informed decisions. Otherwise, their substantive due process rights under the Fourteenth Amendment are illusory. Also, all children are created equal. Our system of laws must protect them equally.”

    Not only did the judge diminish the veracity of a parent’s fundamental rights, but she also affirmed the school district’s claim, “that it was parental non-acceptance and enforcement of their own traditional gender beliefs that caused C.L. and H.J.’s {the children’s} emotional decline.” Though the crux of the legal argument lies in the Fourteenth Amendment’s substantive due process and equal protection guarantees, we must not ignore the First Amendment protections of our rights of conscience which ultimately inform the morality of our culture. Today, our rights of conscience are being seen through the eyes of the left as barriers to enlightenment and liberty – the very opposite of what our founders believed.

    In a footnote of the opinion, Judge Wang quotes a case out of the same court from 2021 where her fellow judge stated, “There is no constitutional right for public school parents or families to get advance notice of and the right to opt-out of religiously offensive material.” The morality being taught in the public schools is seeped in the religion of secular humanism. God is anathema to it and its goals. With judges like these interpreting our Constitution, the Lees’ refrain in their movie – “Get them out and Get Loud” – should take on more urgency and weight with parents across the nation.

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