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    Massachusetts Madness:


    Elementary school teaching cross-dressing and
    transgenderism in the 3rd grade!!

    A mother confronts the radical edge of the homosexual agenda in the
    schools - is forced to remove her daughter from school.

    Which is the worse horror -- an elementary school using a GLSEN homosexual
    activist to teach third-graders about cross-dressing and transgenderism, and that
    men can have operations to become women? Or a parent being harassed and
    hounded by the school and community activists for publicly complaining?

    A pastor in Newton, Mass. writes a scathing column in the newspaper declaring that
    the "mirage of 'traditional family' is simply idolatry" and that "[g]ender configuration of
    the parents is irrelevant to what makes a family." Is this what the future holds? What
    madness is this?

    Contents (links to articles printed below):
    (Unfortunately, the two articles and two letters below which were published in the
    Newton Tab, have disappeared from the newspaper's website.)

             "Nightmare at Franklin", by Tom Mountain.
             Local newspaper columnist exposes transgenderism and cross-
             dressing being pushed on children at Franklin Elementary School in
             Newton, Mass. A mother's fight so save her daughter.

    And here is the reaction . . .

             "New low in narrow-mindedness", by Reverend Richard Malmberg
             Mother is bitterly attacked in newspaper article by pastor of
             "welcoming" congregation. A good look into where the pagan Church in
             America has gone.

             Letter to the Editor I
             Letter by a "transgender" father of school-aged children in Newton.
             Obvioualy, this person appears to be quite disturbed. (And see links to
             "her" picture).

             Letter to the Editor II
             An angry liberal.

             "The Irreverent 'Reverend' Malmberg: A New High in Arrogance"
             by David Parker - a great rebuttal.

             "Newton case highlights promotion of gay culture in public
             schools" , by Gail Besse - The Pilot
             A powerful commentary. Thanks to the Pilot -- the official newspaper
             for the Archdiocese of Boston -- for speaking out on this!




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         Nightmare at Franklin
         By Tom Mountain - Newton Tab
         Wednesday, November 8, 2006

         Emer O'Shea knew something was wrong the minute she picked up her daughter from
         Franklin Elementary School. The third-grader was normally very perky upon seeing her
         mother and new baby sister, but this time she glanced at her mother without indicating
         what was wrong, except to say that the school's social worker had visited the class. But
         Emer soon heard from another parent about what had happened in her daughter's class
         that day, and she was both stunned and mortified. The next day her young daughter
         finally opened up with a question that would baffle most parents of an 8-year-old child,
         "Mommy, is it possible for a man to have an operation to become a woman?"

         Transgenders and transvestites. These were the topics that a staff member at Franklin
         School in West Newton chose to teach to a class of third-grade children. The school's
         social worker described to the children that some men like to dress up as women, and
         yes, some men even have operations to change into women.

         The opportunity for this "teachable moment" - the kind that Superintendent Jeff Young
         likes to portray as merely responding to some child's "random questioning"- occurred
         when the social worker was describing various families outside of the traditional
         mommy-and-daddy norm and showed the class a picture of a woman with two
         children, asking what they saw in the picture. A child then raised his hand to tell her
         (are you sitting sit down for this?) that he thought the picture was of a man who had a
         sex change operation and was now a woman. Apparently, the child's own father was
         undergoing such an operation (which he/she has since completed).

         The social worker then elaborated on this "teachable moment." But this wasn't just any
         social worker employed by the Newton Public Schools. This was Laura Perkins, former
         board member of GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network; or rather,
         "Laura Perkins, MSW, Franklin School and the Newton Early Childhood Program,"
         according to the GLSEN Boston Conference, where she hosted a seminar in which the
         "Rationale for integrating GLBT (Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender) issues in the early
         elementary years will be presented" and "classroom lessons demonstrated."

         As a result of this particular "classroom lesson," Emer's daughter was petrified. For an
         8-year-old accustomed to a child's world of Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter
         Bunny, the little girl had nightmares, and explained to her mother she was scared that
         her baby sister could turn into a boy.

         So Emer did what any normal responsible parent would do - she demanded an
         explanation from the principal, Cynthia Marchand. She and several other parents from
         this class met with the principal who, according to Emer, responded defensively and
         fully backed her staff member.

         Emer then went to Superintendent's Young's office with her concerns. She handed Mr.
         Young a written description of what happened, whereupon the superintendent
         promised to respond to her soon. He didn't. So after three weeks, she called to make an
         appointment. As Emer described it, Mr. Young remarked that the Parental Consent Law
         didn't apply to this situation because, he claimed, the topic of discussion was not
         planned for. He concluded that it was really just "a teachable moment."(When I asked
         the superintendent via e-mail if it is the policy of the Newton schools to teach 8-year-
         old children about sex change operations, he responded "No").

         "Arrogant" is how Emer described the superintendent's demeanor towards her. He
         declined to shake her hand at the meeting's end, and didn't even bother to acknowledge
         the baby she was holding.

         The superintendent wants us to believe that just because the class was taught by a
         GLSEN activist who has specialized in "integrating GLBT issues in the elementary
         years" and even though the principal, social worker and probably half the school knew
         that there was a child in that very class who just happened to have a father who was
         undergoing a sex change operation, there is no evidence that this was planned, or
         rather, set up. So, in Mr. Young's convoluted logic, the state law which mandates that
         parents must be informed whenever anything of a sexual nature occurs in the classroom
         did not apply here.

         It just happened, you see. A mere coincidence. Just like a few years before when a Burr


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         School first-grade teacher chose to out himself to his first-grade class. This was a hide-
         from-the-media moment for the superintendent, since it was later revealed in Bay
         Windows, the Boston gay weekly, that the teacher had discussed this probable scenario
         with his principal well in advance of his proclamation to his class of 6-year-olds.

         Predictably, Emer got nowhere with the school administration. She went through the
         typical phases that any parent who raises these issues is forced to endure. The stalling,
         ignoring, belittling. The attempts to isolate her, put her on the defensive, make her feel
         like the aggressor - the intolerant, unsympathetic, backward parent: common tactics to
         make parents like Emer go away. After all, Mr. Young and his cohorts now have years
         of experience dealing with such parents.

         But Emer would not go away.

         Fed up at the lack of response from the school, she raised the issue in front of a large
         audience of staff and parents at Franklin's curriculum night. "Can we see the social
         worker's curriculum for this year, as last year there was inappropriate information given
         to the elementary-age children?" she publicly asked Cynthia Marchand. In other words,
         could the principal guarantee that staff members would not teach the young children
         about men having sex change operations? To which the principal responded that she
         would speak to Emer in private about it (a preferred tactic by Newton administrators).
         Emer would not back down; after 10 months of being ignored she demanded an answer
         right then and there. But the principal wouldn't budge.

         As Emer described it, afterwards Mrs. Marchand coaxed her into her office, whereupon
         she loudly chastised Emer for "her inappropriate behavior." She berated Emer because
         (you'd better sit down again for this) the Franklin School father who had a sex change
         operation and was now a "woman" had been sitting in the audience with his wife
         (they're still married) when Emer broached this highly sensitive topic. "Cindy, stop
         shouting at me!" Emer responded to her child's principal. (My calls to the principal and
         social worker for comment were not returned, but Mr. Young did respond by e-mail:
         "No," the social worker and principal would not be suspended or reprimanded, he
         wrote. He ducked my question as to whether or not he intended to apologize to Mrs.
         O'Shea, stating that he and other staff had already "spoken with the parent already.")

         Emer had enough. She decided to pull her daughter out of the Newton Public Schools
         and, at great expense, send her to a private school. (Mr. Young again responded "No"
         when I asked if the school department would be paying for the child's private school
         tuition). A few days later, she walked into the Franklin office once again, this time with
         her now fourth-grade daughter and infant baby to inform the principal and secretary
         that her child would no longer be attending Franklin School. "Good," Mrs. Marchand
         allegedly responded, in the presence of Emer, the secretary, a teacher and Emer's
         daughter. The principal then turned and walked away.

         Think of that. Think real hard.

         Tom Mountain can be reached at tmount117@hotmail.com.



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         New low in narrow-mindedness
         By Reverend Richard Malmberg/ Guest column
         Newton Tab - Wednesday, November 15, 2006

         [Church website: http://www1.shore.net/~second/index.htm ]

         Flaunting his biases with characteristic reliance on hearsay information, Tom Mountain
         accused Franklin School Principal Cindy Marchand of overreacting to an irate parent.
         As a Franklin parent, I know her to be a competent and knowledgeable principal. She
         was right to defend her staff, especially such a dedicated and professional social worker
         as Laura Perkins. Further, Ms. O'Shea should have been reprimanded for humiliating a
         Franklin family and attempting to derail a school meeting to press her own agenda.
         Other parents present at Curriculum Night confirm that Ms. Marchand handled an
         awkward situation calmly and capably. I generally try to ignore Tom Mountain's weekly
         bitter tirades. They do little to edify, and nothing to enhance the civility of public
         discourse in Newton. At the risk of responding in kind, I have to say that his column in


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         the Nov. 8 TAB reached a new low in mean-spirited narrow-mindedness.

         I have had kids in Franklin School for more than eight years, and had numerous
         contacts with the family whose presence seems to so outrage Mr. Mountain and Ms.
         O'Shea. It might surprise them both that my first conversation with the parent who
         underwent gender reassignment took place at a Little League game. Our sons were on
         the same team. As we sat in our folding chairs, we had a friendly and stimulating
         conversation. When I told him I was a minister, the conversation turned to Biblical
         scholarship. He (then still living as a man) was obviously quite well-read and genuinely
         interested in the subject. I learned that he is an active lay leader in his own church.

         Only after the "teachable moment" Mr. Mountain described did I learn through the
         Franklin grapevine that this other Little League dad was going through a gender
         reassignment. I confess that for a while after that, I felt a little awkward - my problem.
         I regret not being more openly supportive during what must have been a difficult time
         for their family. I admire the quiet dignity and courage they display through it all. They
         have not allowed the self-appointed sexuality police to harass them out of full
         participation in the community. Newton is fortunate to have such solid citizens, active
         in their congregation, supporting their kids, their school and pursuing happiness in our
         midst. Their modest refusal to hide makes our city safer for diversity.

         I find it interesting that Mr. Mountain, champion of traditional family values, hints at
         snarky disbelief that this couple remained married after gender reassignment. With
         divorce rates what they are in our society, he should celebrate a durable commitment
         and intact family. Mindless devotion to a "Leave It to Beaver" mirage of "traditional
         family" is simply idolatry. Our fixation on an imagined norm undermines our ability to
         value real families whatever shape they take. We endanger the actual relationships that
         sustain us, while damaging our psychic and spiritual well-being. Consider the tragically
         self-loathing, self-destructive Rev. Ted Haggard. He crusaded against gay marriage in
         public, and engaged in risky gay sex and drug abuse in secret. This man of deep faith
         and extraordinary charisma was twisted by intolerant theology that had no room for the
         man God created him to be.

         At our church, we celebrate marriage and we celebrate families. I define a marriage as
         two adults bonded in sacred loving covenant, creating a home, sharing a life,
         supporting and nurturing one another, whatever joys and hardships the world may
         send their way. Gender configuration of the parents is irrelevant to what makes a
         family. Since gay marriage became legal in Massachusetts, I have officiated at exactly
         one same-sex wedding. The couple had been members of our church longer than I have
         been pastor. At their wedding, a large number of the people in the pews were church
         members. The reception was held in our Fellowship Hall, and much of the food was
         provided by members of the congregation. Despite the fact that there were two brides, it
         was easily the most traditional, home-spun church wedding I have ever had the
         privilege of officiating. It offered refreshing contrast to so many weddings that seem to
         merely endure the religious significance of the ceremony in order to get some pictures
         in a pretty church before the real event, an outrageously expensive reception.

         I had to laugh at Mr. Mountain's indignation over Superintendent Young's alleged
         failure to acknowledge Ms. O'Shea's infant during their meeting. Had the
         superintendent doted over the baby, would Mr. Mountain have accused him of trying to
         avoid the issue? How many appointments should Dr. Young devote to listening to a
         one-note complaint from a parent he had already answered, albeit not the answer she
         wanted? Still, Mr. Mountain suggested that Newton Schools should bear the cost of
         private education for a student who functions adequately in a standard classroom.
         Budgets are already stretched to provide necessary services for students with real,
         diagnosable disabilities. One parent's intolerance is a liability, not a disability.

         Richard Malmberg is pastor at The Second Church in Newton, United Church of
         Christ, and chairman of the Newton Interfaith Clergy Association.



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         Letter to the Editor I
         Newton Tab - Wednesday, November 15, 2006

         [Note this "woman" has written letters to the Tab before. He was originally Michael


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         Cooper, and has claimed to have children in the Newton schools. Check him/her out at:
         http://www.mikarrhea.com/ and
         http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=342635 ]


         I’m transgendered and sick of reading Tom Mountain’s contempt for people like me.
         Mountain proclaims homosexuality and transgenderism topics too unnatural for the
         elementary classroom. He laments Emer O’Shea’s eight-year-old daughter’s supposedly
         sustaining a nightmare from hearing in class that modern medicine affords sufferers
         ofgender dysphoria surgical relief.

         Parenthood 101, Emer and Tom: deliberately withholding from your child mundane
         facts you happen to despise about the world inevitably exaggerates their significance,
         perhaps traumatizingly, upon discovery.

         Transgenderism typically begins early. Following the usual timetable, I was by age four
         eager to be a girl. Adults’ admonishing and mocking me, however, taught me to regard
         this ineradicable, pervasive desire with anxiety, as aberrant, shameful, and above all
         unspeakable. Not until I covertly acquired a pop-sexology bestseller at age eleven did I
         learn of others like me, a substantial, constant percentage of the population. And
         doctors could help us! You can imagine my relief on learning at last I didn’t have to
         endure a lifetime caged in an excruciating, alien gender box. Why couldn’t I have been
         informed at age four?

         My two children have always known transgenderism. They’ve alwaysknown that male
         bodies don’t consistently display stereotypically masculine behavior, nor female ones
         feminine, and that surgery can benefit transgendered people profoundly. To hear at age
         eight a schoolteacher’s adducing topics so mundane wouldhave bored, not frightened,
         them.

         There are many transgendered children, as well as adults, cherishing the hope of
         eventual corrective surgery. Banishing from the classroomthis information won’t falsify
         it. But doing so is likely sadistically to prolong anxiety and shame in such children and
         in children of transgendered parents.

         Also, designating such information unspeakable in school is fairly guaranteed to set up
         some, like Ms. O’Shea’s daughter, for a confusing, even nightmarish, surprise.

         Mika Cooper
         Vernon Street



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         Letter to the Editor II
         Newton Tab - Wednesday, November 15, 2006

         As a parent of a child in the Franklin school, I wondered what the “Nightmare” was in
         Tom Mountain’s Nov. 8 column. I was appalled, though as usual more by Mountain’s
         view of the world than by the story he tells in a very one-sided way. What struck me
         most was Mountain’s on-going assumption about the danger of facing reality.

         He mocks on the idea that “random questioning” led to the discussion; has he actually
         met any eight year olds? (And has he met any that still believe in Santa Claus?) My five
         year old asks questions about everything. Mountain goes on to argue that O’Shea’s
         response of complaining to school officials was what “any normal responsible parent
         would do.”Well, maybe so, and I’m sure she also did what she could to help her child
         stop being upset. But it seems to me that explaining that no one ever changes sex
         without first becoming an adult and then spending years seeing doctors, and that there
         was no way it could ever happen to a child, would have been the “normal responsible”
         thing to do. But in Mountain’s world, people shouldn’t talk about things they don’t like,
         which means everyone else shouldn’t either.Ignorance is bliss.

         Tim Hacsi
         West Newton




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         The Irreverent "Reverend" Malmberg: A New High in Arrogance
         by David Parker
         November 15, 2006
         [NOTE: This was submitted to the Newton Tab for publication. The editor had agreed
         to publish it, but somehow it never made it into print. Multiple phone calls from David
         Parker were not returned.]

         Flaunting his biases with intolerant arrogance, Richard Malmberg accused both Tom
         Mountain and Mrs. O'Shea of narrow-mindedness. He defends the "right" of the
         principal, superintendent, and a "social worker" to foist their personal views on "sex-
         change" and "cross-dressing" to young children behind the backs of parents. Let's get
         this straight. In a "teachable moment" that was clearly planned in advance, a GLSEN-
         trained social worker tells young impressionable children that men can "change" into
         women and vice versa, or alternatively, they can just dress-up like each other. Clearly,
         distraught with the assault on her psyche, a little innocent girl was deeply confused and
         had nightmares about the incident. Malmberg thinks very little, if at all, about
         "damaging the psychic and spiritual well-being" of little children. He must believe it's
         just the price that has to be paid for affirming gender transformation to tender-aged
         children. Malmberg even confesses that he felt a little awkward after finding out that
         this man he met was going through "gender reassignment". If such an "open-minded"
         person such as Malmberg felt awkward, imagine what a helpless child held captive in a
         classroom feels like. Malmberg further suggests that Ms. O'Shea should have been
         reprimanded for humiliating a Franklin family. All this I must say, is a new high in
         irreverent arrogance.

         It's déjà vu all over again for me. My wife and I requested notification when adults
         discuss homosexuality, gay-marriage, and transgenderism with our son in kindergarten.
         As parents we understand the one-sided views, the propaganda, being force fed to
         children. After four months of meetings and e-mails to the Lexington school
         administration, we insisted on accommodation. Their accommodation: handcuffs, an
         arrest, sending me to jail, and banning me from all schools in Lexington. The charge
         was criminal trespassing. Parents should not underestimate how forcefully some
         administrators will be to maintain full control of the social indoctrination process to
         little impressionable children. School administrators should not underestimate the
         lengths parents are willing go to protect their children and parental rights. There is now
         a civil lawsuit pending in Federal district court, filed after the book, "King and King",
         was read to children by a second grade teacher. The theme of this "lesson" was
         affirmation of homosexual romantic attraction and marriage. The teacher stated that
         she wanted to read a book that little boys could identify with. I look forward to meeting
         with the O'Sheas' to discuss their legal options.

         I admire the courage the O'Sheas displayed through it all. They have not allowed the self
         anointed human secularist zealots to humiliate them into silence. Their fortitude to
         speak out spreads the truth of what is occurring in our public schools. They have pulled
         their child out of school, but are still forced to pay taxes to this public den of
         indoctrination- taxation without representation.

         Malmberg talks about "HIS" definition of marriage that everyone should be forced to
         embrace, even elementary school children. What about God's definition? Perhaps that's
         too "Leave it to Beaver", so let's "Leave it to Malmberg". After all he knows what's right
         for our children. Oh, I forgot, there is no right and wrong for the relativists. Malmberg
         believes there are no absolutes, at least not, when it comes to one's gender, sexual
         expression, and marriage. And he believes HE is absolutely right. Some, so called,
         clergy and reverends have no reverence for the parental role or God's Word. Take heed,
         as the "non-judgmental" crowd judges and condemns loving parents, they are judging
         and condemning themselves.

         I do have some serious questions about this new "progressive and open-minded"
         ideology. Is the wife of the transgendered man to woman, now a lesbian? Wait that
         can't be true, she would have to be "born that way". How can she change her sexual
         orientation to be romantically attracted to her husband's new female form and persona?
         I've heard that sexual reorientation is absolutely impossible. But, I've also been told
         there are no absolutes. Oh well, I guess Newton school administrators will save those
         lessons for next years third grade class and one of those spontaneous "teachable
         moments". A GLSEN trained social worker's job is just never done.


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         Newton case highlights promotion of gay culture in public schools
         by Gail Besse
         Special to The Pilot
         December 8, 2006
         http://www.thebostonpilot.com/article.asp?ID=3813

         NEWTON — Like most mothers, Emer O’Shea did not expect that her daughter would
         learn about homosexual lifestyles in her third-grade classroom.

         But in her Newton public school last year, she did. What happened is a lesson on the
         need for more parents to find a voice, according to those fighting against the erosion of
         parental rights.

         More and more Christian parents are grappling with this problem nationwide, and
         especially in Massachusetts, where lawmakers in July quadrupled the 2007 budget to
         nearly $2 million for school programs aimed at “outreach to” and “support and safety
         of gay and lesbian students.” Lawmakers also created a permanent Commission for Gay
         and Lesbian Youth that will oversee how the money is spent and is not subject to the
         control of any other department.

         Half the Bay State population identifies itself as Catholic. However, three publicized
         cases here sound an alarm that parental rights — their rights to explain about human
         sexuality privately and within a moral context — can be superceded by educators
         promoting the homosexual lifestyle.

         These cases represent the tip of the iceberg, said a spokesman for MassResistance, a
         Waltham-based parents rights group.

         The O’Sheas’ story came to light in a Nov. 8 Newton TAB article by Tom Mountain, a
         father with children in the Newton public schools and a columnist for the weekly paper
         for four years.

         “Cases like this could happen anywhere in the state. Newton has a strong gay lobby, but
         what happens here today will occur five years down the line elsewhere,” he said in an
         interview. Mountain predicted that as more states protect marriage by constitutional
         amendment (there are now 27), homosexual educators will naturally move to
         Massachusetts, the only state to allow same-sex marriage.

         “For every Emer O’Shea who sticks her neck out like this, there’s 100 more who don’t —
         but want to. She was the first parent in two years who was willing to go on the record,”
         he said.

         What motivated O’Shea were the events that ensued after a Franklin Elementary School
         social worker, explained about transvestites and transgenders to her daughter’s class.
         The girl was confused and feared that her baby sister would turn into a boy, according
         to the article.

         A state law mandates that parents must have the chance to opt their children out when
         discussions of a sexual nature will occur in the classroom. But school officials said that
         parental consent did not apply in this case, as it was an unplanned “teachable
         moment.”

         Mountain didn’t buy that explanation, as the social worker was a former board member
         of GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network, who specialized in
         “integrating GLBT (Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender) issues” in the elementary years.

         For 10 months, O’Shea tried unsuccessfully to get assurances that similar subjects
         inappropriate for children would not be brought up again. Finally, she raised the issue
         publicly at a curriculum night for parents.

         “That night nobody backed me up, but the next day at the school people thanked me for
         bringing it up. I got calls and e-mails with the same message,” she said in a Nov. 21 e-
         mail.

         She credits a friend at her church, St. Bernard Parish, for giving her the confidence to

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         go ahead. “After the column came out I got a huge amount of calls again, thanking me
         for bringing attention to what had happened,” she said.

         Meanwhile, however, she removed her daughter from public school and enrolled her in
         a parochial one.

         “I think people don’t talk out openly as they don’t have another schooling option and
         they are afraid their child would suffer consequences if they speak up.” When they do
         try and meet resistance, O’Shea said, they “become resigned to the fact that they don’t
         have a choice or a voice.”

         Speaking out is difficult. Both she and the journalist were publicly rebuked in a Nov. 15
         Tab guest column submitted by Rev. Richard Malmberg, pastor at The Second Church
         in Newton, United Church of Christ, and chairman of the Newton Interfaith Clergy
         Association.

         “Gender configuration of the parents is irrelevant to what makes a family,” he wrote.
         Rev. Malmberg charged O’Shea with “an attempt to derail a school meeting to press her
         own agenda” and said Mountain had “reached a new low in mean-spirited narrow-
         mindedness.”

         Mountain said that it’s pressure such as Rev. Malmberg’s letter generates that
         intimidates more parents from defending their values in the public sphere. “Everyone
         expects everyone else to do it, and there is no one else to do it. It’s just going to take
         parents saying they’re not going to take it anymore,” he said.

         Four other parents who have publicly spoken up against their young children being
         presented with material by homosexual activists were David and Tonia Parker and Rob
         and Robin Wirthlin. Both Lexington couples filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in United
         States District Court in Boston in August against the town and school officials.

         Just how high the stakes are in the battle for parental rights became clear in October,
         when their suit was opposed by the Massachusetts Teachers Union, the ACLU and
         national homosexual advocacy groups.

         Following the TAB article, Parker issued a statement through the MassResistance Web
         site: “We have arrived at a time in history where school administrators are preaching
         the gospel of human secularism to their captive audience in the public classroom,” he
         said in part. “I don’t know what disgusts me more: those who do this to children in our
         public schools or the parents who watch silently and do nothing.”



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