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Major parents' rights bill in public hearing Tuesday
Also at hearing: Planned Parenthood bills to force sexuality/ homosexuality into schools!
POSTED: Sept. 17, 2011
See posts below on Tuesday's public hearing:
1. Public hearing Tuesday, Sept. 20, in State House on sex-ed / homosexuality bills affecting schools.
See the hearing schedule HERE. The general topic is "Health". This includes three pro-family bills, five bills pushing the Planned Parenthood sex-ed/homosexuality agenda.
Seeking to change previous MassResistance accomplishments
The bills we are concerned with all aim to change two things that MassResistance accomplished several years ago (at that time we were known as Parents' Rights Coalition):
2. At hearing: MassResistance introduces "The David Parker Bill" H1060 - powerful parents' rights bill that will REALLY protect parents and kids!
We're fighting back!
David Parker case made it official: Parents have no power under current law
In April 2005, David Parker, a parent in Lexington, was arrested and taken to jail after he peacefully but unyieldingly insisted on being able to opt-out his 6-year-old son from lessons on homosexuality and transgenderism in Kindergarten -- and school officials had adamantly refused. Parker was also told by school officials (and state officials) that the current parental notification law does not apply to those issues.
The current Parental Notification Law (Ch. 71 Sec. 32A) is an "opt-out" bill, which seemed to make sense in 1996 when it was passed. But schools routinely do a poor job of notifying parents, if at all, and purposefully make the opt-out process difficult for the parent and often humiliating for the child.
Meanwhile, the public schools and the State have continued pushing these agendas on children without regard to parental rights.
Just a few of the major problems include:
Parents need protection from this. A lot of people don't realize how hideous these "off site" activities for schoolchildren are. Here just one example of what was given to kids at this year's state-sponsored "Youth Pride" day. Read the pamphlet here . . .
The David Parker Parents' Rights Bill - H1060 - was written by MassResistance and filed by Rep. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica). It is the only bill that closes all the loopholes and gives parents and students real power against the homosexuality and sexuality agendas targeting them. Among other thing:
This bill - H1060 -- needs everyone's full support! As you can imagine, it is being viciously opposed by the homosexual lobby. But then again, the current law was opposed just as hard back in the 1990s.
TEXT OF "DAVID PARKER BILL" H 1060
SECTION 1. Chapter 71, Section 32A of the General Laws is hereby amended, and Section 32B added, to be the following:
Section 32A. Parental Notification and Consent.
A. Definitions. As used in this section -
1. The term "alternative sexual behavior" means homosexuality, bisexuality, lesbianism, transsexuality , transgenderism , cross-dressing, pansexuality , promiscuity, sodomy, pederasty, prostitution, oral sex, anal sex, masturbation, polygamy, polyandry, sex re-assignment treatments, "bondage and discipline", sado -masochism, bestiality, and similar behaviors. It also includes issues and relationships deriving from those behaviors, including but not limited to "sexual orientation", and alternative family, parenting, and marriage constructs.
2. The term "school program" means any school sanctioned activity, or portion thereof, whether on or off campus, whether during or outside school hours, whether organized, presented or directed by school employees, agents of the school, students, volunteers, or others. This shall include, but not be limited to classes, curriculum, assemblies, outside speakers, workshops, clubs, exhibits, private or non-private counseling sessions, 'teachable moments', reading assignments, videos, posters, displays, and handouts.
B. Requirements for parental notification and consent.
Every city, town, regional school district or vocational school district presenting, implementing, or maintaining a school program which involves human sexual education, human sexuality issues or alternative sexual behavior shall adopt and implement a written policy ensuring parental/guardian notification of such school programs and a description of their content.
All such school programs shall be offered only in clearly identified non-mandatory elective courses or activities in which parents or guardians may choose to enroll their children through written notification to the school, in a manner reasonably similar to other elective courses or activities offered by the school district.
To the extent practicable, instruction materials and related items for said school programs, including access to related extra-curricular events, shall be made reasonably available to parents, guardians, educators, school administrators, and others for inspection and review.
No public school teacher or administrator shall be required to participate in any such school programs that violate his religious beliefs.
Section 32B. Surveys regarding personal or private issues.
No student in any public elementary or secondary school, without the prior written consent of the parent or guardian, shall be requested or required to submit to a survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information concerning: (1) political affiliations; (2) mental and psychological problems potentially embarrassing to the student or his family; (3) sexual behavior and attitudes; (4) illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating and demeaning behavior; (5) feelings of victimization; (6) suicide or self-abuse; (7) birth control or abortion; (8) critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships; (9) legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those with lawyers, physicians and ministers; or (10) income.
All such surveys, analyses, and evaluations shall be made reasonably accessible to parents, guardians, educators, school administrators, and others for inspection and review.
The Planned Parenthood sex-ed and homosexual lobbies have filed several bills to force their brand of "comprehensive sexuality education" and homosexual programs even further into the public schools than they already are.
In the past three Legislative sessions the Planned Parenthood and homosexual lobby have attempted to push two basic goals into the state's school system. All three times they have been defeated by an outcry from parents generated largely by MassResistance. Now they're back for a fourth try, apparently stronger than ever.
The basic goals of these bills are:
The infamous "Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Frameworks" was written in 1999, under the Cellucci administration. The state has posted a PDF version of it HERE.
This year they're apparently trying a "shotgun" approach. They've filed a number of different bills with variations in text. Most of these also attempt to placate criticism by repeating topt-out language in the current law, which in reality is weak and ineffective.
Here are the bills being heard at Tuesday's pubic hearing. They basically all accomplish the same two objectives listed above (click on bill number for text of bill):
H179 / S184 - [Identical bills filed in House and Senate.] Very similar to their bill filed last session.
H1063 / S190 - [Identical bills filed in House and Senate] Even worse than bills above. Also forces schools to report to the state various data about hours spent, numbers of students taught, etc., to presumably help state be more "effective" pushing this.
S259 - Slightly different language but just as bad.
In addition, this bill should also be stopped:
H1085 - Forces schools to conduct a comprehensive report of students currently taking various "health" related teaching that are identified in the Massachusetts comprehensive health curriculum frameworks.
These bills MUST be vigorously opposed. As in the previous sessions, we'll be doing that! Your testimony is encouraged!
There are two other bills that also seek to "update" our Parental Notification Law. Ch. 17, Sec. 32A. by changing the "opt-out" to "opt-in." But neither of them are sufficient, in our opinion:
H1934 (Rep. Brad Jones, R-North Reading). This is the same bill that MassResistance wrote and introduced in 2005, with a few minor text changes. But we soon saw that this bill also needed improvement. Its major flaws are (1) it only covers school activities where the "primary" involvement are certain issues, and (2) it does not cover surveys.
H155 (Rep. Elizabeth Poirier, R-North Attleborough) We like Rep. Poirier. But this is an absurd bill that actually weakens the current language. It shrinks the coverage to merely "sex education" and completely ignores the other "human sexuality" and "sexual orientation" issues, and also does not cover surveys.
But the "moderate" pro-family and pro-life groups in Massachusetts -- and you know who they are -- are backing these bills and NOT backing the David Parker Bill H1060. Why is that? We pretty sure they've been told by legislators that these moderate bills are more "politically possible" than H1060.
But in these culture war issues, that kind of compromising approach never works. Whatever you put forth, the other side will oppose with equal fervor. Being principled works much more often. Back in 1996 we were told by "experts" that the notification bill was "impossible" but we forced the issue and got it passed anyway.
Sometimes people on our own side can be more aggravating than the other side.
Do the right thing! Don't compromise on core principles. Help us fight for you!
MassResistance has been testifying at public hearings in the Massachusetts State House for over 16 years. We used to encourage everyone to go to public hearings that involved important bills. But now we have a lot of second thoughts about that.
In many states around the country, the Legislature actually values input from the public. But in Massachusetts, the politicians already know what's "right" and they don't need the hoi polloi to bother them. In our experience, legislators here consider public hearings an insufferable but required nuisance. And they make the public uncomfortable and inconvenienced so they'll be reluctant come.
Most of the time, less than half of the committee even shows up -- often just two or three members. There are usually more bills scheduled than can be heard in a reasonable time, so hearings with critical bills sometimes go on all day and into the night. The order of the bills, the rules, and who gets called up are completely at the whim of the committee chairman (always a liberal), and are usually inconsistent. "Important" people and liberals can generally talk as long as they want. Regular people are held to 3 minutes. Pro-family people are usually called on last and they are often treated rudely.
Other legislators are considered more important than anyone else, and can just show up and testify immediately, while regular people may have to wait for as many as 10 hours to testify and are treated like subjects groveling before a king, lucky to be heard at all.
On top of that, the hearing rooms are poorly ventilated and often become steamy as people get packed in like sardines. The other side can usually get more people because they tend to have state-subsidized jobs, union jobs, etc; and many don't have families to take care of. For most people on our side it's a pretty obnoxious experience. And after the first hour of so, it's pretty clear that most of the committee members aren't interested anymore, anyway.
Scene from a similar Education Committee hearing a few years back.
For those reasons, we now generally recommend at least a few hearty souls go down and make the case at the hearing. But for the average person it's probably not worth it.
We can use a few people this time. Please contact us right away if you can come down on Tuesday.
We've found it's actually more effective to submit written testimony, which can often be done even weeks after the hearing. More of the committee members tend to read that than come to the hearings! But the real persuasion happens in other ways, usually old-fashioned political pressure.
For this public hearing you can send written testimony here:
Joint Education Committee
Massachusetts State House, Room 473G
Boston, MA 02133
And we'll keep you up to date on what else you can do!