Thursday, October 20, 2005

MA: Oppose Homosexuality = No Voting

"The trial of a Massachusetts man who was arrested after disputing the teaching of homosexuality in his son's kindergarten class has been continued until next month.

"In April, David Parker, of Lexington, spent a night in jail and was charged with criminal trespassing after refusing to leave a scheduled meeting with officials at the Estabrook Elementary School unless they gave him the option of pulling his child out of certain classes.

"Parker says the officials had indicated they would agree to a notification policy then suddenly refused. He insists he has done nothing wrong and is willing to contest the charge rather than plea-bargain."

"The dispute began last spring when Parker's then-5-year-old son brought home a book to be shared with his parents titled, 'Who's in a Family?' The optional reading material, which came in a 'Diversity Book Bag,' depicted at least two households led by homosexual partners."

"Parker insists he has done nothing wrong and represents a danger to no one.

"A no-trespass order issued against him by the school—which includes all district property—is 'simply an intimidation tactic' against anyone who might protest the school's pro-homosexual policies regarding elementary school children, Article 8 says.

"Parker cannot drop off or pick up his children from school; attend his children's sports events or other school activities; meet with his children's teachers at parent-teacher conferences; attend or participate in school committee meetings; or even vote on election day at his local polling place, a public school." ...

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