Michelle Malkin has this story about a California court that has issued an outrageously harsh – and grotesquely incorrect – indictment against the practice of home-schooling.
From the LA Times:
"Parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children," wrote Justice H. Walter Croskey in a Feb. 28 opinion signed by the two other members of the district court. "Parents who fail to [comply with school enrollment laws] may be subject to a criminal complaint against them, found guilty of an infraction, and subject to imposition of fines or an order to complete a parent education and counseling program."
"Parent education and counseling"?? Sounds suspiciously like a force-fed indoctrination into the state’s vision of PC multiculturalism. Suppose a parent refuses to attend. Is he or she looking at jail time as a result?
That’s unconstitutional, Judge Croskey, as is the very idea of penalizing parent for refusing to participate in a system that they find morally repugnant.
As Michelle says, there’s a rank smell about this ruling, coming as it does on the heels of a Christian rebellion in the state over SB 777, a new law signed by Gov. Schwarzenegger.
SB 777, or the California Student Civil Rights Act, requires "nondiscrimination" against sexual orientation, as well as other characteristics. Opponents take that to mean favorable teaching about homosexuality, bisexuality, gender identity and any and every other form of sexual expression for which there is an advocate.
It isn’t just the sexual re-programming. That’s symbolic of a larger problem. The government schools want to shape a child’s mind in ways that reflect a mostly liberal, humanistic worldview. This has implications for a child’s understanding of economics, foreign policy, American history and the size and purpose of government, in addition to what once were known as "traditional values."
This month the jack-booted thugs of liberalism came for civil rights in California.
For all their hot-headed, anti-Bush rhetoric decrying the loss of freedoms due to the administration’s expansion of national security surveillance programs, so-called progressives are all for sweeping limitations on individual liberties when it suits their various agendas.
But we already knew that.
Some California parents will fight back, but here’s a good chance that no one in power will do anything to stop the curtailment of personal freedom in that state.
The question is: When the liberal fascists come to your state or country, what will you do?