October 4, 2012 by SquarePegDem
Talk about looking for problems where done exist for the sake of an ideological agenda. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recently tried to intimidate the Gwinnett County (GA) school district into dismantling its LGBT website filter. Fortunately, the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) stepped up to thwart the ACLU shakedown.
Charisma News was one of the few media outlets to cover the attempted shakedown:
The American Civil Liberties Union has demanded a Georgia school district to deactivate its Web filter that currently blocks student access to websites in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender category.
The Alliance Defense Fund sent a letter Friday urging Gwinnett County Public Schools to reject the ACLU’s insistence, explaining that the district is well within its legal rights to keep the filter in place, especially since deactivating the filter would expose students to sites with sexually explicit content.
“School districts shouldn’t be bullied into exposing students to sexually explicit materials,” says ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman. “This latest scare tactic—under the facade of illegal censorship—is just another act of intimidation designed to forward the ACLU’s radical sexual agenda for children.”
The letter from ADF—a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith—provides the district with a list of sexually graphic sites, including sites with pornographic images and sex advice that would be accessible to students if the district agreed to the ACLU’s demand.
The ACLU claimed that an “epidemic of LGBT youth suicides and bullying” required the school district to disable the LGBT filter. The only problem with the ACLU’s assertion is that there is no evidence of an epidemic of bullying or suicide at schools in Gwinnett County. “Oh! Never mind.”
“The idea that Internet filters somehow result in student suicides is preposterous, and the ACLU should be ashamed for making such a connection,” says Jeremy Tedesco, ADF legal counsel. “The ACLU cannot mask its attempts to turn school computers into porn portals for children with a supposed concern for bullying and suicides.
“Parents expect schools to be places where their children will learn knowledge, information and skills that will make them productive members of society, not places where they can access pornography.”
Civil rights organizations such as the ACLU must stop using our children as pawns in advancing their ideological and political agendas. People of faith are grateful for the likes of the ADF riding to the rescue.
Here, in NYC, the ADF was essential in our fight preserving religious freedom and access to weekend religious services in unused public school buildings.
Three cheers for the ADF!