The American Civil Liberties Union is threatening to sue schools districts to remove various Web filters that block student access to websites with sexually explicit material because some of the sites blocked belong to homosexual activist groups.
The ACLU has threatened seven school districts and has already sued one of them in Missouri. The ACLU claims that not allowing children to access sites currently blocked by certain Web filters violates the students' constitutionally protected rights and the federal Equal Access Act.
"Our Safe Schools program resources, coming-out guides, and other support and education resources that we have been providing to LGBT young people nationwide for nearly 40 years are all blocked," the ACLU stated in a release.
In response to the threats, the Alliance Defense Fund has sent letters to the school districts urging them to reject the American Civil Liberties Union's demands that they deactivate Web filters that block student access to websites with sexually explicit material just because some of the sites blocked belong to homosexual activist groups. ADF assured the districts that they are well within their legal rights to retain their filters.
"School districts shouldn't be bullied into exposing students to sexually explicit materials," said ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman.
"The 'Don't Filter Me Initiative' would be better named the 'Public School Porn Initiative.' That's because the ACLU is pushing its radical sexual agenda for children by intimidating school districts with a long string of scare tactics disguised as a concern over censorship. In truth, these school districts have no obligation to cave to the ACLU's unwarranted demands. Our children come first," continued Cortman in a press statement.
The school districts the ACLU is targeting are: Camdenton R-III School District (Mo.), Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District (Texas), Oroville Union High School District (Calif.), Little Rock School District (Ark.), Prince William County Public Schools (Va.), Vineland Public School District (N.J.), and Aldine Independent School District (Texas).
The school district in Prince William County in Virginia ironically did not receive the email from ADF due to the email triggering an "offensive content" filter because the letter references the sexually explicit content of websites that the ACLU wants students at the school to be able to access.
"The materials that the ACLU wants children exposed to is sexually explicit enough that just mentioning them in an e-mail to adult district officials triggers an 'offensive content' filter," said ADF Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. "The ACLU cannot mask its attempts to turn school computers into porn portals for children with a supposed concern for censorship. Parents expect schools to be places where their children learn not places where they access pornography."