What Happened to Parental Rights?
On Sept. 6, without parental notification, the seventh-grade students attending Martin Murphy Middle School were provided "sexual orientation and gender identity harassment and discrimination training."
This training is required pursuant to an out-of-court settlement signed by the Morgan Hill Unified School District in 2003. As most of society, I do not support discrimination of any type and believe those who discriminate against others should be held accountable for their actions.
The issue as to whether I agree or disagree with the training identified above is a mute point – the settlement requires the training to take place annually to all seventh- and ninth-grade students. My concern is that parents should be provided advance notice of this training and also the right to see the course content prior to the training. Parents should be allowed to discuss the issues with their children in a manner that is tailored to the child's level of understanding.
As you may know, the California Education Code requires that school districts provide advance parental notification prior to discussing certain topics such as AIDS education, human sexuality, family and sex education, etc. Additionally, the code provides an opt-out provision whereby the parents can excuse their children from these discussions.
The settlement states that the mandatory training "will cover topics related to harassment, discrimination and school safety and will not cover topics listed as requiring parental notification in the current code ... "
While this may remove the legal requirement to notify parents of an upcoming "sexual orientation and gender identity harassment and discrimination training." I believe that the district should act responsibly and notify the parents no more than one week prior to the training. Additionally the district should make the training material accessible for review prior to the training.
Parents should be allowed to be just that – parents. We need to be involved in the education of our children and the school district should provide parents advance notification of similar training in the future and support parental rights.
David Faulk, Morgan Hilln
Islam's Philosophy is Enemy
The letters to the editor and news articles with which you have inundated us since news of the potential mosque came to light are tragically and chillingly naive. The oh-so-politically-correct, multicultural loving, knee-jerk liberalism of these pro-mosque letters and syrupy sweet paeans to our loving and peaceful Muslim neighbors is unbelievable!
You are all being suckered in by the propaganda of organizations such as the Council on American Islamic Relations, which is dedicated to promoting a positive view of Muslims in America. Through media relations, lobbying, education and advocacy it puts forth an Islamic perspective to ensure the Muslim voice is represented.
We may no longer quote the early leaders of this group who said Islam is not in America to be equal to any other faith but to become dominant. The Koran should be the highest authority in America and Islam the only accepted religion on earth they said before they started becoming politically correct themselves and taking their true intentions underground, while they lull us into believing that despite America's freedom of religion the only religion they are working to force all free Americans to accept is Islam.
This philosophical basis of Islam is our enemy. It cannot be denied by any Muslim no matter how loving and peaceful they are portrayed to be without denying their religion. What will it take to wake Americans up to the threat of Islam? How many more concessions will we make in the name of liberal political correctness? How long will we wait until their religious voting blocs put ever and ever more pressure on more and more of our American laws and ideals?
Will it be when we hear their "calls to prayer" emanating from loudspeakers in the United States as they are now heard in Europe? Will it be when an American city earns a nickname like Londonstan? How many 9/11s will it take to wake us up to the cancerous spread of intolerance of Islam?
Diane C. Dawson, Morgan Hill
Distressed by Times Trails Headline, Story
I am quite distressed with last Friday's Times inflammatory headline – "Jackson Oaks to City: Take a Hike" and the likewise tone of the article. In actuality, the Morgan Hill City Council, under the leadership of Mayor Steve Tate, moved on the basis of the facts presented and on their own assessment. They did not "cave;" rather, they made an educated decision. The "mob of residents" is in fact a large body of our city's property owners, not solely Jackson Oaks, and certainly not hostile. Jackson Oaks residents are not against a trail system as was clearly stated at the beginning. These are very informed people and they are entitled to be involved. Likewise, City Council is an informed body charged with managing our interests, and this was the business at hand. My observation is that this Times' writer needs to be much more conscientious when reporting affairs of our city.
Lynn Liebschutz, Morgan Hill
Terror Tough Guy Has Failed
Time to revisit 9/11 since Bush tries to bolster his failed policy with 9/11 scare tactics. Former White House counterterrorism adviser Richard Clark urged President Bush to move aggressively against Al-Qaida to protect the U.S. from terrorists in January of 2001. Bush replied that Iraq was the greatest threat to the United States. Clarke continued to press the Bush underlings for an aggressive anti-Al-Qaida program for seven months but was rebuffed and constantly reminded that Iraq represented the greatest danger. After the devastation of 9/11, the program advocated by Clarke was adopted and Bush spawned the myth that his administration was tough on terror. The terror tough guy had an opportunity to do severe damage to Al-Qaida by finishing the job in Afghanistan, instead he turned to his war of choice, Iraq. We are still there attempting to privatize Iraqi oil by sacrificing American lives.
Frank Crosby, Morgan Hill