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ACLU: Schools Must Access Gay Sites

From eSchool News:

ACLU to schools: Stop blocking gay sites

Mon, Apr 20, 2009    

Group threatens lawsuit unless Tennessee schools allow access to web sites on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues

Some Tennessee districts’ internet filtering has blocked LGBT content, leading to objection from the ACLU.

The American Civil Liberties Union has asked public school officials in Tennessee to stop blocking students’ access to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender web sites on school computers — or face a possible lawsuit.

In a letter dated April 15, the organization said as many as 80 percent of Tennessee’s public school districts, including Knox County and Metro Nashville schools, might be restricting access to non-sexual sites that offer educational and political information about issues such as gay marriage or groups such as the Human Rights Campaign.

Tennessee schools are connected by a statewide computer network run by Education Networks of America (ENA). The network uses filtering software that groups web sites into different categories and allows local school officials to block or unblock those categories at their discretion.

One of the categories is called "LGBT," for sites that include information about lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender issues.

The ACLU’s letter asks Tennessee schools that use ENA’s filtering service to stop blocking sites designated as "LGBT," or the organization will file a lawsuit. According to the letter, the software’s default setting blocks all sites that ENA categorizes as "LGBT."

Federal and state law only requires schools to use filtering software to restrict information that is obscene or harmful to minors.

"When I found out about this web filtering software, I wasn’t looking for anything sexual or inappropriate–I was looking for information about scholarships for LGBT students, and I couldn’t get to it because of this software," said Andrew Emitt, a 17-year-old senior at Central High School in Knoxville. "Our schools shouldn’t be keeping students in the dark about LGBT organizations and resources."

In its letter, the ACLU gives the districts until April 29 to come up with a plan to restore access to these sites by the beginning of the 2009-10 school year.

"Students … are being denied access to content that is protected speech under the First Amendment, as well as the Tennessee state constitution," said Tricia Herzfeld, staff attorney with the ACLU of Tennessee. "This kind of censorship does nothing but hurt students, whether they’re being harassed at school and want to know about their legal rights or are just trying to finish an assignment for a class."

ENA’s chief executive, David Pierce, issued a statement in response to the ACLU’s letter.

"ENA’s role is to provide internet services to our customers, which are school districts across Tennessee and other states," the statement read. "While our service includes filtering functionality, it is our customers who make the decisions about which categories are blocked or unblocked."

Representatives from both Metro Nashville Public Schools and Knox County Schools said their districts are reviewing the ACLU’s request and determining how best to address it.

What a break for NAMBLA, and homosexual recruiters in general.

Surely the ACLU will also insist on schools granting access to groups like Ex-Gay Is OK and other similar anti-homosexual groups.

And doesn’t the National Rifle Association offer scholarships?

Also, the ACLU will now most certainly demand that all schools allow access to military recruiting sites, which are currently often blocked.

Of course we are kidding. The ACLU will never do anything that does not damage this country and its citizenry.

Apparently, that’s what it means to be a taxpayer supported 501c3 “charity.”

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

21 Responses to “ACLU: Schools Must Access Gay Sites”

  1. BillK says:

    From Fox News, our friends at the ACLU are staying busy:

    ACLU to Tennessee Schools: Stop Blocking Gay Web Sites or Face Lawsuit

    The American Civil Liberties Union is threatening to sue Tennessee public school officials if they do not stop restricting students’ access to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Web sites on school computers.

    Tennessee schools are connected to a statewide computer network that uses filtering software that groups Web sites into different categories, eSchoolNews.com reports. Local school officials have the ability to block or unblock those categories.

    In a letter dated April 15, the ACLU said as many as 80 percent of public school districts in the state might be blocking access to non-sexual sites that offer educational and political information about issues like gay marriage.

    The letter alleges the software blocks all sites designed as such by default. Federal and state laws only require schools to use filtering software to restrict obscene or harmful information.

    The ACLU demands the schools have a plan to restore access to sites designated as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender for the 2009-10 academic year by April 29, eSchoolNews.com reports.


    While not sexually explicit, isn’t any site that addresses homosexuality in any way by definition a “sexual” site?

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    I am quite sure that Muslim Jihad recruiters will want to recruit via High School computers for the “Vest Scholarships” or better yet, why not allow all porn to be viewed from school computers. There just may be a “Filthy MacNasty” scholarship in it somewhere.
    Advice to Andrew….go home and use your computer or a queer friends computer. Filters are in place because the law requires it. Do you think you are more special than the rest of America? Do we need to change the system because you can’t get a queer scholarship on school computers? You make me wanna hurl big pieces. I’m sure you will get your Barney Franks Scholarship……..now go buy a purse to match the scarf that came with Barneys’ grant!!

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      LD .. God bless ya’. You just don’t mince those words do ya? I love it. You’re always a kick to read. (Colonel, too.) (And so many others.) :-)

  3. heykev says:

    Back when I was in college in Chicago, out illustrious mayor walked in front of the NAMBLA procession in the “Gay Pride” parade. I knew then that it did not bode well for our country and we’d be on a downward moral spiral.

    Guess this decline has calumniated in Berry’s election. I just hope at some point and time our elected officials get what Blago refers to as “testicular fortitude” so we can fight the Berry’s stimulus package and reforms and – God held us if this ever happens – he gets to replace someone on the Supreme Court.

    • canary says:

      heykev, one of the Justices is dying of pancreas cancer. Pray is really needed
      during this insane time in American History. Think I’ll start saying Yes God Can
      when things are so depressing.

    • heykev says:

      Yes, heard about Ruth BG’s cancer. Hope she gets well. Just pray that all these that are conservative stay that way and those that aren’t become and that all remain healthy for the next 3-1/2 years.

      I like the “Yes, God Can!” way of thinking. Because of course He can.

  4. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    I’m pretty sure that some of those websites will have links to porn. But hey, why stop there? Let’s allow the students access to other websites that promote the violent overthrow of our country, preach nationalistic hatred to people of other color, and other sites filled with moral depravity. No, I’m not serious, I’m just trying to illustrate how asinine the ACLU’s mentality is over this. The First Amendment doesn’t give one the right to give over into total perversion in the name of liberty, but apparently the litigation nazis of the the ACLU think otherwise.

    • proreason says:

      Don’t kid yourself that they oppose minors having access to porn.

      In the short term, they may pretend that they don’t want it, but in the long run, porn is one of the tricks in their toolkit to “expand the base” of homosexuality.

      They also think there is nothing wrong with NAMBLA. Soon we will hear about the “right” for children to have sex with adults.

    • Gila Monster says:

      Soon we will hear about the “right” for children to have sex with adults.

      Just like those jihadic followers of that 7th century “prophet”, Moo-ham-mad and his so pious Imams.

    • jobeth says:

      That “Man-Boy Love” website will probably soon start local chapters in all the schools as after school extra curricular

      Then of course we need a “health class” to show how to…..(you get the picture)

      Then we will all have to stand and put our hands over our hearts and say a pledge to their by laws…

  5. canary says:

    Obama pushed the gay school agenda when he appointed Arnie Duncan from
    Chicago, Il as Sec. of Education. Duncan’s agenda for separate gay schools, didn’t get accepted, so he focused on forcing schools to become more gay friendly. Duncan even threatened to sue the former Sec.of Education.

    Duncan also participated in the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, with
    Obama and former terrorist weatherman bomber Bill Ayers to radicalize Chicago schools, and go softer on juvenile delinquent and devious behavior.

    So, when I think the student must be “stupid or lying” to think there is scholarships based on your sexual preference, he has accomplished in becoming the new poster boy, replacing Bill Ayers, for Arnie Duncan’s and aCLU’s dream of starting LGBT only schools.
    (don’t forget while Arnie Duncan controlled Il schools, the Obama’s were paying for private schools for their children, and old student loans for themselves.)

    I think the best recourse of action the schools should take, is to insist on fairness and equality for all students. Schools for: white students only, black students only, separate schools religious beliefs, (Duncan allready favors separate schools for muslims (separated into male and females do to muslim faith), wicken schools, Mexican only schools.

    Personally I believe LGBT schools would be great. The LGBT would not being creating chaos in confusing, brainwashing, pressuring, fondling, the normal sexual preferenced students. This would lead to more children’s promiscuity sexual experimentation, group sex, sex games, obcession over sex, STD, pregnancies, who’s the daddy? problems.

    The LGBT schools will have these same enormous problems. The B’s will cause so much havoc and misery, among the Ls, Gs, and Ts, getting in between the Ls, Gs, and Ts, causing violent break-ups, jealous rages, beatings, cat and dog fights, mutilation of body parts, STD’s and even murder. They will have to make separate schools for the B’s, T’s, Ls and Gs, do to lust, desire, and doing whatever the heck makes them feel good.

  6. VMAN says:

    What I want to know is what part of anatomy class didn’t these people understand? Specific parts of the human body, male and female, have very specific functions. When they are used for something other than what they were designed for it results in a perversion. I know libs are big on “mother nature” so why do they accept as normal a perversion of what their “mother” intended. A lifestyle based solely on how sex is performed doesn’t sound like much of a life.

  7. Squito says:

    What a joke. I can’t reach this site, yahoo.com, and assorted other pages on the high school computers, but yippee! If I ever have kids, they’ll be free to learn the wonders of homosexual perversion when they enter school!

    Hmmm… I wonder if they’ll let you on sites like this: http://theroadtoemmaus.org/RdLb/22SxSo/PnSx/HSx/HealthHosx2.htm

    • Steve says:

      “What a joke. I can’t reach this site, yahoo.com, and assorted other pages on the high school computers…”

      You really can’t get S&L on high school computers?

      I’ve never heard that before.

    • canary says:

      Interesting observations. I put my son’s computer on teen mode through AOL controls a couple of years ago, and it just automatically solicited all this teen magazine stuff. The kind of stuff in teen magazine like High School movie, the Jones boys and all. But, I was not able to look up news under that control.
      I think most parents would rather not worry what sites schools allow. Theres’s enough garbage in the schools our children are exposed too.

      Interesting to know student’s in school surf the internet when they are suppose to be using the computer for education, not politics and sex. I think this is ACLU trying to get all Obomi’s orgs and grass root crap on the internet.

      Maybe that’s why he made the fake promise the internet for everychild. Brainwashing made simple. His agenda only. We need some Republicans getting legal eagles to sue the ACLU if it comes to using school computers to promote Obama. School prayer? no. Obama? yes.

    • jobeth says:

      Canary, that happened to us as well. We allowed my “slightly slow”granddaughter to have her own computer as she is having trouble with reading etc.

      My husband put the kid control on the tightest control for children.
      She had a few Disney sites that my husband put on her desk top for her.

      Wasn’t long before she was getting all kinds of stuff to “follow” which she did of course. Some of it let ultimately to some very questionable sites…. Remember the path started at the Disney site.

      Needless to say he had to completely rework her computer and with a long discussion with her we haven’t had any more problems. (He checks constantly where she goes now)

    • proreason says:

      I think internet controls are a good thing, but as Jobeth points out, there is NO WAY that they will ever, under any circumstances be foolproof.

      The reason is that pornographers and other deviants, including political deviants, will always be one step ahead, just like for non-internet crime. Just look at Las Vegas, and the multi-billion dollar investment those businesses have made in detecting cheaters. Yet there will always be cheaters….they just go to the next level, and there is no end to the levels.

      That’s why total dictatorships ban internet access completely and THEN make usage subject to draconian punishment.

    • Squito says:

      “You really can’t get S&L on high school computers?”

      Yep, though I can’t figure out why. I can reach Ann Coulter and Rush’s sites just fine (except for video segments, of course), but this one pulls up a blank. (shrug)

  8. MinnesotaRush says:

    Apparrently, .. Reading, writing, and ‘rithmatic is asking just too much.


    • Colonel1961 says:

      Well, they’ve done such a great job with the 3 R’s that they can afford to venture into other areas…

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