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Court Rules Maryland Parents Have No Say in LGBTQ Curriculum

In a ruling that strikes a severe blow to parental rights, the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has sided against Maryland parents attempting to protect their children from exposure to radical transgender ideology in public schools. These parents, concerned about the indoctrination of their young children in grades K-5, were not only sidelined but were flatly denied the opportunity to opt their children out of exposure to highly controversial content. This decision underscores a disturbing trend toward the erosion of parental rights, highlighting a judicial indifference to the values and concerns of families trying to raise their children according to their moral and religious beliefs.

The case emerged from Montgomery County, where the school board, under the guise of “inclusivity,” introduced over 20 new books in 2022 aimed at young learners. However, these books went far beyond promoting understanding and kindness—core values of any civil society. Instead, they pushed narratives of gender transitioning and drag culture on children as young as three, with content that included images of “[drag] queens,” and the alarming claim that the sex of newborns is merely a “guess” by doctors.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has aptly noted that the actions of the school board grossly infringe upon the constitutionally protected rights of parents to direct the religious and moral upbringing of their children. This intrusion goes beyond inappropriate educational material—it represents a profound violation of family rights over sensitive issues of human sexuality and personal identity.

This ruling sends a chilling message to conservatives and concerned parents everywhere about the growing reach of progressive ideologies into public education systems. When schools can mandate what children are exposed to without parental input, and courts refuse to intervene, we must question what’s left of parental authority.

We must recognize that the fight for the future of our children is not only happening in the political arena but right in our classrooms. This case begs the question: Who truly benefits from denying parents the right to protect their children from radical ideologies? The costs are devastating—stripping away the innocence of our children and trampling the fundamental freedoms of parents. As we witness these educational battles unfold, it is imperative that we stand up for the rights of parents to raise their children according to their values, ensuring that our voices are heard and heeded in both courts and school boards across the nation.

Robert B. Chernin

Robert B. Chernin

Robert is a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser, and former radio talk show host. He studied political science at McGill University in Montreal and has spent over 25 years deeply involved in civic affairs at all levels. Robert has consulted on a variety of federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition.