After being sued late last year by the American Civil Liberties
Union to put the book In Our Mothers' House back on the
library shelves of Utah public elementary schools, the Davis School
District caved in to the legal pressure and settled with the
homosexual advocacy group to make the book readily available to
young students in the school.
District attorneys agreed to put the controversial
book back on the shelves despite parents' objections, not to
mention a state statute prohibiting instructional materials
containing "advocacy of homosexuality." Shortly after conceding
last month, this agreement was put into action, as Assistant
Superintendent Pamela Park sent the order for elementary school
librarians to place the controversial book back on the shelves in
several district libraries.
Before and during the lawsuit, school district attorneys argued that
the book violated Utah's sex education law; but when the ACLU and
LGBT community ramped up the pressure, the district folded and
signed a settlement, assuring that if it breaks its promises, any
student in the district's elementary schools can have the agreement
enforced by the court.
When a group of parents submitted a petition complaining about
author Patricia Polacco's In Our Mothers' House being on
elementary school shelves within the Davis School District last
year, the book was taken off the shelves in four libraries and
placed behind the counter for students to be able to check out from
librarians with their parents' permission.
Two months after the ACLU filed suit on behalf of Tina Weber, a
parent of two children in the school district, the activist group
scored its victory for the LGBT community -- forwarding its quest
to normalize homosexual behavior, same-sex "marriage" and adoption
by same-sex couple across the nation.
Not as bad as it seems?
Even though the Davis School District handed the ACLU what it
considers a "fantastic victory," school officials still contend
that settling under the leftist organizations' terms wasn't a
Chris Williams, the spokesman for the district, announced that
parents not wanting their children checking out certain books from
the district's elementary school libraries are still allowed to
notify librarians not to release specified objectionable
Park corroborated this message, announcing on the district's
behalf that parents have access to the computer system of the
district's libraries so that they can block their children's
attempts to check out books that they consider run contrary to
Refusing to admit defeat, Williams contends that the settlement
does not constitute the district's admission of liability,
maintaining that it primarily applies to In Our Mother's
House. After assuring disgruntled parents that the district's
reviewing process to weed out offensive prospective library books
will stay in place, Williams insisted that settling with the ACLU
was merely a "compromise of disputed claims."
Lifting up lesbians
Polacco's book celebrates the lives of a lesbian couple, Marmee
and Meema, who adopted children, communicating the message that
their relationship should be praised -- not questioned.
"In their beautiful house, they cook dinner together, they laugh
together, and they dance together," the book reads. "But some of
the other families don't accept them. They say they are different.
How can a family have two moms and no dad?"
Casting those who don't approve of such relationships at bigoted
or hateful, the author goes on to explain how homosexuality should
not only be accepted, but viewed as something beautiful and
Contradicting many of the books' four-star rankings from
advocates of homosexual behavior, Amazon reviewer "C Turtle" gave
his unbiased take on Polacco's book -- as a discerning parent not
wanting to expose his children to topics they are not yet ready to
"I don't want to have to explain to my children at an age where
they cannot understand why these women are raising children
together," Turtle asserts in his one-star review. "They are too
young to grasp the concept of marriage or love or commitment at
He indicates that the agenda or message behind the book can work
to confuse and or manipulate children at an early age before they
are able to discern whether such kinds of relationships are right
"They are still trying to define their own emotions," the
reviewer says of elementary school students. "Save these topics for
an age where the children can at least put a name on what they're
feeling. If you are buying this for home use, buy away .... Note
well that some topics in the book are for more mature children,
As school reform measures pick up steam, millions of Americans
in all 50 states took part this week in a host of National School
Choice Week events.