What did some students in Maryland bring home to their families along with their report cards? Oh, just a little literature from Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays, which wanted high school students to know that homosexuality can be cured through therapy. And there’s nothing you can do about it.
Unless you can convince a judge the fliers constitute “hate speech.” That’s because, based on a 2006 court ruling, public school districts are required to distribute, four times a year, any literature from a registered non-profit. Which makes PFOX’s material qualify for mandated distribution. Even if America’s leading psychological groups think such “therapy” isn’t just ineffective, but harmful.
(The one-sheet flier says “every year thousands of people with unwanted same-sex attractions make the personal decision to leave a gay identity.”)
And it sounds like it’s time to revisit that 2006 court ruling. Because any entity could register themselves a shell non-profit and begin distributing material that doesn’t qualify as hate speech, but is certainly harmful for students.
Think the National Council of Chain Restaurants — the trade group representing diabetes and obesity concerns including McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Carl’s Jr., and KFC — can’t form a one-person 501(3)(c) and start forcing Maryland schools to bring home to parents a brochure about the healthy dining options available in the neighborhood? We’d be surprised if they haven’t already explored the possibility.
The school’s administrators and faculty have fought back in previous years, when PFOX also demanded its fliers be distributed to students. (The two parties have also sparred over Maryland‘s sex education curriculum.) But that’s no match for the standing 2006 court ruling, and PFOX’s own proud efforts to distribute more materials.
(Note: Above graphic is not the one being distributed to schools.)