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Expressing Sense of House that Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Infringed on Parental Rights

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EXPRESSING SENSE OF HOUSE THAT NINTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS INFRINGED ON PARENTAL RIGHTS -- (House of Representatives - November 16, 2005)

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Mr. PITTS. Madam Speaker, I thank the gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. Murphy) for introducing this important legislation.

In its decision, the Ninth Circuit said: ``We hold that parents have no due process or privacy right to override the determinations of public schools as to the information to which their children will be exposed while enrolled as students.''

Parents, not schools, certainly not the courts, hold the primary responsibility for educating their children, especially when it comes to more sensitive subject matters like sexual, moral, and religious instruction. But the Ninth Circuit, the same court that ruled the phrase ``under God'' in the Pledge is unconstitutional, would strip parents of this fundamental role in their children's lives.

Make no mistake: if this ruling stands, not only will parents lose the right to choose what lessons their children will learn; it will not be long before they will not even be allowed to know what is being taught in the classroom.

I rise in strong support of this resolution and urge its adoption.

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