The Christian conservative legal advocacy group, the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), reacted to a recent complaint by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) alleging that filters which block student access to sexually explicit material also prevent them from accessing sites operated by homosexual activist groups. ADF has written to seven school districts, urging them to ignore ACLU's complaint.
School districts shouldn't be bullied into exposing students to sexually explicit materials. ACLU's "Don't Filter Me Initiative" would be better named the "Public School Porn Initiative. That's because the ACLU is pushing its radical sexual agenda for children by intimidating school districts with a long string of scare tactics. These are just disguised as a concern over censorship, but in truth these school districts have no obligation to cave to the ACLU's unwarranted demands.
David Cortman argued that the welfare of children is foremost in the circumstance. But the ACLU has already sued one of the seven school districts in Missouri blocking access of students to gay activist sites. ACLU argued that the schools are violating the students' constitutional rights and federal Equal Access Act.
But ADF has told the school districts that they are within their legal rights in implementing the filters.
Last February, ACLU in partnership with Yale Law School, began a nationwide campaign called "Don't Filter Me," against schools which block lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender websites. ACLU asked students to report if their school blocked websites maintained by LGBT activist communities. According to Joshua Block, ACLU attorney:
Students may not realize that it actually is illegal for their schools to block educational and political content geared toward the LGBT community. Programs that block LGBT content violate First Amendment rights to free speech, as well as the Equal Access Act.
Significantly, ADF does not explain why the filter should block LGBT activist sites along with sexually explicit or pornographic sites. ADF's claim that ACLU's "Don't Filter Me Initiative" would be better named the "Public School Porn Initiative" implies that it considers websites representing the viewpoint of the LGBT community "pornographic sites."