Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Chicago Sued for Showing Brokeback Mountain to 12-Year-Olds

From LifeSite News:
The Chicago Board of Education is being sued after a 12-year-old school girl was shown the movie Brokeback Mountain in class - the film depicts a homosexual affair between two cowboys and contains graphic scenes of homosexual sex.

The lawsuit was brought against the board by Jessica Turner and her grandparents, Kenneth and LaVerne Richardson, claiming the child suffered psychological distress after viewing the R-rated movie in her class at Ashburn Community Elementary School last year. The film received the rating for language, nudity and drug use shown in the content. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges the video was shown in class without permission from the students' parents and guardians.

A substitute teacher, identified only as Ms. Buford, was reportedly the one responsible for showing the film. "What happens in Ms. Buford's class stays in Ms. Buford's class," she told her students according to the lawsuit.

One can only hope that, in the future, what happens in Ms. Buford’s cell stays in Ms. Buford’s cell. Isn’t this, like, a crime? Don’t we have anything left in the statute books about “contributing to the delinquency of a minor?”

For crying out loud, the Motion Picture Association of America rated the movie as R, meaning “no one under 17 admitted without parent or guardian.” As a priest once pointed out to me, the Motion Picture Association wants you to go see movies; if they voluntarily rate it R, doesn’t that tell you something? What is wrong with these people?

I will offer a prayer for Ms. Buford, but I have come to accept the fact that, in the Great War between God and Satan, there are large numbers of people in this world who have voluntarily enlisted on the other side.