I am glad I do not live in Massachusetts, for if I did, my only options would be to move to a different state or home-school my children. Unfortunately, this type of retreat would accomplish little. The battle is joined and we are losing.

The Massachusetts supreme court has upheld a lower court ruling that stated that school districts had no obligation to inform parents of curriculum that indoctrinates children with the belief that gay ‘marriage’ is fine and dandy. What is worse, even if the parents know about it, they have no right to opt their children out of the lessons. From Lifesite:

The three judge panel ruled that a lower court decision was correct when it denied parents the right to remove their children from such classes, while admitting that the purpose of the literature to which their children were being exposed was to influence children to “tolerate” gay marriage.

“It is a fair inference that the reading of King and King was precisely intended to influence the listening children toward tolerance of gay marriage,” the court admits. “That was the point of why that book was chosen and used.”

The families who brought the lawsuit vow to go all the way to the U.S. Supreme court. Unfortunately, retreat into homeschooling is no answer for the onslaught will not stop in the schools. It is already beginning in other areas that may not be so visible yet, but will be.

This debate is the spear point of a movement to eliminate any public exercise or recognition of religion. Knights of Columbus halls and Parish Halls will be sued to to force them to allow same sex celebrations or close their doors. The legal right to marry will be removed from any denomination that refuses to recognize same sex marriages. Eventually, publicly opposing homosexual acts and same sex marriage and proclaiming the Church’s teaching will be considered a “hate crime.’

This is why this debate matters. This is a crucial battle over the rights of religious belief in the public sphere. Make no mistake, it is a battle and we are losing.