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Judge Rules Muslim, Christian Parents Can’t Opt Out Of Lessons On Gender Identity, Sexuality


A Maryland district court ruled Thursday that Christian and Muslim parents cannot opt their children out of lessons on gender identity and sexual orientation.

A coalition of religious parents sued the Montgomery County Public School Board in March after being notified that students could no longer opt out of lessons discussing gender identity and sexual orientation, arguing that such instruction violates their religious rights. Judge Deborah Boardman denied a preliminary injunction that would have reinstated an opt-out policy ahead of the 2023-2024 school year that begins on Monday.

“The Court concludes the plaintiffs’ asserted due process right to direct their children’s upbringing by opting out of a public-school curriculum that conflicts with their religious views is not a fundamental right. Rational basis review is the appropriate level of scrutiny,” Boardman wrote in her opinion.

Montgomery County Public Schools released a list of LGBTQ-inclusive books in November 2022 that would be implemented in elementary school lessons throughout the year, according to a school presentation. In pre-kindergarten, students will be read “Pride Puppy,” a story of a family celebrating Pride Day that discusses the words “intersex” and “drag queen,” and in fifth-grade students will read “Born Ready,” a book that promotes the idea that “a child-knows-best” when discussing “gender transitioning.”

Ahead of oral arguments for the case on Aug. 9, Muslim, Catholic and Greek Orthodox parents rallied in front of the court house arguing that the school district’s policy violates their religious beliefs and their ability to raise their kids.

“We don’t celebrate actions that go against our faith. We have a certain set of actions, sexual regulations and we want to teach our kids that this is the correct way to approach sex and sexual conduct,” Kareem Monib, a Muslim parent, previously told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “When the state comes in at an early age and starts introducing ideas, like transgenderism, or that there are more than two sexes, or even use terms that our kids can’t understand, that does create a burden on our beliefs.”

The coalition of parents who sued the school board plan to appeal Thursday’s ruling, according to a press release by Becket Law, the firm representing the plaintiffs.

“The court’s decision is an assault on children’s right to be guided by their parents on complex and sensitive issues regarding human sexuality,” Eric Baxter, senior counsel at Becket law, said in the press release. “The School Board should let kids be kids and let parents decide how and when to best educate their own children consistent with their religious beliefs.” 

Montgomery County Public Schools referred the DCNF to its press release.

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  1. Again, the government trying to force their ungodly beliefs on our children! Nothing but socialism rearing its ugly head again through hell bound Biden’s Administration! What they ought to start teaching these children is the dangers of socialism and it’s failures in every nation who have instituted it. This utopian society they keep rambling about has failed and brought misery on every person under it. Maybe they should have people who lived under socialism come into the schools and speak about that utopian bondage they experienced when they lived under it’s cruel iron hand. Americans better wake up instead of being “woke” up before it’s too late!

  2. Maryland is a Blue State so what do you expect. The judge is probably an activist and or gay/lesbian herself. Best thing to do if you have the means is to put your kids in private schools, home school them, or just leave the state. Any of these options is better than having your kids indoctrinated by the leftists.

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