Some call for change in Texas law that permits parents to show their children material that may be deemed harmful.
Dallas, Texas (WiredPRNews.com) – Some have expressed outrage over a Texas law that permits parents to show their children material that may be deemed harmful to them. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the controversy ensued after a prosecutor purportedly stated he could not take legal action against a man who allegedly forced his young children to view pornographic material.
As noted in the report, the law, created in the 1970s, is said to have been created for the protection of parents who wanted their children to learn sex education, but the wording also provides protection in situations such as that of the accused father.
The mother of the young girls in the case is quoted by the AP as stating of her outrage after finding out prosecutors and police were not taking action in the case, “I said, ‘Are you kidding me?’ There’s no way. This can’t be right.”
The mother is further quoted in the report as stating of the penal code she’s seeking to have changed, “I want people to know about this. I want parents to be mad and say, ‘No!’… I understand in the ’70s everybody wanted the government to stay out of their homes. I don’t want to stop parents from having that right to teach sex education, but there’s a big difference and there’s a line you should not cross when teaching.”
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