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Opening Arguments

A chicken charge

If the Indiana Civil Rights Commission insists it has jurisdiction over something that's completely prviate. just because it involves "education," you know nothing good is going to come of it:

A dispute over the menu at a Fishers-based Catholic home-schooling group's masquerade ball did not amount to discrimination, attorneys from the Thomas More Society told an Indiana Civil Rights Commission administrative law judge Wednesday.

The comments came on the first day of a three-day hearing on a civil rights complaint against the Fishers Adolescent Catholic Enrichment Society, a volunteer group of 11 home-schooling families known by the acronym FACES. The complaint, filed in 2008, focuses on a mother's claim that FACES refused to accommodate her then-15-year-old daughter's allergy to chicken.

"The mothers of FACES knew this young lady had very serious life-threatening allergies, and they had in the past had her bring meals from home to ensure she did not have allergic reactions to them," said Peter Breen, executive director and legal counsel for the Chicago-based Thomas More Society.

"They knew that was the safest. . . The mother (first) asked to bring in the meal from home and then changed her mind."

Home-schoolers are supposed to be "we can do it ourselves" indpendent types, yet this mother wants everybody else to be in charge of her daughter's menu. The answers to her complaint are too obvious to bother with.


Bob G.
Fri, 10/01/2010 - 8:14am

Oh, yeah...DEFINITELY a job for: