Government-mandated parenting courses?

There are several reasons we are endorsing John Schmude in Harris County for Judge of the 247th District Court. One reason is that his opponent voted in the Democratic Primary until she decided to be a judge and then began to vote in the Republican Primary. It strikes me that she is someone who may be an opportunist. Another and major reason is that Schmude understands and values the fundamental, constitutional right of parents to direct the care, control, and upbringing of their children.

How do I know that? Well, I’ve talked to him, and he has convinced me that he is not just telling me what I want to hear, but truly believes that fit parents should not be deprived of their right to make decisions for their children. He has also been endorsed by attorney Chris Branson, THSC’s Special Counsel for CPS Issues, who is someone for whom I have a great deal of respect when it comes to defending innocent children, families, and fit parents.

John Schmude has made a central issue of his campaign the current policy of the 247th District Court (which his opponent, as associate judge, is currently enforcing) that if ANY parent does not file a form showing proof of completion of a government-mandated parenting course, then he/she cannot even visit his/her own children without facing possible contempt of court charges and up to six months in jail.

John Schmude says, “This is the only court in Harris County (and to my knowledge the only court in the state) that imposes this flagrantly unconstitutional rule; and this rule applies to every single parent who has a case in that court (even if that parent is the best parent in the world).”

This issue alone makes the stakes so high in this race for protecting parental rights.  More people should be aware of this particular policy and how it literally shreds parental rights. I hope you will tell all your friends in Harris County to vote for John Schmude in the Republican Primary Runoff for the 247th District Court.