UPDATE October 5, 2021: freedom to not be a domestic terrorist because the Justice Department and your school board say so.
The Biden administration used January 6 to turn conservatives into suspect domestic terrorists. Now we’re suspects again. A widely circulated letter from the National School Board Association warns of alleged “Threats and Acts of Violence Against Public Schoolchildren, Public School Board Members, and Other Public School District Officials and Educators” that are “equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”159
Biden’s Justice Department seized this new opportunity:
The Justice Department will also create specialized training and guidance for local school boards and school administrators. This training will help school board members and other potential victims understand the type of behavior that constitutes threats, how to report threatening conduct to the appropriate law enforcement agencies, and how to capture and preserve evidence of threatening conduct to aid in the investigation and prosecution of these crimes.160
How can we trust the motives of a DOJ run by authoritarian Democrats who claim Americans are a threat worse than foreign terrorists and who turned the Capitol Riot into something worse than 9/11 and the Civil War? Obviously we can’t, especially when it comes to interpreting what is a threat and what is not.
We certainly can’t trust schools pushing Critical Race Theory. The NSBA letter claims that CRT is not taught in public schools.161 A press release from Congressman Chip Roy (R-TX) gives detailed examples that argue otherwise, including:
In Cupertino, California, third graders at [school name redacted] were required to deconstruct their racial identities and then rank themselves according to their “power and privilege.”
The largest school district in North Carolina has urged teachers to ignore parental concerns in order to teach so-called “anti-racism,” through an “Equity in Action” plan that includes critical race theory.162
Taxpayers who pay for public schools have a right to know how their children are being indoctrinated, but what’s much more disturbing than covert CRT is another opportunity for this radical left president to crack down on First Amendment speech that can easily become heated in a contentious public meeting and be misinterpreted as a threat. There is no incentive for the DOJ to not cast the widest net possible in whatever guidelines it issues for threatening conduct and every incentive to align with President Biden’s belief that the worst threat to America is Americans.
UPDATE October 14, 2021: freedom to not promote alternative gender identities to vulnerable children
It started before Biden took over. Democrats decided that adhering to children’s preferred pronouns are a civil rights issue. In a letter to Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos lawmakers demanded we “protect the civil rights of transgender students:”
The Department’s March 26, 2020 response provides clarification that Title IX protects all students from harassment predicated on sex stereotyping if it is sufficiently serious to deny or limit a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an education program or activity, but that a refusal to use transgender students’ preferred pronouns, without more, does not violate Title IX.163
Civil rights open the door to federal litigation. Democrats were wise to use alleged LGBTQ children as their foot in the door. They know it’s best to start the indoctrination process when your target is young and most impressionable.
We just found out how the demands to protect transgender civil rights in our schools can work out in the real world. In Loudoun County, Virginia a father was dragged off in handcuffs for the offense of speaking his mind at a school board meeting despite allegations that his daughter was sexually assaulted in a school restroom by a boy wearing a skirt.
There is a fine line between educating kids and promoting a political agenda to children who are not only vulnerable because of their youth and inexperience, but can be put at risk by policies imposed by adults trying to make a point.
The left targets the uncertainty of an age group most prone to testing limits and questioning societal norms and maxims. That’s an incredibly irresponsible ploy in schools where kids should be protected from the absurdities of our politics and culture wars. It also puts parents who fund our schools in the position of promoting gender uncertainty through policies they have no control over.
No one should be singled out, discriminated against, or bullied because of their perception of their gender. Neither should kids be put in harm’s way psychologically or physically because woke gender extremism not only demands we promote the alphabet soup of gender dysphoria, but removes parents who know better from the discussion.