In February Republican lawmakers in the Sunshine State were working to pass a bill that bans discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in-state public schools from kindergarten through fifth grade. It also encourages parents to sue school districts that promote talking about such issues.
It was crafted after reports surfaced about a 12-year-old girl attempting suicide after her school attempted to transition her to male without her parents’ knowledge or consent.
US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, a married homosexual, responded, claiming that Florida Republicans’ controversial Parental Rights in Education bill could drive up LGBTQ youth suicide rates if it’s implemented.
President Joe Biden on February 9th also condemned the Florida bill that would bar the discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in the state’s primary schools. He said he wants “every member of the LGBTQI+ community — especially the kids who will be impacted by this hateful bill — to know that you are loved and accepted just as you are.”
Last Monday, Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill passed its final state Senate committee. It now moves to the Senate floor for a vote.
On Friday, Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pushed back against a reporter after confronting him on the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill at a Friday press conference.
A reporter questioned the governor on legislation intended to ban classroom discussion of sexual orientation and gender ideology in kindergarten through third grade. The bill has been labeled the “Don’t Say Gay” bill both by opponents and news outlets who have claimed it targets LGBTQ students.
“I’m just curious, you call it that, I’ve not seen that in any of these bills. Where is that coming from?” DeSantis asked the reporter. “The question is — you’re in the news business — does the truth matter or not? Is that in any of the bills, yes or no? I understand what you’re doing.”
The governor said the media has gotten “spun up” and incorrectly interpreted the legislation. He then argued the opposition needs to be “honest” about what is actually in the bill rather than following false political narratives.
“You have a responsibility to be honest about it,” he continued. “Yeah, you can create a false narrative, you can stage a protest, you can do all those things. But you’re not telling the truth about what’s actually there. … There’s this massive gulf between what [the bill] actually says with respect to these very young kids versus what some of these protests at the capitol are about.”
DeSantis said the legislature is justifiably blocking the teaching of gender identity to young children, arguing it is “inappropriate” to teach those matters to a kindergarten class. He argued the legislation offers parents “assurance” that their children are protected from learning about issues that are not “age appropriate.”
The bill awaits passage from DeSantis, who has hinted at supporting the legislation. If passed, it would require school districts to notify parents of any healthcare treatment, screenings, and well-being questionnaires performed by the school.
This story is emblematic of the hypocrisy of social justice activists.
In the 1960’s they argued and won for the removal of school-sponsored prayer and Bible reading in school classes, all in the name of separation of church and state, even though the term is not in our Constitution or Bill of Rights.
This same group now argues that teachers should be able to stop teaching; reading, writing, and arithmetic, and at their discretion, then delve into the psyche of a small child trying to determine if they are a suppressed, homosexual.
How about we leave everything out of the schools, expect the subject material that equips the students to be employable and able to function in a civilized culture?
By: Eric Thompson, editor of Eric Thompson Show.
This story syndicated with permission from Eric Thompson, Author at Trending Politics
Notice: This article may contain commentary that reflects the author's opinion.
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