Trey Paul, FISM News
Parents are pushing back as social media introduces more kids to dangerous and destructive gender ideology and an increasing number of schools are enabling gender-confused students to “socially transition” without their parent’s knowledge or consent.
Parental rights bills that seek to uphold and ensure a parent’s right to block things like the use of gender pronouns in public schools have either been approved or are awaiting approval in all but three states in the U.S.
Parents have been working to defend their rights and the rights of their children after taxpayer-funded schools started embedding a person’s self-determined sense of “gender identity” and “gender-affirming care” into children’s minds.
The only three states with no pending parental rights legislation are Nevada, New York, and Wyoming.
FLORIDA LEADS THE WAY FOR PARENTS
House Republicans in Florida passed a parental rights bill last month that stipulates that school employees can’t ask students for their preferred pronouns and tightens restrictions on school lessons about sexual identity and gender orientation, which lawmakers say should happen at home.
“For those who think our schools should be some sort of social justice experiment, I challenge you this: I don’t agree with any of it, but when 100 percent of our children are proficient in reading, and 100 percent of our children are proficient in math, then there is time for all of this silliness,” said state Rep. Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay). “You want to know what hurts children? It’s the fact that they can’t read, it’s the fact that they can’t do math.”
No surprise, these types of legislation have become a target for the left.
Last week, the Republican National Committee shared a video clip of White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claiming a decision by the Florida Board of Education to keep sexualized and far-left gender ideology out of schools is “dystopian.” The committee also noted she falsely claimed it prevented students from “discussing LGBTQI+ people in the classrooms.”
LIAR: Karine Jean-Pierre says a decision by the Florida Board of Education to keep sexualization and far-left gender ideology out of schools is "dystopian" — and falsely claims it somehow prevents students from "discussing LGBTQI+ people" pic.twitter.com/sAuzQSHD2h
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) April 20, 2023
“These bills are being labeled as anti-trans, but nothing could be further from the truth. What they are is pro-family, pro-child,” said former New Hampshire state senator Dan Innis said. “Their purpose is to put these major life decisions, major life changes, where they belong, and that’s in the family between the parents and the children.”
Innis, who is a gay conservative, told “The Epoch Times” that he knows why parental rights measures are gaining steam. He believes the transgender movement’s targeting of children and the move to cut their parents out of the process “goes just too far,” even for many liberals.
NEW HAMPSHIRE KINDERGARTEN CURRICULUM
One New Hampshire father recently testified before the House Education Committee about the disturbing and sexualized curriculum that is being offered to his kindergartner. A recent report with NH Journal highlighted how the kindergarten curriculum that allows adults to encourage children to draw genitalia comes from WISE, an Upper Valley nonprofit with a checkered history of placing questionable content into public elementary schools.
That father said he was reluctant to testify last week about the parental rights bill in his state because he didn’t want to deal with the people who oppose it.
“I dislike how politicized it’s become. People fear speaking out because of the backlash,” he said.
FEDERAL BILL PASSES HOUSE
For the first time ever, the United States is seeing a federal parental rights bill move forward. House Republicans passed their national parental rights bill last month, but is unlikely to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate.
Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. who made the Parents’ Bill of Rights Act a priority, said Republicans are “keeping our promise, our commitment to America, that parents will have a say in their kids’ education.”
This recent movement has seen some forms of unity emerge. The group “Gays Against Groomers” and the Christian group “Child Parents Rights” have joined forces to campaign together and support parental rights legislation.