In 2009, Barack Obama appointed Kevin Jennings, an LGBTQ activist, to head up the Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. It was an outrageous choice. Jennings had written the foreword to a book called Queering Elementary Education. He called for the aggressive promotion of LGBTQ propaganda in public schools. “We have to quit being afraid of the religious right,” he said. “I’m trying not to say f—k them, which is what I want to say because I don’t care what they think! Drop dead!” Dubbed the “safe schools czar,” Jennings was anything but safe. He was a reckless ideologue who said that he had been “inspired” by Harry Hay, a supporter of the North American Man Boy Love Association.
Propagandists in the mold of Jennings now dominate public education. The Biden administration considers the imposition of transgenderism on children a “civil rights” issue. Once dismissed as right-wing alarmism, the “queering” of public schools is increasingly commonplace. Many public schools have been turned into woke social laboratories, and the costs of this evil experiment are coming due. In California, a mother is suing a public school district after she learned that two teachers pressured her daughter into adopting a transgender identity. The daughter “was in sixth grade at the time,” reports the Washington Examiner, and “had been invited to join the ‘Equality Club’ that the teachers, identified as Lori Caldiera and Kelly Baraki, had organized for ‘potential LGBT+ students.’ ”
This warped culture is a direct byproduct of the Left’s view that the state, not parents, is the primary educator of children.
All of this was done, of course, behind the mother’s back. In fact, the two teachers, appearing at a conference last year supported by the largest public teachers union in California, said openly that they “monitored the Google searches of their students during online classes to identify prospective members for their club,” reports the Examiner. The mother’s lawsuit says that the teachers pushed her daughter into assuming a male identity and using male pronouns for herself and urged her to conceal this transition from her mother.
Another lawsuit has been filed in Florida by parents of a daughter who attempted suicide in the sixth grade after teachers pushed her toward transgenderism. The girl had shown no “signs of gender confusion or questioning of her biological sex,” according to the lawsuit. “In fact, just before the incident she had told her mother that she believed that people who say they are transgender have a problem with their minds because ‘if you’re a boy, you’re a boy, if you’re a girl, you’re a girl.’ ”
In a sane society, teachers who corrupt children like this would find themselves in prison. Instead, the Biden administration treats concerned parents like criminals. The Justice Department is monitoring their conduct at school board meetings. A father whose daughter was raped in a “gender-fluid” bathroom in Virginia has been prosecuted for disrupting a Loudoun County school board meeting that discussed the matter.
This warped culture is a direct byproduct of the Left’s view that the state, not parents, is the primary educator of children. The natural moral law’s emphasis on parental rights has gradually been replaced by a hubristic collectivism that Democrats don’t even pretend to oppose anymore. They have long scoffed at parental consent and notification requirements for abortion and contraceptives. Now their disdain for parental rights extends to all things transgender.
Florida Republicans are trying to advance a bill that would reassert parental rights against LGBTQ propagandists in public schools. As usual, the media is casting this effort as right-wing paranoia. But in light of what is happening in public schools across the country, the bill represents simple common sense. What responsible parent at this point would entrust the moral education of their children to advocates of mutilation? Opponents of the bill say that it threatens the “mental health” of children, even as they goad children into undergoing a grisly procedure that ruins both their mental and physical health. They view children as guinea pigs on the table of transgender ideology.
It is impossible to overstate the tyranny at work here. The public school collectivists, in the name of what they claim is a superior vision and expertise, feel entitled to separate children from their parents, as if the onus is on parents to explain why they should play a role in the education of their own children. The presumption underlying this power grab is disgusting and proceeds from a corrupt understanding of government, one which measures progress not by the protection of God-given rights but by their gradual dissolution.
Last summer, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus caused controversy by producing a song that celebrated the indoctrination of children. In the wake of backlash, the group called the song “tongue-in-cheek.” Its lyrics included, “We’ll convert your children. Someone’s gotta teach them not to hate. We’re coming for them. We’re coming for your children.” Who is laughing now? Kevin Jennings and company are coming for them, and they do so with the full backing of the Biden administration.