Florida Republicans have taken another step forward in protecting the most innocent and vulnerable from the predatory nature of left-wing political ideology embraced by most Democrats.
The Florida House on Thursday passed HB 1557, a measure prohibiting school districts from encouraging classroom discussions about gender identity and sexual orientation in primary grade levels
The measure “prohibits instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, and, in other grade levels, bars discussion that is not ‘age or developmentally appropriate.’ It would also allow parents to sue school districts that go against the law,” CBS News reported.
Backed by House Republicans, the measure passed 69-47 and will now go to the Florida Senate, which is has a GOP majority. If passed and signed into law by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, the measure will take effect in time for the 2022-2023 academic year.
The sponsor of the bill, GOP Florida State Rep. Joe Harding, who has four children, told Fox News:
One, it defines that there are certain instructions related to gender and sexual orientation that are just not appropriate at certain ages and we define that as kindergarten through third grade. A school having curriculum that teaches gender and sexual orientation and what that means and getting into the weeds on that is just not age appropriate.
The second thing is that it creates a course of action for the parent who is dealing with a school district that has decided they are going to become the parent. They’re going to take your student that has anxiety and stress and mental concerns maybe even talking about self-harm and they’re going to put them in mental health and take steps to change the services at the school and protect that student from themselves but never engage with the parent. That’s just wrong so our bill seeks to remedy that.
Earlier in the month, the person running President Joe Biden’s Twitter account launched a bitter attack on the bill: “I want 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. I have your back, and my Administration will continue to fight for the protections and safety you deserve.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also felt the need to chime in on February 8: “Let me first say that every parent, as one myself too, hopes that our leaders will ensure their children’s safety, protection, and freedom. And today, conservative politicians in Florida rejected those basic values by advancing legislation that is designed to target and attack the kids who need the support — support the most: kids from the LGBTQI+ community who are already vulnerable to bullying …”
The Florida bill doesn’t ‘hate on’ persons who identify within the growing LGBTQI+ spectrum. Rather, it prohibits discussion of deep, sexual- and gender-related subject matter with young children who a) who don’t have the mental capacity of life experience to understand such topics yet; and b) are often targeted early by left-wing academicians so they can fill their minds with propaganda.
For his part, Harding fired back at Psaki in a video posted to Twitter.
“I want all kids to feel safe at school, but that also has nothing to do with this bill. HB 1557 lets parents access their kids’ school records more easily, prevents school districts from adopting policies that keep information away from parents and — here’s the controversial part — the bill directs school districts — and I’ll quote from the bill right here — ‘A school district may not encourage classroom discussion sexual orientation or gender identity in primary grade levels,'” he said.
“Jen, that is kindergarten through third grade. The bill is designed to keep school districts from talking about these topics before kids are ready to process them. I don’t think it’s controversial to empower parents,” he added.
“Make no mistake: This is not an isolated action in Florida. Across the country, we’re seeing Republican leaders taking action to regulate what students can or cannot read, what they can or cannot learn, and most troubling, who they can or cannot be,” Harding continued.
He ripped, “Distorting the facts, spreading fear, really just sidesteps the fact that none of the things that you are talking about are actually in the bill.”