Now that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the far-left Massachusetts Democrat, has become the frontrunner in the crowded field of her party’s presidential candidates, media are ignoring their responsibility to push back at some of her more outrageous stances.
Although Warren’s campaign manager confirmed to The Hill Tuesday that she would not support stripping religious institutions of their tax exempt status for refusing to perform same-sex marriages, five days earlier she announced her support for something that’s arguably more troubling.
Warren said she’d support nationwide compulsory gender identity education “in age-appropriate ways from the time they're very young,” in an answer to a question posed to her at CNN’s LGBTQ Equality Town Hall last Thursday.
“I believe this is about teaching children about our world. And of course we should teach them about our world. We should teach them about people. We should teach them about differences. So I strongly support this,” she said.
“I think this is part of how children learn that we live in a world that has a lot of different folks who look different, who sound different, who do different things, who form different kinds of families,” she added. “And as Americans, we look at that and say, it's not our weakness, that's our strength.”
California eased into student indoctrination of the subject in 2011, when it passed the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act, mandating that kids beginning with kindergarteners be taught lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.
Colorado, New Jersey, and Illinois enacted similar provisions this year.
The Golden State augmented the FAIR Act four years later when it approved the California Healthy Youth Act, which purports to provide students “healthy attitudes” on “gender [and] sexual orientation,” educate them about the “effectiveness and safety of all FDA-approved contraceptive methods,” and facilitate “objective discussion” about “parenting, adoption, and abortion.”
Although the law has a provision allowing parents to opt their children out of the classes, it’s not necessarily followed, according to a memo dated March 29, 2018, from the Orange County (California) Department of Education.
It states that opting out “does not apply to instruction, materials, or programming that discusses gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, discrimination, harassment, bullying, intimidation, relationships, or family and does not discuss human reproductive organs.”
Stripping a church, synagogue, or mosque of its tax exempt status for its refusal to accept and perform same-sex marriages would clearly violate the freedom of religion guarantees contained in the First Amendment. But a compulsory sex education curriculum that includes teaching “fluid” gender identity is arguably even worse.
It would violate religious freedom and even more.
Such a curriculum, if it were mandated nationwide, would also violate the Tenth Amendment, which provides that any powers that aren’t expressly delegated to the United States and not prohibited to the states “are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Education is a power “not delegated to the United States by the Constitution.”
Finally, and probably even more egregious, if it’s made mandatory or if opt-out provisions are interpreted like California’s Orange County, it would violate the basic rights of parents to raise their own children in a manner that’s consistent with their moral and religious belief system.
So how has it worked out for the Golden State? California ranks 37 out of the 50 states in pre-K through grade 12 education, according to U.S. News and World Report. Flyover states like North and South Dakota, Georgia, and Kentucky rank higher.
And that No. 37 ranking is within a country that hasn’t been ranking all that well among other countries in the world. As of 2015, United States' 15-year-olds taking standardized tests ranked 24th in reading (literacy), 39th in math, and 24th in science.
None of Tuesday night’s four CNN and New York Times debate moderators pressed Warren on her support for compulsory gender identity classes. They probably should have — it was an opportunity lost.
Although, as the new frontrunner, the other 11 candidates did their best to keep Warren on the defensive, they never challenged her on that particular issue, suggesting they were in full support.
Their agreement with Warren is also evidenced by last week’s town hall, where all the candidates claimed to support the Equality Act, a proposal that even liberal University of Virginia law professor Douglas Laycock said would “crush” religious dissent if enacted, and go “very far to stamp out religious exemptions.”
Back in the day, biology students were taught there were two sexes: Male and female. Their English teachers informed them that gender was how we grammatically classify nouns and pronouns into masculine, feminine, and neuter. That was all they knew about sex and gender.
Life was a lot simpler then, and it made a lot more sense. And everyone seemed a lot happier.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Hee Now.
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