The “War” on Parents

March 3
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We are all shocked by the violence inflicted on families because of the Russian invasion of the Ukraine. People are being forced to either flee to neighboring countries or hunker down and prepare for war, and we need to be praying for them. We are saddened by the pictures of children in bombed-out cities and families hiding out in subways that are now used as bomb shelters. Children are losing their childhood, which is supposed to be their good years, and once lost they are lost forever.

Here in America, there is a war of another kind. It’s not the violent sort, but it is indeed a form of “war” that is being waged on parents. And it is the children once again who are suffering the most.

A recent Heritage Foundation article read, “Violent crime in the U.S. is spinning out of control, and yet the Justice Department doesn’t see that as the real threat to this country. No, they say the real threat is PARENTS – now called domestic terrorists – if they disagree with what’s happening in their local schools” (emphasis mine). I personally know several families who have moved or are planning to move to other states that are more family friendly. They don’t want their children being indoctrinated with values they don’t share, and they will relocate if necessary. Still many others are hunkering down and fighting to take back our public schools from activist teachers and administrators.

Barrington is one of the more affluent towns in Rhode Island – and also one of the more liberal. Here is a sampling of their health education standards and instructional outcomes I found on their website after doing some digging. Beginning in Grades 5-8, students are learning about masturbation, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, coming out and homophobia. In Grades 9-10, added to that list are: legal abortion, sexual activity including homosexuality, heterosexuality, and bisexuality. Grades 11-12 take things further with how individuals can express sexuality in relationships – and that gays and lesbians can establish fulfilling committed relationships.

This is what motivated Rep. Rebecca Kislak and Sen. Tiara Mack, who are both part of the LGBT community, to move to change our states sex-ed curriculum from a focus on abstinence to being “pleasure based.”

The Florida House recently passed a measure that would restrict teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity in public schools. The purpose of this legislation is to give more parental control over what is taught in their children’s education and to bar inappropriate content from the classroom.  Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has said “Injecting these concepts about choosing your gender—that is just inappropriate for our schools.” He also said, “Schools need to be teaching kids to read and write.”

Last week, my newsletter highlighted the need for the passage of H 7138, a PARENTS BILL OF RIGHTS that would empower parents to protect their children, take back their rights and guard against the overreach of government and special interest groups. Stay on your legislators concerning your rights as a parent, and let’s see if we can get this bill passed.

It has taken a while, but Critical Race Theory (better known as CRT) and Black Lives Matter are finally being recognized for what they really are. They are not really about racism, but rather they are socialist propaganda that is anti-family and anti-God. Racism is evil and should be addressed, but so is socialism. In the weeks ahead, I will bring you steps that our sister organization, Massachusetts Family Institute, has taken in dealing with the “War on Parents” in their state.

For Faith and Family in Rhode Island,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island