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Former Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard goes against her party’s talking points by defending Florida’s new Parental Rights in Education Act, which prohibits schools from discussing orientation sexual or gender identity with students in kindergarten through third grade.
Gabbard tweeted and shared a video message about the bill, which was attacked by other members of his party.
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“Parents should raise their children, not the government,” Gabbard said.
Many Democrats and left-leaning media have accused the bill of being anti-gay, a narrative which Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office has strongly rejected. Republicans insist the purpose of the bill is to give parents some control over when their children learn certain subjects.
Gabbard, who ran for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, claimed what the bill really does is prevent schools from promoting ideologies or agendas on children who would be forced to ‘to listen.
“Now, we should all support the Parental Rights in Education Bill that recently passed Florida, which very simply prohibits the government and public schools from indoctrinating woke sexual values in or schools to a captive audience,” she said. “A captive audience that is required by law to attend.”
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Gabbard went on to say that American schools are “failing”, but said that “if our schools are focused on educating our children, teaching them the basics, things like English, math, science, l civics, history, we would see our literacy rates improve and put our young people on the path to success.”
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Governor Ron DeSantis signed the bill into law last week in the face of attacks that included opposition from Disney CEO Bob Chapek.
“I don’t care what the corporate media say, I don’t care what Hollywood says, I don’t care what big business says, I stand there,” DeSantis said. “I’m not backing down.”