Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is making both friends and enemies for supporting Florida’s new Parental Rights in Education law, saying, “Our rights come from God, not government.”
DeSantis made the statement while announcing a $5.4 million award to Hamilton County to expand manufacturing and business opportunities in the region.
“As a parent, you have the right to know the curriculum that’s being used in your kids’ school, and it’s kind of a complement to the Parents Rights in Education. Also with the library books. They’ll have these library books in like middle schools that, you know, that’ll have things like pedophilia and really grotesque and obscene things, and that’s just not appropriate,” the governor said.
The governor also addressed the need to guard the hearts and minds of young children in schools. Noting that instructors should focus on core areas of education, DeSantis said:
“We need to be focusing on teaching kids to read and to write and math and science and understanding American history, and having civics so that they understand the Constitution and they understand that our rights come from God, not from government.”
The governor’s comments were met by a rousing round of applause.
Though White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki referred to the new law as “horrific” and “discriminatory,” and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it “cruel” and “bigoted legislation,” polls show that the nation stands with DeSantis.
Polling released by the Daily Wire shows that “more than 6 in 10 Americans (64%) support the Florida bill’s ban on classroom instructions on sexual orientation and gender identity in grades K-3, or at any level if it is not presented in a manner that is age or developmentally appropriate.”
The Associated Press reported that two LGBTQ activist groups had sued the state of Florida over the Parental Rights In Education law:
The AP report reads: “Equality Florida as well as Family Equality filed the suit in federal court, “alleging that the law violates the constitutionally protected rights of free speech, equal protection and due process of students and families.”
“This effort to control young minds through state censorship — and to demean LGBTQ lives by denying their reality — is a grave abuse of power.
“The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed that LGBTQ people and their families are at home in our constitutional order. The State of Florida has no right to declare them outcasts, or to treat their allies as outlaws, by punishing schools where someone dares to affirm their identity and dignity,” the lawsuit added.
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