Michael L. Brown asks a rhetorical question: How did we go from ‘father knows best’ to parents having ‘limited rights’ over their kids?
What Michael Brown really means:
- How did we go from loathing gay people to acceptance?
- How did we go from transgender persons as a perverted oddity to tolerance?
The answer to both questions is “advances in science.” We know that sexual orientation is not a choice. We are coming to terms with the fact that gender identity is not a choice either. As a society we increasingly understand that gender dysphoria is a serious medical condition, that it affects far more people than once thought and that gender affirmation relieves suffering.
Michael Brown’s proxy for these social and scientific advancements is criticism of our public schools:
But that [parental] authority has been increasingly challenged in recent decades, with schools hosting GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) clubs, where kids can “come out” to their peers, counselors, and teachers, without their parents knowing. Or where objectionable curricula can be taught at the teacher’s discretion, without parental notification, K-12.
There is a reason that kids might not come out to their parents. They fear disapproval, rejection and even violence. A GSA is in no position to determine how a parent will react to having a gay kid. The best judge is the kid himself or herself.
The benefits of allowing a kid to come out to a GSA are many. Among these are the fact that the student is being more honest and building ego strengths. They learn to face the world as who they are rather than who they are supposed to be.
Brown is incorrect regarding parental notification. What he means is parental approval which is limited to certain subjects.
This becomes even more nonsensical:
“Furthermore, it is not the school’s fault that adolescents and children feel that they cannot be honest with their parents.”
One mother told me that, without her or her husband’s knowledge, their 16-year-old daughter’s school was about to announce publicly that their daughter was now “he,” with a new name and a new set of pronouns. The parents only found out because they happened to meet with her daughter’s teachers the night before the announcement was planned, having been concerned about the negative influence the school was having on their daughter. How can this be? Who gave the public school system such rights?
Whether or not that conversation actually took place is a matter of opinion. Furthermore, the narrative does not ring true. As a matter of common sense, it is kind of hard for a teen to transition without parents knowing about it.
Furthermore, if a teen were to tell their school that they have transitioned, the school (depending upon locale) might have no choice but to honor the adolescent’s gender identity. Not doing so poses some very real potential health issues.
Moreover, the school did not “influence” the teen’s gender identity. That is preposterous.
Furthermore, it is not the school’s fault that adolescents and children feel that they cannot be honest with their parents. It could be a general distrust. It could also mean that parents used homophobic or transphobic language in front of their kids. Bigots aren’t born. They are manufactured.
Brown’s bullshit is not limited to sexuality:
“The religious whack jobs require an oppressive state for traction.”
Perhaps more shocking still was the recent announcement from the Department of Justice that parents who spoke against their school’s attempt to indoctrinate their children with radical race ideology could be viewed as “domestic terrorists” guilty of “hate speech.” This was now a matter for the FBI.
Like so many other idiots, Brown cited a story in the New York Post. What he is saying is a lie.
The truth is found in the October 4 DOJ memorandum which states:
That doesn’t cover “speaking out.” Brown puts two phrases within quotes: “domestic terrorists” and “hate speech.” That, too, is bullshit since neither phrase is in the DOJ memorandum.
Matt Walsh — as quoted by Brown — is an equally idiotic liar:
As expressed by Matt Walsh, “Leftist activists can come to your house with bullhorns. Film you in the bathroom. Loot your business. Burn police stations. The FBI does nothing. But if conservative parents raise their voices at a school board meeting, they’re hunted down as terrorists. The law is dead.”
“Like so many other idiots, Brown cited a story in the New York Post.”
That’s not what the memo says. Is it? Neither of these fools took the time to examine the source. It required about a 35 second Google search.
Let’s resist this current attack on our families as if the future of our culture depended on it. It does.
Resist what exactly? The religious whack jobs require an oppressive state for traction.