Parental Rights
Parental rights are sometimes malevolent. Here we have a group of parents insisting, in an anti-masking rally, that they have the right to allow their children to make their classmates sick. I don’t understand the big sign on the right.
via St. Louis Tribune

Chalk this up to hypocrisy.

“… politicians pandering to Christian zealots have been trying to prevent parents from accessing the best medical treatment for their children according to the overwhelming consensus of medical science.”

Friday, an email from Family Policy Alliance is titled: Parents Make a Difference as Parental Rights Under Attack in Schools. The email is signed by Amanda Banks who, I believe, is a former Indiana state representative.

Family Policy Alliance is the political wing of the misnamed Focus on the Family. The only families that they consider to be families are those comprised of heterosexual, cisgender and Christian members (preferably white). But I digress.

A reference to Loudoun County, Virginia is now a fundamentalist obligation:

Most recently – and most disturbingly –the district is under fire for transferring a male student charged with sexual assault (forcible sodomy) from one high school to another, and attempting to cover up the incident. The boy is accused of rape in both schools. He allegedly assaulted one girl in a classroom and one in the girls’ restroom, where he was allowed to enter under the district’s transgender policy.

First of all, there is no evidence to substantiate any of that. Juvenile records are sealed. The only people who have access are either involved in law enforcement or lawyers representing the accused.

The Sheriff’s office has release two statements. They begin with:

  1. October 7:
    A teenager from Ashburn has been charged with sexual battery and abduction of a fellow student at Broad Run High School.

    The investigation determined on the afternoon of October 6, the 15-year-old suspect forced the victim into an empty classroom where he held her against her will and inappropriately touched her. …

  2. October 13:
    There has been misinformation circulating regarding an investigation into a reported sexual assault that occurred on May 28, 2021, at Stone Bridge High School … Due to exclusions under the Virginia Code regarding disclosure of juvenile reports … the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) is limited as to what information can be released. …

“… this has no connection whatsoever to transgender accommodations.”

The accused in both instances could be the same teen. However, in that case the school district did the right thing in transferring the youth.

Furthermore, this has no connection whatsoever to transgender accommodations. The boy is not transgender. The father of the victim has confirmed that the student is not transgender.

If, in fact, the accused was wearing a dress, that would not be sufficient to gain legitimate entry to a girls’ restroom. Obviously (assuming the allegations are correct) he entered the bathroom unnoticed by faculty. Chances are pretty good that he could have done the same thing wearing blue jeans.

Finally getting to parents:

“I find it interesting that all this attention over very few trans kids just happens to occur in one of the two states with a gubernatorial election this year.”

Fight for Schools is comprised of caring parents who are locking arms and collectively saying “enough is enough” in their school district. They are making waves—and making a difference—as they fight for truth and safety in their schools. One way they are doing so is through recall campaigns for five out of nine school board members. As they pursue accountability in Loudon [sic] County, they’ve also called for the resignation of Superintendent Scott Ziegler. The latest good news is in the form of a resignation: Loudon [sic] County school board member Beth Barts issued her resignation one week ago—and even the liberal media is giving credit to these parents.

Fight for Schools was created by Ian Prior. Prior is a Republican operative who served in the Trump administration. I find it interesting that all this attention over very few trans kids just happens to occur in one of the two states with a gubernatorial election this year. (The other is New Jersey where the religious set is unlikely to have much influence.)

Amanda Banks, pious Christian that she is, is also full of crap:

If that wasn’t enough, the Biden Administration has taken shocking action to “show parents who’s boss” by directing the FBI to investigate parents who speak up in their local school districts!

As I previously pointed out, that is simply untrue.

“… in a Southern state they are attacking history that they do not like as “critical race theory.” It is not.”

The Department of Justice memorandum clearly states that they are pursuing illegal activity. Threatening school board members with violence is illegal. “[P]arents who speak up in their local school districts” are not engaged in illegal activities.

Let’s talk about Parental Rights™:

In this case, a few very noisy parents, organized by a political operative, have assumed a number of rights. These include terrorizing their school board; manipulating the governor’s race in their state and dictating policies in a way that would conflict with Virginia law.

Moreover, in a Southern state they are attacking history that they do not like as “critical race theory.” It is not. Teaching kids about slavery and segregation is part of our history and culture.

It is a fact that, in 1902, Virginia adopted a new constitution that disenfranchised African Americans through restrictions on voter registration and also requiring racially segregated schools. Must we hide that history from children? Or is the knowledge of our past necessary to understand our current culture?

Parental rights don’t seem to accrue to the parents of LGBTQ kids:

Politicians pandering to Christian zealots have been trying to prevent parents from accessing the best medical treatment for their children according to the overwhelming consensus of medical science. Their objective is to make transgender people cease to exist in order to conform our society to scripture.

“In the same email Amanda Banks it bitching about pronouns. She couldn’t care less that misgendering a kid does violence to them.”

If they have their way, children will die in service to Christian doctrine based on ancient texts. Amanda Banks says that parental rights are “under attack.” Which rights would those be? Moreover, Banks doesn’t consider — not for a second — the rights of people who disagree with her.

Nor does Ms. Banks consider the toxic climate she seeks to create for racial, religious and sexual minority students. I would bet my orbs that Amanda Banks has never spoken with (not to) any LGBTQ youth or their families. She would prefer to pretend that they do not exist.

“Did I mention that these fools are as intellectually dishonest as they are bigoted?”

Furthermore, the lack of intellectual curiosity is willful. People like Banks do not want to confront anything which might be at odds were their preconceived notion of how things should be according to the dogma that they adhere to.

In the same email Amanda Banks it bitching about pronouns. She couldn’t care less that misgendering a kid does violence to them. It’s the scripture — first, last and always. Nothing else matters.

Ben Franklin referred to his religion as his superstition. Later on, Madison authored the Establishment Clause into the First Amendment in order to prevent “superstition” from becoming public policy. That is also part of our history. Religious liberty is conditioned on government being divorced from religion.

Amanda Banks will undoubtedly state that the Establishment Clause doesn’t say what it clearly says. Did I mention that these fools are as intellectually dishonest as they are bigoted?

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.