By Jonathon Van Maren
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis continues to model what it looks like for a conservative politician to push back against the cultural revolution.
Last year, DeSantis signed the Parental Rights in Education bill, which bans schools from teaching children in kindergarten through third grade about gender ideology as well as other explicit sexuality-related subjects, limiting sex education overall to “age appropriate” content and mandating parental involvement. The Parental Rights in Education bill also ensured that parents be informed of anything that could impact the physical, emotional, or mental well-being of their child.
As you may recall, LGBT activists responded to this bill by launching an all-out media war on DeSantis, insisting that the bill was a “Don’t Say Gay” law and that DeSantis was targeting LGBT youth. The media picked up on the phrase, and “Don’t Say Gay” became the catchphrase. Interestingly, few media outlets noted that LGBT activists were pushing two entirely contradictory statements: a) Nobody is trying to indoctrinate little kids and b) How dare you tell us we can’t discuss LGBT ideology with kindergarteners.
This week, the Florida Department of Education has extended the moratorium on teaching LGBT ideology through all grades. In response, Joe Biden’s lesbian press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters: “It’s wrong. It’s wrong, and we’ve been very crystal clear about that when it comes to the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill and other actions that this governor has taken in the state of Florida. But make no mistake — this is part of a disturbing and dangerous trend that we’re seeing across the country of legislation that are anti-LGBTQI+, anti-trans, anti-the community in a way that we’ve seen in some time.”