(LifeSiteNews) – Former Democrat Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI) has thrown her support behind Florida’s pro-family Parental Rights in Education Bill, excoriating the left-wing line on “indoctrinating woke sexual values” in schools.
Gabbard, a 2020 presidential candidate, took to Twitter on Monday to voice support for the bill, which protects children in kindergarten through the third grade from confusing discussions around sexuality and gender in school classrooms, and suggested that the legislation should have gone much further.
When I first heard about Florida’s Parental Rights bill, I was shocked it only protects children K-3. Third grade? How about 12th grade—or not at all. Meanwhile, schools are failing: 1 in 4 graduates are functionally illiterate. Parents should raise their kids, not the government pic.twitter.com/CycF8cKRh3
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) April 4, 2022
First recognizing that “parental rights are under attack all across the country,” Gabbard argued that the government has been attempting to “usurp parents’ right and responsibility to raise their own children.”
Accordingly, the Florida legislation is worthy of support, she said, since it “very simply bans government and government schools from indoctrinating woke sexual values in our schools to a captive audience.”
While the bill prohibits teachers from promoting the LGBT agenda to younger children in schools, as well as forbidding staff from concealing or encouraging children to conceal details of discussions from parents, Gabbard questioned the need to limit the bans until the third grade, asking “What about twelfth grade or not at all?”
“Parents are the ones responsible for raising their kids and instilling in them a moral foundation, not the government,” she stated.
In addition to their moral corruption, Gabbard said that children are also being failed intellectually by the promotion of left-wing sexual ethics over disciplines like “English, math, science, civics, history.”
The politician lamented that “our schools are failing,” citing national statistics which show that “34 percent of students are below basic reading level in the fourth grade” and “25 percent of high school graduates are functionally illiterate.”
“I’m confident that if our schools focused on educating our kids, teaching them the fundamentals” in order to help them think “logically … critically,” she said, “we would see our literacy rates improve and set our young people up for success.”
After Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the Parental Rights in Education Bill into law at the end of March, homosexual activist groups were quick to object, falsely maligning the legislation as the “don’t say gay” bill – nowhere in the bill does the word “gay” appear – and filing a federal lawsuit to try and stop the act before it comes into force on July 1.
Notably, children’s and family entertainment company Disney criticized DeSantis over the bill, calling for “this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts” in a March 28 statement.
“We are dedicated to standing up for the rights and safety of LGBTQ+ members of the Disney family as well as the LGBTQ+ community in Florida and across the country,” the corporation stated.
Despite mounting pressure from the multinational brand, which has a strong presence in Florida, DeSantis defended the law.
“I don’t care what corporate media outlets say, I don’t care what Hollywood says, I don’t care what big corporations say, here I stand,” he said. “I’m not backing down.”