Tulsi Gabbard: Parents' Rights Are 'Under Attack' Across America Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, in 2020. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
By Nicole Wells | Monday, 04 April 2022 12:52 PM
In a video posted to Twitter, former Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard said parents' rights are "under attack" across America, "as the government tries to usurp" their right to raise their children as they see fit.
She also said that she supports Florida's new "Parental Rights in Education Act," which prohibits classroom discussion about gender identity and sexual orientation in kindergarten through third grade.
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the legislation March 28.
"We should all support the Parental Rights in Education bill that recently passed in Florida, which very simply bans government and government schools from indoctrinating woke sexual values in our schools to a captive audience," Gabbard said. "A captive audience that is by law required to attend."
She went on to say that she was "shocked" that the legislation only applied to "kids from kindergarten till third grade."
"What about 12th grade or not at all?" she said "Now, government has no place in our personal lives, government has no place in our bedrooms. Parents are the ones responsible for raising their kids and instilling in them a moral foundation, not the government."
Citing statistics that show 34% of students are below the "basic reading level in the fourth grade," and 25% of high school students are "functionally illiterate," Gabbard said that the education system in the United States is "failing" and that schools should focus on teaching students the "fundamentals."
"Now I'm confident that if our schools focused on educating our kids, teaching them the fundamentals — things like English, math, science, civics, [and] history — we would see our literacy rates improve and set our young people up for success," she said. "They'll be thinking logically, they'll be thinking critically and thinking for themselves. This is what our public schools should focus on."
Young children have been frequent targets of sexual orientation and gender identity content in recent years, including a "Blue's Clues" music video that featured same-sex couples, drag queens and transgender children at an LGBTQ pride parade.
Once the gold standard in appropriate children's content, The Walt Disney Company's hostility to the new Florida parental rights law reveals its commitment to a "not-at-all-secret gay agenda."
Christopher Rufo, of City Journal magazine, tweeted last week that he had obtained video from inside Disney's meeting about the new Florida law, during which Executive Producer Latoya Raveneau claimed to be regularly "adding queerness" to the company's children's programming.
"Our leadership over there has been so welcoming to my not-at-all-secret gay agenda," Raveneau said. "I don't have to be afraid to have these two characters kiss. Wherever I could, just basically adding queerness. No one would stop me, and no one was trying to stop me."
Disney issued a statement hours after DeSantis signed the legislation, saying that the bill "should never have passed and should never have been signed into law."
"Our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts, and we remain committed to supporting the national and state organizations working to achieve that," Disney said.