Parental rights only sound good
Letters to the Editor
Last updated 4/12/2023 at 5:22pm
Parents’ Bill of Rights? Sounds OK until you see who supports it and why.
House Resolution No. 5, the Parents Bill of Rights, has been introduced in the U.S. House of
Reading the “five pillars of H.R. 5,” one senses that in normal times this legislation, though unnecessary, would seem quite innocent. But these aren’t normal times.
The second pillar, “Parents have the right to be heard,” is being greatly debased by many Republicans.
Perhaps the greatest evidence H.R. 5 is bad legislation is that MAGA and House Republicans enthusiastically support it, including Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Liberty Lake City Councilman Chris Cargill.
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and like-minded white parents use it to legitimize their restrictions on what can be taught — in particular, honest instruction of US racial history. They treat students of color as invisible, with no regard for negative effects on them.
Student opinion is ignored, despite polls showing considerable disagreement between high school-age students and those of their parents’ age on MAGA issues, including book-banning, COVID-19 regulations, climate change and gun control.
Actions by DeSantis and many white parents at school board meetings reek of white supremacism and prospects of Iranian-style morality police.