How would you feel if your child came home from elementary school to say they read a story about a transgender child in class that day? If you would not be happy, you might understand why parents of Mitchell Primary School in Kittery, Maine are fit to be tied. It was there that students were read a book called I Am Jazz about a child who knew “she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body” since the tender age of two.
“I feel like my thoughts, feelings, and beliefs were completely ignored,” one mother wrote in an email to Sean Hannity. “My right as a parent to allow or not allow this discussion with my child was taken from me. It is very upsetting to me that I didn’t have an option at all.”
While Superintendent Allyn Hutton stands behind the book, she admitted in a statement that the school should have taken parental views into consideration. “The whole culture at Mitchell School is about teaching tolerance and respect. In retrospect, we understand that toleration is tolerating people of all opinions.”
No, of course it isn’t. Hutton has not been paying attention. If she had been, she would have realized that liberals decided many years ago that there was only room enough for one set of opinions. All others are to be mocked, minimized, and, when possible, banned outright. It is impossible for these people to step outside themselves long enough to understand any other point of view. They have a monopoly on the truth, and they see no reason why that truth should not be passed down to our youngest children.
We’ve heard liberals talk themselves blue about the separation of church and state, but maybe it’s time for a larger discussion. Maybe there needs to be a separation of opinion and state. Because liberalism is a religion in all but name, and it has as little business in our classrooms as the Bible does. And sure, there are always going to be gray areas, but this is no gray area.
A good litmus test would be: if my child’s teacher delivered an opinion-based lecture on this topic, except his views were the opposite of mine, how angry would I be? And if the answer is “very,” then maybe some more thought is needed about whether to present that opinion in class. About whether or not parents should be notified before said lesson unfolds. And about whether or not a public elementary school is an appropriate venue for sexual politics.