(BigGovernment.news) Looks like Left-wing Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia is siding with secretive perversion over parental rights after vetoing a bill that would have required schools to notify parents when they are being presented sexually explicit materials. It’s no wonder more and more Americans have had it with the ruling class.
As reported by AMI Newswire, McAuliffe vetoed a measure known as the “Beloved Bill,” a measure that would have required local schools to notify parents about the use of instructional material containing sexually explicit content, and mandated that teachers provide alternative content if a parent objects to the original material.
In his veto message, McAuliffe said the state’s board of education “is already considering this issue in a broader and more complete context,” and that the bill’s “lack of flexibility” would “require the label of ‘sexually explicit’ to apply to an artistic work based on a single scene, without further context.”
Why that is problematic to a governor who is also a parent is a head scratcher, considering that McAuliffe the father more than likely would have objected to having sexually explicit materials secretly force-fed to his kids.
The legislation, sponsored by House Education Committee Chairman Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), passed the House of Delegates 98-0 (this includes all Democrats in the House of Delegates as well). The Senate approved the measure 22-17, indicating the chances of a veto override are uncertain.
A two-thirds majority in each chamber is needed to override a gubernatorial veto.
Landes said in a statement that giving parents the authority to control what their children see and read in school is an extension of what they already do in the home.
“Parents make decisions every day about what video games kids play, what movies they watch and what material they consume online,” Landes said. “They should have the same opportunity within the classroom.”
Family Foundation president Victoria Cobb called McAuliffe’s veto “remarkable,” adding that the governor “has so little respect for parents who simply want to know and be free to make decisions about what their kids are being taught.”
The bill drew national attention, with free-speech advocates sending McAuliffe a letter in early March urging him the veto the measure. We’re not sure when the perversion of minor children became “free speech,” either, but apparently it has.
In that letter, the National Coalition for Free Speech said the Landes bill “would prejudice educationally valuable content,” and cited a number of works, including “The Canterbury Tales,” the Bible and “most works by William Shakespeare” as examples of material that could be banned in classrooms (fact: the Bible pretty much already is, as is any display of Christian belief, but for different reasons – First Amendment much, national coalition?).
The group lauded McAuliffe’s veto, saying in a statement that the “selection of educational materials rightly belongs in the hands of Virginia’s professional educators.”
Actually, parents who are taxed to support public education and who elect citizens to school boards to represent their interests “rightly” have a role in this process, too; only an arrogant elitist would insist otherwise.
The bill’s “Beloved” nickname stems from a Fairfax County parent’s effort to have Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of that name removed from the reading list of her son’s AP English class.
According to the American Library Association, “Beloved” is one of the 10 most-challenged books in the nation, in part owing to its depiction of a runaway slave named “Sethe,” who kills her 2-year-old daughter rather than see her condemned to a life of servitude on a Kentucky plantation.
This was the third time in recent weeks that McAuliffe has vetoed bills on hot-button issues passed by the Republican-majority legislature in Virginia. He also vetoed a bill touted as protecting religious liberty and another that would have barred the state from giving funding to Planned Parenthood.
It’s apparent that, after a short tenure in office, that McAuliffe is every bit the radical Leftist his critics painted him to be prior to his election. But now, he’s the problem of Virginians who are trying to cling to what’s left of their heritage and American culture. Good luck with that; McAuliffe sure doesn’t have your children’s best interests in mind.
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