Title: ‘A Deliberate Attempt To Chill Parents’: Critics Accuse Biden Admin Of Weaponizing DOJ Against Free Speech
Source: CBN News
Author: Steve Warren
Date: October 6, 2021
“Many American parents are outraged after U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland ordered the FBI and U.S. attorneys to help local authorities fight what he called, “a disturbing trend” of harassment, intimidation, and threats against school board members.
“While spirited debate about policy matters is protected under our Constitution, that protection does not extend to threats of violence or efforts to intimidate individuals based on their views,” he said.
Garland deployed the FBI after the National School Boards Association demanded President Biden take action against parents who have spoken up in contentious school board meetings across the country.
The association says the threats are comparable to “domestic terrorism” as angry parents protest issues like critical race theory, pandemic restrictions, and transgender activism. The group sent a letter telling Biden that protests made by parents and other concerned citizens should be classified as “hate crimes” and urged him to use the USA Patriot Act against the protesters.
Conservative critics and parents immediately lashed out at Garland’s order, calling it an attempt by the Biden administration to prevent parents from being actively involved in their children’s education.
…”The NSBA – which is in cahoots with the teachers’ unions – has deceptively painted parents as the danger to America’s schools, likening their actions to protect their kids as ‘domestic terrorism.’ In reality, parents and children need protection from activist NSBA members and so-called teachers’ unions who hold parents in contempt. Joe Biden, a beneficiary of the union war chest, dutifully prodded our usually snail’s-pace federal government – in just four days! – to heed orders from the NSBA to weaponize the Justice Department and the FBI against parents!” Friedrichs said in a statement to CBN News.
“While the NSBA and teachers unions can twist Biden’s arm to defend them, the reality is parents across America are awakening to the communist takeover of our schools and are pushing back. No longer are parents ignorant of the fact their children are being indoctrinated by a racist, sexually charged, anti-American, anti-family, anti-decency agenda pushed by union-controlled school boards who claim to be public servants,” she said.
Two top scholars at The Heritage Foundation also condemned the Biden administration’s use of federal law enforcement agencies to target parents.
“The Heritage Foundation condemns in the strongest possible terms the U.S. Justice Department’s decision to intimidate parents attending school board meetings to advocate on behalf of their children and to push back against poisonous concepts like critical race theory being forced on them in the classroom,” Mike Gonzalez, senior fellow in Heritage’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy, and Jonathan Butcher, Heritage’s Will Skillman fellow in education, said in a joint statement….”
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