Newsom Smears Parental Groups Protesting LBGT Agenda as ‘Profoundly Ignorant’ ‘Outside Agitators’

Newsom Smears Parental Groups Protesting LBGT Agenda as ‘Profoundly Ignorant’ ‘Outside Agitators’

August 17, 2023

Speaking in Sacramento County to “highlight California’s family agenda centered around efforts to enrich and empower kids and parents in schools,” California Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom mocked the rhetoric used by parents protesting against LGBT issues being implemented in their children’s curriculum, calling it “profoundly ignorant.”

At the event, a reporter pointed out, “There was a rally this morning at the capitol. They [parents] said they won’t have any rights with the number of bills” California was implementing. She added, “They feel like certain ideologies are being shoved down their children’s [throats] and they want to be able to control what their children are learning at school.”

“The LCAP process requires parental engagement,” Newsom argued, then spoke of Temecula, California, saying, “1,300 families over a year were engaged in development of that curriculum. That’s parental engagement by definition. 98.8 percent — forgive me for being precise, but I think one has to be precise — 99 percent supported or were simply agnostic. That’s parental — I don’t know what they’re referring to.”

“I think one has a responsibility to what specifically are you referring to,” he declared. “Is it the notion that if you reference someone being gay, that somehow that is sexualizing our kids? Is that the case with straight people as well. I mean, if you’re straight, is that sexualizing?”

Newsom then assumed others agreed with his viewpoint. “I mean, it’s rather perverse that I offer that as a rhetorical question because you go, ‘Of course not,’” he said.

Then Newsom insulted the coalition of parental rights activists, saying, “I don’t know what it is they are asserting. It’s Orwellian, doublespeak, or it’s just so profoundly ignorant that they’ve been ginned up by outside agitators, which I think perhaps is a combination of this. And I’m deeply empathetic because I watch some of these poor parents and they’ve been so misled by these organized groups.”

Among other bills, the parental rights groups criticized AB 1078, which would mandate “diversity” curriculum and make it more difficult for school boards to ban inappropriate books in schools. The activists also called for parental notification if children seek to alter their pronouns or name at school.

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