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Thomas Gallatin / May 2, 2022

Georgia Gov. Stands Up to Woke Left

Brian Kemp signed several bills that ban CRT indoctrination in the classroom and further establish parental education rights.

Georgia followed Florida’s lead last week as Republican Governor Brian Kemp signed into law several pieces of legislation that ban the teaching and promotion of divisive, racist, and anti-American ideology such as critical race theory in the state’s public schools. “Here in Georgia, our classrooms will not be pawns to those who indoctrinate our kids with their partisan political agendas,” Kemp declared. He further explained that the action “protects the fundamental right of moms and dads across this state to direct the education of their child.”

One law, entitled the “Protect Students First Act,” also grants a school sports oversight committee the authority to ban biological males from competing in female sports. It does not, as NBC News falsely asserted, “allow for transgender athletes to be excluded from sports.” Athletes simply must compete according to their biological sex. Kemp noted that this is needed to ensure that the “Georgia High School Association has the authority to protect fairness in school sports.”

Predictably, radical leftists claim that the new law somehow infringes on the rights of both students and educators, suggesting that it may “impede their ability to learn and teach.”

Kemp also signed into law a “Parents’ Bill of Rights” that is intended to codify the “fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing and education” of their children. That is definitely similar to Florida’s supposedly controversial law. Georgia’s law will afford parents the ability to engage a “complaint resolution process” with their local school board should they seek to get certain objectionable material books or materials removed from the school library.

“Standing up for the God-given potential of each and every child in our schools, and protecting the teaching of freedom, liberty, opportunity and the American dream in the classroom should not be controversial,” Kemp argued. “Making sure parents have the ultimate say in their child’s education should not be controversial.”

Kemp is exactly right — parental rights over their children’s education should not be controversial. The only ones claiming that it is are those on the Left. They don’t want to recognize parental authority to prevent their children from being indoctrinated by public school educators into a radical leftist ideology.

There’s another similarity between Florida and Georgia. Whereas Florida is battling the activism of Disney, Georgia has a huge leftist influence of its own: Hollywood. Numerous movies and TV shows (especially for Marvel and Netflix) are made in Georgia, meaning the transplanting of a sizable leftist group of folks. As the influence of these giant corporations and all their money takes hold in each state, children increasingly become pawns in the culture wars. Fighting back against the Left’s indoctrination becomes more and more critical.

Finally, while Kemp has often been falsely maligned by some as a “RINO” or a sellout over his refusal to capitulate to Donald Trump’s demands regarding the 2020 election, he has repeatedly demonstrated that he is a man of conservative principles who is more than willing to stand up to the woke Left. Signing this slew of laws serves as a prime example of his conservative backbone.

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