CNN parent panel blows up over gender education in schools: ‘I’m sorry, but this is stupid’

CNN’s panel of parents “from across the political spectrum” just so happened to include a leading activist from Loudoun County, Virginia given centerstage to lash out at fellow focus group members rightly characterizing Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law.

(Video: CNN)

Friday during “CNN Tonight,” host Alisyn Camerota premiered the second part of a focus group discussion which she described by stating, “we brought together parents from across the political spectrum to tackle the fraught topic of gender issues in schools, and if the governor of any state should be the decision-maker on curriculum.”

If it wasn’t already obvious that this was a ruse to generate an entire segment attacking conservatives, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) in particular, that reality was self-exposed by Camerota when she followed up her leading question on whether governors should be making decisions about curriculum, ignoring the entire legislative process required before an executive could sign something like the Parental Rights in Education bill into law, by calling him out by name.

“How many of you are comfortable that Governor DeSantis is weighing in in such a way in Florida’s curriculum and education?” she asked and then, “Is Governor DeSantis canceling certain curriculum that he doesn’t like? Is he engaging in cancel culture when he gets rid of these certain tenets of say black history? Do you consider that cancel culture?”

The question prompted one of the panelists to ask “What about ‘Don’t Say Gay?'” which drove the conversation directly into the waiting arms of self-identified “trans” parent and president of Equality Loudoun’s board of directors, (yes of the infamous Loudoun County, Virginia,) Cris Candice Tuck playing the role of the victim.

“Oh my God,” Tuck began slowly working himself into a fervor. “So, wait, they used the term homosexual and sexual identity and sexual orientation as stand-ins for gay — hundreds of millions of Americans have looked at the bill in Florida, the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, and you can sit there and say something as, as — I’m sorry, but this is stupid — as ‘it doesn’t even say the word gay.’ That is dishonest.”

To Tuck’s point, the Parental Rights in Education law does use the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as it sets forth what is to be considered age-appropriate education for kindergarten through third grade in the state of Florida. What it doesn’t do is draw a distinction between heterosexual and homosexual orientations. As written, the law prohibits all “Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity,” for those age groups.

Naresh Vissa, a digital marketing executive from Florida defended that reality by reminding for the umpteenth time that “There is nothing about the word gay” in the legislation.

Tuck went on to argue laws like it would prohibit children in families like his own from talking about their home life at school, “my children would not be able to do school projects about their family because I happen to be transgender.”

Of course, there is no prohibition as the activist described in the bill and, while many students have done such assignments over the years, it begs the question as to whether or not it is appropriate for teachers to be prying into the personal lives of children.

Before Tuck went on to further dramatize legislation protecting minors by claiming he was no longer allowed to enter the state of Tennessee because lawmakers had banned drag performances in front of children, and detailed how his family “has an escape plan” to leave Virginia, he did admit that, “It’s already a crime for an adult to have inappropriate sexual conversations with a child. It’s been a crime.”


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