School Boards Demand FBI Protection From Parents
Attorney General Merrick Garland has authorized the FBI to target parents who confront school board members over critical race theory and radical gender theory lessons.
Garland directed the FBI to convene meetings and consider actions in concert with other federal agencies regarding the alleged threat parents pose, effectively treating parents like domestic terrorists, said Alliance Defending Freedom.
“Parents expressing concern over critical race theory, gender theory, and COVID-related mandates in public schools do not qualify as domestic terrorists,” ADF General Counsel Kristen Waggoner said in a statement. “Their protests do not warrant the involvement of federal law enforcement or the application of federal laws aimed at stopping, among others, transnational terror organizations.”
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“Employing those powerful national security tools against frustrated parents is a misuse of federal power. It vilifies largely peaceful, well-intentioned citizens who are seeking nothing more than to protect and promote the well-being of their children,” Waggoner said.
And it chills the constitutionally protected speech of those who rightly object to ill-considered policies on our nation’s schoolchildren, she added.
“Many parents, including some of our clients, are rightly concerned that the government has violated their fundamental right to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children,” she said. “They want school boards to remove politics from the classroom and get back to academics. They have the right to express those concerns to elected officials and shouldn’t live in fear of government punishment for doing so.”