From Virginia Code 1-240.1: A parent has a fundamental right to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education, and care of the parent’s child
As many people are now aware, Republicans took back Virginia in 2021 because the average parent in Virginia was fed up with the concept of government having too much of a say in what our kids are taught. Everything from borderline pornographic books in our schools, to Critical Race Theory, to being told that white kids have a natural advantage and that our children of color are naturally disadvantaged, to the concept of having drag queens in our schools, parents were fed up with counter culture radicals being in charge of what our kids are taught.
Instead of reading the electorate and understanding that parents are fed up, it seems that the local Democrats are doubling down on this, and their leaders are now actually saying that parents must not have a say in what is taught in our schools. Some have even gone so far as to be against the teaching of “religion” in our schools.
Whether anyone wants to hear this or not, the teaching of religion in a public school is not unconstitutional. There is no national religion, nor should there be. This is according to the 1st Amendment, which guarantees religious freedom for all. This freedom not only includes Muslims, Hindus, and atheists/agnostics, but Christians of all denominations as well. In their aspiration to remove religion from the public square, these radical leftists have torn this country apart. In Shenandoah County, there is an elective course in religious teachings. This lines up perfectly with the 1st Amendment’s freedom of religion. Freedom of Religion does not mean Freedom from Religion. We have had atheists and agnostics in this country since the founding.
There can be no denial of the fact that school shootings have increased as we have removed God from our schools. While there are several reasons that the number of school shootings has escalated (use of psychotropic drugs being among them), the fact is that in trying to remove God from our schools, we have also removed morality from our schools as well. This is not about religious tolerance to the left. It’s about erasing all traces of God from our society. We must get wise to what they’re doing.
Parents know their kids best. Parents know what their kids need to learn better than do unelected bureaucrats. Very few parents would want their underage youth subjected to pornographic books or drag queens. Yet this is happening in more and more states across the Union. And more and more parents are speaking out against such oddities.
I stand with parents and a parent’s right to be in charge of how their kids are educated.
John Massoud is the Chairman of the 6th Congressional District Republican Party in Virginia, a Member of the Strasburg Town Council, and a candidate for the 1st Senate District in Virginia.