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School Bathroom Policies Enable Predators

Loudoun County School Board in Virginia is making headlines after reportedly covering up an incident where a freshman girl was raped by a 15-year-old biological, skirt-wearing male in the girl’s bathroom due to the school’s unscientific bathroom policy. The attacker was charged and then transferred to a different school where he forced another teenaged girl into a classroom where he also sexually assaulted her. 

A recent report revealed that the school board covered up the first assault when these controversial bathroom policies were under review back in June. When asked about concerning assault cases in bathrooms at a public school board meeting, Superintendent Scott Ziegler responded that, “The predator transgender student or person simply does not exist” and “We don’t have any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms.” 

Yet, Scott Smith, the father of the girl attacked in the women’s restroom, attended that school board meeting and was trying to warn community members about what happened to his daughter before the board voted to approve and enshrine the bathroom policy, allowing any student to use whichever restroom or locker room they preferred based on “identity.” The school board silenced him, had him removed, and voted to approve the policy.

This is why parents across the nation are fed up.

The school board allowed males into female restrooms, covered up a sexual assault, transferred the attacker to a different school where he assaulted another female student, pretended as if the bathroom policy posed no threat to students, and voted to approve it.

These senseless policies put our children in danger, and they begin with bowing to the demands to use “chosen” names and pronouns.

Here in Indiana, high school music teacher John Kluge was forced to resign at Brownsburg High School after he refused to use the “chosen” names and pronouns of students who wished to identify as anything other their biological sex. What happened in Loudoun County, Virginia, is an example of why courageous warriors like Kluge are fighting to defend religious freedom and biological reality. Kluge is being represented by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and is in the process of appealing his case.

Across the country and even here in Indiana, progressive politics are dominating school boards and not only indoctrinating students with baseless ideas but also putting them in danger.

These policies are being forced upon parents and they are told that parental rights don’t matter – “justice” and “equity” do. The irony is that those supposedly just policies have already resulted in horrific events taking place, as did in Loudoun County.

What happened to John Kluge in Indiana showed parents the threat that religious freedom is under, and what happened and is being uncovered in Loudoun County is finally waking up parents across the nation.

These policies cannot continue. 

Despite DOJ warnings, now is not the time for parents to back down.

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Dungy Defends the Unborn

Legendary Indianapolis Colts coach and devout Christian Tony Dungy bravely defended the unborn in a series of tweets in response to a New York Post article that pointed out that President Biden changed his position regarding abortion and that he no longer believes life starts at conception. Tony Dungy’s courageous defense of the unborn is refreshing in this climate in which many celebrities and high profile figures are afraid to speak out for what they believe in, especially when they see business leaders like John Gibson at Tripwire get ousted for expressing their support for pro-life policy. Hopefully Coach Dungy’s comments embolden other Christians and opponents of abortion to make themselves heard in the face of leftist outrage.

One can imagine the responses to Dungy’s tweets weren’t overwhelmingly positive. Many condemned Dungy’s statements with the typical left wing talking points. The extraordinary thing about Coach Dungy, though, is his ability to communicate and to articulate himself with grace, eloquence, and without judgement. Coach Dungy responded to many of the negative rebuttals with passages from scripture, saying that faith needs to be at the center of the debate. Dungy’s measured response is a strategy that the many of us in the pro-life movement should adopt. We can all learn from Coach Dungy and speak with love and compassion, but remain committed to truth.

Coach Dungy has said that God brought him to NBC to be a voice for Christian athletes. He cheered on fellow Christian athlete Nick Foles for standing up for his faith. Foles and Dungy received backlash for their statements with some critics saying they should stick to sports and not bring religion into the equation. So many celebrities in this country proudly support leftist causes that are antithetical to Christian values, so when someone like Tony Dungy or Nick Foles openly talks about their Christian faith, they must be uplifted and supported by the rest of us.

It’s a shame we’ve come to a point that people are afraid to proclaim their Christian values for fear of “cancellation” or other types of repercussions. Christian values have existed far longer and will be around for much longer than the values that the radical left wing of America has adopted, however. We cannot let people debase our beliefs the way President Biden has by his so-called “change of heart” regarding abortion. President Biden and many others on the left weaponize Christianity for their own political purposes rather than genuine love of Christ – and we cannot let these insults to the faith go without confrontation.

Tony Dungy will always be a legend in the state of Indiana for bringing home the first ever Super Bowl championship for the Indianapolis Colts, but many will remember him for being a man of faith who did the right thing. Coach Dungy is a real man of faith, a real man of God who many of us should strive to be more like.

He’s not sitting on the sidelines while things get uncomfortable. He’s leading, like he always has. We all have the chance to lead, too.

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Decency Wins in Westfield

Decency has won in Westfield with Westfield Washington Schools Superintendent Paul Kaiser’s removal of far-left propaganda from the school district’s classrooms. Left wing educators have been particularly emboldened as of late, spreading their destructive ideas to students by decorating classrooms with items like Black Lives Matter and LBGTQ flags. Superintendent Kaiser’s sensible decision to put a stop to this will hopefully signal to other education leaders that political indoctrination has no place in this nation’s public schools.

A small protest appeared outside of Westfield High School with a few waving the aforementioned left-wing flags. Kaiser’s request that these flags be taken down was the right thing to do. He did the decent, reasonable thing by removing these politically charged, inappropriate flags from places of learning. In particular, any flags relating to sexuality and sexual attraction have no place in the classroom. Westfield School Corporation has a history of academic excellence and unlike a number of other school districts in the area, it seems that leadership there wants to unify the community behind what they can agree on rather than divide members of the community through a push for controversial and age-inappropriate radical political ideology.

The same rings true for the Black Lives Matter flags. It is completely rational for one to agree that, of course, black lives matter, while acknowledging that the Black Lives Matter organization itself is completely radical. It is a violent and openly socialist movement that killed at least two dozen people and caused billions of dollars in property damage over the last couple of years. It views Martin Luther King Jr. and JFK as part of the problem and segregation as part of the solution. Critical Race Theory and BLM share the common thread of viewing every social issue through a racial lens and ascribing certain qualities to people based on skin color alone which is false, dangerous, and has no place in the classroom.

The BLM and LBGTQ flags essentially act as surrogates for the Democratic party and leftist ideology wherever they may be flown. If these flags are allowed in classrooms, teachers might as well hang a flag with the Democratic party logo or posters with Joe Biden’s face on it. One can imagine the outrage if a teacher hung a MAGA flag or a poster with the Republican elephant. According to the policy Superintendent Kaiser put in place, these types of flags would not be allowed either, because any kind of decor that could be considered political will be removed.

Recent events make Kaiser’s policy even more sensible. First, there was the California teacher who openly mocked the flag of the United States, instead having children pledge allegiance to the “gay pride” flag. Then another California teacher was fired after being caught on tape admitting to radicalizing students by giving extra credit to those who attended ANTIFA rallies.

We cannot let the above examples be the new status quo of public education. Hoosier children should be able to show up to school to learn, explore new ideas, and become productive members of our great country. 

We will not let leftist activists brainwash our children and bully teachers…and it is up to parents, education leaders, and students themselves to speak up when this indoctrination takes place.  If you are seeing this sort of activity happening in your school district please let us know. We are working with parents, teachers, school boards, administrators and more across the state to bring common sense and true tolerance back to public schools in Indiana.

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What the Texas Abortion Law Means for Indiana

I’m sure many of you by now have heard about the monumental Texas “Heartbeat” bill that recently took effect which protects any unborn child whose heartbeat can be detected from abortion. Typically, this is around the sixth week of gestation.

The Texas bill, naturally, has been a hot topic amongst the Hollywood elite. According the Vanity Fair, many celebrities have taken to social media to voice their outrage as well as pump funds into almost every pro-abortion group in existence. Actress Rosanna Arquette publicly stated she turned down starring in a new movie because filming takes place in Texas, while others have demanded the entertainment industry boycott working in Texas entirely.

According to the Daily Mail, women flocked to abortion clinics prior to the bill going into effect. A report noted that just one abortion clinic terminated 67 pregnancies within 17 hours until midnight when the law took effect, when clinics would be fined for allowing abortions of children whose heartbeat was detected. It is nauseating to think about.

While the radical left fearmongers, they pay no attention to alternatives to abortion such as adoption or advocating for assisting with a child’s needs as well helping provide training for new parents. They simply want women to be fearful of their pregnancy and consider it an unwanted, dangerous disease that threatens their future. This is incredibly tragic.

While the radical left screams about nonexistent wars on women, they are completely uninterested in advertising the lifesaving work that crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) provide throughout the country, including Texas. A report from the Lozier Institute found that among 2,700 CPCs surveyed, $266.7 million in goods and services were provided to clients in 2019 alone.

It is because of this culture of death and obscuring of facts by the left that Hoosiers need to ramp up pro-life advocacy here in Indiana. 

The U.S. Supreme Court is taking on landmark cases that could severely limit abortions because of viability. The Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case could potentially help states’ arguments for pro-life legislation by asserting that if a child can survive outside of its mother’s womb, then the argument for a woman’s autonomy (ability to decide if she wants to abort) is null. Depending on the outcome, Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization could quickly change how states legislate abortion and effectively overturn Roe v. Wade

Now more than ever, it is critical for Indiana pro-lifers to capitalize on this momentum and help spread the truth about abortion and information about alternatives, including the incredible work that CPCs do. Just one thing everyone can do is locating a CPC in their community in case a referral can be provided to someone in the future!

It’s time Americans not only stand up for the innocent who can’t protect themselves, but also rebuild a society that truly values the dignity of life.

Indiana may have a ways to go, but the process is beginning for a better tomorrow for the unborn.

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Rep. Jim Banks: CRT has no place in military

In Washington D.C., Critical Race Theory (CRT) caused tensions to rise at the meeting of the House Armed Services Committee this week as lawmakers on the committee debated the appropriateness of teaching CRT in military educational institutions. As the committee discussed amendments to the annual defense spending bill, many lawmakers voiced strong opinions on CRT’s place – or lack thereof – in the military educational system, and warned of the dangers that it may pose both in classrooms and in real-life situations.

Congressman Jim Banks (R-IN) expressed deep concern over CRT’s role and the harm it may cause in our military: “Every single one of us in this room know that this is the greatest country in the history of this world. Are we perfect? No. Is our history perfect? Of course not. But there’s nothing that comes close to what we have in America. And it is not sustainable to tell our troops anything otherwise. In fact, it’s dangerous.”

Critical race theory is a curriculum that teaches that “systemic racism” is built into the foundations of the United States and attempts to convince students that white skin color naturally affords certain privileges while others are left as the victims of an inherently oppressive system which includes no path for success. While the radical left advertises CRT as a “true” history of the U.S. that children ought to learn in schools, the reality is that the theory will poison a generation of students who will be taught that racism is what built this country.

Not only is this an incredibly dangerous path generally, with some critics asserting it will only further exploit racial tensions, CRT takes the active step of pitting students against one another based on how they look. CRT is a false history that is unhelpful, and worse, unbiblical.

The debate over the role of CRT in our military and its educational institutions is a crucial one, because the perceptions held by those in uniform might impact their ability to act in stressful situations. Some have warned that introducing CRT into such institutions may have dangerous consequences; rather than teaching pride in the country they have chosen to defend, CRT would teach our young men and women taking on the uniform a warped version of the country’s history. CRT would present a false narrative that our own country is in a constant battle between oppressors and the oppressed, and that anti-whiteness needs to be the mindset adopted by those who reject racism. 

Members of our military should not be taught that they are representing and protecting a country built on racist foundations. Instead, they should be proud of the country whose uniform they wear and commended for their service, regardless of their personal backgrounds and heritage.

As Rep. Banks noted, this is the greatest country the world has ever seen – and teaching anything less may have dire consequences for our defense in the future.

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