There is no doubt that parents across the country are outraged by mask warrants and threats of forced vaccination, especially since children are the least exposed to COVID-19. The parents are of course outraged and the Biden administration wants to silence them. But it’s outrageous – using the FBI and the Justice Department to try to label them as national terrorists? Leave me alone.
Montana Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) put it very well:
Labeling parents as threats because they hold elected school board members accountable for what goes on in the classroom is a clear attempt to silence political opposition.
It was his reaction to the news shared by Chris Rufo, a senior researcher at the Manhattan Institute, who noted:
Attorney General Merrick Garland has called on the FBI to rally against parents who oppose critical race theory in public schools, citing “threats.” The letter follows a request by the National School Board Association to label the protests “domestic terrorism.”
For more information, here’s a story the Federalist wrote a few days ago.
The Montana School Board’s Association is now distancing itself from the national association over this outrageous demand. They released a statement on Tuesday praising the civility of the Montanais. Here are some excerpts from their statement:
The Montana School Boards Association has long been a member of the National School Boards Association. While we often agree with the NSBA’s positions in advocating for the interests of elected school boards, students and families in public schools across the country, we respectfully disagree with the recent NSBA decision to seek a Federal assistance to end threats and acts of violence against public schoolchildren, public schools, board members and other officials of the public school district. The NSBA did not consult with the Montana School Boards Association before issuing its application.
Regarding the Montanans in particular, here is what the Montana School Board Association had to say:
We cannot talk about what is going on in other states and we are unable to guess the efforts or needs in those states to protect public safety. In Montana, however, we have full confidence in the civility of the voters, the sincerity and good intentions of those who help, and we trust local law enforcement to resolve any isolated criminal issues that may arise.