The U.S. Secretary of Education has joined a Democrat chorus characterizing the removal of pornographic materials from libraries and schools as book banning and censorship.
Miguel Cardona’s comments came after emails revealed he conspired with a liberal school board group to have the Department of Justice label parents as “domestic terrorists.”
“As U.S. secretary of education, as well as a father and lifelong educator, here’s what I know to be true: Parents don’t want politicians dictating what their children can learn, think and believe. That’s not how public education is supposed to work in a free country,” Cardona wrote in an op-ed in the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday.
“Ironically, some of the very politicians who claim to promote freedom are banning books and censoring what students can learn,” Cardona said.
The opinion piece was a not-so-veiled shot at Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has led the fight against inappropriate materials in public schools.
“In Florida, pornographic and inappropriate materials that have been snuck into our classrooms and libraries to sexualize our students violate our state education standards,” the governor said in a statement on Wednesday, which included a video presentation.
When DeSantis discussed the content of the books, several news stations cut their live feed of the event to comply with U.S. laws that prevent the transmission of pornographic materials, despite the fact the liberal media argue the books are appropriate for schools.
While Cardona claims to promote freedom, critics argue Democrats are really waging a war against parents. Indeed, President Joe Biden seemed to tell a group of teachers nearly a year ago that children are actually theirs.
“They’re all our children. … They’re not somebody else’s children. They’re like yours when they’re in the classroom,” Biden told the teachers.
His comments echoed those of the former Democratic governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, who said in 2021, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
In a now infamous memo, Biden’s attorney general, Merrick Garland, after prodding from the National School Boards Association, compared parents who complain to school boards to “domestic terrorists.”
It later turned out the slur was solicited from the school board association by Cardona himself, according to emails revealed by Fox News.
“This is about intimidation. This is about chilling free speech,” U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan claimed of Cardona and Garland.
Jordan is leading a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee investigating how Cardona and others have tried to “weaponize” the government against citizens, including parents.