In an advertisement for a political event, a candidate for Williamson County Commissioner expressed her displeasure with parents who want a say in what is being taught to their children.
“Hey Williamson County! Are you sick of being embarrassed by our elected officials? Are you over the helicopter moms banning books? Are you sick of the slate of hate? Are you ready to TAKE BACK TENNESSEE? Meet YOUR Candidates on Monday from 5:30-7,” Vice Chair of the Williamson County Democrat Party Courtenay Rogers said.
Hey Williamson County! Are you sick of being embarrassed by our elected officials? Are you over the helicopter moms banning books? Are you sick of the slate of hate? Are you ready to TAKE BACK TENNESSEE? Meet YOUR Candidates on Monday from 5:30-7. RSVP: https://t.co/2GZDlz9DnG pic.twitter.com/iSIGjFfXxQ
— Courtenay Rogers (@courtenayrogers) April 7, 2022
Rogers is running for Williamson County Commission’s 10th district.
A bill pending in the Tennessee Legislature, HB 1994, would ban “obscene material” that is “harmful to minors” from the state’s schools.
Such obscene materials in public school libraries have become a hot-button issue nationwide.
Books containing pornographic imagery or lewd content have been challenged by parents who want more say in what their children are learning.
In one recent example, a mother in Cherokee County, Georgia was shut down by a school board for reading a passage from a book called Homegoing that was required for some high school students.
Michelle Brown read a graphic sexual passage from the book, and was immediately interrupted.
“Excuse me, we have children at home,” a school board member said. “It’s livestreaming, and it’s really not appropriate – ” the member said before Brown interrupted her.
“Don’t you find the irony in that?” Brown asked sharply. “You’re saying exactly what I’m telling you. You’re giving it to our children. I would never give this to my children.”
Robin Steenman is the President of the Williamson County chapter of Moms for Liberty, a group that fights for parental rights.
She noted that obscene materials in schools do not poll very well for the Democrats pushing them.
“In light of national polling, we encourage Ms. Rogers to run on a platform opposed to parents’ rights and supporting obscene material in school libraries and see how it works out for her,” she told The Tennessee Star.
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